INTERVIEW: Locked In A Vacancy On Their New EP, New York Hardcore and Metal History, and More!


Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with most of the guys in  Locked In A Vacancy! They released their recent EP “Before The Dawn” in December, 2023. They were a key band in the New York Hardcore, Metal, and Death Metal scene in the late nineties and early 2000s, and have opened for the likes of Hatebreed, Biohazard, Candiria, Cryptopsy, Dying Fetus, The Haunted, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Zao, and many others. We chatted with the band about their comeback, signing with Fuzz Therapy Records, a chat about the Metalcore and Deathcore genres (starting with Bronx Deathcore), keeping the fun in Metal, and much more!Continue reading


CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISISTED: Life Of Agony’s “River Runs Red” Turns 30


 

Life Of Agony’s classic debut album River Runs Red was released 30 years ago today, on October 12th, 1993 via Roadrunner Records. Coming out of Brooklyn, New York and produced by Josh Silver (Type O Negative), the album shook the Hardcore and Metal world to its core with its heavy, catchy riff-heavy songs, impassioned vocals, and frank lyrics about suicide, drug addiction, ptsd, and family trauma. The band continues to tour and perform these songs around the globe, and made a sequel album, 2018’s acclaimed The Sound of Scars. Read retrospective we created for the 25th anniversary below, and jam out to some LOA today.   

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CONCERT REVIEW: Biohazard – Indecision – King Nine Live at Irving Plaza


Irving Plaza in New York City was the home for what I called the “New Yorkers only night” of the sold-out reunion shows of Hardcore Punk and Heavy Metal Crossover legends, Biohazard. This night kicked off with Long Island’s own King Nine, who were new to my ears. Known for their abrasive, heavy sound, took to the stage with ferocity, that set a ferocious tone for the evening. They proved captivating with their blend of abrasive vocals and abrasive riffs, reminding the crowd why they have earned their spot on the stage tonight.Continue reading


New York Hardcore Legend Steve Poss of Cavity Creeps Has Died


 

Sad news as Steve Poss, notably of New York Hardcore legends Cavity Creeps has died after a serious bout with cancer the last few years. He was just 53 years old. Steve was a fixture in NYHC scene, and the community is devastated by his loss. We send our sympathies out to his family, friends, and fans at this time. Continue reading


Sick of It All Shares New Video for “Bull’s Anthem”, ft Peers and Fans 


New York Hardcore legends Sick of It All have shared a new video for their song ‘Bull’s Anthem”!” The clip features fans and some famous faces from fellow punk bands. The track comes from their last album Wake The Sleeping Dragon!, which they dropped in 2018 via Century Media Records and Fat Wreck Chords, who put out the CD and vinyl version in the US. The album is available to stream and purchase now. 

“Getting all our fans and friends involved in the making of this video for ‘Bull’s Anthem’ was an absolute blast. We had so much fun going through all the submissions, piecing it together, and being able to bring some much needed laughter into all of our lives during these crazy times. It’s amazing to see so many people united via our music, from all over the world, and joining us in spreading a good responsible message. We want to thank Tim from Rise Against, Chuck from Hot Water Music and the hundreds of participants, for making this happen, and we want to thank you for watching and sharing this video. It’s US vs Them and the time for revolution has come! Support, love and take care of each other,” states SICK OF IT ALL about the music video.

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Kings Never Die – “Raise A Glass” ft Vinny Stigma and Mike Gallo of Agnostic Front


Hardcore Punk supergroup Kings Never Die will soon release their debut four-song EP, Raise A Glass, on limited edition vinyl and all streaming platforms via storied punk label Upstate Records! Ghost Cult is pumped up to bring you the blistering title track today! The track features Agnostic Front’s Vinny Stigma and Mike Gallo on the rousing song that is both a throwback to the glory years of punk, but also fresh for 2020! The band consists of members of New York HC legends like Mucky Pup, Dog Eat Dog, and Murphy’s Law such as guitarist Larry “The Hunter” Nieroda (Murphy’s Law, Stigma), guitarist Dan Natasi (Dog Eat Dog, Mucky Pup); drummer John Milnes (Mucky Pup), bass player Jay Kaflin (Sub Zero, Son Of Sam), and vocalist Dylan Gadino (Robots And Monsters). They released their first singles ‘Before My Time’ and ‘The Juice’ in 2019 and back in September they played their first show at the legendary birthplace of New York Hardcore, NYC A7. Pre-order Raise A Glass and stream the track right now!

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PODCAST: EPISODE 15 – Erica Stoltz of Sanhedrin on “The Poisoner” Album


Ghost Cult had the pleasure of catching up with Erica Stoltz of Brooklyn’s trad/stoner band Sanhedrin. They just released their excellent new album The Poisoner via the Cruz Del Sur label. Erica caught us up on the process of creating the new album, working with co-producer Colin Marston, the bands’ hands-on approach to sound recording and writing collaboratively, contrasting the classic scenes between New York and San Francisco, her lyrical inspirations and personal experiences that color the new album and much more!Continue reading


PODCAST: EPISODE 14 – Ian McFarland the Director of “The Godfathers of Hardcore” Film


Ghost Cult recently chatted with musician and director Ian McFarland, whose latest film is the acclaimed documentary, The Godfathers of Hardcore (McFarland & Pecci Films). The film is a candid and deep examination of the lasting influence of Agnostic Front on Hardcore music and the enduring friendship of Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma. In addition to making the rounds and earning accolades in the global film festival circuit, it has been showing on the Showtime network in the United States and Canada ahead of its wide release on April 30th.  The film is absolutely essential for anyone who loves and appreciates hardcore. We chatted with Ian about what inspired him to make the film, how his professional work as a commercial director prepared him for the different medium of making documentaries, the lasting bonds he built with Roger and Vinnie, and the future of the project. Continue reading


Life Of Agony’s “River Runs Red” Turns 25


Life Of Agony hit the music scene hard with their debut album River Runs Red on October 12th, 1993 via Roadrunner Records. They left a lasting impact that continues to reverberate today in the music world. Although they came from humble beggings in Brooklyn in the New York Hardcore scene, their release was a sensation that captured fans’ ears from all over the world. As one of the breakout bands from the crop of hugely influential Roadrunner releases that year that included Type O Negative, Sepultura, Fear Factory among others, they grew into an internationally known and loved band. Continue reading