Album Review: Ghoul – “Dungeon Bastards”

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A mad scientist reveals a patrol of wolf-headed soldiers. Four masked creatures worship some sort of radioactive slug emerging in front of a severed head. And then, front and center, a gas-mask-wearing, cudgel-wielding demon figure forebodingly raises some sort of…anchor? If all this seems to toe the line between creepy and tongue-in-cheek, well…it’s all from the cover illustration of Dungeon Bastards, the latest album from Ghoul. And luckily for listeners, the band’s latest set toes that line nicely as well — setting campy horror themes overtop some of the catchiest tunes the band’s given us to date.  Continue reading

Initial Descent: July 29, 2016

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Ghoul release their new album, “Dungeon Bastards” on July 29. (Image courtesy of the band)

It’s Friday! And I’d like to talk about Ghoul for a second. You see, Ghoul are releasing their fifth full-length, Dungeon Bastards, today. The vinyl edition of the album comes with a gatefold jacket that opens into a board game, which they described as follows in the August 2016 edition of Decibel:

“Essentially, it’s a board game in the style of Candyland or the traditional Creepsylvanian game, ‘Ivan Must Escape from the Pederast.’ It can truly be said that when playing this game no one gains anything and there are no winners. The only thing you will gain is a drinking problem, and you will certainly lose friends.”

Welp, sign me the fuck up. If you don’t love this band after reading that, you’re doing it wrong. That’s all there is to it. Anyway, there’s some other stuff out this week, too! Like A.M.S.G. and Ringworm! And also Descendents, even though, okay, they’re not metal. So let’s dig into it. Here’s what’s on tap this week:
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CANTO: Brian Johnson opens up, Ghosts masks are a thing, and a couple killer tours

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“Right now in the back of the bus, I got lines of coke and sinful lust. I sold my soul to get to the top, number one on the American rock charts.”

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– Corey

The Nine Circles Podcast: MDF 2015 Minisode II (May 23, 2015)

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Welcome to our second Maryland Deathfest 2015 minisode!

We’re back for our Day 2 recap of Maryland Deathfest 2015! Dan, Corey and Kevin share their thoughts on Friday at the Edison Lot, then Dan and Corey add on a little about Ram’s Head and Soundstage! Covered in this edition: Vallenfyre, Lock-Up, Suffocation, Obituary, Vattnet Viskar, Ghoul, Napalm Death and more! (No pubs or bad Netflix movies this time out, though, unfortunately.)

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Stay tuned for more by-day recaps, and make sure to follow Nine Circles on Twitter and Instagram (#MDF and #MDF2015) for real-time festival commentary throughout the weekend!

Quickies: Vancouver’s Satan Statue, Andrew W.K.’s defense of metal, and…BLACK BURGER

Another day, another set of news stories we missed while doing our actual jobs. Sigh… oh well, let’s not waste any time; here’s today’s set of Quickies–let’s see what we missed in the world of metal:

Great stuff. And (actually) finally, I leave you with black burger. Which is an actual thing that exists–in Japan, of course:

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Lovely. As always, check back tomorrow for more Horns Up!

-Dan

Live. Love. Plow. Horns Up.