Dark Waters (Napalm Records), the seventh record by Dutch group Delain is met with quite a few lineup changes – a new vocalist and bassist in Diana Leah and Ludovico Cioffi, and the return of the long-term guitarist and drummer Ronald Landa and Sander Zoer. People may have come and gone but the symphonic quintet’s sound is still the same – operatic metal with liberal amounts of bombast and pomp. Continue reading →
Pantera, Disturbed, Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy, Architects, Behemoth, Kreator, Meshuggah, Gojira, Parkway Drive, Testament, Voivod are among the 103 artists who have been added to the 26th edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Dessel, Belgium. Tickets are on sale tomorrow at the links below. Continue reading →
Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Charlotte Wessels to discuss her new album “Tales From Six Feet Under Vol II” – out now via Napalm Records! We discussed her career post-Delain, her recent two albums, building her own studio, her forrays away from metal into rock, pop, and other sub-genres of music, the return of live shows, her tight-knit Patreoncommunity, and the relationship and mutual respect she shares with her fans. Continue reading →
Colorado Springs Symphonic Metal band Beyond Forgiveness has been on our radar for a while! Originally formed as a studio project as well as working through finding the perfect line-up, the band released their first EP, “The Ferryman’s Shore.” Featuring new singer Talia Hoit, the album was well received and the bands’ star is again rising! Reformed in 2014 by original guitarists Richard Marcus and Greg Witwer, the band is known for their creative songcraft featuring classical orchestras, choirs, and operatic vocals with hint of folk, colliding with extreme elements found in death metal and black metal which some have labeled as “Beautality.” In 2019, the band released their second full-length album, Live to Tell the Story (Sliptrick Records). Fans of Epica, Nightwish, Battle Beast, and Delain, but also more extreme styles will love this band. Check out this vocal-sing-through of their track by Talia Hoit, here at Ghost Cult!
Delain has made a startling announcement that most of the current lineup of the band has been disbanded, with only founder/keyboardist/composer Martijn Westerholt remaining. Martijn plans to “keep Delain alive” by taking it back to a project form, releasing new music with special guests. Apparently, all of the former bandmates will continue with music, with vocalist Charlotte Wessels going full-time with the solo project she launched on Patreon during the start pandemic.
Ghost Cult caught up with Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot recently to discuss their brand new live album/concert DVD and Blu-ray Kamelot – I Am The Empire – Live From The 013, out now via Napalm Records (review here). Thomas talked about the new live album, the production and planning that went into the concerts, the specialness of the013 Poppodium venue in Tilburg, working with guests such as Elize Ryd of Amaranthe, Lauren Hart of Once HumNetheran, German string quartet Eklipse, Charlotte Wessels of Delain and Alissa White Gluz of Arch Enemy, Avantasia guitarist Sascha Paeth, writing materials with guests in mind, performing with a children’s choir, which included his son, how he has been spending the pandemic, and plans for new Kamelot music. Purchase the live album setat this link and listen to our chat. Continue reading →
Ah, gigs. Remember them? Well, I Am The Empire – Live From The 013 (Napalm Records), the new live release by veteran power metal act Kamelot is a welcome reminder of what live entertainment looked like in a pre-Covid world.
Continuing to shrug off their symphonic metal tag, German five-piece Beyond the Black have stepped further into the realm of Europop based metal on their fourth full-length release, Hørizøns(Napalm Records). Continue reading →
Delain is releasing their new album Apocalypse & Chill, due out on February 7th via Napalm Records. The band just dropped a new single ‘Ghost House Heart’ which you can hear below. A true ballad, it’s the bands first since ‘See Me In Shadows’ from their debut album released in 2007.Continue reading →
Dutch symphonic metallers Delain will release their new full-length album, Apocalypse & Chill, on February 7, 2020 via Napalm Records. The disc explores topics of impending doom and human indifference, making this the band’s boldest, most daring and undeniable offering yet. Check out the band’s new single and video for ‘One Second’ righy now.