Monday, June 18, 2018
Every once in a great while all those hours spent wasting time on social media pays off. As I was swiping my way around the Faceyspace one day recently I happened to be skimming through posts on a Clutch fan page and happened across a post from another member who had posted about his musical endeavors and I happened to stop and read what he had to say. As a musician, far less accomplished though I may be, I am always interested in the experiences of fellow musicians, and any musician who is a fan of Clutch definitely has good taste. He wasn’t shilling his band but was simply sharing the excitement at the accomplishment of the release of his band’s latest recording and hopes that music fans would find it interesting. He explained that the new record was the culmination of a collaboration with fiction author Jonathan Raab and that the album would serve as a prelude to the next installment in his series of novels, a concept album. My interest piqued, I replied to his post, inquiring as to the name of his band and relayed my interest in checking the album out. “Mississippi Bones” he replied, thanking me for my interest. Off to the Bandcamp I went and looked them up. What I found was something totally unexpected.
Radio Free Conspiracy Theory touches the fringes of the ongoing saga of one Cecil Kotto, a small town sheriff and host of a public access radio show focused on exposing various conspiracies dealing with monsters, genetic experimentation, government black ops schemes, alien mastery cults and all manner of X-Files worthy fodder, told in the form of Sheriff Kotto’s public access radio talk show with songs interspersed between segments of the radio show. The dialogue sections are entertaining and well done and the character of Sheriff Kotto is often hilarious in a whiskey swilling boisterous cop crazy uncle rambling about conspiracies kind of way, but the key is the music. Full of Southern stoner rock swagger with a large dash of Clutch influenced vocals in front of heavy
grooving bluesy riffs, Ohio’s Mississippi Bones bring toe-tapping head-bobbing goodness together with creative songwriting and well-crafted vocal harmonies to create a fantastically fun album to listen to that plays like a pulp novel. The result is an album that actually makes this listener want to delve deeper into the band’s catalog while also seeking out Mr. Raab’s novels to get caught up on Sheriff Kotto’s story so far, I have to admit I’m a sucker for a good sci-fi/fantasy/horror novel series…
For fans of: Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, Monster Truck, The X-Files.
1. Open Air
2. A Paranoiac's Farewell
3. Occult Deprogrammers
4. Blue Beam Dreams
5. Preacher Jim
6. Devilry & the Blues in Little Dixie
7. Cattle and Chattle
8. Genetic Flashback
9. Pirated Signal
11. Corporate Wendingos
12. 101 Ways To Cook a Human
13. Believe It or Not
14. The Order of the Night Moose
15. Geoff Joins a Cult
16. Ancient Astronauts and Alien Allegories
17. How Would You Even Know?
18. The Reptiles Are Among Us
19. Space Vampire Bastards Must Die
20. Radio Free Conspiracy Theory
Mississippi Bones is:
Jared Collins - Vocals, Organ
Dusty Donley - Guitar
Derik Dunson - Guitar, Vocals
Jason Rector - Bass
Jason Miller - Drums
Heather Collins – Vocals
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Ripple Music to release Planet of Doom: First Contact EP for Groundbreaking Animated Film l New music by Mos Generator, Vokonis, Messa + Slomatics
Planet of Doom: First Contact EP is released worldwide on 22nd June through Ripple Music
Pre-order now at www.ripple-music.com
"The Planet of Doom channels spirit of Heavy Metal movie."
HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
"Now THIS is an animated movie I’ll take my kids to! F*ck Frozen, it’s all about The Planet of Doom."
"I could gush and go on and on about the admirable undertaking that is bringing so many artists and bands together for one special project..."
"The Planet of Doom looks so damn epic and manly that it just shot right to the top of the list of my most hotly anticipated animated films."
In the spirit of R-rated animated films like Heavy Metal and the works of Ralph Bakshi, following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, Riff Lodge Animation (the studio behind the mind-blowing music video for Conan's ‘Throne of Fire’) are creating an epic feature-length fantasy/science-fiction film called The Planet of Doom, created entirely by artists and bands within the doom/stoner/psych/metal genres.
