ALBUM REVIEW: Iron Monkey – Spleen and Goad


Iron Monkey were one of the OGs from the UK underground Sludge Metal scene back in the mid-late nineties and had a run that included the reissue of their self-titled debut album (1997), and their follow-up Our Problem (1998) – on the mighty Earache Records. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Mario Lalli and The Rubber Snake Charmers – Folklore From The Other Desert Cities


Mario Lalli is a legend in the Desert Rock scene whose career started in the mid-eighties with a short-lived outfit, Across the River. From there, he’d form Yawning Man and then Fatso Jetson, (the latter with brother Larry and who’d put out their first couple of releases on the legendary SST Records label). Other bands such as

would come and go over the years, not to mention a never-ending raft of guest appearances. Continue reading


John Garcia (ex-Kyuss) Books North American East Coast Tour Dates



American desert rock pioneer, John Garcia known for his work with bands such as Kyuss, Hermano, Slo Burn, and more – has announced a North American East Coast tour for this spring. He will be performing classic songs from some of his iconic bands. Kicking off May 15 in Madison, WI, support comes from Jared James Nichols, psych-rock duo Telekinetic Yeti, and Left Lane Cruiser.Prior to the tour, John Garcia will be performing a free show in Austin, TX on March 16 with support from Midnight. Find more details in the article below.
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EP REVIEW: Slower – Slower


Covering Slayer is a tricky business. Many bands have tried and failed, and despite displaying obvious reverence to the Californian Thrash legends, only a handful have ever really been able to do real justice to the source material. And of those, it’s the ones who arrive from left field that remain in the memory the most.

From Finnish cellists Apocalyptica to LA rap-metallers Body Count, it’s US singer/pianist Tori Amos who produced arguably the most innovative cross-genre take back in 2001 when she gave the world a very different version of “Raining Blood”. And now it’s the turn of Fu Manchu guitarist Bob Balch, the stoner metal legend getting the idea after teaching a student how to play “South of Heaven” in a different tuning and, well… Slower.Continue reading


PODCAST: Ghost Cult’s Weekly Rock and Metal News Livestream 12-22-23


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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Mario Lalli and The Rubber Snake Charmers (ex-Yawning Man, Kyuss, Stoner) Share Their Debut Single and Video – “Other Desert Cities”


The Metal Gods of riffs and smoke have smiled on the world and bestowed a new champion of Psychedelic Rock Music to the people. Mario Lalli and The Rubber Snake Charmers (ex-Yawning Man, Kyuss, Stoner) have formed a Stoner Rock supergroup and will release their debut release Folklore From The Other Desert Cities. It will release on the venerable Heavy Psych Sounds label on March 19th, 2024! This is desert rock at its finest, along with the hypnotic poetry of Sean Wheeler! Watch the video for the debut single “Other Desert Cities” here at Ghost Cult! Continue reading


Mutants Of The Monster Fest 2024 Books John Garcia (Kyuss), Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti, Rebematic, Spirit Adrift, Deadbird, Fistula, Flummox and More


 

Mutants Of The Monster Fest will return in 2024 to Little Rock, AR from May 16-18! The multi-day festival will take place in the Argenta Arts District and has revealed the first wave of bands, which features John Garcia (Formerly of Kyuss), Weedeater, Telekinetic Yeti, Rebematic, Spirit Adrift, Deadbird, Fistula, Flummox and more to be announced! Taking place in North Little Rock, AR at the Argenta Community Theater, early bird tickets are on sale at the link below!

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ALBUM REVIEW: Liturgy – 93696


When it comes to describing 93696 (Thrill Jockey), the latest album by Liturgy, one could just as well start by describing what this album is not. It is not a record to easily put on in the background and definitely not a go-to if you want to reduce your anxiety. Pretty much the opposite is true. This is a record screaming in your ears for attention, that induces anxiety all along the way.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bush – The Art of Survival


 

Since relaunching Bush in 2010, the Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor partnership (Traynor taking on the right-hand role in the band once Rossdale resumed performing under the Bush banner in the stead of the retired Nigel Pulsford) have, in an understated way, added to the band’s legacy, producing five albums, and a slew of consistently decent tunes.

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ALBUM REVIEW Black Lung – Dark Waves


It is a time of change for the Baltimore based psych-doom three piece Black Lung, who following the release of their third album Ancients in 2019, parted ways with founding guitarist Adam Bufano, replacing him with Deaf Scene’s Dave Fullerton. Four months later and their subsequent tour of the album was cancelled as the pandemic struck, so the band decided to regroup and start working on fresh material with their new guitar player straight away. Continue reading