Calling all GHOULunatics! They’ve splattered the stage, now they’re going to splatter the page…GHOUL is starring in their own comic book and it’s being launched with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter!
GHOUL: Born To Kill is a horror anthology that takes place in GHOUL‘s home country of Creepsylvania. It features GHOUL, some regular characters from their stage show, as well as other Creepsylvanian murderers, mutants, and monsters. The whole book was written and drawn by Ross Sewage, who some may know as the bass player for death metal bands Exhumed and Impaled.
“I love GHOUL‘s music and I love their very real, very true backstory,” said Sewage. “I thought comic books would be a great medium to get more tales from Creepsylvania into the hands of their rabid fans. Kickstarter seemed like the perfect place to let those rabid fans take part in bringing it to life. If this goes well, hopefully there’ll be more to come!”
GHOUL is equally excited about jumping into a new medium. “Ross who?” said Cremator of GHOUL. “Oh yeah, that guy who got me super drunk that one night. He pumped me for some stories about home. I guess he drew a comic book or something.”
Long-running punk/hardcore/metal imprint Tankcrimes Records will host an eight-band rager next month celebrating the label’s local roster of talent. Set to take place at The Oakland Metro February 2nd, the all-ages event features Ghoul, Necrot, Brainoil, Kicker, Mortuous, Connoisseur, Deathgrave, and Los Huaycos. Tickets are available NOW at THIS LOCATION.
GHOUL – Creepsylvania’s favorite masked miscreants released their Dungeon Bastards studio offering in 2016. Standing as Tankcrimes’ first-ever charting record, Dungeon Bastards‘ infectious splatterthrashconsumed 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. Most recently, GHOUL united with Brooklyn-based MC/Uncle Howie Records owner, Ill Bill (Non Phixion, Heavy Metal Kings) with Goretex (Non Phixion), for a two-song split seven-inch.
NECROT – Bay Area death practitioners NECROT – founded by current and former members of Acephalix, Vastum, Saviours, Watch Them Die, Atrament, and more – released their critically-adored Blood Offerings full-length last year. “Packed with killer riffs, thunderous blast beats and the death-defying leads of Saviours guitarist Sonny Reinhardt,” (Revolver), the record earned the #29 spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart and #52 on Billboard’s New Artist Chart upon its first week of release in addition to earning year-end accolades from the likes of Decibel and Revolver magazines among so many others. The band’s appearance at this year’s Tankcrimes Takeover comes in advance of their spot on the eighth annual Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, Immolation, and Blood Incantation.
BRAINOIL – The Oakland sludge alchemists in BRAINOIL – featuring current and past members of Deathgrave, Laudanum, Graves At Sea, Stormcrow, Grimple, and Watch Them Die, among others – released their long-awaited Singularity To Extinction LP last October. Captured at Earhammer Studios by bassist/vocalist Greg Wilkinson (Deathgrave, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea) and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, Necrot) the record stands as BRAINOIL‘s fastest, crustiest, and most monolithic offering to date. “Describing Singularity To Extinction as misanthropic would be an understatement,” wrote Decibel Magazine, “abrasive guitar tones and vocals combined with glacially slow tempos put BRAINOIL‘s latest in the same league as Dystopia, Grief, and Noothgrush.”
KICKER – Featuring Pete the Roadie backed by members of Operation Ivy, Dystopia, and Neurosis, KICKER plays UK meets East Bay punk rock inspired by the output of Crass, Bluurg, Mystic, and early Dischord and SST releases. The band’s Pure Drivel full-length will see release next month with further details to be unveiled in the coming days.
MORTUOUS – Featuring past and present members of Exhumed, Repulsion, Necrot, and Atrament, MORTUOUS released their Through Wilderness debut last summer. Crowned, “…filthy death metal of the highest order…,” by Decibel, the record includes guest appearances by Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles of Autopsy, Derrel Houdashelt, formerly of Exhumed, and Teresa Wallace of Dreaming Dead, and comes swathed in the cover art of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness, Necrot).
CONNOISSEUR – Sludge punk/stoner violence trio CONNOISSEUR released their Over The Edge full-length via Tankcrimes in 2017. Boasting fourteen resin-coated burners, Over The Edge is twenty-four minutes of East Coast brutality combined with West Coast mentality, all rolled up with cosmic weed grown in outer space, delivered by an alien race known as The Doctors.
DEATHGRAVE – San Jose deathgrind/punk practitioners DEATHGRAVE – featuring members of Brainoil and Amber Asylum among others – unleashed their So Real, It’s Now full-length last year. Hailed by Decibel for being a, “kaleidoscopic and engrossing mix of traditional brutality and audacious weirdness,” the fourteen-track production was tracked at Earhammer Studiosby guitarist/renowned sound engineer Greg Wilkinson and will burn your ears clear off your face. Proclaimed Metal Wanderlust, “You can smell the bile, taste the puke, and love every second of it.”
LOS HUAYCOS – LOS HUAYCOS features ex-members of ’90s Peruvian outfits Asmereir and Metamorphosis with members of Experimental Dental School playing a raucous brand of psychedelic hardcore thrash punk. The word “huayco” comes from the Quechua, which means “depth/valley” and refers to landslides caused by torrential rains in the Andes. You will occasionally find these guys skating a curb in Oakland. LOS HUAYCOS will release their Savage Monstrosities full-length via Tankcrimes next month. Stand by for details.
11/30/2018 UC Theater – Berkeley, CA w/ Pig Destroyer, Power Trip, Khemmis, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/02/2018 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA w/ Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/03/2018 Green Room – Flagstaff, AZ w/ Power Trip, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/05/2018 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX w/ Power Trip, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/06/2018 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX w/ Power Trip, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/07/2018 Come And Take It Live – Austin, TX w/ Power Trip, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/08/2018 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX w/ Havok, Devourment, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/09/2018 The Vanguard – Tulsa, OK w/ Havok, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/10/2018 The Royal – Lincoln, NE w/ Havok, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/11/2018 The Forge – Joliet, IL w/ Havok, Midnight, Gost, Skeletal Remains
12/12/2018 Piere’s – Ft. Wayne, IN w/ Havok, Midnight, Gost, Skeletal Remains
GHOUL released their Dungeon Bastards studio offering in 2016 via Tankcrimes. 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. Produced and mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios in Oakland and mastered by Dan Randall (Impaled, Annihilation Time, Fucked Up, Necrot) at Mammoth Sound in San Francisco, Dungeon Bastards wields eleven hemorrhage-inducing tracks of the band’s now-patented Creepsylvanian splatterthrash.
Dungeon Bastards is out now on CD and digital formats. Tankcrimes recently repressed the LP edition (now available limited-edition splatter or blue vinyl) which includes 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 where the record can be streamed in full.
Most recently, GHOUL united with Brooklyn-based MC/Uncle Howie Records owner, Ill Bill (Non Phixion, Heavy Metal Kings) with Goretex (Non Phixion), for a two-song split 7″, out now via Tankcrimes! Said Riot Nerd of GHOUL‘s portion, “With new releases on the way from seminal thrashers At The Gates, The Crown, and The Haunted this year, GHOUL proves with one track that they still wear the gore rotted championship belt in the land of speed and chug, and the eerie and verbose cinematic stalking of the Ill Bill contribution is just icing on the Creepsylvanian cake.” For physical orders, visit the Tankcrimes merch table HERE.
“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…” — Decibel