APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2018

What a glorious year in metal we just experienced.  After the sheer amount of quality albums that were released in 2018, there is no question that the genre is as healthy and full of life as ever.  Thus, making our top albums lists harder than usual.

For the APESHIT goons, 2018 was the year where the legends all shined.  JUDAS PRIEST led the charge with their best album since 1990’s Painkiller.  DIMMU BORGIR finally emerged from a long slumber and did not disappoint. VOIVOD remain the gods that the mass metal media won’t acknowledge as such.  We can’t really think of any letdowns.  Can you?

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APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2015

motorheadWhen looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.

Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene.  Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts.  You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.

Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years.
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Release Date for GHOST B.C.’s Infestissumam Announced

Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam

In the year of 13, the second phase of GHOST B.C. begins with the release of the second psalm Infestissumam on April 8, 2013 on Loma Vista RecordingsPapa Emeritus II succeeded Papa Emeritus at the conclusion of phase one in the year of 12, and the Nameless Ghouls joined him under the unholy church’s current moniker GHOST B.C. (modified from GHOST for legal reasons).

A Nameless Ghoul declared, “Regardless of your religious beliefs, we like to trigger the imagination of the listener so they can become a devout burner in Hell or a keen participant of devil worship for at least an hour or two. That’s the GHOST experience.”

Video of the Day: GHOST B.C.’s “Secular Haze”

Sweden’s GHOST B.C. (formerly known as “GHOST“) recently released their first promo video for the song, “Secular Haze.”  While the video is a performance on a stage from a 70’s variety tv show, the song itself is pretty psychedelic.  Let’s see if their upcoming sophomore album can follow up their excellent debut, Opus Eponymous.

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2011

2011 was a very productive and enjoyable year for extreme music, perhaps the best in years. Thus, it was not an easy task choosing what we enjoyed best since they were just so many. 2011 also gave us unforgettably bad albums by LOU REED and METALLICA, flops by THE HAUNTED as well as controversial ones by MORBID ANGEL.

We look forward to another strong year in 2012 in which we will celebrate our 10 years online. Cheers for all of your support in 2011! Radikult!!
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“13 Dates of Doom”: GHOST Announce U.S. Shows

Sweden’s GHOST have announced a set of U.S. shows following their unfortunate drop-off from the recent ENSLAVED tour. Dubbed “13 Dates of Doom“, the tour marks the first shows since their appearance at Maryland Death Fest and The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC earlier this year.

“It is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America,” states The Ghoul with No Name. “In the name of Satan, we will conduct thirteen rituals in thirteen different cities throughout the United States and Canada and now we are summoning all of our devotees to partake in these blasphemous eves of black magic.”

GHOST‘s debut full-length has received much fanfare and praise, and rightfully so, as Opus Eponymous is one of our favorite albums of the year.

Supporting GHOST on all dates will be BLOOD CEREMONY and ANCIENT VVISDOM
Wed/Jan-18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu/Jan-19 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Fri/Jan-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Sat/Jan-21 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Sun/Jan-22 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
Tue/Jan-24 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Wed/Jan-25 Minneapolis, MN Station Four
Fri/Jan-27 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Sat/Jan-28 Salt Lake City, UT The Vertigo
Mon/Jan-30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue/Jan-31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Wed/Feb-01 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu/Feb-02 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy

GHOST Forced to Pull Out of U.S. Tour with ENSLAVED, ALCEST

Sweden’s GHOST have just announced that they are dropping out of the U.S. tour with ENSLAVED and ALCEST, which is scheduled to start later this month (see our previous post).

Here is official word from the band:


“Due to some last minute complications with our visas, we have been forced to cancel our North American tour.

“We are sorry towards the other bands on the tour, ENSLAVED and ALCEST.

“And we are most of all tremendously sorry towards all of our fans.

“This is truly beyond our control and we are making everything within our (His) powers to be able to come back to the US as soon as possible and perform for all of you.

“Our most malicious of wishes

“/A Nameless Ghoul”

ENSLAVED 20th Anniversary Tour Coming September 2011 with GHOST & ALCEST

Norwegian progressive/psychedelic black metal band ENSLAVED will be returning to North America this Fall for a headlining tour marking the band’s 20th anniversary. Support will come from Swedish sensation, GHOST, as well as France’s ALCEST.

ENSLAVED had the follow comment:

“Listen; the sun is setting, but I still see the twinkle! The support we’ve been getting from North America throughout our latest releases and tours is unparalleled, and for that we are eternally grateful. It is therefore an undivided pleasure for us to announce that when autumn sets, we will be back to tour the U.S. and Canada; this time for a full headliner tour with a full headliner set. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary for ENSLAVED, so we will be underlining both the deep past and blazing present of our musical universe to celebrate. It is also with a sense of intense pride that we can present the bands that will be travelling with us for the tour: GHOST and ALCEST. Yes, you read that right! I don’t think I need to elaborate more on that; it will be a package for the books. See you then!”

Tour dates:
09-23-11 Jaxx – Springfield, VA
09-24-11 Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
09-25-11 Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
09-26-11 Middle East (Downstairs) – Boston, MA
09-28-11 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC CANADA
09-29-11 Café Campus Montreal, QC CANADA
09-30-11 Opera House – Toronto, ON CANADA
10-01-11 Outland Live – Columbus, OH
10-02-11 The Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10-03-11 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
10-05-11 West End Cultural Centre – Winnipeg, MB CANADA
10-06-11 The Exchange – Regina, SK
10-07-11 The Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB CANADA
10-08-11 Dickens Pub – Calgary, AB
10-10-11 Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. CANADA
10-11-11 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
10-12-11 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
10-13-11 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
10-14-11 The Troubadour – Hollywood, CA

GHOST – Opus Eponymous

So the internet has been abuzz with hype surrounding this (supposedly) brand new band, GHOST. Obviously, overrated super hyped debut albums (i.e. MACHINE HEAD‘s Burn My Eyes) are nothing out of the ordinary, but thankfully, GHOST‘s Opus Eponymous is not one of them. Opus Eponymous doesn’t necessarily reinvent the wheel but it’s a damn good album. It’s a work of love, attention to detail, and fine craftsmanship.

One misnomer that must be debunked is that GHOST are a black metal band. Basically, they sound like a 70’s hard rock band turned classic heavy metal band. They don’t make it a secret that MERCYFUL FATE‘s first two albums are their primary influence in sound and lyrical content. Add in eerie organs and a touch of doom to round things out.

Vinnie Paul would probably sum up Opus Eponymous perfectly as “All killer, no filler.” There isn’t a weak song to be found. Every muscular riff, delicate yet charismatic vocal line, and guitar solo is absolutely pristine. Most importantly, GHOST capture the spirit and quality of classic metal much like WOLF. (Rise Above Records/Metal Blade Records)