PREVIEW: Record Store Day 2024 Essential Rock, Metal and Punk Releases

Another Record Store Day is upon us and we are still to bring you our pretty comprehensive list of what releases we think you should be picking up, and labels you ought to support. We get that commercialism and capitalism a kind of destroying the whole world, but at the same time if you love music, and if you especially love underground music, you want to support artists as hardcore as possible. The best way to do that is to put money in their pockets so they can keep doing what you love, and what they love. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: High On Fire – Cometh The Storm

Six years (where did that time go?) after their Grammy award-winning album Electric Messiah, comes High On Fire’s latest effort Cometh The Storm (MNRK heavy). Gone is the ferocious, Thrash-like assault of the last album, replacing it is their trademark sludgy, Stoner Metal, but with a broadened palette. Can this record live up to its revered predecessor? Continue reading

Plans For a Statue of Lemmy of Motörhead in His Hometown of Burslem, UK Are Approved and Moving Forward

Initially started with idea from a die-hard fan, a 3 meters (Editor’s note: 8+ feet for you non-metric system using readers) statute in the likeness of Metal legend Lemmy of Motörhead, by renowned sculptor Andy Edwards will proceed with the blessing of the town of Burslem, UK. Although Lemmy, who passed away in late 2015 ,lived for the last 45 years of his life in Hollywood, the statue will be erected at Burslem’s Market Place, near Lemmy’s birthplace. Andy Edwards has created countless commissions, including The Beatles statue on Liverpool’s Pier Head, and will use real clay from Burslem town to make the statue. The concerns centered around “good-natured but potentially incident-generating attention.” To combat those challenges, and possible defacement other statues have suffered, the artist has agreed to raise the statue’s plinth from 2.5 meters to 3 meters, ensuring a more respectful and secure placement. This will be the third monument in the world to lemmy following the bronze statue at The Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, Lemmy’s favorite hangout, and Clisson, France at Hellfest in 2022. Donate to the GoFundMe, launched with a goal of raising £50,000, and check out the artists’ conception video below. Continue reading

PODCAST: The Weekly Ritual Rock and Metal News Show Live 2-16-24

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Remembering Ian Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead Who Died Eight Years Ago

Eight years on since Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, world-renowned frontman and bassist of Motörhead and other projects died just days after his 70th birthday, it still hurts. A lot. The monumental shadow he cast over the music world, since he passed is evident by the constant tribute and rightful amount of worship. Lemmy had just celebrated his life with a huge birthday party in his adopted home of Los Angeles in 2015 when he received a fatal diagnosis of prostate cancer along with cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure. He passed just two days later. He toured just like he lived, hard and right up until the end. In the time since he passed away, there have been countless tributes, awards, stages at festivals cover songs, a statue at his favorite bar The Rainbow on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and his signature drink, The Jack And Coke was even renamed The Lemmy permanently by the beverage industry. There have been many tributes to Lem and Motorhead and new things with Lemmy are still coming out all the time, such as his long lost duet with Ozzy on “Hellrazer” in 2021, new boxed sets, live albums, and hopefully one day, the Lemmy solo album that was in the works when he passed. Check out some great Lemmy music, some interviews Ghost Cult has done, with tributes to Lemmy, and some other bands paying respect over the years. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Duff McKagan – Lighthouse


Duff McKagan is an interesting character. Having released his first solo album in 1993, a big gap followed till 2019’s Tenderness, with Lighthouse (BFD Records /Orchard/Sony) his third. This of course is but a fraction of McKagan’s musical story. Consistently coming across as the most likeable out of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup (in which he played bass and for his part was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), such a rock pedigree is already more than most mere mortals would ever get a sniff at.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – Kings of the Asylum


Two band names, three studio albums, one EP, a live album, and a change of vocalists. A lot has happened in the last few years for Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons. From beginning life as a side project for the former Motörhead guitarist, performing covers under the somewhat less than attention-grabbing moniker of Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, the band announced a much-needed name change the following year and the improvement was both noticeable and immediate.

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Kim McAuliffe of Girlschool on “WTFortyfive” and the Genius of Lemmy and Motörhead


Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Kim McAuliffe of Heavy Metal legends Girlschool! They just released their fourteen album “WTForty-five?” Kim discussed the new album, her entire career, their close association with Lemmy and Motörhead, and the notorious “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” EP and Record Store Day release from a few years ago, that Keefy loves

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FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Festival 2023 – Part 2



With the weather nothing like the crispy oven-cooked hellfire of last year’s Summerpocalypse, Bloodstock is a much happier place this year, and not even the first downpour of the weekend can dampen the spirits. Especially as today is Corpse-paint Day where everyone is invited to daub themselves in black and white make-up and become angry badgers for the next few hours.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Girlschool – WTFortyfive


Mighty Girlschool returns for their fourteenth-long burner and first music in nearly ten years. The title track refers to longevity. The way they deliver to the max on a record steeped in themes of doing your best, road doggin’ it, and standing true to your friends shows why they have lasted so long. It is a seize your own destiny type of album that connects in a big way and works wonders on the spirit the way the best rock n’ roll should.

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