Ghost Cult’s Weekly Ritual Edition LIVE Rock and Metal News Show 5-5-23


Catch up on what you missed this week in the world of Rock and Metal news with our show! #musicnews #rocknews #metalnews #interviews #newmusicfriday #metalfestivals #tourdates #metalconcerts #vinylcollector #metalmerch

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ALBUM REVIEW: Acid King – Beyond Vision


Beyond Vision (Blues Funeral Recordings) marks Acid King‘s fifth full-length album to date and its thirtieth anniversary as a band since their formation. It’s also the follow-up to 2015’s overlooked Middle of Nowhere, Centre of Everything album which Lori referred to in a recent interview on Conan Neutron‘s Protonic Reversal show with a hope of reissuing it at some point. Fingers crossed.

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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

ALBUM REVIEW: Oak – Disintegrate

Gaerea had a 2022 about as good as any Extreme Metal band, with the release of their third full-length album Mirage driving forward their sound and eloquently merging ferocious Black Metal with elements of heavy “post-” music to create a unique style, on a record that was one of the finest of the year. And during this period of creativity vocalist and guitarist Guilherme Henriques would continue to develop his Oak side project with former drummer Pedro Soares, which had begun when the two were writing and recording Gaerea’s debut album Unsettling Whispers in 2018.

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Sleep’s Stoner Doom Classic “Dopesmoker” to Receive a Remastered Expanded Edition

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Sleep’s classic Stoner Doom Metal opus Dopesmoker will see a new vinyl remastered boxed set via the bands’ current label Third Man Records, owned by Jack White. This followed the end of the bands’ contract with Southern Lord that expired for their reissues earlier in 2022. This release comes from Third Man’s Vault subscription series, is limited in number, and will only be available via sign-up until April 30th. Dopesmoker will arrive totally remastered from the original source tapes of this seminal album. The package includes four “green kush” colored LPs that include the album, a custom etching and alternate takes of “Dopesmoker” – an unearthed studio version of the long-lost track “Hot Lava Man,” a 7″ featuring “Dopesmoker” (Radio Edit) and “Proceeds The Weedian” (marking the band’s first 7″ release since 1991), two foldover posters and a woven patch, all inside a custom LP slipcase. A standard 2xLP version will be available from Third Man later this summer. Sign-up is open now through April 30 at midnight CST. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Matt Pike – Pike vs The Automaton

Absolute legend of stoner doom and sludge metal, Matt Pike has lifted off with his first solo album entitled Pike vs The Automaton (MNRK Heavy). Being known well for his work in Sleep and High on Fire, Matt takes all of the things he loves from those projects as well as other influences to put together a fantastic psychedelic rock album. Groovy, heavy, and really something for everyone can be found here to be enjoyed.

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High On Fire’s Matt Pike Releases New Single and Video “Land’ – featuring Mastodon’s Brent Hinds

Matt Pike (High on Fire, SLEEP) has finally shared what he and Brent Hinds of Mastodon have been working on since the dawn of the pandemic. The track and video for “Land” have dropped from the Pike vs. the Automaton album, and the track is exactly what you hoped it would be. Pike vs. the Automaton the Matt Pike solo album releases on February 18th, 2022 via MNRK Heavy. Pre-orders are live at the link below.

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Sleep Releases The Unedited Version of “Dopesmoker”

For Bandcamp Friday just passed (December 3rd, 2021) Sleep released their unedited version of their classic album Dopesmoker, originally released on 4/20 in 2013 via Southern Lord. The album is available now streaming from Bandcamp and CD. It also includes live versions of “Holy Mountain and “Sonic Titan!” Purchase and stream the album as the band re-envisioned it, and read the fascinating backstory below.

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CONCERT REVIEW: High on Fire – Spirit Adrift – Dysrhythmia: Live at Le Poisson Rouge

In certain circles, some might say “so goes Matt Pike, so goes the entire metal scene.” As the co-founder of two of the most iconic bands of the last two generations of die-hard metal fans, Pike’s mighty riffs laid down with SLEEP and later with High on Fire has led him from the underground to mainstream love from critics and fans alike. With his debut book about to drop, and a solo album tentatively due in 2022, Pike is on a roll and a High on Fire show, playing their first concerts in a few years now, is a necessary ritual for fans.

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Sleep Books Three Shows Next Spring

Sleep will end their hiatus in 2022 with at least three shows. They have announced mid-April gigs in Denver on 4/18, Colorado Springs on 4/19, and Albuquerque, on 4/20! Tickets on sale Friday 10/29 at 9a PST/10a MST. 2022 is also the 30th anniverdsatry of the seminal Stoner Doom album Sleep’s Holy Mountain aka Holy Mountain. Ghost Cult has an interview coming with Matt Pike where he discusses his new book “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics of Matt Pike”, the return of Sleep, his new solo album, and new High On Fire music as well, so watch this space next week!

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