GHOST’s Nameless Ghoul Says Religion Remains ‘A Big Problem’ In Today’s Society recently conducted an interview with one of the Nameless Ghouls from Swedish occult rockers GHOST.


On how GHOST’s new album, “Meliora”, compares to 2013′s “Infestissumam”:


“Whereas the previous album, stylistically, was hovering in a baroque milieu, this new one is more of a futuristic, early-1900s, super-urban, modern world… but from a 1920s point of view. It’s slightly more energetic. It’s a little bit more to the point. I think that with the previous record, we warped our sometimes-retrospective sound, and I think we warped it a little bit too much to the retro, which didn’t have too much to do with the recording; I think it was a mix and mastering thing, where it got a little bit lost. So, slightly wiser from that recording, we went into this recording, this album, with the knowledge that there were a few things that were better taken care of before than later. And one of them was, basically, to have a little bit more bite in terms of our guitar sounds and the drums to be slightly less retro.”


On religion:


“Obviously, it is a big problem. It’s a very contemporary problem. It’s a very, very big danger. And, as much as we in the Western world feel like we are secularized and that is sort of an old-fashioned… Especially in Sweden, where we come from, it’s so secularized, to the point where being religious is almost like being a little bit dumb. But still, there’s also… There seems to be a disconnect between the modern man and her well being, because of that loss. That is not to say… We are not telling anybody to believe anything special, but there seems to be a disregard towards the idea that there are a lot of things that we might believe that we don’t understand. People right now, and there has been a thing happening for the last hundred years… I mean, you remember the saying, ‘All the inventions have been invented.’ And even though most people laugh at that today, there is still a feeling of that we know everything, we have reached the zenith of our civilization, this is the best that we’re… we’re peaking. If there’s anything that I would like to, or we would like to, tell the little person is to have a higher acceptance towards the things that you do not know. The only thing that we can agree upon, at the end of the day, if you’re not talking to someone who’s fucking mentally disturbed, is that we don’t know. We can believe, and we can want to believe, but ‘This is gonna happen,’ or, ‘This is not gonna happen.’… ‘When you die, this is gonna happen,’ or, ‘This is gonna happen,’ or, ‘That is gonna happen.’ We have no idea. There’s no one that can answer that question, especially not a bunch of Romans in 325.”


On the recording process for “Meliora”:


“The main producer, the sound producer, was a guy called Klas Åhlund. He’s a Swedish producer, and he’s professionally more known as more of a songwriter-producer — the sort of producer that sits, writes a song, produces it, and then this really famous singer comes in and sings it, and then it’s their song. He wanted, for once, to do more of a ‘normal’ production job where he works with a band rather than just one artist. So… that was interesting. I definitely think that we got a lot of ideas and a lot of new angles that we wouldn’t have had, had we worked with a more established rock producer.”


“Meliora” will be released on August 21 via Loma Vista Recordings.


GHOST’s June 3 warm-up show at at Doom in Linköping served as the group’s live debut with their “new” singer, Papa Emeritus III, the three-month-younger brother of GHOST’s previous frontman, Papa Emeritus II.


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IES Rock Honors, part of the fourth annual Indie Entertainment Summit music conference in Los Angeles, this year will induct — on their 40th anniversaries — Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD, the RAMONES and THE RUNAWAYS (on the 40th anniversary, to the day, that Joan Jett met Cherie Currie, along with the late Kim Fowley and formed the iconic all-girl band, blocks from where the Honors take place in North Hollywood, California).

Helping to induct Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD is Slash, who’s being honored himself for his independent success with his albums, tours and movies; and there will be special tributes to Lemmy and Slash by members of METALLICA, OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, STRAY CATS and many more. Richie Ramone, legendary drummer and songwriter of the iconic RAMONES, will lead an all-star jam, featuring many special guests on a set of classic RAMONES anthems.


Set to take place August 5-8, IES is a four-day music and entertainment conference and festival, oriented towards the booming independent sides of the industry.


“The industry has turned to a more indie and entrepreneurial world,” states IES founder and 40 year industry veteran Jay Warsinske, “and mega artists like Slash, MOTÖRHEAD, METALLICA and many more are completely independent these days, and in more control than ever of their careers and business!”