The story, written by art director/producer David Paul Seymour and adapted into a screenplay by animator/director Tim Granda, is one continuous tale that is broken up into fifteen chapters that are interpreted by a different artist and band team-up. The film contains no spoken dialogue, opting instead to tell the tale through the lyrics of the original music. As a special bonus, the film will include an option for ‘lyric subtitles’ so you'll never miss a word no matter how insane things get!
"The film is your classic revenge tale, in which our hero, Halvar, sets out to defeat the deadly beast Mördvél for the slaying of his bride," explains Tim Granda. "While the roots of this type of story go back to ancient myths and fables, we feel it’s the film’s presentation that will make it unique."
"The Planet of Doom is a tribute to heavy music and the art that accompanies that type of music." said David Paul Seymour. "With this film, we're seeking to encapsulate the music and art community that Tim and I are a proud part of with one epic body of work. We are also naturally bringing in all sorts of fringe countercultures who've attached to this same community: bikers, skateboarders, comic book, and sci-fi fantasy fans. It's a really vibrant and diversified community, and we've certainly brought in the right ambassadors to represent it properly.”
Granda adds, "Blowing minds and kicking ass is always a challenge, and we're savouring every twisted, tripped-out minute of it! David and I have been dreaming of making a movie like this ever since we were kids, and with the talent, passion, and commitment from everyone on board – including all of you who have our backs – WE WILL NOT FAIL!"
With the film still in post-production, the California-based label Ripple Music – widely regarded by many as the world's leading imprint for Heavy Rock, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych – are releasing The Planet of Doom; First Contact EP on 22nd June, featuring original score music from Mos Generator, Vokonis, Messa and Slomatics. (Pre-order here www.ripple-music.com)
1. Mos Generator – ‘Sword of the Sea’
2. Messa – ‘Serpent Libido’
3. Vokonis – ‘Runa’
4. Slomatics – ‘Jagaer’
Bands set to feature in The Planet of Doom:
Cirith Ungol, Ufomammut, Orchid, Wo Fat, Mos Generator, Slomatics, Elephant Tree, Vokonis, Messa, Space Witch, Destroyer of Light, Slow Season, Phillip Cope, Summoner, Mother Crone, Tim Granda, Order of the Owl, and Ironweed.
Artists work featured in The Planet of Doom:
Skinner, Pascal Blanché, David Paul Seymour, Ian Bederman, Adam Burke, Dave Olteanu, Alexis Ziritt, Burney, Maarten Donders, Bossdog, Matt Stikker, Jason Cruz, Simon Berndt, Gorgeous George, Brian Profilio, Tim Granda, and Forrest Cavacco.
Website - http://www.theplanetofdoom.com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/theplanetofdoom/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theplanetofdoom/
Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theplanetofdoom/the-planet-of-doom-an-animated-tale-of-metal-and-a
California-based Ripple Music is widely regarded as one of the world's leading record labels for Heavy Rock, Stoner, Doom and Heavy Psych. You can learn all about the Ripple madness at www.ripple-music.com
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Today I’m dialing back the heavy rock just a tad and featuring albums a little more in line with our sentimental side. As you probably know, I am a big fan of country, blues, Americana, and anything with an ounce of soul. Bandcamp is loaded with this stuff as any other genre. Check out these beauties.
Leon III – Leon III
Already being a big-time fan of Wrinkle Neck Mules, I had to give this a listen when it popped up on my feed. The production is superb, the atmosphere is heroic, and the overall grit remains deep within the realm of modern music I admire very much. A bit alternative, hints of country, and rooted in rock with a progressive flair of emotion.
Robert Jon & The Wreck – Discography
Although I did just purchase the entire discography on vinyl from the bands webstore, I will feature the latest album here. The band plays a soothing blend of southern rock, soul and country that reminds me of my childhood listening to Don Henley and The Eagles. The 5-piece incorporates a healthy dose of the blues into their deep groove ridden jams. 2 guitars, Bass, Drums and Keys the band is complete and fires on all cylinders. Do yourself a favor and go check them out. All players are on point and the occilating vocal duties add to the complexity and variety of the music. This is damn fine stuff.
