ALBUM REVIEW: Botanist – Paleobotany

Green Metal like Black Metal … hammered dulcimers instead of guitars … gruff, growling vocals as well as clean singing, plus choral voices and symphonic passages. Yes, Botanist are “plant based”. Yes, Paleobotany (Prophecy Productions) is heavy and proggy. And yes, it’s very different, in a good way. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Ghost On Mars – Out Of Time And Space

If you like your music heavy, proggy and with an emotive atmosphere, then may I introduce you to Ghost on Mars.Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: New Rock and Metal Releases for 4-19-24

What are you getting this week!?
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PREVIEW: New Music Friday – New Rock and Metal Releases for 4-19-24

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INTERVIEW: Mike Hambright of Into the Deep on The “Blackfin” Album, and Harnessing The Power of The Sea

Last winter Keefy caught up with Mike Hambright of Raleigh, North Carolina’s oceanic-themed Progressive Music band Into The Deep! They released their new album “Blackfin” to start 2024 and we caught up to go track by track on the album, discuss the album’s themes, and more!Continue reading

CONCERT REVIEW: Voivod – Prong – Hirax Live at The UC Theatre Berkeley

I headed out to Berkeley for a night of good old-fashioned Thrash and Progressive metal, in what was to be my most anticipated concert of early 2024. None of these bands have ever disappointed me, and I had no reason to believe tonight would be any different. I was pleasantly surprised that the show was nearly sold out. And after a quick stop by the merch table led me to find out sales were brisk, but also that Prong’s excellent recent album State of Emergency (Napalm Records) was sold out for the entire tour and may not be repressed by the label. This is a total bummer but I’m stoked for all the sales, and glad I got one on pre-order when the record came out. Tommy Victor also remarked from the stage the new album was hard to find now. Feel free to check out our recent interviews with Tommy and the good old times we shared.Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Bumblefoot of Whom Gods Destroy on Supergroups, Extreme Styles of Metal, and More

Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Bumblefoot of Progressive Metal supergroup Whom Gods Destroy! Their new album Insanium is releasing via InsideOut Music! We talked to Ron about how the group from from the ashes of Sons Of Apollo – his work at the same time on the new Art Of Anarchy album, the heavy direction of this band and influences such as Pantera! Ron also talked about songcraft, guitar technique, revisiting other projects he has been in such as Asia, and some thoughts on revisiting Guns N Roses’ – “Chinese Democracy!”

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CONCERT REVIEW: Tool – Elder Live at Footprint Center

February 9th and 10th the Footprint Center stage, in Phoenix, AZ, lit up with the powerhouse that is Tool with direct support from Boston bred/and mostly now Germany-based band Elder. Elder started by warming up our ears to their heavy riffs and long instrumentals. This was my first time experiencing Elder, and I had never heard of the band until then. After this one experience though, I can easily see how the band fits and compliments Tool on this tour, as they too have some psychedelic and captivating soundscapes that just simply fits. Continue reading

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: New Rock and Metal Releases 2-9-24

What new Rock and Metal releases are you looking forward to this week?
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ALBUM REVIEW: Transit Method – Othervoid

Music that’s right here, right now, with echoes of glories past. A dream of an album that takes off fast, edgy, in a punky rush, sounding like … a punky Rush!

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