Ghost Cult’s Album of the Year Countdown 2023: Part 1 (75-41)


 

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


ALBUM REVIEW: Darkplace – About the End of the World


 

There are a few artists in history whose identity is shrouded in secrecy – The Residents, Buckethead, the majority of Goat and Darkplace. In an age where social media is so prevalent and where privacy is seemingly such a dirty word, it’s refreshing that Darkplace has chosen to keep himself/herself(?) anonymous so as to let the music do the talking. Based in Sweden About the End of the World (Icons Creating Evil Art) marks the mysterious entity’s debut full-length.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dreamwell – In My Saddest Dreams, I Am Beside You


 

With their debut album, Modern Grotesque, Dreamwell certainly hit the ground running, full of cathartic, screamo energy that most bands several years into their career wish they could muster. It was enough that the band even got picked up by Prosthetic Records, looking at Dreamwell to capture lightning in a bottle twice with their sophomore effort, In My Saddest Dreams, I Am Beside You.

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System Of A Down, Slipknot, and Bring Me The Horizon are Booked to Headline Sick New World Festival 2024


Following a meteorically successful inaugural year, Sick New World is set to return to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds April 27, 2024 with an enormous collection of the world’s biggest hard rock, alternative, and up and coming artists. With a closing performance from returning headliner System Of A Down, this colossal lineup features over 65 artists across five stages, including Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Danny Elfman, Bad Omens, Sleep Token, Knocked Loose, and many more.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Helen Money and Will Thomas – Trace


 

Helen Money, aka Alison Chesley, is a cellist who has worked with some pretty heavy hitters in the alternative/underground scenes including Jarboe, Bob Mould, Steve Albini, and Neurosis. In addition to these, she has also released music as part of the band Verbow and as a composer for film, theatre, and dance.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Bosco Sacro – Gem


 

Gem (Avantgarde Music) is the debut album from Italy’s Bosco Sacro, a band formed in 2020 by seasoned contributors to the Italian and European underground heavy music scene.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Secret Machines – “Underneath The Concrete”


 

Secret Machines have teamed up with Ghost Cult to release their new single “Underneath The Concrete” before you can stream it tomorrow, August 30th. They will soon release their acclaimed and loved self-titled album on digital for the first time remastered, and resequenced with new music! This album has never been available on streaming and is coming to all DSPs, remastered by Simon Scott (Slowdive). Originally released on October 14, 2008 via TSM Recordings. The new single follows the record’s first single, a revamped version of “The Fire Is Waiting,” featuring Tony Visconti on recorder. With this release, the track is available via all DSPs for the very first time. Recently, Secret Machines shared a new double EP featuring a reissue of their Dreaming of Dreaming EP and an EP of new content entitled Day 21. The new release includes their recently released singles: “Day 21” (off the latter) and “Dreaming of Dreaming (Mavrogeorgis and Sclavunos version)” (off the former), which was recorded/engineered by Jim Sclavunos, drummer/percussionist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Stream “Underneath The Concrete”

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Secret Machines – “The Fire Is Waiting”


Secret Machines have returned! They will release their acclaimed and loved self-titled album on digital for the first time remastered, and resequenced with new music! This album has never been available on streaming and is coming to all DSPs, remastered by Simon Scott (Slowdive). Originally released on October 14, 2008 via TSM Recordings. Alongside the announcement, they have shared the record’s first single, a revamped version of “The Fire Is Waiting,” featuring Tony Visconti on recorder. With this release, the track is available via all DSPs for the very first time. Recently, Secret Machines shared a new double EP featuring a reissue of their Dreaming of Dreaming EP and an EP of new content entitled Day 21. The new release includes their recently released singles: “Day 21” (off the latter) and “Dreaming of Dreaming (Mavrogeorgis and Sclavunos version)” (off the former), which was recorded/engineered by Jim Sclavunos, drummer/percussionist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Stream the “The Fire Is Waiting” here at Ghost Cult now!

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NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: July 17th New Music Releases


Purchase And Stream All The New Music Released Today!

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Møl – Jord


The only certainties in this life are death, taxes and Holy Roar not releasing bad records. With both Conjurer and Rolo Tomassi already blazing a trail this year, Holy Roar’s next world-beater comes to us from Denmark’s Møl, who may have just about perfected the whole Shoegaze/Black Metal trend with Jord (Holy Road Records), a record whose delicate intricacies are as emotionally devastating as its grossly incandescent rage.Continue reading