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Formed: 2003
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active


UNHOLY GHOST was formed January 2003 by drummer Aantar Lee Coates, bassist/vocalist Paul Ouellette, and guitarists Kelly McLauchlin and Jerry Mortellaro.

The musicians in UNHOLY GHOST bring together an awesome display of talent and creativity...the music is extreme and cutting edge, with catchy hooks yet firmly planted black/death metal vein.

Latest Unholy Ghost News

Below is our complete Unholy Ghost news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Angelcorpse Adds Second Guitarist

ANGELCORPSE has added as 2nd guitar player KELLY MCLAUCHLIN (of PESSIMIST/UNHOLYGHOST/DIABOLIC) just in time for their west coast USA shows. West Coast tour dates are as follows:


All shows are part of the BLOOD OF THE DAMNED TOUR which includes GOSPEL OF THE HORNS, CEMETARY URN, and ARES KINGDOM, among other extreme bands.

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Cattle Decapitation Announce New Drummer

Cattle Decapitation have found a replacement for departed drummer, Michael Laughlin. Joining the band as his permanent replacement is Tampa, Florida drummer J.R. "Kid Gnarly" Daniels, formerly of Unholy Ghost. Daniels will appear on tour with the band this summer.

The band recently added a second guitar player, Kevin "Fetus" Bernier of L.A.’s Watch Me Burn/Fetus Eaters/Deadfood/Vomitcore Records to the fold..

Cattle Decapitation's upcoming album is entitled "Karma.Bloody.Karma." It is about the "greatest natural disaster of all time," humanity, and revenge for its effect on this planet.The album is to features guest appearances by Joey Karam (The Locust) and John Wiese (Sunn 0)), Bastard Noise) and is produced by Billy Anderson (Swans, Mr. Bungle Melvins). "Karma.Bloody.Karma." should be available in summer of 2006.

Here's the "Karma.Bloody.Karma." track list: More...

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US Death Metal Band Exmortis Return

U.S. death metal band EXMORTIS, who released two classic demos (1988's "Descent into Chaos" and 1989's "Immortality's End") in the genre's heyday, has been resurrected featuring original members Brian Werking (guitarist/vocalist) and drummer Aantar Lee Coates (formerly of DIABOLIC and UNHOLY GHOST and currently in BLASTMASTERS).

EXMORTIS are planning to release a new demo, titled "The Resurrection", sometime during the summer months of 2005. The demo will feature five songs, including the title track, "The Resurrection", which was previously recorded on the "Immortality's End" demo in 1989. Other songs set to appear on the demo are "And There Was Pain", "Awakening of Sin", "The Slaughter Begins" and "Exmortis II". EXMORTIS are also planning to re-release some older material on CD very soon. The "Descent into Chaos" and "Immortality's End" demos will be available for purchase together on a single CD. The "Fade from Reality" seven-inch EP and the songs from "The History of Things to Come" compilation will also be available on a single CD.

EXMORTIS are currently searching for a guitarist and bassist to complete the group's lineup. Live shows will follow in 2006. For more information, visit www.exmortis.us.

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Unholy Ghost Part With Drummer

Drummer David Breazeal has announced that he has parted ways with UNHOLY GHOST due to "musical differences." Breazeal will continue his work with TROKAR and other musical interests. A replacement drummer has yet to be named.

UNHOLY GHOST are currently in pre-production for their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Blasphemy of the Grand Devine". New songtitles include "Venomous Habitation" and "The Suffering Church".

UNHOLY GHOST's debut album, "Torrential Reign", was released in April 2004 through Olympic/Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL).

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Pessimist Founder Rejoins, Leaving Unholy Ghost

PESSIMIST founder/lead guitarist Kelly McLauchlin has parted ways with UNHOLY GHOST, in order to continue full-time with PESSIMIST.

The newly re-formed lineup for the upcoming PESSIMIST release has been finalized and will include guitarist Bill Hayden and bassist/vocalist Ralph "Reaper" Runyan from their latest CD "Slaughtering the Faithful". In addition, the band will be working once again with original drummer Chris Pernia from the first two PESSIMIST CDs, "Cult of the Initiated" and "Blood For the Gods".

