Mar 082024

(Yesterday we presented Daniel Barkasi‘s interview of Texas-based Gost, and today we deliver his review of Gost‘s new album Prophecy on the day of its release by Metal Blade Records.)

The connection between metal and electronic music is an alluring one; both have existed side-by-side for decades. There’s always been some similarities in the aesthetic and structure of specific forms of each. One of the latest phenomena is the synthwave genre, and more specifically for this review, it’s where a sub-genre known as darksynth emerged. A caustic and menacing method of synth music, many have been gripped by its extremely heavy sounds and dark themes.

One of the most heralded innovators of that style is Gost, who has carved a large following through the last 11 years, never producing the same album twice. Early works centered around more Satanic subjects and vigorous sounds, while more recent albums such as Rights of Love and Reverence portray more on the personal side with gothic/industrial conventions. New album Prophecy is a merging of both subjects and nearly all sonic inclinations of Gost’s career, resulting in a familiar-yet-fresh album that continues to position the project further into its own air. Continue reading »

Mar 072024

(We’re grateful to Daniel Barkasi for reaching out to Gost, and to Gost for participating in the discussion with Dan that we now present, on the eve of release of Gost‘s new album on Metal Blade. We’ll present Dan‘s review tomorrow.)

To those familiar with the darker side of synthwave, no doubt Gost has crossed your listening pathways. Also known as James Lollar, the Texas native exploded onto the burgeoning synthwave scene with a highly unique take on the genre with debut EP Radio Macabre in 2013, soon followed by Skull. Since then, Gost has – along with the likes of Carpenter Brut, Perturbator, and Dance with the Dead, among others – spearheaded the darksynth style into existence, and ultimately, the prominence it has ascended to today.

Always on the creative forefront and never stale, Gost has amassed an impressively eclectic discography. The worlds of electronic music and metal also merge with Gost, who has dabbled in metal projects in the past, and has toured with the likes of Mayhem and Katatonia. Even a heralded performance at Maryland Deathfest in 2017. Gost stretches the boundaries of what’s possible between the two genres.

Now, with a brand new album in the form of Prophecy, Gost has returned to his bombastic early days, while not losing the industrial and gothic influences that have been integral components of his more recent work. He was gracious enough to have a chat about how the new record came to be, the contentious climate of the world today, his connection with metal music, and a variety of other interesting topics. Continue reading »

Dec 132023

(Erstwhile NCS contributor Ben Manzella attended the performances of Katatonia, Gost, and Thrown into Exile at the Echoplex in Los Angeles on November 30, 2023, and he has given us the following concert review along with lots of the photos he made during the show.)

Until last night, it had been six years since my last opportunity to see Katatonia live. I wasn’t sure what to expect with what I saw as a confusing three-band lineup on a Thursday night. Even Jonas of Katatonia mentioned as he greeted the audience that he doesn’t often go to gigs on Thursday nights but he and the band greatly appreciated all of us making time to see them. The collective cheer at the Echoplex made it clear the appreciation was mutual. Continue reading »

Sep 172016



The rule stated in explicit terms in the title of this site has been riddled with exceptions beginning even in the early years, and it has become more riddled over time. But on a percentage basis, it’s still mainly THE RULE. Why then does this post exist?

I suppose even I need a short break from the generally bestial and infernal ferocity that’s my daily metal bread and butter. And these songs happen to have struck a chord, despite the fact that the singing is mostly clean and most of the music relies more on syncopated rhythms and a particularly recognizable guitar sound than what I usually listen to.

Perhaps something here will also prove appealing to you. And if not, there will be a Shades of Black Post on Sunday, and you know what that means.
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Jun 082015


(In this new installment of KevinP’s short-interview series, he beings us a trio of conversations with three bands on the Blood Music label.)

 Back in April I did mini reviews on three of Blood Music’s 2015 releases over at MetalBandcamp (here).  But I wanted to delve into more about each band and find out the “method behind the madness”, as you would say.  *Note*  All three releases are available for NAME YOUR OWN PRICE download.  Here is my conversation with each of the bands:


K:  So are you surprised at the interest from metal fans/websites in your horror synthcore?

G:  Being a metalhead myself, I feel like some of my tracks reflect that, so not totally surprised.  Also being associated with Blood Music helps. Continue reading »

Feb 192015


Greetings sistren and brethren. I have a bountiful collection of new songs and album streams to recommend. One of the reasons the collection is so bountiful is that I haven’t had time to pounce upon them with my usual catlike reflexes this week. I am instead moving at the speed of the loris horde in the NCS compound, which is to say, slower than the oozing of maple sap in a Vermont winter. In other words, there’s a backlog — and now the dam bursts.

Don’t be daunted by the volume of music in this collection. Just sip it slowly, a little bit at a time, as you would that jug of 100 proof rot-gut moonshine you keep under the sink next to the dry-aged head of the last person who pissed you off.

I’m presenting the music in alphabetical order by band name — and in this post I’ve only made it up to “L”. I actually have still more new music from bands whose names come later in the alphabet. I hope to package those up for tomorrow. Continue reading »