Dungeon Bastards is the newest studio recording from the notorious Creepsylvanian hooded menaces in GHOUL. Released via Tankcrimes on July 29th, the record devoured 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. Not only does Dungeon Bastards serve as the first GHOUL record to enter the Billboard Charts, it's also the first-ever charting album of Tankcrimes' extended discography.
Utters guitarist/vocalist Digestor: "Instead of noting the obvious and stunning decline of the recording industry, I want to focus on the positive aspects of GHOUL charting. Mainly, that our newfound industry clout will allow us to crush our enemies, humiliate our friends, and generally live lives of consequence-free skullduggery from now until the end of time. Which should be somewhere around the beginning of your American month of November."
Adds Tankcrimes head Scotty Heath, "I'm absolutely thrilled!"
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.
GHOUL recently wrapped up a US tour run with Carcass, Crowbar, and Night Demon as well as a short run of headlining shows with one more on the horizon before the band heads back to its subterranean quarters in Creepsylvania. GHOUL will be announcing additional live abrasions in the coming weeks.
8/13/2016 Metro - Oakland, CA
Issued 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." Concludes Riot Nerd, "GHOUL's live antics and theatrical presentation may get kids through the door and asses in the seats (hell, it certainly got my attention), but on Dungeon Bastards they prove themselves the best of the best of the red food coloring and corn syrup set, with the deft musicianship and songwriting chops to take on anyone, masked, facepainted, or otherwise. Stalwart Creepsylvanians take heed, there's about to be a population boom. Haters, doubters, trolls, and lurkers won't be able to deny the 'naked, merciless force' of Dungeon Bastards, and GHOUL have earned every single new blood soaked fist in the air."