RhythmHawks – RhythmHawks
The RhythmHawks came to my attention as many albums do on bandcamp being I don’t fucking remember, but I loved what I heard. New Zealand is one of those regions where the music is not densely packed but the quality is high. These guys bring us a psychedelic garage-blues style of laid back punk rock. I myself need to spend some more time with this as each time I go back it sounds even more special. The raspy vocals and surf rock sensibility just put you in that summertime afternoon trance mindset staring out over the waves with not a care on your mind.
The Joe Strummer Foundation – Strummerville A Go-Go Compilation Series
I randomly grabbed this set of compilation albums after listening to a promotional single from a band called The Barstool Preachers who I happened to have a couple songs synced up to on my phone. A bandcamp search for them yielded a song contained on this particular compilation series, which turns out is a perfect summertime combo. There’s some rockabilly, punk, rock, ska, and variety of jams that scream summertime at the lake.
The Left Outsides – All That Remains
“The Left Outsides are: Mark Nicholas and Alison Cotton, a husband and wife duo based in London, England whose atmospheric, hypnotic songs echo Nico's icy European folk, pastoral psychedelia and chilly English fields at dawn.”
I ended up snagging the vinyl of this album after an up close listen on the red eye flight from New York City back to Reno, NV. Released on the cult label specializing in all things Psych and Vinyl, Cardinal Fuzz Records, the husband/wife duo with the help of friends have concocted an intricate listen both expansive and hypnotic. Its heavy, heartfelt and enigmatic in scope. A record that will appeal to those who prefer the finer things in life. This isn’t going to win any grammy awards, but in a perfect world it would take home grand prize. Let this one sink in and you’ll understand how magnificent of a listen it is.
Suicide Swans – La Jungla
These guys are from Toowoomba, Australia. That’s right, Toowoomba, who knew. Anyhow, like many bands from Austrailia they kick major ass. Here’s what they have to say about themselves, which I couldn’t summarize any better.
“Open the gates & stand clear Suicide Swans are an Australian band through constant live shows display the ragged glory andswagger of rock, laid back country & dashes of pop, that has seen the band grow into a live force they term cosmic country. Their live sound includes waves of keys, textures & a new found penchant for experimentation, tossing in a mix of country, rock and a hint of pop.”
Chuck Westmoreland – Long Winter Rodeo
Thanks to another sponsored ad on Facebook I was tipped off about this guy from Portland Oregon. The first review I read mentioned something about a similarity in songwriting and delivery to two of my all time favorites, Tom Petty and Jason Isbell. That alone makes this a mandatory listen. And although I haven’t sprung for the purchase yet, its lingering in my wishlist first in line for my next drop of the paypal button. I did listen first thing this morning and loved what I heard. This will definitely be getting a deeper dive soon. Until then if you’re into country tinged Americana rock, look no further as Chuck Westmoreland may be your new favorite find and vinyl is sold on bandcamp with unlimited streaming and digital download included as always.
American Aquarium – Things Change
Another item eagerly awaiting on deck in my bandcamp wishlist is this cult alt/country allstar
American Aquarium. I believe Things Change is their 3rd full length album 1st release on one of my favorite labels in this genre, New West Records. I think I featured BJ Barham’s solo outing on the feature some years back, whom is the lead singer and guitarist for the full band. Many of these Americana acts I am really into have full backing bands including keys, slide guitar, Fiddle, Accordion, and percussion which gives them the added flair and potential to sound big. This album is no let down. Another I would love to add on vinyl if I get the nerve to deplete my account further. This will surely be a highlight in the genre this year.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Mark Aceves is one of those dudes at the heart of the Ripple community. Not only does he deliver a FAT bass tone in the band Zed, he has been doing the layouts for many of our releases for years now. He has had a huge part in creating the family vibe that makes Ripple so special. It was a rare pleasure to get to sit down with him and talk about what differentiates Ripple and what makes this whole crazy rock and roll thing worth it to him.
How did you get involved with Ripple in the first place?
I had known about Ripple for a few years before I got involved with them. Shortly after our first album came out I was told I should talk to Ripple. So I said “Okay” and forgot about it for a few years. Then we released our second album, Desperation Blues and I knew Ripple had their own distro and I touched base with them to get the material on their store. Todd responded and I sent him a bunch of product and a few weeks later Todd said “Hey man, this is really good!” and we started talking from there. He came to some shows and one night over some barbecue we signed a contract with him.
How did you end up being more involved then?
I have a background in graphic design and web design and I emailed Todd offering to help and he took me up on the offer and for a while I was doing a lot of layouts and was managing the websites. It turned into a lot of cool stuff!
You have a family and a lot of cool stuff going on – why take the time?
What I saw early on with Todd and Pope is that number one they are fans of the music. They don’t have a label because they are trying to make a living off of it. They have a label because they love music. It’s very apparent when you talk to them how excited and animated they are. They have their day jobs and that’s their living but this is their passion. When you can involve yourself with people who have such passion with what they are doing that gets me excited. I’ve been on labels where it was a business and they treated it like a business and it didn’t have that family feeling that Ripple has. That was a mindblowing experience when I met them and saw the contract. It’s artist friendly and geared towards mutual success. Not them screwing the bands over. They love the bands. I want to be part of that.
Is the family vibe what differentiates Ripple from other labels for you?
At least labels I’ve had experience with. I know there’s labels in this genre and other genres that have this feeling but for us with Ripple that’s a huge part of it.
Obviously a lot of Ripples growth is out of that – but where do you think Ripple will go?
That’s a good question. Four or five years ago most people would have thought Ripple would just be a small label. While they are still a small label they have kind of risen to be one of the top labels for this kind of music. I know so many bands that would love to be on Ripple and not all of them are small bands. There’s a lot of great mid level bands that would love to be on Ripple. I see that upward trajectory just continuing. Who knows? I feel like this whole scene is on the verge of becoming something bigger altogether. Ripple is really going to be on the forefront of that, riding that wave.
It feels like Ripple was the right people at the right time. Why do you think this music is blowing up right now?
Rock and roll, it comes in cycles. It’s done that for the past 30 something years. It had a one two punch with grunge and the punk stuff, then it went underground for a while, I feel like people whether its kids or older folks are wanting to hear something fresh and organic, we don’t get that from computerized beats. I’ve really noticed an increase of younger people at the shows I’ve been going to in the past few years. If you go to an Iron Maiden show it’s crazy how many young people are there for music that started 40 years ago!
What’s your favorite Ripple memory?
The first Ripplefest. That was where the tradition of bringing cake to the shows started. Now at a lot of Ripple shows there is always a cake involved.
At what point did you see, “Oh shit, this is happening?” When did you see it would become a bigger thing?
I think with every subsequent signing. They are really smart about who they sign whether it be a band that has been on the scene for a while and has a following or a new band that has a lot of buzz or reissuing stuff that is old and super rare or hard to find. I think that each time they sign someone it’s like “Oh wow!” It’s a level up for the label!
Thursday, June 14, 2018
MOS GENERATOR Confirmed To Play Hellfest + Two Shows With Big Business And More; Shadowlands Full-Length Out Now Via Listenable
Heavy rock power trio MOS GENERATOR has been added to this year's edition of Hellfest in Clisson, France. The band will occupy the mainstage on June 22nd alongside the likes of Judas Priest, Hollywood Vampires, Europe, Joan Jett, and so many others. Additionally, MOS GENERATOR will play a pair of shows this weekend with Big Business in their home state of Washington The band is also in the midst of booking a North America fall tour. See all confirmed performances below. The latest batch of performances follow the band's recently completed, month-long, US tour which included sixteen dates supporting Fu Manchu.
MOS GENERATOR released their Shadowlands full-length in North America last month. Heavy Blog Is Heavy hails an, "appetizing, fun slab of heavy rock songs that should please any fan of the genre," while Metal Nexus champions an album of, "...power, melody and heart... classic rock, infused with stoner tendencies and superb musicianship." Shadowlands was recorded in three sessions - June 2017, November 2017 and January 2018 - at the HeavyHead Recording Company in Port Orchard, Washington and comes swathed in the cover art of Adam Burke (Pilgrim, Satan's Satyrs, Hooded Menace, Artificial Brain et al).
