T.M. Stevens, Bassist of 100s of Sessions and Tours, Has Died


One of the best and most prolific and coolest bass players in Rock history, T.M. Stevens, has died. He was 72. His colleague, fellow New Yorker, and musician Ronny Drayton broke the news on social media. Tributes have been pouring in from across all musical genres. Since 2017 T.M. was in a care facility while suffering from dementia. Starting out in the nineteen seventies in New York, T.M. was an early wunderkind on bass and received many accolades from bass and guitar magazines. He was also known for his flamboyant fashion sense and persona. Also known as Shaka Zulu, and fronting his own band also called Shakazooloo, his versatility and talent saw him as a member of his original band Space Cadets, as well as a recording and/or touring member of Pretenders, Steve’ Vai’s solo band for the album Passion and Warfare (also featuring Devin Townsend), his peer Victor Wooten, as well as hit albums from James Brown, Billy Squire, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel, 2Pac, Joe Cocker, Darlene Love, Taylor Dayne, Nona Hendrix, and over 247 credits according to Discogs.com. T.M. was also a fixture on many rock and metal tribute albums over the years. RIP. Continue reading

Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier, John Moyer, and More to Raise Money for The David Z Foundation Livestream Tonight

Stars from across Rock and Metal will join together on a livestream to raise money tonight on the David Z Foundation Livestream. David Z (David Zablidowsky) was the brilliant metal and progressive rock musician best known for his work in bands such as Adrenaline Mob, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and ZO2, died three years ago on July 17th, 2017 when a tractor-trailer collided with Adrenaline Mob’s tour bus. Check out the updated poster from Mike Portnoy’s tweet below. You can donate at the GoFundM link below and watch the live stream including artists ranging from Mike Portnoy, Dee Snider, Chris Jericho, Ray Luzier (Korn), John Moyer (Disturbed) Rikki Rockett, Don Dokken, Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Carmine Appice, Eddie Trunk, Marco Mendoza, Joel Hoekstra, Tiffany, John Pooper, Alex Skolnik, Charlie Benante, Dug Pinnick, Ra Diaz and more! Continue reading

Slipknot, Slayer, Ghost and Motörhead, ZZ Top, and Weezer “Pop! Rocks” Figures Coming Soon from Funko

Funko, the popular vinyl collectible toy company known for its highly collectible Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures spent the day Monday (January 21st) revealing new products all day today at London Toy Fair, including several new artist collaborations. Among the bands that Funko has partnered with are Slipknot, Slayer, Ghost And Motörhead, ZZ Top, and Weezer. Also revealed at the ToyFair were Pops for Eazy-E, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Lil Wayne, Salt N Pepa, and James Brown. Check out product mockups of the new collaborations below. Ghost Cult broke the news last year that Funko was planning at Papa Emeritus Pop. These new Pops are avaialble for pre-order now! Other artists who have gotten the Pop! Rocks figures in the past include Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, and Rob Zombie.Continue reading

Watch Guns N Roses “Welcome To The Jungle” in the Styles of Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Billie Eilish, Periphery, Amy Winehouse, Alice In Chains, Lizzo, Korn, and more

YouTuber Anthony Vincent is at it again with another 10 Second Songs Video! Watch Guns N Roses mega-hit ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ performed in the styles of Lady Gaga, Rammstein, Billie Eilish, Periphery, The Smiths, Amy Winehouse, Alice In Chains, Celtic Folk, Bluegrass, Eurobeat, Bollywood, Lizzo, James Brown, Korn, Aerosmith/Run DMC and more!Continue reading

INTERVIEW: From This World – Unearthing the Past to Build the Future

Following the premiere stream of their new single ‘Let It Go’, Ghost Cult caught up over email with the artist known as From This World over email for a Q & A interview to learn more about this project and the motivation behind the music. Armed with an inventive, excellent new album Variations on a Dream our dialogue covers the artist’s self-described “New Classic Rock”, influences, the personal nature of the music and much more!Continue reading

Volcano – The Island

For some time now, Californian Psych junkie Zach Oakley has wanted to team up with his percussionist brother Matt, and this wish has finally materialised with new project Volcano. Debut album The Island (Tee Pee Records) is a million miles away from the weird Blues of Harsh Toke, Joy, and Loom, from where the quintet has been culled: introducing African rhythms to whacked-out jams and creating an unusual yet vibrant concoction.Continue reading

Corinth- Corinth EP

Corinth cover


It’s grim up north, so the saying goes. Which, of course, must be the reason why our particular brand of Sludge is occasionally filled with so much joyous Funk that James Brown would be proud to get his good foot on it…Lancastrians Bastard Of The Skies have been flying this flag wonderfully for some years now, and Leeds quartet Corinth have emerged as serious contenders for the Yorkist crown.

Corinth (No Fun Intended) is the band’s third EP in as many years, opener ‘Solar Flare’s rapid rhythm battery immediately ceding to a vicious, knee-buckling groove. Ben Corkhill’s throaty roar duels with the evil scream of vocal counterpart Tom Clayton and the constant time switches, intricate yet weightier than a herd of elephants, bring Clayton’s jazzy bass and bountiful bounce to the fore. The thunderous rhythm section sees drummer Andy Baron change tempo numerous times whilst leading his team flawlessly.

The immense ‘Those With No Eyes’ begins, as the title suggests, with a more sinister feel: a deep-toned, tolling intro adding gravitas to the earlier powerful stomp, before a slow swing coincides with more of Corkhill’s holler. Vanessa Murray’s Maiden-esque leads have a more pensive, melancholic feel here, and head softly into a snarling yet tethered menace: the riff ever building toward a hostile, hateful tone before dropping deliciously into a low yet subtle, squalling morass.

There’s a Stoner vibe to the early strains of epic closer ‘Ironclad’ which initially threatens to cheapen the overall vibe. Whilst that somewhat lumbering beat rarely fluctuates there is, however, a steadily growing swell which is influenced by the howl of the morphing riff. A blend of harsh, soulful and bluesy vocals leads to an explosive mid-section, powering the track into the booming realms of Conan and assuring its eventual status as a modern Doom classic.

Here is a band who have constantly showed themselves to incorporate myriad influences into their intrinsically Low-end sound. This is their most expansive and intelligent offering yet, each track having a different feel without straying too far from home, and maintaining Corinth’s path toward inevitable greatness.



Video Premiere: Bad Citizen- Watch It Fall

Band pic for PR 1 (1)

Ghost Cult Magazine presents the premiere of the new music video from New York City hard rockers Bad Citizen. You can watch the video for ‘Watch It Fall’ at this link or below:

Prior to the release of their Rob Farren produced (Isle of Rhodes) debut EP Citizens Rise this past July, Bad Citizen has been a rising force in the crowded New York City club scene. Cutting their teeth playing institutions like Arlene’s Grocery, The Bitter End, and Legion Bar; this up and coming band has the rough hewn grooves of retro rock grooves and writing inspired by classic Rock, Blues and R & B. The band counts James Brown, Marvin Gaye and Howling Wolf to Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy among their influences.

Bad Citizen Citizens Rise

Bad Citizen is:


Matt Southerland – vocals

Frankie Figz – guitar

Patrick Fischer – bass

Steve Garcia – drums


Upcoming Dates:

Oct 29: Connie’s Ric Rac – Philadelphia, PA


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