Bay Area progressive metallers THE GHOST NEXT DOOR share “Diatribe” video; new album coming out June 21st on Ripple Music.

Bay Area heavy and progressive metal trio THE GHOST NEXT DOOR team up with Ghost Cult Magazine to present their new animated for “Diatribe” today. Their new album “Classic Songs of Death and Dismemberment” will be released on June 21st through Ripple Music.

Watch the “Diatribe” video on Ghost Cult Magazine
+ don’t miss their latest single “It Takes A Village

Californian heavy progressive metal stalwarts THE GHOST NEXT DOOR are ready to return with their third studio album and the follow-up to 2019’s “A Feast for the Sixth Sense” on Ripple Music! The trio fronted by guitarist and vocalist Gary Wendt (also known for founding 80s crossover legends Sacrilege BC and alt-metal champions Release) comes together as a strong force within the Bay Area’s underground metal scene.

Fueled by an inextinguishable sonic fire and their politically charged exploration of groove and riffs in their more convoluted form, the new lineup rounded out by Aaron Asghari on second guitar and Noah Whitfield on bass (with all bass tracks on the album performed and recorded by interim bassist Naiya Cominos) delivers a dark, heady and even more progressive 13-track with touches of alternative metal and doom on “Classic Songs of Death and Dismemberment”. 

About the song theme, frontman Gary Wendt comments: “This song is actually one, if not THE favorite song of mine on the album. Not just in composition, but on how the mix came together as a whole. The song is, again, about our suicidal race — a theme common in my lyrics. We actively destroy that what keeps us alive. I mean, we’re all guilty of it on some level, we waste food and energy. We litter the streets with indestructible plastic. Then we buy more junk to try and make us feel better. Our resources are finite. Once they’re gone and all the bees are dead, we’re fucked! It’ll look like that place in Fury Road where the people are walking around on stilts! The main criminals, however are the big industries, and they aren’t going to change. Unless, of course we stop giving them our money…” 

“Classic Songs of Death and Dismemberment”
Out June 21st on Ripple Music (CD/digital)

International preorder – US preorder

Based in Berkeley, California, The Ghost Next Door emerged from a desire to marry the dark melancholy of 80s and 90s alternative with the aggression and drive of Bay Area metal. With Gary Wendt on guitar and vocals, Aaron Asghari on guitar and Noah Whitfield on bass, solid songwriting and musical diversity are at the core of The Ghost Next Door’s sound. Each member brings his unique influences from across the modern music spectrum: from punk to jazz, progressive metal to sadcore, modern rock to thrash. Their influences and playing styles combine into meter-bending, riff-driven rock & roll breaking out from under the bare skin of abrasively honest lyrics. On stage, they come together to show what manifests from an undeniable compulsion to create and perform their expressive take on modern metal. 

The Ghost Next Door released their self-titled debut album on Mausoleum Records to widespread critical acclaim in 2015. After the passing of that label’s founder and president Alfie Falckenbach, the band, who was already hard at work on their second offering, had to find a new label. Luckily, they partnered up with Ripple Music for 2019’s, “A Feast for the Sixth Sense”, and started expanding their audience with another round of positive reviews and some touring, including an appearance at SXSW.

Although they recently parted ways with drummer Sebastien Castelain, Gary Wendt, Aaron Asghari and interim bassist Naiya Cominos recorded and mixed “Classic Songs of Death and Dismemberment” at Gary’s home studio in Oakland and Snake Green’s Green Dot Studio in Berkeley, CA. “I feel this album is a bit more progressive and varied. Somewhat adventurous, yet more cohesive. Lyrically, I explore themes of death, destruction and human villainy, as always. Man’s scorched earth policy, if you will. ‘Who gives a fuck as long as we can make some money!’ Well, I do. I give a fuck,” says Gary Wendt. It will be issued in June 2024 on Ripple Music.

Gary Wendt – Vocals, guitars, keyboards, programming
Aaron Asghari – Guitars
Noah Whitfield – Bass*
*all bass tracks on the album performed and recorded by Naiya Cominos




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