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Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

Papa Emeritus III of Ghost

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Review by Greg Maki
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On the eve of the U.S. presidential election, with both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton ending their campaigns here, Nov. 7 was a momentous day in Raleigh, North Carolina. But for a couple thousand people at the Ritz, a concert venue located in an industrial park just outside the city’s downtown, politics took a back seat. Differences were tossed aside as the assembled masses all partook in the ritual of Ghost.

The Swedish occult rockers have rocketed to worldwide stardom, winning a Grammy Award along the way and inspiring some of the most devoted fans any band can claim today. Everyone at the show seemingly wore a Ghost T-shirt or stood in line at the merch table to purchase one. Many came in costumes inspired by the demonic papal figure Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls who provide the instrumentation behind him.

The band’s North American “Popestar” tour is its biggest production here to date, with a tiered stage and elaborate backdrop fit for an arena. At the rate they’ve been growing their fan base and with performances as strong and dynamic as this one, Papa and the ghouls could find themselves in venues that size before long. (more…)

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louder-than-life-logoBand performance times and the official festival Pre-Party have been announced for the third annual LOUDER THAN LIFE, October 1 & 2, 2016 at Champions Park near downtown Louisville. The annual destination festival celebrates the region’s culture and cuisine, and features award-winning bourbons and spirits, Gourmet Man Food, craft beer and some of the biggest names in rock music.

LOUDER THAN LIFE 2016 features Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold–headlining together for the first time ever–topping a mindblowing music lineup of over 35 bands onthree stages, with performances from Disturbed, Korn, Slayer, The Cult, Ghost, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick, Pierce The Veil and many more.

LOUDER THAN LIFE attendees will have the chance to meet some of their favorite musicians during signings hosted by The Music Experience, FYE and Monster Energy. Check www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com for signing times.

The weekend gets underway on Friday, September 30 with the official LOUDER THAN LIFE Pre-Party at the Fourth Street Live! entertainment complex with LOUDER THAN LIFE band Them Evils, along with some of the best local rock bands from the Louisville area. The Pre-Party is FREE and is open to the public. Look for more details to be announced soon at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com.

In addition, Fourth Street Live! will host official LOUDER THAN LIFE after parties on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, with nightly specials at Fourth Street Live!’s bars and restaurants throughout the weekend.

LOUDER THAN LIFE general admission and VIP tickets, as well as hotel and camping packages, are on sale now at www.LouderThanLifeFestival.com. View the full lineup and performance times inside! (more…)

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Band performance times have been announced for the second annual Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA, just outside of Philadelphia.

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance will feature a lineup of over 35 bands on three stages, led by rock heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold and Alice In Chains, along withSlayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat and many more. In addition to three stages of top rock bands, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance features a craft beer and Gourmet Man Food experience celebrating what makes Philadelphia cuisine famous, unique and delicious. Look for Jose Mangin from SiriusXM’s “Liquid Metal” and “Ozzy’s Boneyard” meeting fans and hanging out at the festival all weekend long.

Weekend General Admission and VIP tickets—as well as a limited number of single day tickets—for Monster Energy Rock Allegiance are available atwww.RockAllegiance.com. View the performance times inside! (more…)

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Ghost

Ghost

By Greg Maki

Another year has come and gone, and in my opinion, 2015 was one of the strongest in recent memory in terms of quality hard rock and metal releases. My top 10 list includes bands on the rise, veteran acts reinventing themselves and a farewell to one of the most iconic figures in rock ‘n’ roll. I don’t expect everyone to agree with my picks, but you don’t have to. It’s my list, not yours. (more…)

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Matt Heafy, left, and Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Review by Greg Maki
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For some people, a vacation is a time of relaxation, of escaping the real world and the responsibilities that come with it. Some visit with friends and family. Others travel to new and exotic locations around the world.

Me? I take a break from my day job to cover four concerts in five days, in two states and the District of Columbia. (more…)

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A Nameless Ghoul of Ghost

A Nameless Ghoul of Ghost

Ghost kicked off its “Black to the Future” tour, its first headlining run in support of its recently released third album, Meliora, last night (Sept. 22) to a packed house at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. At an hour and 40 minutes, with a set list leaning heavily on the new record (eight songs), an acoustic song and a costume change for “new” frontman Papa Emeritus III, it was easily the best Ghost performance I have seen to date, hinting at even bigger things in the future should the band continue its rapid growth. We’ll have more soon, but for now, check out the set list and a few preview images. (more…)

Ghost

Ghost

Ghost is much more than a gimmick, even though the band members themselves acknowledge that the gimmick has gone a long way toward establishing its broad fan base. The Swedish group’s recently released third album, Meliora (review), borders on masterpiece quality, a musical statement more powerful than the macabre appearance of “new” frontman Papa Emeritus III and the masked Nameless Ghouls that make up the band. After Ghost wrapped its short “Unholy/Unplugged” tour (recap and photos) of record stores in the United States and as it prepared to launch its North American “Black to the Future” tour on Sept. 22 at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, Maryland, one of the Nameless Ghouls called to chat with Live Metal’s Greg Maki. (more…)