CONCERT REVIEW: Mr. Bungle – Battles Live at The Fillmore


 

Something I always do is avoid using “I” in a review. I always avoid talking in the first person and just give a description of the show and let the reader form an opinion. I recently got the opportunity to see Mr. Bungle in Philadelphia and they are no ordinary band so this will not be an ordinary review.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Heavy Temple – Lupi Amoris


The first proper album from Heavy Temple sees the Philadelphia power trio in a rather interesting position. Aside from featuring a new lineup of players behind bassist/vocalist High Priestess Nighthawk, Lupi Amoris (Magnetic Eye Records) doesn’t seem too different from the two EPs released before it. It isn’t that much longer than those EPs, consisting of five tracks totaling thirty-three minutes long, and is executed in a similarly free-flowing Heavy Psych style. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Mothman And The Thunderbirds – Into The Hollow


Ever since I was a kid, I have had a deep interest in cryptozoology. While I can accept most of these hypothetical creatures as misidentifications or outright fabrications as an adult, there is still the part of me that likes to imagine the possibilities. As a musician myself, a cryptozoology-themed band has also been on my bucket list for a long time. I’m sure plenty of bands with that sort of theming are out there, but the debut album from Mothman And The Thunderbirds makes for a particularly interesting variation.

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Converge, Pig Destroyer, Napalm Death, Mayhem and more Booked for Decibel Metal and Beer Fest 2020


Decibel Magazine’s flagship Metal and Beer fest in Philadelphia will host amazing bands, brewers and fans in 2020. Booked for April 3-4 at The Fillmore, and the lineup looks sick with full-album sets from Converge (playing 2001’s Jane Doe), Pig Destroyer (playing 2001’s Prowler in the Yard in full for the first time), and Napalm Death (playing a one-time-only set of 1990’s Harmony Corruption and 1992’s Utopia Banished), plus Mayhem, Satan, Night Demon, Haunt, Magic Circle, Un, and more TBA.Continue reading


King Diamond – Songs For The Dead LIVE


It came as quite a shock when legendary Danish frontman King Diamond had to step away from music in 2010 to undergo triple heart-bypass surgery. Thankfully, just a couple of short years later, the rejuvenated frontman returned to the stage in all his corpse-painted, theatrical grandeur, choosing to keep his focus on touring rather than making an immediate return to the studio.Continue reading


Kenny Hickey And Aaron Joos Of Silvertomb Talk New Single, Shopping For A Label And More


 

Ghost Cult was lucky enough to catch up with the guys in Silvertomb (Type O Negative, Inhuman, Agnostic Front) in Philadelphia last fall, while they were on tour opening for Life Of Agony. The guys talked about Silvertomb’s debut single, ‘Insomnia’, fill in drummer Frank Godla (Meek Is Murder, Metal Injection), finishing their debut album, finding a record label, cover songs, and more. Thanks to the guys giving us a few minutes of their time, right before they went on stage. Sorry for the wonky sound for the first minute! Year of The Knife was on stage right next door and ruling hard. Interview by Keefy with photos and videography by Omar Cordy of OJC Photography.

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Decibel Metal And Beer Festival II At The Fillmore, Philadelphia


Philadelphia, I love you! I just need to start out with that sentiment, because honestly, that was what was in my throat the entire weekend that I was down in Philly for Decibel’s Second Annual Metal and Beer Festival. I heard all the stories and the awesomeness that was last year with SLEEP and everything that came with it. I definitely had a case of FOMO, really bad. So I bused it down to Philly on a semi-spring feeling Friday and prepared for the good times to roll. Sadly due to work, I had to miss the pre-fest party show, with Midnight. Devastating, but you can’t win em all, or even some in this life. Anyway, the fest would more than deliver, and all those good feelings were gonna last from the second I got off the bus at Independence Hall until I left to go home on Monday. Continue reading


Rock Allegiance 2017: Live At BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ


On a perfect autumn day in October, the 3rd annual Rock Allegiance Festival rolled into BB&T Pavilion & Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden NJ and over 20,000 rock and metal fans took in a great one-day event. Twenty bands played on three stages while fans of all ages enjoyed food and a fun atmosphere that included a riverside view of Philadelphia and a great VIP area on a real Navy battleship! Continue reading


King Diamond Posts “Halloween” Performance From Upcoming DVD


King Diamond announced earlier this year that, during the 2015 “Abigail In Concert” tour, the band filmed their shows in Philadelphia and Detroit for an upcoming DVD. Today the legend has shared a “work in progress” video preview of the ‘Halloween’ performance in Philadelphia online, and it’s just awesome. Continue reading


Guns N’ Roses Kick Off Their North American Tour In Philadelphia


Guns N Roses. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

Guns N’ Roses kicked off their new headlining tour last night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The legends’ set list including hits that spanned their entire career, classic cover songs, and even some surprises, including the first ever live performance of ‘Madagascar’ with Slash and Duff McKagan. Continue reading