“…the gonzo midnight movie vibe and cartoonish energy on Dungeon Bastards perfectly articulates the apocalyptic anxiety that we’re all sharing in 2016.” – Decibel
Creepsylvania’s favorite masked miscreants GHOUL will rise again and take to the streets for four special performances later this week in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and Sacramento as well as a stint on the Third Annual Another Death Angel Christmas Show December 16 with additional live incursions in the plotting stages. Prepare for bodily devourment.
GHOUL – Crushing Cascadia Tour 2016
12/01/2016 Astoria Hastings – Vancouver, BC
12/02/2016 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
12/03/2016 The Raven – Portland, OR
12/04/2016 Colonial Theater – Sacramento, CA
12/16/2016 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA *Third Annual Another Death Angel Christmas Show [info]
Team GHOUL continues to tout the wares of their delightfully deviant Dungeon Bastards studio offering. Released via Tankcrimes this past July, the record consumed Billboard Charts upon its first week of release debuting at #11 on the Heatseekers Chart, #13 on the Top Vinyl Albums Chart, #13 on the Hard Rock Chart, and #27 on the Independent Albums Chart.
As if that wasn’t enough to validate GHOUL‘s collective awesomeness, the band earned the #19 spot of Decibel’s Top 40 Albums Of 2016, the revered rag issuing of the album, “For those who lived through Nancy and Ronald, S.O.D. and D.R.I. GHOUL’s sound is like finding a shoebox of discontinued candy, all of it fresh to eat. That said, the gonzo midnight movie vibe and cartoonish energy on Dungeon Bastards perfectly articulates the apocalyptic anxiety that we’re all sharing in 2016.”
Dungeon Bastards was captured and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland, mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco, and wields eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band’s now-patented Creepsylvanian splatterthrash.
Dungeon Bastards is out now on CD and digital formats as well as slime green and blood red vinyl with a gatefold jacket that opens into the Dungeon Bastards board game. Players take turns advancing through a Creepsylvanian map; the first one to get to end of the map and jump the Wall Of Death wins. CD orders are available HERE, vinyl HERE, and digital HERE.
Notes MetalSucks of the mutinous offering, “Dungeon Bastards isn’t just GHOUL‘s finest album to date – it’s one of 2016’s strongest albums to date, a pipe bomb hybrid of thrash, death metal, and hardcore that is effortlessly aggro and fun. Dungeon Bastards is the kind of record that will have you looking cockeyed at anyone who claims not to like it.” Mass Movement concurs, “Infused with the savage technicality of thrash behemoths and legendary crossover beasts such as Blind Illusion and Attitude, the energy and power of early Death and Sodom and the morbid humours of GWAR, GHOUL’s lifelong mission has taken another crucial step toward world domination. Thrashing time is here.” In an 85/100 rating Metal Reviews gushes, “With so many gimmicks, it would seem surprising at first glance that GHOUL has continued for this long, but those gimmicks, and the not-so-secret identities of the band members, are just window dressing that covers music that can stand on its own merits. Dungeon Bastards continues GHOUL‘s policy of high quality with a blast of noise that will leave fans wishing for more than ten tracks.” Ave Noctum crowns Dungeon Bastards, “the best thing GHOUL has put out to date.” In an 8/10 conclusion, Decibel observes, “GHOUL indulges in every thematic cliché in the thrash/death metal rulebook here, from horror and nuclear holocaust to songs about themselves. And they still come across as a vital, modern band. Is there room for a gimmick band like GHOUL? When it’s this good at both poking fun at metal and playing the music it’s poking, hell yes.” In Decibel’s For Those About to Squawk column, Waldo agreed awarding the record, “7 Fucking Pecks,” noting, “The production here is crisp and choppy and adds to the fun of this release… add in the sing-a-long choruses and you have a pretty beaking cool release.” In a 5/5 score Skulls ‘N’ Bones observes, “Yes, GHOUL have a humorous appearance and slant on their music, but don’t let that fool you. These guys write some seriously good metal and can back everything up with solid musicianship to boot. The humor is the icing on the cake.” While Last Rites champions a record that blows a, “putrid air of goofy fun through metal catacombs that are so often smothering under their own seriousness, and does it without coming off as struggling to be funny for the sake of being funny. The songs are solid, the performances are untarnished, and you can listen without rolling your eyes. Recommended.”