Stream Shadowlands in full at THIS LOCATION.
6/15/2018 Dogger's Bar & Grill - Yelm, WA
6/16/2018 Hi-Fi Lounge - Bremerton, WA
6/22/2018 Hellfest - Clisson, FR
8/09/2018 Lola's - Fort Worth, TX
8/10/2018 Blue Note - Oklahoma City, OK
8/11/2018 Stoned Meadow Of Doom - Omaha, NE
9/22/2018 Bremerton Raceway - Bremerton, WA
9/27/2018 Coalition - Toronto, ON
9/28/2018 House Of Targ - Ottawa, ON
9/29/2018 Descendants Of Crom Fest - Pittsburgh, PA
10/05/2018 Doomed & Stoned Fest - Indianapolis, IN
10/06/2018 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
10/09/2018 Streets Of London - Denver, CO
10/12/2018 The Alibi - Arcata, CA
MOS GENERATOR formed during the Winter of 2000 in Port Orchard, Washington from the ashes of a decade-long on-again-off-again collaboration between its three members, all of which are long time veterans of the road and studio. The need to strip down to the basics of hard rock was apparent from the start and continues to be the foundation for the band's recent material.
MOS GENERATOR has released seven studio albums, a retrospective album, a live album, and a plethora of split releases. 2015 brought in a new rhythm section and touring possibilities far beyond the limitations of the original lineup. This new lineup has changed the band into a relentless touring machine, delivering critically-acclaimed performances both states and abroad. "They are so good," gushed Maximum Volume Music, "you end up wanting to round up a couple of mates, buy a Transit, form a three-piece rock 'n' roll band and go on tour."
"...if 'Shadowlands' at the beginning of the album is depression, then surely 'Gamma Hydra' is the accompanying mania....From the hard-driving opening salvo of 'Shadowlands,' 'The Destroyer,' and 'Drowning In Your Loving Cup,' down through the frenetic payoff of 'The Wild & Gentle Dogs,' MOS GENERATOR prove once again to be a group unto themselves in the quality of their work and the clear-headedness with which they execute their creative will." -- The Obelisk
"The title track is a bluesy, fun rocker, demonstrating exactly why MOS GENERATOR have become a fixture in the underground." -- Decibel
"Shadowlands opts for a heavier direction without losing sight of MOS GENERATOR's '70s rock roots." - Sputnik Music
"...a fun, energetic album..." -- Mxdwn
"There's something to be said about an album that not only lasts multiple play-throughs, but instills the urge to immediately run it through again..." -- Metal Assault
"Never cumbersome as the album falls into a tidy under forty-minute vinyl timeframe, Shadowlands gives listeners another US band unafraid to take Ozzy-era Sabbath and add in that southern/stoner/bluesy charm to make quite a final product that entertains and translates easily live." -- Dead Rhetoric
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Black Wizard – Livin’ Oblivion
Adam Grant – Vocals/Guitar, Eugene Parkomenko – Drums, Danny Stokes – Guitar, Evan Joel Bass
Two Of These Nights classic heavy metal with great riffs to head bang to and sing along with. Feast Or Famine fast heavy in your face fist pumping metal with some awesome guitar work and solid rhythms. James Wolfe fist in the air head banging mid-tempo metal with lots of great musicianship. Livin Oblivion thundering bass excellent drums start off the song then chainsaw guitars and powerful vocals kick in. Cascadia a nice melodic that gets slightly heavier and just drift along to the searing leads. Portraits get the pit movin in this thrash meets classic metal song. Poisoned Again has kind of a punk meets metal guitar sound with solid beats that just envelope you. Heavy Love slowly builds and just stick in your head for days. Eternal Illusion sixties style psychedelic rock meets classic metal very Sabbath Influenced.
