Loud As Hell Festival Announces Band Submissions for 2024


Canadian extreme music festival Loud As Hell announces it will be accepting band submissions for their 2024 lineup being held from August 2nd to 4th at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds in Drumheller, AB. Ghost Cult Magazine is proud to announce we are one of the media partners for the 2024 festival.

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – New Rock and Metal Releases 9-22-23


What new Rock and Metal records are you looking forward to this week?

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PREVIEW: New Music Friday – New Rock and Metal Releases Preview 9-22-23


What new Rock and Metal records are you looking forward to this week?

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Roadburn Festival 2023


Let’s get one thing out of the way, Roadburn is still the premier underground fest that it has always been. I know so many people who went into this year’s fest expecting it to be their last, saying the lineup wasn’t for them, or that they didn’t like this change or that change. But I can tell you, they have all already booked rooms and bought tickets for next year. Change isn’t bad.

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Watch Front-Row Video of KEN Mode’s Entire Recent Set in Portland


Long-running Canadian Sludge/Noise band KEN Mode is currently on tour supporting their 2022 album Null (Artoffact Records) as well as their just released surprise single “Painless” – streaming now at Bandcamp! Captured at High Water Mark in Portland, Oregon by YouTuber Cell Arts (definitely go subscribe to his channel) the band slayed the crowd with an incredible nearly hour-long set. Catch them soon as one of the pinnacles acts at the upcoming Roadburn Festival next Month!




Set list – via Setlist.fm

A Love Letter

Doesn’t Feel Pain Like He Should

Counter Culture Complex

Lost Grip

The Illusion of Dignity



Feathers & Lips

No Gentle Art

Check out our 2022 interview with Jesse of KEN Mode:

INTERVIEW: Jesse Matthewson of KEN Mode Discusses “Null”



Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2022 Part 3 (20 – 1)

Press on, intrepid reader, to find out our top albums of 2022, as voted for by the cast, crew and hangers-on of the good ship Ghost Cult. Over 275 albums were nominated (including one stray and errant vote for Stryper… we’ve had words), some people lauded albums as the greatest of all time that no one else noticed, other albums picked up a steady stream of votes across the board without tickling the top of anyone’s charts, but through it all, we’ve been able to compile our team list of the best 75 albums of the year. And there are some absolute corkers, here. 75 of them, to be exact…

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Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year 2022 Part 2 (40-21)

As we move into the meaty part of the Ghost Cult albums of the year for 2022 (as chosen solely by the team that dedicate their time to promote, analyse and share the love for the great alternative music that we exist to talk about), we find a mix of old favourites and a sprinkling of new rising and shining stars…Continue reading

Ghost Cult’s Albums of the Year 2022: Part 1 (75 – 41)


After a false start, someone (naming no names) got rather over-excited about a new Power Metal band that promptly disappeared out of the collective consciousness, it wasn’t until mid-January, and a new 40 Watt Sun album, that alternative, rock and metal really got out of the starting blocks for 2022.Continue reading

Roadburn 2023 Books Deafheaven, Julie Christmas, Wolves In The Throne Room, Bruts, Giles Corey, Chat Pile, Burst, KEN Mode, and More!


The first bands have been announced for Roadburn 2023! Among the first bands announced are Deafheaven, Julie Christmas, Wolves In The Throne Room, Brutus, Giles Corey, Chat Pile, Burst, KEN Mode, Big ‡ Brave, and more! The first commissioned project for 2023 is JOHN CXNNOR performing All My Future’s Past. Tickets go on sale on November 15th, at the link below.

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The Top Ten Stories at Ghost Cult This Week 9-30-22

In a new feature here, we recap the biggest stories of the week here at Ghost Cult! We went to 12, because fuck it, it’s our list! This week Slipknot keeps ruling, footage from the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins tribute show in LA, an Alice in Chains classic hits 30, Metallica books one more special gig this year, Desertfest 2023’s first lineup announced, help for Karyn Crisis, interviews with KEN Mode, and Pathos & Logos, Polyphia, a King Crimson documentary is geetting a big release in theaters, and more! Continue reading