ALBUM REVIEW: Darkness Everywhere – To Conquer Eternal Damnation

When it comes to American influences in Metal, it’s far from out of the ordinary to find European acts adopting a more U.S.-friendly sound to grow musically or widen their fan base. It is a little more unusual, however, to find American bands who look to Europe for inspiration. Especially when that influence goes back thirty years.

Continue reading

Light This City Had a Mini-Reunion This Weekend, Watch Them Perform “The Unwelcome Savior” Live

Modern Melodic Death Metal legends Light This City reunited briefly on stage for a rare performance this weekend at a show in Redwood City, California! The band played at The Hub Saturday on 4/20, 2024. Darkness Everywhere, featuring members of Light This City, opened for Crepuscle and The Hunt, and were joined by their former LTC members vocalist Laura Nichol and guitarist Steve Hoffman. The band bands for a performance of “The Unwelcome Savior!” Laura Nichol of LTC and other projects recently did a feature on a new Darkness Everywhere single and music video “The Architect of Misery,” which was also performed, from their upcoming new album To Conquer Eternal Damnation, dropping on May 10th from Creator-Destructor Records. Watch these videos, shot by Ghost Cult’s Anita Frausto, below! Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Týr – Trollfest – Æther Realm – The Dread Crew of Oddwood Live at Sanctuary

The illustrious Nordic act, Týr brought their Battle Ballads headlining tour to North America and Motor City was one of their stops. The band is out promoting their new full-length album bringing along Trollfest, Æther Realm, and The Dread Crew of Oddwood with them. This highly anticipated month-long run designated the Sanctuary in Hamtramck, a neighboring borough of Detroit, to share all their fabulous folk festivities with.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Absence – The Absence

Every so often, I get a message from the captain here at Ghost Cult to potentially squeeze in a review. Let’s just say, this was an easy “sure thing” when I saw it was the new, self-titled album by The Absence (Listenable Insanity Records). While it has been a while since I last listened to these Floridian thrash-meets-melodic-death-metalers, the lineup has seen some big changes outside of vocalist Jamie Stewart and returning drummer Jeramie Kling. The good news: we all get another thirty-seven minutes worth of killer, groovy, riff-tastic, death metal!Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Skeletal Remains – Fragments of the Ageless

On paper, Skeletal Remains should be on top of the mountain for many a Death Metal connoisseur. All the parts are here, really: plenty of double-kick drums, blast beats and screaming lead guitars to go around.

They’re even from California, and we all know how much of a gold mine the West Coast has been for extreme metal in the last four decades.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Darkest Hour – Perpetual I Terminal

Let’s go back to a time before Metalcore became big business, got overcrowded and then rose to prominence again. Back to before it had become a dirty word due to musical abortions like Falling in Reverse or Emmure completely shitting the bed. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Hand Of Kalliach – Corryvreckan

Ah, Scotland. Home of the highlands, tartan kilts, bagpipes, haggis, and whisky; Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod, the deep-fried Mars bar, the Loch Ness Monster, Outlander, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and an instant aversion to anyone from England who casually reduces the country to a series of stereotypes for the sake of a quick laugh. Not to mention its thriving metal scene, of course, with folk metal being one of the country’s most popular exports.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Eternal Storm – A Giant Bound To Fall

The selling point for A Giant Bound To Fall (Transcending Obscurity Records), the latest full-length from progressive/melodic death metal outfit Eternal Storm, is the simple fact that every song on the record brings something different and unique to the table. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Almost Dead – Destruction Is All We Know

In 2024, opening your album with a song about warheads falling from the sky is not only timely but casts you as the needed herald of this year’s coming apocalypse and Almost Dead proves themselves to be up for the job on the aptly titled, Destruction Is All We Know (Innerstrength Records).

While they mix thrash and hardcore influences, an important detail when you take into consideration the thrash bands whose names stood the test of time, are those that did so by writing songs that were not only memorable, but employed singers whose voices stood out and did not default to having the vocals a mere obligatory afterthought. Something that metal strayed from over the past decade, but Almost Dead don’t fall prey to.Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Upon Stone – Dead Mother Moon

Look alive kids, it’s time for America’s favorite game: initial impressions. Not going to lie, there was some editorial concern when noticing the album art for Upon Stone’s Dead Mother Moon (Century Media). When presented with an image depicting an armored warrior with broadsword in hand and the full moon lighting him from behind, I had some thoughts. Worst case scenario is this is some Dungeons & Dragons inspired Power Metal nonsense. Best case scenario, it’s very Castlevania by way of airbrushed art on the side of a van.Continue reading