To attend the IES Rock Honors, you must be an attendee of the IES — Indie Entertainment Summit.

To register, or for more info on all the events at IES, go to

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MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with a strong schedule of new titles for September and October…

Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations By Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci, Tenderness Of The Wolves, and Borowczyk’s Immoral Tales and The Beast


Tenderness of the Wolves

Fritz Haarmann, aka the Butcher of Hanover and the Vampire of Hanover, was a German serial killer responsible for the murders of two dozen boys and young men during the so-called ‘years of crisis’ between the wars. His case would partly inspire Fritz Lang’s M, and its central character portrayed by Peter Lorre, as well as this forgotten gem from 1973.


Tenderness of the Wolves treats the viewer to a few weeks in the company of a killer. Baby-faced and shaven-headed, in a manner that recalls both M and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, Haarmann is a fascinating, repulsive figure. Using his status as a police informant to procure his victims, he dismembers their bodies after death and sells the flesh to restaurants, dumping the remainder out of sight. This isn’t an easy film to watch, but it certainly gets under the skin…
Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who also supplies a shifty cameo), Tenderness of the Wolves provided two of his regular actors with a means of expanding their careers. Ulli Lommel – later responsible for the infamous video nasty The Boogeyman – made his directorial debut, while Kurt Raab wrote the screenplay as well as delivering an astonishing performance as Haarmann.


Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer prepared by the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM Audio
-New translated English subtitles
-The Tender Wolf – a brand-new in-depth interview with director Ulli Lommel
-Brand-new interview with director of photography Jürgen Jürges
-Newly-filmed appreciation by film historian and expert on European horror cinema Stephen Thrower
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Tony Rayns




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Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats: Two Adaptations by Sergio Martino & Lucio Fulci


Edgar Allan Poe’s celebrated story The Black Cat has provided the inspiration for numerous films over the years. But few adaptations are as stylish as those offered up by the twin Italian titans of terror, Sergio Martino and Lucio Fulci.


In Martino’s classic giallo Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, teacher Oliviero (Luigi Pistilli, A Bay of Blood) finds himself under suspicion for murder when one of his students – and mistress – is found brutally murdered. As more bodies start to pile up, the arrival of Oliviero’s attractive niece (Edwige Fenech, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colours of the Dark) brings with it complications of its own.


In The Black Cat, from that “other” Godfather of Gore, Lucio Fulci (Zombie), Scotland Yard Inspector Gorley (David Warbeck, The Beyond) find himself summoned to a sleepy English village to investigate the recent murder of a young couple. With no obvious signs of entry at the murder scene, Gorley is forced to start considering the possibility that his suspect may not be human…


Finally together on Blu-ray and in stunning new 2K restorations from the original camera negatives, fans can enjoy the double-dose of terror that is Edgar Allan Poe’s Black Cats – Italian-style!


-Brand new 2K restorations of the films from the original camera negatives
-High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
-Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
-Newly translated subtitles for the Italian soundtracks
-Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtracks
-Brand new interview with director Sergio Martino
-Dolls of Flesh and Blood: The Gialli of Sergio Martino – a visual essay by Michael Mackenzie exploring -Sergio Martino’s unique contributions to the giallo genre
-Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror – The Films of Lucio Fulci, on The Black Cat
-Reversible sleeves featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
-Limited Edition 80-page perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the films, Poe’s original story and more, illustrated with archive stills and posters
-Much more to be announced!




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The Beast

Walerian Borowczyk’s most notorious and controversial film wildly re-works the classic Beauty and the Beast story into a very adult fairy tale, a parody of pornographic tropes and an assault on notions of ‘good taste’.


Bestial dreams interrupt the venal plans of a French aristocrat attempting to save a crumbling mansion by marrying off his deformed son, Mathurin, to a horny American heiress, Lucy. Yet Mathurin seems more interested in his horses than in his bride-to-be, and when Lucy finds out about the story of his 18th-century ancestor Romilda (Sirpa Lane) copulating with the titular beast it sparks to life one of the most outrageous dream sequences in cinema history.


A huge hit in France that was extensively censored and banned elsewhere, The Beast broke new ground in sexual explicitness and remains a truly startling experience even today.


Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfer of the uncut 98-minute version
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
-The Making of The Beast: camera operator Noël Véry provides a commentary on footage shot during the film’s production
-Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay on the evolution of Borowczyk’s beast and the sequel that never was, Motherhood
-The Profligate Door, a documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet
-Boro Brunch, a reunion meal recorded in February 2014 reuniting members of Borowczyk’s crew
-Commercials by Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)
-Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk (11:04)
-Behind Enemy Lines – The Making of Gunpoint (5:16)
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk’s own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by David Thompson, illustrated with original stills




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Immoral Tales

Walerian Borowczyk’s first explicitly erotic feature, Immoral Tales presents a veritable cavalcade of depravity: cosmic fellatio, transcendental masturbation, blood-drenched lesbianism and papal incest.


It tells four stories, each delving back further in time, as if to suggest that the same issues recur constantly throughout human civilization, whether involving notorious historical figures like Lucrezia Borgia and Erzsébet Báthory, or present-day teenagers.


Capitalising on the relaxation of censorship laws, Immoral Tales would transform Borowczyk’s image from brilliant but obscure avant-garde artist to one of Europe’s most confrontational filmmakers when it came to trampling on sexual taboos.


Special Features:
-New high definition digital transfers of two versions of the feature, the familiar four-part edition and the original five-part conception including the short film The Beast of Gévaudan (which later became the feature The Beast)
-Uncompressed Mono 2.0 PCM Audio
-Optional English subtitles
-Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
-Love Reveals Itself, a new interview programme featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
-Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly-edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
-Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
-Theatrical trailer
-Reversible sleeve featuring Borowczyk’s own original poster design
-Illustrated booklet containing new writing on the film by by Daniel Bird and an archive piece by Philip Strick




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Ant-Man tops the box office worldwide

The big winner of the weekend was Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man (its 12th consecutive first place opening), starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Michael Pena and more, which opened on Thursday night with previews amounting to $6.4 million of its $22.6 million opening day take. According to weekend estimates, it’s grossed $58 million in 3,856 theaters, or $15,000 per site, which puts it ahead of the 2008 opening of The Incredible Hulk (distributed by Universal), but below the $65 million openings for 2009’s Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. $6.1 million of the domestic total came from 361 IMAX screens and all top five grossing locations are IMAX engagements.


Internationally, Ant-Man earned roughly the same amount with $56.4 million in about 50% of the overseas territories, including France, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the UK, with big markets like Germany, Italy, Korea, China and Japan still to come. Combined with the domestic earnings, the Peyton Reed-directed film has collected $114.4 million in its first week. It also received an “A” CinemaScore from audiences, which should mean it will have strong legs moving forward. Ant-Man cost about $130 million to produce.


Jurassic World, meanwhile, has grossed over $600 million (the 4th movie to ever do that amount domestically) as it added another $11.4 million to take fifth place. With $611 million earned domestically, it’s well on its way to becoming the third-highest grossing movie domestically, passing Marvel’s The Avengers by summer’s end. Jurassic World crossed the $900 million mark at the international box office and passed Marvel’s The Avengers‘ international total of $895.2 million to bemuse the sixth-highest grossing film of all time at the international box office. The international total for the film is $902.3 million and it will pass Fast & Furious 7 ($1.512 billion) today to come the fourth-highest grossing film of all-time worldwide today with $1.513 billion.


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Kid Rock Announces First Annual Fish Fry in Nashville/GM to meet with activists over Kid Rock sponsorship

It’s becoming more frequent that acts are finding unique ways to reach out to their fans and break down some of the barriers between musician and listener. We’ve seen an influx of themed cruises, several acts have staged their own festivals and now Kid Rock is launching his first annual Fish Fry in Nashville, Tenn. this fall.


The two-day weekend takes place at Fontanel in Nashville on Oct. 9 and 10. Each day is expected to provide a cornucopia of activities including full sets by Kid Rock, performances by still-to-be-named special guests, plus a fish fry, fireworks, local food and drink, “good times and cheap wine,” games of cornhole and all sorts of fun.


There are various VIP packages named after Kid Rock songs (“Roll On,” “Born Free,” “Livin Large”) that give those attending unique experiences. The “Roll On” package grants you express entry onto the festival grounds 30 minutes prior to general admission, an exclusive “Roll On” merchandise gift, VIP parking, a dedicated on-site event concierge, access to air conditioned restrooms, a premium reserved ticket and you have the chance to add on Kid Rock’s Pajama Party taking place at the Fontanel Mansion.