Coldawn - In The Dawn
Ausk, B., Tim Yaras, B.M.
Spectral Horizon acoustic continues thru the entire instrumental track. My Escape dark evil heavy and demonic sounds and vocals pierce you and take you on a very strange trip. The Essence melancholy piano and keyboards drift along then a full on death metal sound appears. Only Moments mid-tempo gothic styling and death metal mixtures. La Primavera No Llegara Esta Vez more classical guitar spoken female words and gothic emotions. In The Dawn sit back relax and drift to the mellow piano then the band comes in and deliver an excellent gothic feel and death vocals. This Over more slightly upbeat death metal. My Destiny gothic classical death metal sounds and emotions.
Lumnos – Ancient Shadows Of Saturn
Putrefactus – All Instruments/Vocals, B.M. Vocals, Unknown-Synths/Vocals
I Am Born From A Star dark heavy gothic death metal mixed with psychedelic prog sounds. Primordial Darkness mellow sounds that surround you and make you drift away into nothingness back and for from evil to serene. Ancient Shadows of Saturn keyboards swirl around sounds like if Tangerine was mixed with death metal. No Soul Is Near soaring keys envelope you and make you drift away taking you thru time and space on a very special journey. Existentialism darker and heavier taking you into the pit and swallowing you whole.
Church of The Cosmic Skull – Science Fiction
Bill Fisher – Guitar/Vocals, Michael Wetherburn – Hammond B3/Vocals. Amy Nicholson – Electric Cello/Vocals, Loz Stone – Drums, Jo Joyce – Vocals, Caroline Cawley – Vocals
Science Fiction take a trip back to the psychedelic late 60s early 70s and just ride the waves of music magic. Go By The River has a doors feel to the rhythm mixed with some excellent prog rock sounds. Revolution Comes With An Act Of Love slow guitars Hammond and vocals with a very bluesy feel and lots of emotion. Cold Sweat is more upbeat a great song to play while driving down the road. The Others slow melodic guitar has a prog meets Crosby Stills and Nash folk feeling. Timehole (Gonna Build A Rocket Tonight) more psychedelic rock meets prog get ready to just jam away and play air guitar to some great lead guitar. The Cards that You’re Playing is sort of an Allen parsons Project meets folk rock interesting and very good. Paper Aeroplane And Silver Moon slow bluesy and full of emotion with some excellent organ playing that slowly builds with lots of great tempos. The Devil Again take a trip back to the seventies when music has lots of emotion and great musicianship close your eyes and drift.
Demonical – Chaos Manifesto
Alexander Hogbom – Vocals, Martin Schulman – Bass, Johan Haglund – Guitar, Eki Kumpulainen – Guitar, Kennet Englund – Drums
A Void Most Obscure grinding heavy fast in your face death metal that just grinds you into the ground. Towards Greater Gods pounded and crushed into small pieces till dead. Sung To Possess slow and steady evil stalking you and devouring your essence. Va Ikommen Undergang atmys of darkness and death exploding upon the world of the living. Torture Parade growling vocals that just rip you apart and death music that pounds you into submission. From Nothing sounds of storms building and guitars ripping people to shreds. Unfold The Darkness get the pit of evil moving with violent aggression. Death Unfaithful shredding ripping tearing with evil intent.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
"Fiendishly fun and brilliantly subversive" Revolver
"Ghost are packing arenas because they've found the middle of the Venn diagram between metal toughness, arty self-indulgence and pop musicality." Rolling Stone
"The performance is nothing short of showstopping." Pitchfork
LINKÖPING, SWEDEN - JUNE 11, 2018 - Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost's critically acclaimed fourth sacred psalm Prequelle has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, #2 Top Current Album, #1 Rock, and #2 Vinyl, with 65,653 albums sold.
Prequelle also debuted at #1 in Sweden, Norway, and Finland, #1 at Rock in the UK, and in the Top 10 overall in the UK, Germany (#2), France (#4), Australia, and Mexico. This follows over 25,000 album pre-orders (the highest in their career), over 5 Million pre-release streams of first single "Rats", and the announcement of their first ever headline arena dates. "Rats" is currently #4 at Active Rock Radio, and was the #1 National Rock Song of the Week (Music Choice).
