Alcatraz Festival 2024 Books Architects, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, and More!


Long-running Belgian Metal Festival Alcatraz 2024 has announced their full lineup! Taking place August 9-11 with a pre-party with Tribute bands on the 8th! Headlined by Architects, Amon Amarth, and Opeth, other bands on the bill featured are Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Watain, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, Armored Saint, Madball, Tnfofficial, Lord Of The Lost, Orden Ogan, Finntroll , Septicflesh, Orange Goblin, Soilthe, Benediction, Brant Bjork, Eclipse, Raven, Terrorizer, Misery Index, Heathen, Green Lung, Legion Of The Damned, Massacre, Monkey3, Cro-Mags, Truck Fighters, Bodysnatcher, Cripple Black Phoenix, Fen , The Casualties, Exumer, Skeletal Remains, Left To Die, Audrey Horne , Thronehammer, and many others are booked for the festival. After Thre Burial was originally announced, but has canceled their appearance. The full lineup post and ticket links for the fest can be found below! Continue reading


Supergroup Cemetery Skyline (Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, Amorphis, Dimmu Borgir) Shares a New Single and Video for “Violent Storm”


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Supergroup Cemetery Skyline – featuring Melodic Death Metal Royalty Markus Vanhala, Mikael Stanne, Santeri Kallio, Vesa Ranta, Victor Brandt – drops single/video, “Violent Storm!” While you can check out “Violent Storm” on all digital platforms, make sure to watch the video that was filmed by Patric Ullaeus (rEvolver Film Company), as it documents a very special moment in the band’s history:Continue reading


Dark Tranquillity Share Single and Video for “The Last Imagination” As They Announce Their New Album



Gothenburg melo-death pioneers, Dark Tranquillity, have just announced their 13th studio album, Endtime Signals. The new record will be released on August 16th via Century Media Records. The band have also provided a peek into the album with its single, “The Last Imagination.” Check it out in the article below and find out more.
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ALBUM REVIEW: Hinayana – Shatter and Fall


 

From the great state of Texas emerges one of the most interesting and promising new Melodic Death Metal acts in the U.S. Hinayana has received high praise for their latest EP which is claimed to be unique and visionary. Now this southern quintet is getting ready to release their sophomore album, Shatter and Fall (Napalm Records) and everyone is curious to see if this budding band continues to blossom. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Grand Cadaver – Deities Of Deathlike Sleep


 

Grand Cadaver are another Death-Metal ‘supergroup’ who much like Bloodbath are unashamedly re-visiting the sound of their youth, and the iconic nineties Swedish style made famous by the likes of At The Gates, Entombed, et al.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Majesties – Vast Reaches Unclaimed


 

The Swedish death metal scene, especially the Gothenburg-based one with quintessential names like At the Gates, Entombed, and Dark Tranquility surrounding, is indeed all-around influential; many bands heavily inspired by the Gothenburg death metal scene have emerged throughout the past years. The Minneapolis-bound Majesties is one of the said bands. With members originating from the equally groundbreaking extreme metal acts Obsequiae and Inexorum, there was born a convergence, an allied force between those two acts– which is Majesties who recently have just released their first full-length entitled Vast Reaches Unclaimed, through 20 Buck Spin.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Dark Tranquility – Kataklysm – Nailed to Obscurity – Live at Crofoot


The temperature was almost in the single digits last Saturday evening when Dark Tranquility brought their Moment tour to Detroit’s northern suburbs. The poorly plowed roads and the negative degree wind chill did not deter Michigan metalheads from witnessing the trailblazers of Gothenburg’s Melodic Death Metal Scene. Everyone briskly trotted into Pontiac’s acclaimed music hall to catch the two opening acts of the evening. Nailed to Obscurity and Kataklysm were invited along on this tour which made for a deliciously stacked bill. Built in 1830, the Crofoot building is a historic phenomenon and local treasure. The large building contains three venues in one and is known for catering to heavier bands. This prized entertainment complex was a fair choice for a night of big, blistering, music.

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Former Dark Tranquility Guitarist Fredrik Johansson Has Died


Sad news as former Dark Tranquility Guitarist Fredrik Johansson has died, following a three-year battle with cancer. Johansson joined the band after 1993’s Skydancer album and allowed Mikael Stanne to move permanently to lead vocals. He was memorialized in a post on Dark Tranquiility’s socials. RIP.

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Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect (ex-In Flames) Shares Debut Single “Shadowminds”


Previously announced new Metal Supergroup The Halo Effect, featuring former members of In Flames, have released their first new music! The band is streaming the single “Shadowminds” right now at all DSPs. The band unites one-time In Flames members Jesper Strömblad (guitar), Daniel Svensson (drums), Peter Iwers (bass), Niclas Engelin (guitar) and Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquility) (vocals) – a crazy amount of talent. The band will release their debut album via Nuclear Blast in 2022 and will open for new labelmates Machine Head and Amon Amarth next fall in Europe. Check out “Shadowminds” now!

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GUEST POST: Sean “ORC Adams” of ORCumentary -Top Albums of the Year 2020


 

Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. Today’s post brings released an “ORChestrated” version of his classic track “Goblin Death March” as a lyric video. The track is from his upcoming album “Fully ORChestrated” which remakes many of his classic tracks.

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