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KISS’ PAUL STANLEY Interviewed On Nights With ALICE COOPER; Part 2 Streaming

ALICE COOPER recently interviewed KISS singer/guitarist PAUL STANLEY for his Nights With Alice Cooper radio show on Planet Rock.

Part 2 of the chat is currently streaming at this location.

Click here to listen to the first part of the interview. The interview starts after 3:08:00.

CREST OF DARKNESS Release ‘Demon Child’ Video

Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS, whose sixth full-length album, In The Presence Of Death, is scheduled for release via My Kingdom Music on February 25th, have posted a new video for a track from the album. The video is produced and directed by MONITORmedia, using a special video mix of the track ‘Demon Child’. Photography is by Anders Børrensen and Levent Ultanur. Editing is by Øivind Kristiansen.

‘Demon Child’ uses live footage of the band, which features the lineup of founder and frontman Ingar Amlien on vocals and bass, Rebo on lead guitars, Kjetil Hektoen (SJODOGG) on drums and Kjell Arne Hubred on rhythm guitars. Hubred left the band due to family and other commitments shortly after In the Presence of Death was finished and has since been replaced by DJEVELKULT guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim.

The video for ‘Demon Child’ can be seen below:

In The Presence Of Death tracklisting is as follows:

‘In The Presence Of Death’
‘Demon Child’
‘The Priest From Hell’
‘Welcome To My Funeral’
‘Womb Of The Wolf’
‘Vampire Dreams’
‘From The Dead’
‘The Day Before She Died’

‘From the Dead’, a track from the upcoming album, can be heard below:

Check out an album trailer below:

For more details visit Crestofdarkness.com.

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules CD: Henbane

Music Review: Cultes Des Ghoules

CD: Henbane

Label: Hells Headbangers

Release: April 16th 2013


In the spirit of full disclosure for this review I have to admit, I have never been a Black Metal fan.  Through the years I have tried to be interested in the genre and look at it from a heavy metal fans perspective.  But to no avail.  I just could not get into this form of music in any way.  I admit I think their subject matter of devil worship, ancient gods, spell craft, dark covens and the medieval imagery they use are things that would normally draw me in but ultimately the nature of the music is just not for me.

Now, all this being said, since I started Skullbanger Media I wanted to branch out and be open to different sounds and be subjective when I review bands from the Black Metal scene.  I know this genre has fans like any other genre of metal and the genre has survived for a reason.  People like this form of music.

Did I find anything with Cultes Des Ghoules recent offering of bombastic Black Metal that I found interesting?  Even for a non believer such as myself?  Actually I did find a few things that I somewhat enjoyed.

The thing that strikes me about Black Metal bands is that they strive to set the atmosphere of evil and horror in their music.  Well at least to me that seems to be one of their driving motivations.  Cultes Des Ghoules’ Henbane is no exception.  Within the albums 5 tracks you have spoken monologues in raspy vocals and menacing tones.  Some of this I could see being in an old horror exploitation movies from the 70’s, also some of the vocals also didn’t convey any sense of fear and I found a little silly sounding.  So some of this was hit and miss for me.

The other thing I found I did enjoy on the album were moments in some of the tracks that were more slow and atmospheric sounding with the use of the tribal sounding drums you hear in the track, ‘Vintage Black Magic’ that I thought was reminiscent to Venom’s ‘In League With Satan’.  The song Festival of Devotion also offers some interesting atmospheric musical elements as well.  However all the songs run at least 9 minutes and are filled the Black Metal stables of blast beat drumming and chaotic guitar work at ear melting speed that make a for a long drawn out process for me.

I think if I was at a bar or show and Cultes Des Ghoules came on to play I would stick around for I  see how a live performance could be an interesting thing to see and would love the opportunity to see how it would play out.  Also, being a photographer I would love the visual aspect of such a show.

I can’t say that Cultes Des Ghoules won me over to the Black Metal Legions but I will say I found a few bits in their music that didn’t send me running either and I found elements of the music interesting as well.

Also, I welcome any constructive comments below that may help me better understand this genre better.  So Fire Away!

Side Note: Normally I would give a number review but I don’t think I am educated enough in this genre for that alone to be a fair critique of this band.   The fact I’m not a fan of this genre a number review would be purely from my personal taste for Black Metal, since that would be all I would have to draw from, and that wouldn’t be entirely fair to the band or the fans of the genre.


CRADLE OF FILTH Forced To Cancel US Tour

UK black metallers CRADLE OF FILTH have been forced to cancel their upcoming US tour.

A statement reads as follows:

“Cradle Of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their US tour 28 Days Closer To Hell is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control. They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week. The band sincerely apologise to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour.”

Affected dates include:

22 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
23 – Worcester, MA – Palladium
24 – Philadelphia, PA – Theater Of Living Arts
27 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
28 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues

1 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
4 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
6 – W. Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
7 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
8 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
9 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
10 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
12 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
14 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
16 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre:
19 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave:
20 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
21 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
22 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
23 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall
25 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
26 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre