ALBUM REVIEW: Slash – Orgy Of The Damned


Slash’s much-anticipated blues cover album is studded with fine performances – Chris Stapleton singing on “Oh Well”, Iggy Pop on “Awful Dream”, Brian Johnson loving it on “Killing Floor”.Continue reading


CONCERT REVIEW: ZOMBI – Overcalc Live at TV Eye


04.10.24, TV Eye, Queens, NY

What an amazing show, so much so I was talking about it days later covering a fest. It was a simple one on a Wednesday night at TV Eye in Ridgewood Queens, with only two bands but Zombi played for a solid chunk of time that still left me wanting more. Continue reading


INTERVIEW: Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation Discusses “Terrasite” and Making a Career Out of Death Metal


 

Ghost Cult’s Ojaay chatted with mainstay guitarist Josh Elmore of Cattle Decapitation! The band is releasing their new album “Terrasite” soon via Metal Blade Records! Josh discussed how he joined the band, his impact as one of the longest-serving members, his past non-metal project with Weasel Walter, CDs’ return to a hearty touring schedule, and more!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Jared James Nichols – Jared James Nichols


 

Critics who claim Rock And Roll is dead have not listened to Wisconsin native Jared James Nichols’ self-titled third album (Black Hill Records) which is filled with twelve pieces of evidence to the contrary. Nichols is known for his signature pick-less style and is one of only four global ambassadors for Gibson Guitars, which certainly sets expectations high for what you are about to experience.Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Abbath – Dread Reaver


Upon hearing there was a forthcoming third Abbath album about to drop, to say I was excited would be a serious understatement. The first two really kicked some ass but, with that being said I always try to approach every new album I get whether doing a review or not with a completely open mind. I do my best to try and not compare it to anything and just let it stand alone. Dread Reaver (Season of Mist) will definitely stand on its own.

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EP REVIEW: Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier


The first cut to land on my desk this year is the new EP from Los Angeles based Abysmal Dawn, with their first new music since 2020’s Phylogenesis (Season of Mist) full-length. So, to get the new cut was killer, not to mention I’m a Season of Mist fan, so that was double awesome. With that being said though good things definitely come to those who wait. Even though this is an EP it still tears it up. With blistering displays of guitar prowess and super thick melodies these cuts are killer. The drums are insane and are almost to the point of unbelievable as far as speed and technique go, which is something I really dig. They undeniably flex their metal muscle in the tracks presented and even though there are only two OG tracks (sorry for the spoiler, but there are covers) this is definitely an awesome display of where the band is going sonically. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Infex – Burning In Exile


If you are missing some new Thrash Metal then I would gladly invite you to give the new album from Bay Area Thrashers Infex a listen. I came into this review with no idea at all who Infex was, but now I know! This album is in a word, thrashtastic. I love to write about a band that’s all about riffage and crafting around said riff. This album took me back to when I was playing in a “Threath band” (thrash/death metal), a term coined by my former singer.

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Is There Any Instrument You Can Learn Yourself?


You can learn any instrument on your own. Making music comes from the soul. With the determination and passion for making music, you can get absolutely anything instrument playing on your own. The best players are those that play these instruments from the heart. Their motivation comes from the soul. Regardless of whether you are a complete newbie or revisiting an instrument after a long time, with the help of the internet, you can always get yourself playing it all on your own. There is an infinite number of instruments that you can teach yourself to play with the internet’s help. I will give you a few, which are the easiest to introduce yourself.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 116: King Buzzo (Melvins) on New Solo Album and The Tao of Guitar


Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Buzz Osborne of Melvins fame to discuss his new solo album Gift of Sacrifice (Ipecac Recordings) due out on August 14th, 2020. We talked to Buzz about the follow up to his solo debut, This Machine Kills Artists (2014), working with Trevor Dunn who collaborated on the album, the different approach to this new solo album, his upcoming book of photography, his golf game, the coronavirus and not being able to tour for the first time in 30 years, and some other things he is working on right now. You can order the album here https://lnk.to/KingBuzzo, and check out our podcast.

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PODCAST: Episode 57: Bobby Gustafson Talks Satan’s Taint and New Music


Ghost Cult caught up with Thrash Metal legend Bobby Gustafson recently for an interview. You know the name and the riffs of the man from his time in Overkill, but also Spudmonsters, and Cycle Sluts from Hell among others. Booby’s new band Satan’s Taint released their Thrashy new album Destruction Ritual earlier this year and it has many of the hallmarks of his classic songwriting style. We chatted about many topics with Bobby, including some metal history lessons you don’t want to miss!

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