Slayer Books Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry and Phil Anselmo and the Illegals

As previously teased Slayer has announced their final tour dates ever in America. Dubbed “The Final Campaign”, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour. Direct support will come from Primus, Ministry, and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing “A Vulgar Display of Pantera”. Tickets on sale Friday, July 12 at the link below, with pre0sale and VIP options as well.Continue reading

Watch Phil Anselmo Perform A Pantera Song Medley With His Solo Band

Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals just kicked off a solo headline tour last week. At their stop in San Antonio, TX the band played a medley of songs from Phil’s old band Pantera. The jammed out to ‘Domination/Hollow’ as heard on the classic 1997 live album Official Live: 101 Proof (East /West) Watch the fan-filmed footage below. Continue reading

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Book New Headline Tour Dates With King Parrot

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, who previously postponed US tour dates due to Philip H. Anselmo’s recovery from back surgery, have rebooked the tour. Joining them will be Housecore Records labelmates and Anselmo protegees King Parrot. The tour begins September 6th in New Orléans, Louisiana and includes a stop at this year’s edition of Berserker Fest September 28th in Pontiac, Michigan. See all confirmed dates below. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 9th with additional shows to be announced soon. Watch the trailer for the tour below! Continue reading

Download Festival Preview




With summer right around the corner, it’s time to get psyched for festival season. In the UK, there is no event bigger or more venerable than Download. As the feisty offspring of the legendary Monsters of Rock concerts at Castle Donnington in Donnington Park that lived in the imagination of rock and metal fans the world over for two decades, Download is as value packed as ever with bands. This years lineup shows a willingness not to be intimidated or outshine by the competition of other big festivals, the UK or elsewhere in Europe.


Held over three days, 13-15 of June at Donnington Park on five stages daily, the 2014 lineup is a bold one that promises something for everyone to enjoy. Bands of note for Friday include the much talked about headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Anathema, Rob Zombie, Within Temptation, Black Label Society, Quicksand, Skindred, Miss May I, Huntress, Bloody Hammers as well as Bad Religion and Offspring.


Saturday blends the catchy, more mainstream fair with the best of modern underground metal. Linkin Park is playing all of their Hybrid Theory album and for fans of a certain age, that will sure bring back a few things. Among the main bands that our readers would most be interested in Killswitch Engage, Fozzy and Dying Fetus play along with Bring Me the Horizon and others. I kind of feel bad for everyone that has to follow Dying Fetus actually, so #WhyNotDyingFetus indeed. The other big band of import this day is Behemoth, who is coming of a sizzling run of shows in the UK and the USA recently. Other big bands include the reactivated American Headcharge, The Black Dahlia Murder, Orange Goblin, Monster Magnet, Battlecross, Anathema doing a special second unplugged set, Skid Row, Chevelle, and Sikth. Also for the more rock motivated Twister Sister, Status Quo and Ginger Wildhearts solo sets are are worth seeing.


On the final day Download has brought out the big guns, quite literally in Aerosmith. While their recent music is nothing to write home about, they always step up big live and play all of their hits brilliantly. Other worthy bands on Sunday include Alter Bridge, The Dillinger Escape Plan and their insane stage antics, Trivium, Volbeat, Philip Anselmo and the Illegals, Sabaton, Sepultura, Suicide Silence, Red Dragon Cartel, Avatar, Thy Art Is Murder, Kill Devil Hill, Monuments, Polar and Nick Oliveri (Kyuss, QOTSA, Dwarves) solo acoustic.



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Ghost Cult Presents: Albums of The Year 2013- Part III

And then there were ten! We are slashing our list of 2013 heavy music Albums of the Year down another bunch to albums #10-#6. As voted on by the global staff of Ghost Cult Magazine, these albums represent some of the best releases of last year.



Philip-H-Anselmo-The-Illegals-Walk-Through-Exits-Only 10. Philip H. Anselmo & The IllegalsWalk Through Exits Only (Housecore)

Intelligent, difficult, challenging, aggressive, unique extremity from Big Phil.

Issue 10: “If you love the vitriolic harshness of classic middle-era Pantera albums, Superjoint Ritual and his other work, you will be thrilled to hear the sound of the Phil of old rise again. This album will speak to a primal place deep within you, and it will have you speaking in tongues.” Read the full review



Vista_chino_-_peace_album_cover 9. Vista Chino – Peace (Napalm)

Kyuss (minus Homme) return with a chilled out fuzzy purpose.

Issue 13: “Given that no other band of their ilk has ever come close to bettering the Kyuss sound, this was hardly ever likely to go wrong, and with the likes of Garcia and Bjork at the helm, Vista Chino are a blast from the past that are surely here to stay, and one that any self-respecting rock fan should thank his/her lucky stars for. Welcome back gentlemen!” Read the full review




a2170755765_10 8. Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season of Mist)

Discordant Death metal masterpiece

Issue 12: “Gorguts are one of the best technical death metal bands out there, and Colored Sands is a very welcome return which easily measures up with other entries in their discography. The best thing about Colored Sands is that they haven’t attempted to recreate any part of their discography, yet it is still resolutely, undeniably, Gorguts.” Read the full review



kylesa-ultraviolet 7. Kylesa – Ultraviolet (Season of Mist)

Psychedelic sludgers bring the rock on their 6th album

Issue 10: “Filtering a psychedelic and shoegaze like warmth and expression through their distinctive sonic mastery, the band has created an album (that) will enslave a new breath of fever fuelled recruits to their continuing artistry and imagination.” Read the full review



ihsahn-das 6. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen (Candlelight)

Progressive, extreme, inventive and avant-garde

Issue 13: OCTOBER ALBUM OF THE MONTH Das Seelenbrechen translating to “The Soul Breaking” in English, sees Ihsahn pushing further into the realms of Avant-Garde experimentalism. Aided by the fine gents in Leprous, Tveitan has crafted an increasingly bold complex concoction of intricate time changes, free jazz passages and snarling extreme metal.” Read the full review



AOTY Part I – 50-21

AOTY Par II- 20-11


Written and compiled by Steve Tovey