Ghost Wave Radio: Aug 26 – Sept 1 2019

All times are for the UK.
CET is +1 hour
US East coast -5 hours
US West coast -8 hours

World Clock: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Monday to Friday, the music is made up of 4 blocks, each 6 hours long

Monday August 26th:

Midnight to 2am EBM and Industrial
2am to 3am Alternative Hour (new releases)
3am to 4am Metal Hour
4am to 5am 80s Metal
5am to 6am EBM and Industrial

6am to 8am EBM and Industrial
8am to 9am Alternative Hour (new releases)
9am to 10am Metal Hour
10am to 11am 80s Metal
11am to 12noon EBM and Industrial

12noon to 2pm EBM and Industrial
2pm to 3pm Alternative Hour (new releases)
3pm to 4pm Metal Hour
4pm to 5pm 80s Metal
5pm to 6pm EBM and Industrial

6pm to 8pm EBM and Industrial
8pm to 9pm Alternative Hour (new releases)
9pm to 10pm Metal Hour
10pm to 11pm 80s Metal
11pm to midnight EBM and Industrial


Tuesday August 27th:

Midnight to 2am EBM and Industrial
2am to 3am Black Angel Gathering
3am to 4am Metal Hour
4am to 5am Punk
5am to 6am EBM and Industrial

6am to 8am EBM and Industrial
8am to 9am Black Angel Gathering
9am to 10am Metal Hour
10am to 11am Punk
11am to 12noon EBM and Industrial

12noon to 2pm EBM and Industrial
2pm to 3pm Black Angel Gathering
3pm to 4pm Metal Hour
4pm to 5pm Punk
5pm to 6pm EBM and Industrial

6pm to 8pm EBM and Industrial
8pm to 9pm Black Angel Gathering
9pm to 10pm Metal Hour
10pm to 11pm Punk
11pm to midnight EBM and Industrial


Wednesday August 28th:

Midnight to 2am EBM and Industrial
2am to 3am Alternative Hour
3am to 4am Metal Hour
4am to 5am Southern Rock / Americana
5am to 6am EBM and Industrial

6am to 8am EBM and Industrial
8am to 9am Alternative Hour
9am to 10am Metal Hour
10am to 11am Southern Rock / Americana
11am to 12noon EBM and Industrial

12noon to 2pm EBM and Industrial
2pm to 3pm Alternative Hour
3pm to 4pm Metal Hour
4pm to 5pm Southern Rock / Americana
5pm to 6pm EBM and Industrial

6pm to 8pm EBM and Industrial
8pm to 9pm Alternative Hour
9pm to 10pm Metal Hour
10pm to 11pm Southern Rock / Americana
11pm to midnight EBM and Industrial


Thursday August 29th:

Midnight to 2am EBM and Industrial
2am to 3am Throwback Thursday
3am to 4am Metal Hour
4am to 5am Dub, Reggae and Ska
5am to 6am EBM and Industrial

6am to 8am EBM and Industrial
8am to 9am Throwback Thursday
9am to 10am Metal Hour
10am to 11am Dub, Reggae and Ska
11am to 12noon EBM and Industrial

12noon to 2pm EBM and Industrial
2pm to 3pm Throwback Thursday
3pm to 4pm Metal Hour
4pm to 5pm Dub, Reggae and Ska
5pm to 6pm EBM and Industrial

6pm to 8pm EBM and Industrial
8pm to 9pm Throwback Thursday
9pm to 10pm Metal Hour
10pm to 11pm Dub, Reggae and Ska
11pm to midnight EBM and Industrial


Friday August 30th:

Midnight to 2am EBM and Industrial
2am to 4am Extreme Metal (New Releases)
4am to 5am Rock and Metal Overload
5am to 6am EBM and Industrial

6am to 8am EBM and Industrial
8am to 10am Extreme Metal (New Releases)
10am to 11am Rock and Metal Overload
11am to 12noon EBM and Industrial

12noon to 2pm EBM and Industrial
2pm to 4pm Extreme Metal (New Releases)
4pm to 5pm Rock and Metal Overload
5pm to 6pm EBM and Industrial

6pm to 8pm EBM and Industrial
8pm to 10pm Extreme Metal (New Releases)
10pm to 11pm Rock and Metal Overload
11pm to midnight EBM and Industrial


Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st

Weekends are just one huge Free For All… no rules, just 48 hours of music

Behind The Scenes – Kiss 97

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We go back in time… with Ivona Bogner

Ater years of chaos in Serbia, it was clear we will wait for so long till we hear any foreign band live, so as metal. I guess no one would be that crazy to play in the country where you never know when the new war will begin, in the country where people can′t buy food, so buying concert ticket in that condition is close to insanity.

