INTERVIEW: Per Wiberg Breaks Down His New Album – “The Serpent’s Here”

Ghost Cult welcomed back former guest and a favorite of ours: Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Opeth, Candlemass, Clutch/The Bakerton Group, Switchblade, Kamchatka)! He recently released his new solo album “The Serpent’s Here” via Despotz Records. Per broke down the the new album with us, chats about his artwork, and always looking to the future and not backwards musically!Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Per Wiberg – “Blackguards Stand Silent”

Swedish multi-instrumentalist and legend Per Wiberg recently released his new solo album The Serpent’s Here via Despotz Records. Ghost Cult has teamed up with Per to release his new music video for the track “Blackguards Stand Silent!” Stay tuned for more from Per and Ghost Cult, including our exclusive interview next week!Continue reading

Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Candlemass) Shares His Single “Blackguards Stand Silent” from New Album, Out Soon

Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Per Wiberg, has just unveiled his latest solo single, “Blackguards Stand Silent.” This is the final single from his upcoming new album, The Serpent’s Here, which is due out March 15th via Despotz Records. Head into the article below to hear the new track, and read more from Wiberg.
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Per Wiberg (Spiritual Beggars) Shares New Single “Dead Sky Lullaby” from Upcoming Album

Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Per Wiberg, who has worked with the likes of Opeth, Candlemass, Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and more, has recently dropped has new single, “Dead Sky Lullaby.” The track is from The Serpent’s Here, his new album for Despotz Records, due out March 15th. Check out the new song and read more from the artist in the article below.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Perturbator – Lustful Sacraments

James Kent, based in Paris, has released several records since 2012 under the name Perturbator. His music under this moniker can be loosely defined as synthwave but, in reality, Perturbator’s evades such straightforward categorisation. Incorporating elements of early synth-based music, as well techno, gothic rock, ambient music, and metal, Perturbator has been compared to Kraftwerk, John Carpenter, and Nine Inch Nails, amongst many others.

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Nightrage – Wolf To Man

Started by a couple of friends nearly two decades ago, Nightrage is a band that has been through a lot of changes over the years. One of the founders, the guitar hero Gus G moved on to other things, but the other creator, Marios Iliopoulos has been faithful in making monumental Metal with this act since the early 2000s. The evolution of this Greek/Swedish hybrid group has sculpted their sound into something uncommon and exceptional. Their eighth full-length album, Wolf To Man (Despotz Records) presents their particular music with severity and soul.Continue reading

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Nightrage – “The Damned”

Ghost Cult is proud to bring you the premiere of the new video from legendary Melodic Death Metallers Nightrage, for their new single ‘The Damned’. The track is available to purchase and stream from Despotz Records, at the link below. The track and the video are incredible, just classic Nightrage. We have also included the inspirational lyrics to the song below, so get ready to headbang like crazy and scream your guts out! Continue reading

Former Opeth Keyboard Player Per Wiberg To Release Debut Solo Album In 2019

Per Wiberg (Opeth, Spiritual Beggars, Kamchatka) has announced his signing to famed metal label Despotz Records, for the release of his debut solo album in 2019. Per released a statement about launching his solo career and what to expect from the album. Continue reading

Liv Sin Enters The Studio To Work On Album #2

Liv Sin, the rock band featuring former Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell has entered the studio this week to begin working on the follow-up to her well-received debut album, Follow Me. Liv Jagrell Producer Emil Nödtveidt (Deathstars) will helm the album at Black Syndicate studios. The album will release via Despotz Records in 2019.Continue reading

ThunderMother – Road Fever


One of the great conceits about reviewing music is just how awfully seriously people can take it: I know, for I am one of the worst culprits. Each new release is often treated as if it were the Second Coming with journalists falling over themselves in the search for innovative epigrams or snarky turns of phrase that underscore just how enamoured they are of the latest release from someone you’ve never heard of and are unlikely to hear of again. Similarly, the attempts to shoehorn a pretty mediocre record into the fabled canon of classics is another default setting of those who would seek to “criticise music”.

Sometimes, it’s a relief to go back to basics and consider a record as unfettered entertainment: no airs, no graces, just solid rock n roll that makes you bang your head and punch the air in vicarious delight. So let’s do just that, kids.

Stockholm’s ThunderMother are a rip snortin’, hard drinkin’, ever flirtin’ rock n’ roll outfit with more nods to AC/DC than an Angus Young headbanging session. This is the sort of rock ‘n’ roll that fuels a Friday night after a hard week at work, when you’re looking to let your hair down and have a damn fine time. It’s the aural equivalent of a Jaegerbomb.

The AC/DC influence is palpable and worn as a badge of honour. In some respects, this could be a female version of Airbourne but without the grating insufferableness of the Antipodeans. With songs like ‘It’s Just a Tease’ (a great putdown of boorish males); ‘Deal with The Devil’, ‘Roadkill’ or ‘Thunder Machine’ you know that ThunderMother aren’t looking to win the Booker prize, but there is an energy and a wit to the song-writing and the playing: this is an album that gallops along breathlessly, stopping only for another beer and a shot of bourbon.

Road Fever (Despotz) has no qualms or anxieties about whether you think that this is a record that matters or will be changing the world. It is a record that comes in, does a bit of a turn, shouts a bit and then leaves. It has a pile of energy and a feisty set of lyrics that conjure an infectious image of the last-gang-of-girls-in-town, partying all day and night and rightly belittling the male population for being idiots: in many ways, this is Lena Dunham’s Girls with a hard rock soundtrack.