FESTIVAL REVIEW: Roadburn Festival 2024 Part 2 – Various Venues


So now hopefully you are asking yourself what are the bands I had as “do not miss” other than Inter Arma?

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Roadburn Festival 2024 Part 1 – Various Venues


Full disclosure there is in no way I can present an unbiased opinion about Roadburn. This is my seventh straight year and I’m gifted a much greater amount of privilege than the average attendee. I’ve earned lifelong friendships. It’s become more than just a music festival for me. It’s a second home for five days out of every year. I’m allowed to work alongside other extremely talented and hard-working photographers and for a limited time at the beginning of every set I’m granted the best spot in the house. For me music is my safe space vs photography which is my special interest.Continue reading


Roadburn 2024 Adds HEALTH, Kavus Torabi, Ragana Royal Thunder Birds In Row, Body Void, Darsombra, Sunrot, Thantifaxath, and More


 

Roadburn has added thirty new bands to the bill for 2024, including several special commissioned performances which are the hallmark of this festival. In addition, to HEALTH performing on the main stage for the first time, Kavus Torabi, Ragana Royal Thunder Birds In Row, Body Void, Darsombra, Sunrot, Thantifaxath, are among the new artists for the fest. You can see or extensive coverage of Roadburn 2023 here. See the full new list below and buy tickets at the link below.

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STAFF PICKS: Dave Keevill’s Top Albums of 2020


In a year of great tragedy and upheaval, where the word ‘unprecedented’ became a mantra spoken around the world, music has been a stabilising force for millions of us. It has been a consistent power for good at a time when many of us have struggled with unemployment, illness, and bereavement. Whether providing companionship during stretches of isolation, rallying us to fight for change when faced with corrupt political machinations, or even just handing us a convenient distraction from the horrors outside our window, never have I felt such a kinship with music and the people who dedicate their lives to the art.

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Adult Swim Festival


For just one weekend the Banc of California Stadium was transformed into a carnivalesque outdoor funhouse for the Adult Swim Festival. The stadium was alive with colorful distorted animations reminiscent of children’s cartoons and claymation scenes warped and hyperbolized beyond the mind’s comprehension, while a giant Meatwad dome sat across an even larger inflatable slide shaped like Morty’s head vomiting a rainbow.

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Metallica’s Death Magnetic Was Released Ten Years Ago


Being the biggest band the world has ever seen, both in the mind of fans and in terms of success is not all wine and roses. Metallica has taken their fair share of hits in the career from the fans and press at times, casting a fair but unflattering light. One such case is Death Magnetic (Warner/Vertigo), released ten years ago today, on September 12th, 2008. Although the album was considered a return to form musically after St. Anger, production issues sent diehards and haters alike into fits over the sound quality. Continue reading


GUEST POST: Pete Edwards Of Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard Top 10 Of 2016


 

Ghost Cult once more brings you “End Of Year” lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the world from 2016. Today we have Pete Edwards, bassist of the awesome and awesomely named Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard. Pete breaks down his top 10 albums of last year for our readers. Continue reading


Incubate December Adds Final Bands, Comic Fair, Pole Dancing Contest, And More


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The December edition of The Netherlands’ long-running avant-garde festival supreme, Incubate is fast approaching in a few weeks. Taking place December 10th and 11th; final performers, a creator-based comic book fair, and a Pole-Dancing Contest with Drone Plane experts have all been added to complete the lineup. Continue reading


Incubate December Books Belphegor, Possessed, Boris, Oathbreaker, Absu And More


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Metallica’s New Album To Be Completed This Summer


Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

Lars Ulrich of Metallica, by Victoria Anderson

In a new published interview, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich confirmed that the band’s long-awaited new album would be completed this summer. The bands hasn’t released a new studio album since 2009’s Death Magnetic.

We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe.”

Lars talked about the timeline of finally finishing and releasing the new album, the band’s 10th studio release:

The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.”

Previously frontman James Hetfiled promised fans a new album by late 2016 or early 2017. This spring guitarist Kirk Hammett stated Metallica had tapped producer Greg Fidelman(Death Magnetic) for the new album.

Lars also discussed Fidelman: “Greg Fidelman is 24/7 on this record and has been since last summer. He’s doing an insanely great job and has been putting his heart and soul in it pretty much every waking moment of his life in helping us engineer and produce this record”.

Regarding an actual release date:

If the record doesn’t come out this year then it won’t be because it’s not done. It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”

 

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