Additionally, Ghost today announced a massive North American fall tour including their previously announced headline arena dates at The Forum in Los Angeles, CA and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY that will kick off on November 1 in Chicago, IL and wrap on December 15 in Brooklyn, NY. Pre-sale tickets for the tour will be available beginning June 12 at 10:00am local time and general tickets will be available to the public beginning June 15 at 10:00 am local time HERE. VIP packages will be available HERE. A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found below.
Released on June 1, Prequelle is available digitally and physically via Loma Vista Recordings now HERE. Limited edition merch bundles are available exclusively in the Ghost Shop HERE. Ghost is currently featured on five collectible covers of Revolver Magazine's June/July issue, which is available now HERE. Read the story online HERE. On June 14, Ghost will join legendary metal band Candlemass to honor Metallica by performing one of their songs as members Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo are presented with the Polar Music Prize by the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf.
Ghost announced Prequelle (pronounced prē-KWELL) alongside the album's lead single "Rats" on April 13, 2018 and introduced fans to the band's new singer Cardinal Copia. Watch his ascension to frontman in Prequelle Chapters 1-3 HERE. Last month, the band treated fans to an early listen of the album's second song "Dance Macabre" with the first-ever Instagram Stories song premiere. With over 5 million streams in three weeks, the track is the band's fastest streaming song to date. Lyrically, Prequelle delves into the plague, the apocalypse, and dark ages. The entire body of work is also a snapshot of the world in which we live in on a daily basis, brought to life through an emotive, enlightening, and riveting body of songs.
Prequelle follows Ghost's third studio album, Meliora, and its accompanying EP Popestar, which elevated the Swedish rock band into the pantheon of the greatest rock bands on earth and resulted in a Grammy® Award for 'Best Metal Performance'. Meliora debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart, selling over a quarter million copies globally. The band made their network television debut performing the album's lead single "Cirice" on CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Popestar debuted at the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums chart and produced an Active Rock chart topper with "Square Hammer".
Ghost Live Dates
June 15, 2018 - Brétigny-Sur-Orge, France - Download Paris
June 21, 2018 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop
June 23, 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhall
July 12, 2018 - Viveiro, Spain - Resurrection Fest
July 14, 2018 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Dynamo Metal Fest
July 19, 2018 - Oslo, Norway - Valle Hoven, supporting Guns N' Roses
July 20, 2018 - Nordfjordeid, Norway - Malakoff Festival
August 03, 2018 - Wacken, Germany - Wacken Open Air
August 05, 2018 - Colmar, France - Foire Aux Vins
October 26, 2018 - Tulsa, OK - Cox Business Center Ballroom
October 27, 2018 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
October 29, 2018 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
October 30, 2018 - Indianapolis, IN - The Murat Theatre
November 01, 2018 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
November 02, 2018 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center - Theatre
November 03, 2018 - Madison, WI - The Sylvee
November 04, 2018 - Ames, IA - Stephens Auditorium
November 06, 2018 - Omaha, NE - Orpheum Theater
November 08, 2018 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
November 09, 2018 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
November 10, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
November 12, 2018 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
November 13, 2018 - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Community Center Theater
November 15, 2018 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic Center
November 16, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint
November 19, 2018 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
November 20, 2018 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
November 21, 2018 - New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theatre
November 23, 2018 - Orlando, FL - Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - Walt Disney Theater
November 24, 2018 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
November 25, 2018 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
November 27, 2018 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
November 29, 2018 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
November 30, 2018 - Atlanta, GA - Roxy Theatre
December 01, 2018 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
December 02, 2018 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
December 04, 2018 - Richmond, VA - Dominion Energy Center
December 05, 2018 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
December 07, 2018 - Laval, QC - Place Bell
December 08, 2018 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
December 10, 2018 - Baltimore, MD - The Hippodrome
December 11, 2018 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater
December 13, 2018 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
December 14, 2018 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
December 15, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
Photo credit: Mikael Eriksson