NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – Rock and Metal Releases 3-8-24

What new Rock and metal releases are you looking forward to this week?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Exhorder – Defectum Omnium

After returning from hiatus with the rather good comeback album Mourn The Southern Skies in 2019, New Orleans Thrash Metal legends Exhorder are at it again with new album Defectum Omnium (Nuclear Blast Records) – thankfully not making us wait another twenty-seven years. Continue reading

PODCAST: Episode 424 – The Steev and Keefy Power Hour, Rock and Metal Releases Forecast March 2024

The Steev and Keefy Power Hour is back with another episode recapping all the essential Rock and Metal releases we had in February ’24, and the new albums due out in March! Ghost Cult’s Senior Editor Steve Tovey joins Chief Editor Keefy, they chat about the return of Slayer, Power Trip, and more, our Ghost Cult Album of the Month for February (cheers to you, Job For A Cowboy), and much more!Continue reading

PREVIEW: New Music Friday – Rock and Metal Releases 3-8-24

What new Rock and metal releases are you looking forward to this week?

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Exhorder Share Single and Video for “‘Forever And Beyond Despair’ – New Album Out Soon

New Orleans thrash/groove legends, Exhorder, have released their latest single and video, “Forever and Beyond Despair.” Following “Year Of The Goat,” this is the second track to be taken from their upcoming fourth album, Defectum Omnium. The new full-length arrives on March 08th via Nuclear Blast Records. Exhorder also hit the road in April with Vio-Lence. Check out the new video, live dates, and more below.
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Exhorder Drop “Year Of The Goat” Single and Video with New Album Announced

New Orleans thrash and groove trailblazers, Exhorder, have revealed plans for their 4th full-length record, Defectum Omnium. Following up 2019’s Mourn The Southern Skies, and featuring cover art by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Opeth), it’s due out March 08th on Nuclear Blast Records. The band have also shared the album’s first single and video, “Year Of The Goat.” Check it out below, and read more from Exhorder.

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Vio-Lence Books April Headlining “Eternal Nightmare” Tour Dates with Exhorder, Deceased, and Mortal Wound

Bay Area thrash icons Vio-Lence will return to the stage this April for a special eight-date headlining tour featuring the band performing their classic 1988-released debut full-length Eternal Nightmare in its entirety! The tour runs from April 5th in Cambridge, Massachusetts through April 13th in Chicago, Illinois. Support will be provided by Exhorder, Deceased, and Mortal Wound. This show is not to be missed, as we saw when Vio-Lence performed Eternal Nightmare in Oakland this year. Tickets are on sale now. See all confirmed dates below.Continue reading

EP REVIEW: Beltfed Weapon – Darkened Demise


Beltfed Weapon has often felt like a fun but sort of long-running vanity (but nonetheless valid) project for Seattle’s talented Frank Hetzel, many years between quite short releases featuring a who’s who of underground metal players guesting in support of a slightly odd discography. It is strange to me that there aren’t a series of full-lengths after so much time spent between releases, but every shorter thing Frank has released still has moments to enjoy for the casual thrash, death, and (at times) power metal fan.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Overkill – Scorched


Seems like we’re going to have to score another one for the bad guys. And by bad guys, I am referring to some of Thrash Metal’s pioneers who refuse to acknowledge the passage of time and are still melting amp heads like it was 1986.

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Maryland Deathfest to Return in 2024

Gorguts at MDF 2014, photo by Hillarie Jason Photography

In a statement posted on social media, Maryland Deathfest has announced they will return! After a hiatus for 2023 the fest will return from May 23rd to May 26th, 2024. In a message to fans the co-founders of MDF discussed the hiatus and the the return as well as new dates for 2024. MDF 2024 will be their 20th fest in Baltimore. They did announce that aftert the upcoming London Desertfest, they are discontinuing all other festivals they have put on, Netherlands Deathfest, California Deathfest, and more will be no more. You can read a statement from the co-founders Ryan and Evan, below. MDF has operated for almost 20 years, put on 19 fests, and expanded to a global footprint, all while giving a greater voice to Death Metal, Avant-Garde Metal, Stoner Doom, and more genres, perhaps as much or more than any fest in the world. Continue reading