Late night… I was listening the radio and close to dream land, I thought I heard someone said KISS is coming to Belgrade in next six month. Instantly I woke up and could not sleep at all. I just wanted to check that information. Of course, we had no internet so I was hoping someone, somehow, somewhere heard the same I did. Of course, next morning in high school I could not hear any information, cause all those ten students who looked like they were listening metal, had no idea what metal is.

Six months later, it really happened. My first show ever. ″Once Wasn′t Enough″, European leg of the ″Alive/World Tour″, Belgrade Fair, June 4, 1997. Ticket price was too high, and all I could do is to rob the bank. That was my first thought cause there was no solution to buy that ticket from my mother′s teacher salary. Dad had lost his job and we were on the edge of extinction. The concert was supposed to be held only nine days before my eighteenth birthday and I just hoped as a minor I can go alone to the concert. Of course, no one cared, but if they did, it was pretty clear I would never go to that show. I hardly found money for one ticket, not two. And I am sure, if anyone would go with me, it would be my grandfather.

Anyway, KISS supposed to play with Helmet and Motley Crue. At least, that is what medias presented to us. And from this distance, I believe they lied. To be honest, I was more excited to hear Motley Crue, but… There is always some but.

Ticket price was extremely high for the country that was recovering form hyperinflation. I had to be there! It was a matter of life and death! I asked my parents and grandparents to give me money they dedicated for my birthday earlier, so I can buy the best present ever.

My first disappointment: after I bought ticket, I saw band members were signed incorrectly (see the photo below). Come on! I payed a fortune and you gave me fake ticket!

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Week before and week after that show I just could not eat, sleep… Excitement was at highest possible level. And the day finally came.

The gates of Belgrade Fair supposed to be opened at 17:30. Hour later, we knew something is wrong. Nervous… The gates were finally opened at 7PM. By than, we already knew: no Motley Crue, no Helmet… Another disappointment! We were too tired so no one cared. Support bands were Die Ӓrzte and Moonspell. It was hot summer day, mostly fans were exhausted and no one was interested to hear support bands. When Moonspell finished their set, we all rushed to the front line. Belgrade Fair capacity is 20,000 people. Will I surprise or disappoint you if I say that the Hall was almost empty?

I was in 5th row. Damn! I can′t see anything! Some guy saw me desperately jumping around and asked me where do I come from. ″Zemun″, I mumbled. ″I served army in Zemun!″ In a blink of an eye, I was in the front line by kindness of his brother. All I know is that they were from Slovenia. If they read this and remember small girl from Belgrade, thank you from the bottom of my old metal heart!

In front of me was security guy with tons of wires around his head. That man looked like he just escaped from EEG! As I will find out years later that mafia boss and paramilitary leader was somehow in charge for concert security and blackmailed KISS by 5000 Deutsch Marks. The lights on Belgrade airport were shut down, so the band just could not leave the country if they do not pay. At the end, management gave the money so they were free to leave this hole in Europe. No matter if this story is real or only urban legend, I just hope that man burns in hell for all the crimes he committed and I pray to Metal Gods send him DIO, Lemmy, or Dimebag, to spice up his eternity.

″Once Wasn′t Enough″ was also known as the ″Reunion Tour″, the first tour with original band members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley since 1979. The big black flag with KISS logo felt on the stage and the madness begun with ″Deuce″. I almost died when I saw Gene Simmons in front of me. As crazy as I am, I remember it just crossed my mind: ″Is it possible he has cellulite?″ Stop, Ivona, stop! Focus on music! And the hardest was to focus on music. There is so much going on the stage, so focusing on music was close to mission impossible. Of course, 22 years after that show, it is impossible to remember all songs they played, but some fragments had left. For me, the highlights of the show were:

1. Ace sung ″Shock Me″
2. Paul should fly over the crowd during the ″Love Gun″, maybe the first and last time in KISS history he did not make it as planned. When he realized he would fly over empty hall, he signalized to bring them back on stage.
3.Bet (Gene) out of hell! ″God of Thunder″, blood spitting, ecstasy!
4. Performing ″Beth″, Peter Criss showed us drummers and cats can sing too.

