2013 saw Ghost Cult crown Surgical Steel (Carcass) as our inaugural Album of the Year in a democratic aggregated vote process, untouched by editorial hands (other than the sliding of the abacus balls from one side to the other – or rather the logging of votes and the use of a rather rudimentary spreadsheet), a format we continue to utilise as the years pass, and the seasons grey. Our dedicated team of writers, editors, photographers make their submissions on demand following a month of much wringing-of-hands and profanities being aimed into the editorial mailbox.Continue reading →
Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with singer Tess Stevens and Gideon Berger to discuss the debut album from Bay Area Punk Rock band Tess And the Details,Runaway out now via Double Helix Records. Tess discussed her start in music, how she and Gideon came together and formed the rest of the band, their approach to cover songs, social media for bands, and much more!
Anyone who has ever screamed along to every word of Boysetsfire‘s biggest anthem “Rookie” knows Nathan Gray can deliver messaging, intensity and hooks in equal parts, but only until recently they weren’t living their full truth showing all the facets of themself to the public. After backing Nathan on a sort of solo-band journey of self-discovery, newer project The Iron Roses have found their full potential as well under their own name and elevating everyone (all six!) to equal prominence on one of the most jubilant, socially potent and catchy punk records you’ll ever hear.
Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Corpse Paint Records founder Andrew Spaulding for an interview. We discussed his lifelong love of Punk and Metal, how he founded the label, how he helped bring together Doom Metal supergroup EYE AM (members of Type O Negative, Crowbar, and Down), fandom and collectible merch, future projects for the label, the next EYE AM single coming soon, and more!
Ghost Cult Keefy caught up Phil Caivano of Monster Magnet! He released a killer solo album recently under his own name! Chatting with us, Phil broke down the songwriting of the album, saving riffs for a rainy day, his unique approach to guitar, thoughts on his career in Monster Magnet, the special relationship he has with MM’s Dave Wyndorf, and new music coming soon!
World Domination is a big old task. Both in terms of, um, well, actually taking over the world, but also in terms of taking everything about the fifth full-length from Norwegian collective Blood Command in. Twenty tracks, and everything from Black Metal to slick pop, via snarling punk, metallic stomping Hardcore, and even the odd pause for breath (though only a sharp intake before heading off somewhere else, into urban beats, or shimmery synths, or kicking someone’s head in).
In an astoundingly potent year for hardcore that is seeing beautiful and passionate efforts from so many bands from Gel to Fiddlehead to the upcoming Filth Is Eternal release, the return of Connecticut hardcore band With Honor is still a cause to celebrate.
Let’s be straight up: Final Gasp’sdebut Mourning Moon (Relapsev Records) is a great album, but going into this we need to be clear in what we expect from it. The album cover, and marketing hype around this album makes you think it’s the second coming of Type O Negative. This is not the case. They draw inspiration from one of my favorite eras of punk rock…the mid eighties. This is when bands like T.S.O.L. and Die Kruzen took a darker turn in a more shadowy direction.
CMFT2 (Decibel Cooper / BMG) is the second solo album from one of the largest mouths in Metal, a musician who you might have thought had all bases covered for his creative output by virtue of being the frontman in two wildly successful bands.
For the past seven years, Spanish Love Songs have made a reputation for themselves across their previous three albums for creating some of the most emotionally powerful music, a feat that, with the release of their fourth album No Joy (Pure Noise Records), the punk quintet achieved yet again.