ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: STAFF PICKS – Matt Cook’s Top 25 Albums of 2023

With our sights set on the end of one year and the start of another, we are sharing End of Year lists from staff, bands, and some friends in the business. Ghost Cult scribe (and part of our new, expanded reviews editorial team) Matt Cook has great taste in metal, has the most luxurious beard on staff, and is a great dude. Check out his top picks for his Top Albums of 2023!Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown 2023: Part 1 (75-41)


2013 saw Ghost Cult crown Surgical Steel (Carcass) as our inaugural Album of the Year in a democratic aggregated vote process, untouched by editorial hands (other than the sliding of the abacus balls from one side to the other – or rather the logging of votes and the use of a rather rudimentary spreadsheet), a format we continue to utilise as the years pass, and the seasons grey. Our dedicated team of writers, editors, photographers make their submissions on demand following a month of much wringing-of-hands and profanities being aimed into the editorial mailbox.Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 251: The Steve and Keefy Power Hour, April 2023 Edition

Time for another edition of The Steve and Keefy Power Hour! Senior Editor Steve Tovey joins Chief Editor Keefy, recapping March 2023 Rock and Metal Releases and previewing April’s essential new heavy music! Two white guys and music nerds pontificate on the music you love. Also, will we have new music soon from Ghost, Slipknot, Foo Fighters, and Iron Maiden? Shoutout to our amazing team of reviewers worldwide. Also, also, RIP Mat Davies as always. Hosted by Ojaay!

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Watch The New Lyric Video From High Fighter – “When We Suffer”

High Fighter will release their brand new album Champain via Argonauta records next week, on July 26th 2019. The band has just shared a new lyric video for their track ‘When We Suffer’, featuring vocalist Anton Lisovoj of Downfall of Gaia on guest vocals. Watch the clip and pre-order the album now at the links below. Continue reading

Downfall of Gaia – Ethic of Radical Finitude

The most interesting bands are not the ones that come out of the box ready made to ingest. The best shift like a sea at storm, creating and destroying, adding and taking back what it wants. Downfall of Gaia too has continued to adapt and improve, pushing themselves and everything else outward with every release. After a few years absence, the band has returned again with their new album, once again aiming high as they can. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Adds Minsk, Mount Salem and Worm Ouroboros To Lineup

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Roadburn Festival has added Minsk, Mount Salem and Worm Ouroboros to their lineup for Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the 013. Goatwhore, Downfall of Gaia, Cortez, Fister and Moloch have been added at Cul de Sac.

However, Lord Mantis will no longer be performing and Fistula will be taking their place on April 11, 2015.

Curated by Ivar Bjørnson (Enslaved) and Wardruna‘s Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik, Roadburn Festival 2015 (including Fields of the Nephilim, Anathema, Skuggsjá, Enslaved, Wardruna, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin performing Dawn of The Dead and Susperia in its entirety, Zombi, Sólstafir, White Hills, Bongipper, Floor, Eyehategod and The Heads as Artist In Residence among others) will run from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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Downfall Of Gaia Touring US in January, February 2015

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Germany/New York post black metallers Downfall Of Gaia is doing a US Tour in January and February in support of their record Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay, out via Metal Blade. The album was recorded at ’79 Sound Studio in Cologne, mixed at renowned Atomic Garden Studio in San Francisco and mastered at Audiosiege in Portland.

Founded in 2008 and having undergone several changes on drums, the quartet is now comprised of Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (guitar, vocals), Peter Wolff (guitar, vocals), Anton Lisovoj (bass, vocals) and Michael Kadnar (drums), who are respectively located in Berlin, Hamburg, and New York City. Although the group’s roots lie within the crust punk scene, they’ve become more closely associated with a sound that rather corresponds to the impact of an avalanche made from black earth, rock, and dirty sludge, while their lyrics poetically describe the dark side of living.

Jan 23: Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
Jan 24: Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
Jan 25: Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
Jan 26: DC9 – Washington, DC
Jan 27: Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Jan 28: 529 – Atlanta, GA
Jan 29: Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
Jan 30: Churchill’s – Miami, FL
Jan 31: Fubar – St. Petersburg, FL
Feb 01: The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
Feb 03: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX
Feb 04: Double Wide – Dallas, TX
Feb 05: Fubar – St. Louis, MO
Feb 06: Red Line Tap – Chicago, IL
Feb 07: Frequency Mansion – Madison, WI
Feb 08: Now That’s Class – Cleveland, OH
Feb 09: The Shop – Pittsburgh, PA
Feb 10: The Monkey House – Burlington, VT
Feb 12: TBA- Boston, MA
Feb 13: Saint Vitus – New York, NY

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