Alcatraz Festival 2024 Books Architects, Amon Amarth, Opeth, Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, and More!


Long-running Belgian Metal Festival Alcatraz 2024 has announced their full lineup! Taking place August 9-11 with a pre-party with Tribute bands on the 8th! Headlined by Architects, Amon Amarth, and Opeth, other bands on the bill featured are Clutch, Cradle Of Filth, Hatebreed, Satyricon, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Exodus, Watain, Dark Tranquility, Spiritbox, Korpiklaani, Jinjer, Life Of Agony, Armored Saint, Madball, Tnfofficial, Lord Of The Lost, Orden Ogan, Finntroll , Septicflesh, Orange Goblin, Soilthe, Benediction, Brant Bjork, Eclipse, Raven, Terrorizer, Misery Index, Heathen, Green Lung, Legion Of The Damned, Massacre, Monkey3, Cro-Mags, Truck Fighters, Bodysnatcher, Cripple Black Phoenix, Fen , The Casualties, Exumer, Skeletal Remains, Left To Die, Audrey Horne , Thronehammer, and many others are booked for the festival. After Thre Burial was originally announced, but has canceled their appearance. The full lineup post and ticket links for the fest can be found below! Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Khanate – Clean Hands Go Foul – Capture and Release


Having reemerged from its dank void of horror to release To Be Cruel in 2023, deconstructed-avant-doom entity Khanate continues to be pulled piece-by-piece from the mud, as the band’s third and fourth records — 2005’s Capture & Release and 2009’s Clean Hands Go Foul (Sacred Bones Records) — get shined and buffed for physical reissues. Continue reading


END OF YEAR GUEST POST: Renwar from Lightlorn – Top 10 Releases of the Year


We are still wrapping up all the goodness of 2023 with some fun guest posts from bands, friends, and fiends! Check out this list from Swedish two-piece cosmic Black metal band Lightlorn! They just dropped their new full-length album At One With The Night Sky in October and you can buy it at the link below.
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Prophecy Fest Books Triptykon and Farsot for 2024 Festival


Prophecy Fest are thrilled to announce Triptykon for the 2024 billing! The innovators of dark avant-garde metal will grace the Cave of Balve with a journey to their masterpieces – and as a generous nod to the special location, they will even briefly visit the legendary Celtic Frost classic “Into The Pandemonium”! On more exciting and forward looking news, game-changing black metal outfit Farsot has also agreed to perform in the cave next year. The Germans will not ‘only’ bring a brand new album to Balve but also perform a special 25th anniversary show!Continue reading


NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – New Rock and Metal Releases 12-1-23


 

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

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ALBUM REVIEW: Paradise Lost – Icon 30


 

Named after the epic 17th-century biblical poem by John Milton, Paradise Lost are without a doubt one of the real success stories of British Heavy Metal. Continue reading


PREVIEW: New Music Friday – New Rock and Metal Releases 12-1-23


 

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

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ghosts of Atlantis – Riddles of the Sycophants


 

Suffolk symphonic death metal masters Ghosts of Atlantis follow up their 2021 full-length debut with another journey to the faraway lands of myths and legend. A continuation of the events told on 3.6.2.4., Riddles of the Sycophants (Hammerheart Records) finds the remaining Atlanteans having washed ashore, word soon spreading about their survival and apparent favour from the gods. Creating unrest, these stories cause the seal on Pandora’s Box to be removed, the greed and desire of mankind once again forcing the Ghosts of Atlantis to intervene.

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PODCAST: Episode 228 – Duncan Evans Interviews Producer and Musician Marc Urselli About his “SteppenDoom” Album


 

Ghost Cult scribe Duncan Evans caught up with acclaimed music producer and artist Marc Urselli (U2, Foo Fighters) to discuss his new album Marc Urselli’s SteppenDoom, out now via Magnetic Eye Records. Duncan chatted with Marc about his producing career, the unique new album combining stoner doom with indigenous music, working with a bevy of special guests such as Matt Pike (Sleep, High On Fire), Aaron Aedy (Paradise Lost), Steve Von Till (Neurosis), Christopher Juul (Heilung), Dave Chandler (Saint Vitus), And Scott “Wino” Weinrich (The Obsessed) From The Metal Side, and masters of Throat Signing such as Alash Ensemble, Batzorig Vaanchig “Zorigoo”, Huun-Huur-Tu, Tanya Tagaq, Albert Kuvezin (Yat-Kha), and Alexey Tegin, and much more! Continue reading