History repeats, they say… KISS supposed to play once again in Belgrade in 2008. You would say after so many wars, people in Balkans became smarter, but never say never. KISS agent realised that coming to Serbia once again and make same old mistake is not an option. So, they cancelled show due political situation (elections) and security reasons. Sounds familiar?

Organizers stated:
The members of the band regret to inform you that the concert has to be cancelled, but the situation in Serbia does not leave them much choice. However, they hope they will perform in Serbia on some other occasion. The management of the popular American hard rock band did not explain the reasons, nor what exactly happened during their stay in Belgrade.

If I would ever have a chance to ask Gene or Paul only one question, than I know what that question would be.

Till my next column, I wish you all Rock and Roll all night and party every day!

Review: Faust – … boje i note…

Faust – … boje i note… (RnR Records)
Review by Milos Sebalj

A short history lesson for the start. Northernmost part of Serbia, called Vojvodina, used to be a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of the Great War, and the collapse of the empire itself. Even though the Habsburgs inhabited the region with Serbian refugees fleeing from the Ottomans, the region itself remained populated by a whole lot of different nationalities, even to this day. So, the demographic situation in Vojvodina is still very much heterogeneous. As we are mostly interested in music, let me just explain how does this affect our favorite pass-time. Serbia is a fairly centralized country, so it takes a whole lot of effort for a band residing outside Belgrade or Novi Sad to get some recognition. Seeing how Faust is a band from a city of Subotica, at the border between Serbia and Hungary, they had a difficult job getting the necessary support from their domestic scene. Add to that the fact that their members are of Hungarian descent and you get a band that is neither Serbian, nor Hungarian. As such, Faust fails to have a “legendary” status that most of the bands who are close to entering the fourth decade of existence mostly achieve. A pity for sure, but that fact will surely not stop the music, and music is exactly where Faust is at their home ground.

When I mentioned the band’s age you have surely guessed they cannot be dealing with any kind of modern sound. And you have guessed right. Faust is a pure-blooded Hard Rock band. They have their Heavy Metal moments, but when you take an overview, you cannot but think of Deep Purple or Rainbow. Just listen to that vocal. Mister Tibor Cindric is a singer who could have easily filled the shoes for Dio, for instance. His deep voice might as well have an operatic upbringing. Excellent work! The lyrics, covering your basic genre topics, are also his work, and though they are not exactly high-class poetry, they get the job done. Plus, they are written in three languages, Serbian, Hungarian and English. As for the musical background, it is neatly packed, which is to be expected from a highly experienced group of musicians with serious skills in handling their instruments. Faust’s songs are mostly driven by genre specific hard riffing and keyboard melodies, while the rhythm section holds the tempos firmly in place with just occasional bravado to showcase that the guys are not serving just as a ‘spine’. On the other hand, the drummer Attile Toth is responsible for composing the entire album, so he deserves way more credit than just thumping on the drum set.

One of the most important factors with such music has always been ‘the hit song’. “… boje i note…” has a couple of those for sure. Memorable choruses will definitely help Faust’s live performances. The typical arrangements still hold the Hard Rock values established back in the ‘70s and create a feeling that, while all too familiar, still fits with such songs. The production is probably the one thing that places this album among those recorded in this century. Luckily, Faust did not fall for the traps brought by the modern polishing equipment, so the record still carries enough soul on it.

Now, this album will probably not get Faust the recognition they deserve. ‘The oldest of schools’ approach is certainly not the most popular nowadays. However, Faust did create a very good record which should appeal to most of the fans of the mentioned bands and such music in general. And there are plenty of those people. Just try and look beyond your local cover bands and sneak a peek outside your home town. Nor only Faust, there are a lot of hidden gems waiting to become your new heroes.

https://www.facebook.com/faustrockband/

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Review: BegUsToStop – Overdose Reality

BegUsToStop – Overdose Reality (Meat 5000 Records)
Review by Milos Sebalj

Nowadays, when I get a Grindcore record, I get a headache before I even put it on. More and more it seems to me like the good old days of Napalm Death or Repulsion are long gone and all that is left is that nonsense bordering on pure noise. You know, the thing with a crossed note attached to the layout. Where have all the riffs gone?

