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
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:
“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.”
- Brian Johnson has finally come forward and opened up about the AC/DC drama. The issues regarding hearing loss and his ability to perform and clarified and it really is a heartbreaking thing to read.
- New tour! And a kickass tour at that. Carcass will be playing a run of shows with Crowbar, Ghoul, and Night Demon in July and August in the United States. Get at this thing.
- How about another tour? Sorry, I’m catching up after disappearing for a week. Nails with Full of Hell and Terrorizer for select shows will be hitting North America and Europe this summer. Tasty.
- Was there any chance this wasn’t going to happen? Ghost masks are now available for purchase. I think it’s a good thing. A nameless ghoul would be a great Halloween idea. Or life idea.
- So this is some really cool blackened death metal something or other from Dawn of Ashes. The song is called “Tribe of Chemosh” and kicks ass.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”
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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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:
- In case you needed another reason why Andrew W.K. is awesome, well…here you go.
- Last week’s Billboard charts are out, and kudos to The Haunted, Earth, and Hammerfall for all debuting in the Top 200. They’re joined by something called The Color Morale, which I’m gonna go out on a limb and say I want zero part of.
- Thought you were getting a new Clutch album soon? THINK AGAIN, PUNY HUMAN.
- Got Satan? Vancouver does. Or they did, until an anatomically correct statue of black metal’s lord and savior was removed.
- Today in un-embedable videos we can’t share: a dad video bombs his daughter’s guitar performance to start shredding hilariously.
- And finally, today in yes-embedable videos we can share: the team over at Metal Injection has video of Ghoul’s full set at Saint Vitus from this past Tuesday. Check it out here:
Great stuff. And (actually) finally, I leave you with black burger. Which is an actual thing that exists–in Japan, of course:
Lovely. As always, check back tomorrow for more Horns Up!
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