The band is currently writing new material for the next release, a Demo/EP tentatively called "For Stronger than Death is Hate". Song titles include "Exit Wounds", "Unclean Spirit", and "Punishing Those Despised". The band plans to record the demo at Nightsky Studios in Maryland with producer/guitarist Ron Vento of Aurora Boraealis.

In other news, check out this new PESSIMIST interview with SupremeBrutality.net (Denmark).

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Former Deicide Guitarist Joins Unholy Ghost

UNHOLY GHOST have announced the addition of former DEICIDE guitarist Eric Hoffman to the group's ranks. "Eric is an amazing guitarist and we are all very excited to be working with him!!" reads a posting on the group's web site.

Hoffman joins the band as the replacement for founding member/lead guitarist Kelly McLauchlin, who left the group last month in order to continue on with PESSIMIST and other musical interests.

UNHOLY GHOST are currently in pre-production for their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Blasphemy of the Grand Devine". New songtitles include "Venomous Habitation" and "The Suffering Church".

UNHOLY GHOST's debut album, "Torrential Reign", was released last April through Olympic/Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL).

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Blastmasters Stop Collaborating w/ Unholy Ghost

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, will no longer be collaborating with guitarist Jerry Mortellaro due to his commitment to UNHOLY GHOST, according to a posting on the BLASTMASTERS web site.

Mortellaro is said to have helped write three new BLASTMASTERS songs ("We the Treacharous", "Altricial Metagenesise/Shell Fire" and "Tombstones") that will appear on the group's upcoming album, tentatively titled "Twisted Metal".

BLASTMASTERS recently completed work on their debut self-titled demo at D.O.W. Studios with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL, UNHOLY GHOST).

Formed on June 27, 2004, BLASTMASTERS' brand of "death grind" is said to feature "blistering guitar riffs, stellar leads, devastating machine gun drum work, and demonic vocals."

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Unholy Ghost Gets New Drummer

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring PESSIMIST founder/guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals) welcomes new drummer DAVID BREAZEAL to the band.

David Breazeal played previously in CAULDRON, a Tampa, FL area metal band featuring guitarist Kelly McLauchlin as well as frontman Matt Barlow, (who later joined ICED EARTH). He also recorded with Kelly and PESSIMIST for a tribute to POSSESSED in 2001, and later formed his own band, TROKAR.

UNHOLY GHOST is currently writing new material, song titles include "Venomous Habitation" and "The Suffering Church". Live show dates will be announced soon. To see a photo from last weekend, click here. (from left to right: Jerry, Dave, Kelly, Paul)

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Unholy Ghost Parts With Drummer

Drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates (ex-DIABOLIC) was ousted from UNHOLY GHOST following the band's appearance at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion festival last weekend. A replacement drummer has yet to be announced.

Although no official reason for Lee's termination has been given, it appears that his exit was due to internal strife as well as Aantar's chronic degeneration of both elbows, which has caused difficulties concerning touring/live performances.

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Unholy Ghost Cover Art, MP3 Clip Online

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), along with original DIABOLIC guitarist and PESSIMIST founder Kelly McLauchlin, have posted the cover artwork for their debut album, "Torrential Reign", at this location (artwork and layout by Swedish artist Mattias Norén). In addition, the band have made a 30-second MP3 clip of the song "The Calling Of Sin" available for download here.

"Torrential Reign" was recorded at D.O.W. (Diet Of Worms) studios in Seffner, Florida with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzalez (MORBID ANGEL) and is tentatively due in the spring through Olympic/Century Media Records.

"Torrential Reign" track listing: More...

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Unholy Ghost's 'Torrential Reign' Album Complete

UNHOLY GHOST's debut CD "TORRENTIAL REIGN" is now complete. The band has emerged from Diet Of Worms Studios (Tampa, FL) with producer Juan "Punchy" Gonzales and we are excited to announce that the debut UNHOLY GHOST CD "Torrential Reign" is finally complete. The band is 100% stoked and fans should expect this to be a stellar release! Artwork for the CD is currently being completed and will be available soon!! UNHOLY GHOST "Torrential Reign" is scheduled for an early 2004 release on Olympic/Century Media.

UNHOLY GHOST "Torrential Reign" track listing: More...

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