And just look at this band’s name! I will admit it, I judged the book by its cover. Well, not the cover per se, because the cover of this album doesn’t have any of the mentioned stuff on it. Furthermore, the cover is very nicely done to correlate with the overall theme of the lyrics. More on that later. Still, it looked a bit suspicious to me. Nevertheless, I gave it a chance and guess what? I found the missing riffing!

BegUsToStop is a young Serbian band, with just one demo release before this debut full length. However, they are comprised of some experienced musicians, especially when it comes to extreme Metal. I have revealed their general path in the introduction, but there is something more to their sound. Their Grindcore is somewhat ‘leaning’ towards pure brutal Death Metal. The songs are short and to the point, with occasional excerpts from movies and different speeches. With lyrics turned towards current social trends and failing humanity it all resembles Napalm Death. And then there is more still. While the tracks are mostly based on high speed rhythms, BUTS (not quite grammatically correct, but funny anyway) do know how to mix things a bit with slowdowns, at which point they remind me of classical sluggish atmosphere, patented by Obituary and the likes. Though short, clocking in at average two and a half minutes, the tracks on “Overdose Reality” tend to be versatile enough. Be it in the guitar or rhythm department, BegUsToStop (my ‘Shift’ key is wearing out with all this upper case lettering) offers a wealth of arrangements.

Now, this quartet doesn’t bring anything new to the table. They are a bit short on their own ideas. This might be forgiven considering the genre that doesn’t leave much room for experimentation. I would like to hear more riffs that could sound like they haven’t been played before. There are some moments where they really shine out, but there could surely be even more. Also, the lyrics can certainly be better prepared, as they sound a bit too simplistic. At least the ones in English. The three Serbian written lyrics are flawless. On the other hand, the ideas behind them definitely hold the water. I will let he titles speak for themselves: “Rivotril Nation”, “Massacre of the Cloned Starlets”, “Human Head Catering”, “Clyster Clear”… You get what I mean. One other thing is that I find the faster parts all become a bit of blur, where you can easily lose the guitar track you were following.

As this album is quite powerful and energetic (as a Grindcore record needs to be) I am willing to place these flaws as minor ones. I still enjoyed “Overdose Reality” very much. There really is not that much to complain about. It is all very decently done, guitars, drums, bass, vocals, production and the mentioned artwork. A strong release, definitely. It did give me a headache in the end. Seems like I’m getting too old to headbang for more than 30 minutes.

https://www.facebook.com/Meat5000Records2001/

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Review: Sulgogar – Cannibal-Toon

Sulgogar – Cannibal-Toon (Machine Man Records)
Review by Steve Thomas-Green

I think it’s fair to say that listening to this album is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. From the orgy of cartoon feasting in the noisy 1950s (or earlier) cartoon intro to the incessant all out blasting and breakneck vocals, subtlety isn’t really the order of the day here, bar the very nice intro piece, Ninos Muriendo and the rockier tones of the lead track/single, En el Olvido

Most of the time, Venezuela’s Sulgogar blast out a full on racket, that probably dwells somewhere between Death and Thrash, but they do it with a Punk heart and a disregard for the listeners hearing.

Production wise, there are a few niggles and a few rough spots, sometimes the vocals need beefing up and sometimes the music can be a bit raw in places, but in terms of passion and energy, this is pretty much faultless.

I suppose it’s the musical equivalent of plug and play computer software. It’s not over complicated and it does the job immediately without any frills… and in this case the no frills offering keeps my foot tapping and my head banging.

The average track lasts about 2 minutes a pop, so just hit the play button and get blasted via 8 short tracks and a couple of dodgy cartoons related pieces and don’t forget to dust yourself off afterwards, because the beating you’ll receive will definitely leave you feeling a little dirty…

https://www.facebook.com/sulgogar/
https://www.facebook.com/machinemanrecords/

https://sulgogar.bandcamp.com/album/cannibal-toon

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