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INTERVIEW: Rae and Kayhan of Wretched Blessing (Yautja, Immortal Bird, Coliseum) Breakdown Their Debut EP

In this new episode, we chatted with the new Chicago-based extreme metal duo Wretched Blessing released their debut self-titled EP! Featuring members of Yautja, Immortal Bird, Coliseum, and other projects, the duo of Rae Amitay and Kayhan Vaziri are united by their love of all things, heavy, and complex, but also curious to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. In this wide-ranging chat with Keefy about the formation of the group, the writing process, a track-by-track breakdown, the artwork, hot takes about Chicago living and much more!Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Yautja – The Lurch

You want brutal? You got it! The debut album from Yautja (members of Thou, Coliseum, Mutilation Rites), The Lurch (Relapse Records), is that in spades. If you’re into just an all out onslaught of driving grooves mixed with crazy, double stops, and all the above, this is the cut for you! Not to get too into it, but this is right up my alley. I dig it when a band is their own thing, or their own entity, so to speak. They are just themselves. 

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Jacob Bannon Of Converge Announces Solo Project – Wear Your Wounds


Converge frontman Jacob Bannon has announced the details of his new solo project, Wear Your Wounds, with its début album out next April 7th from Bannon’s label Deathwish Inc. Continue reading

Guest Post: Seth Werkheiser of Skull Toaster- End Of Year List

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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. First up is our pal Seth Werkheiser from Skull Toaster Metal Trivia (@skulltoaster)



Hi – metal friends and people who enjoy reading things on the internet. My year-end list is a mix of metal and rock – but for a dude who grew up on Guns N Roses and Helmet – well – this is the sort of year-end list you get from me in 2015. I left some obvious picks (ahem – FNM) off my list – as they’ll get enough attention everywhere else – and tried to focus on picks that found their way into my life by random BandCamp exploring and listening to a handful of fine folk on Twitter (hey – I’m @sethw). Please enjoy.

10. Super Unison – Super Unison

Super Unison by Miles Mattison

Super Unison by Miles Mattison

This is Meghan O’Neil’s new band after leaving
Punch and this EP is killer.


9. Spylacopa Parallels

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Groovy in some places, atmospheric in others. All makes for a solid album that I’ve spun many times this year.


8. Torpor From Nothing Comes Everything

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Airy and doomy, super loud trio from the UK.


7. Our Oceans Our Oceans

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Ex-Cynic projects will always win me over: catchy- pretty- and bound with energy.


6. Royal Thunder Crooked Doors

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Royal Thunder. Photo Credit: Kevin Griggs

This album is going to age like some sort of hard drink; burning and so smooth.


5. Kowloon Walled City Grievances

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Grievances’ sounds like what every overcast, rainy day looks like. And those are my favorite sorts of days.


4. ColiseumAnxiety’s Kiss

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Like an old car with a manual transmission and no power steering, ‘Anxiety’s Kiss’ hurts so good.


3. Mutoid ManBridgeburner

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Mutoid Man, by Boston Chuck Photography

This album is majestic, like surfing on the back of a gold-plated eagle that shoots lightning bolts from its eyeballs.


2. OHHMSCold

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Two songs is more than enough for me. Just like you don’t fast forward classic movies to the “good parts,” so is this album – you listen to the build-ups like an adult!


1. Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love

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This is the most metal album of the year for me. I get chills listening to each chorus and all that riffing. The vocals on this whole album just sound ferocious – like they mean something.


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Video: Child Bite – Mongoloid Obsession

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Detroit’s hardcore miscreants Child Bite released a new video today for ‘Mongoloid Obsession’. Written and directed by the band, the clip was done last fall in Louisiana at Nodferatu’s Lair studios, where they tracked their Strange Waste EP for Housecore Records. Housecore honcho Phil Anselmo also has a cameo in the video. Watch the video at this link or below:

The band starts a string of tour dates with Coliseum tonight, a run of solo shows, and has also confirmed another summer run of dates with Anselmo’s Superjoint (Ritual) “It Takes Guts” tour, also featuring King Parrot.

Child Bite w/ Coliseum tour dates:
Jun 05 The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
Jun 06 The End – Nashville, TN
Jun 07 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
Jun 09 Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jun 10 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 11 DC9 – Washington, DC
Jun 12 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 13 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 15 Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA

End Tour:


Child Bite solo dates

Jun 18 Men & Mollyz – Halifax, NS

Jun 19 The Posrtsman – Charlottetown, PE

Jun 20 Claude’s House – Moncton, NB

Jun 21 L’Alize Bar Concert – Montreal, QC

Jun 22 Avant-Garde – Ottawa, ON

Jun 23 Pact Bar – Toronto, ON

Jun 24 The Temple – St. Catherines, ON

Jun 25 Call The Office – London, ON

Jun 26 Majestic Café – Detroit, MI



Child Bite Updates From The Studio, June Tour Dates With Coliseum

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Detroit punk metallers Child Bite has posted an update from recording their forthcoming new full length at Philip H Anselmo’s Nodferatu’s Lair, due out later this year via Housecore Records. Reports vocalist Shawn Knight from the Lair:

“We’ve been having a blast in the studio with Philip Anselmo! Historically, Child Bite has tracked full-length LPs in two to four days, so it has been both strange and relieving to spend two full weeks at Nodferatu’s Lair. The thirteen songs we tracked sound incredible, ten of which will make up the album while the other three will be released independently. In our spare time, we also shot a music video for ‘Mongoloid Obsession’ off of the Strange Waste EP. Written and directed by the band, it’s a lo-if slab of Ed Wood-meets-John Waters bafoonery. Look for that sucker any day now!”

The band will be supporting Coliseum on an upcoming run of tour dates.

w/ Coliseum:
Jun 05: The New Vintage – Louisville, KY
Jun 06: The End – Nashville, TN
Jun 07: Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
Jun 09: Shaka’s Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jun 10: Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 11: DC9 – Washington, DC
Jun 12: Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 13: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 15: Middle East Upstairs – Boston, MA

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Watertank Releasing Destination Unknown on June 29th, Upcoming Shows


Nantes post hardcore outfit Watertank will be releasing their sophomore album Destination Unknown on June 29, 2015 via Solar Flare Records. The album was recorded by Patrice Guillerme (Papier Tigre, Patriotic Sunday) and mastered by Carl Saff (Coliseum, Pilot To Gunner).

Destination Unknown Track Listing:
01: Automatic Reset
02: Fever
03: Contrails
04: DCVR
05: Last/Lost Hope
06: Surrender
07: Doomed Drifters
08: Scheme
09: Destination Unknown

The band has an upcoming string of live dates across France.

May 13: Emporium Galorium – Rouen (FR)
May 15: Black Out – Montpellier (FR) (w/ Lahius)
May 16: Heretic – Bordeaux (FR) (w/ Aguirre)
May 20: Glazart – Paris (FR) (w/ Torche, Your Highness)
May 21: TBA
May 22: Molodoi – Strasbourg (FR) (w/ Kurt)
May 23: Le Café Français – Vesoul (FR) (w/ Membrane)
Jun 01: Le Ferrailleur – Nantes (FR) (w/ Torche)

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