The “Born Free” package makes sure your ticket is in the first 10 rows, invites you to a pre-show pizza party hosted by Rock and featuring a performance from one of his favorite comedians, Chris Porter. The party also includes a wine tasting at the Natchez Hills Tasting Room. And you get a VIP laminate as well, along with many of the items from the “Roll On” package.


Meanwhile, the “Livin Large” package provides you with a private open-air suite to accommodate six guests and “at your seat” food and beverage service on top of the items from the other two packages.


And as for the aforementioned Kid Rock Pajama Party at Fontanel Mansion, it finds guests moving from the party outside to a late night indoor bash that includes an open bar, late night snacks, old movies, dancing, casino tables, games, custom Kid Rock pajamas and the best opportunity of the weekend to hang out and meet Kid Rock and take a group photo. Finishing out the night, there will also be a pancake breakfast before you leave.



GM to keep sponsoring Kid Rock concerts, discuss flag issue


SOURCE: Detroit Free Press


Dissatisfied with an apparent lack of empathy from music super-star Kid Rock, a civil rights group calling on him to renounce the Confederate battle flag is meeting with his tour sponsor: General Motors.


“We will be furthering our call to ask GM to remove their support of funds for Kid Rock’s tour,” said the Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Action Network and pastor of King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit.


General Motors, whose Chevrolet brand is sponsoring Kid Rock’s summer tour, today sent the Free Press a statement confirming the meeting Thursday.


“We have been in touch with Reverend Williams, and representatives from Chevrolet will be meeting with him later this week to better understand his concerns. We need to let some open and constructive dialogue occur as a first step, and we’ll go from there,” according to the statement.


Members of the action network, a branch of the national organization founded by Al Sharpton, appeared outside the Detroit Historical Museum earlier this month calling on Kid Rock to distance himself from the battle flag that represented the South in the Civil War and has been associated with racial hatred. Last week, the issue became more heated when Rock supposedly told protesters they could “kiss my ass.”


That was the message passed along by Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, who was wrapping up a segment about Rock and the Confederate flag, Rock’s spokesman told the Free Press that the remark came from a personal conversation between Rock and the Fox host. Rock has otherwise not commented publicly on the controversy.


The automaker on Friday reiterated its support for Rock, who has been criticized by some for his use of the controversial flag through the years. A Chevrolet spokesman said Friday that the automaker stands behind the statement it issued Monday after a Detroit protest by NAN, a New York-based group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.


“The only flag on stage during the Chevy-sponsored summer concert tour is the American flag, and to our knowledge, Kid Rock has not used the Confederate flag on stage for several years,” the GM statement read. “We are committed to our sponsorship of Kid Rock’s summer tour and are confident that he will provide his fans, many of whom are proud Chevrolet owners, with a spectacular concert experience that celebrates American Freedom.”


Kid Rock has declined to issue a formal statement about the recent flag flap but did express contempt for the protesters in a remark relayed last Wednesday by Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly. Wrapping up a segment about Rock and the Confederate flag, Kelly passed along his message.


Rock, 44, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, has always been a fan of Southern rock and has performed in front of the flag — as well as the American flag.


Williams said Tuesday that all they want is for him to do is distance himself from the controversial symbol.


“We’re saying that if we could get a commitment that this is not going to be at his shows, not going to be something that he promotes, then we would be happy,” Williams said.


In 2011, Rock received the Great Expectations Award from the Detroit Branch NAACP, calling it “by far the coolest award I’ve received.”


With protesters outside the event that night burning a Confederate flag, Rock addressed the controversy briefly on stage.


“I never flew that flag with any hate in my heart,” Rock told the crowd at 56th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner, noting that he had embraced it as a Southern rock tribute.


The controversy stretches back to at least 2002 when Rock was displaying the Confederate flag onstage for several minutes during shows on that year’s tour.


“Everybody knows where I stand and what I’m about,” he told the Free Press in an interview at the time. “It’s not about hatred or being a racist. I like Southern rock music, and a lot of people died under that flag for beliefs they had, right or wrong. But it stands for rebel, and my love of Southern rock.”

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