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Synaptik "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix

DeFox Records and Heart Of Steel Records are really excited to announce the Re-release, Remixed and Remastered version of debut album of prog metal band SYNAPTIK from England.
The album titled "The Mechanisms of Consequence" Reissue Brain Spark edition remix, contains 9 songs in vein of technical Progresive Metal, featuring Alan Tecchio ex Hades and Watchtower as special guest..
The digital release will be available on December 30th on every worldwide webstores, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Tidal, Shazam...

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Monday, November 20, 2017 - 10:00

LINKIN PARK was honored with the "Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock" award at the 2017 American Music Awards, which was held Sunday night (November 19) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. They beat out other nominees in the category IMAGINE DRAGONS and TWENTY ONE PILOTS. LINKIN PARK members Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson took the stage to accept the award and honor frontman Chester Bennington, who passed away this summer. "First of all, thank you so much to all the fans here and around the world who voted for the band, who have supported the band through thick and thin," Shinoda said. Acknowledging his fellow nominees, Shinoda added: I got a chance to talk to those guys … who said really wonderful things about Chester. And they were similar to the things that our fans said all around the world about him, and we wanna dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy. "Remember, you guys — all of you, tonight — whether you're a fan or an artist, I want you guys to take a moment to appreciate what you've got and make Chester proud. Thank you guys so much," he concluded. You can watch part of LINKIN PARK's speech below. Bennington died on July 20 at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41. LINKIN PARK paid tribute to Bennington on October 27 with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. LINKIN PARK will release a concert album titled "One More Light Live" on December 15. Recorded on the band's "One More Light" world tour, it features 16 songs, including "Crawling", "Numb", "What I've Done", "Heavy" and the title track from the group's latest studio album, "One More Light".

DEF LEPPARD Has Started Writing Material For Next Album

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 05:00

DEF LEPPARD has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2015's self-titled album. "Def Leppard" was the band's first studio effort since "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" in 2008. During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen stated about the band's plans for the next LP: "We've started writing. We have three songs on the go. Rick Savage [bass] has one, a verse that he sent me. I was messing around with some melodies for that too, and Joe [Elliott, vocals] has this amazing idea and I have this one that's kind of finished. I have melodies, a chorus and all the guitar parts. So we've started, officially, without even knowing it, the next DEF LEPPARD album." According to Collen, DEF LEPPARD has "already started recording" material for its next release. "That takes a lot of the pressure off it," he explained. "I never get writer's block because I always stay busy. The great thing about music now is you can do it anytime with your computer. It's going to be awesome." Collen added that the new DEF LEPPARD music will "come out in drips and drabs. It'll probably be a traditional album, but you never know," he said. "If someone says we need a new DEF LEPPARD song, we'll put it out. It's great to have every option available." "Def Leppard" entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 10 with first-week sales of just over 30,000 units — nearly all from pure album sales.

Video: MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Performs Acoustic Version Of 'Symphony Of Destruction' With RON KEEL BAND

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 04:00

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson returned to his former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota on Saturday, November 18 for a special end-of-the-year/birthday celebration at Kat's Hog Heaven, the newest Ellefson Coffee Co. retail location. Located at 608 2nd St, Kat's is the pride of Jackson, serving a full BBQ dining menu, and now serving and selling Ellefson Coffee Co. coffee and merchandise. Additionally, Kat's is displaying various items from Ellefson's Museum Of Deth, featuring memorabilia from Ellefson's life and career. Also appearing was legendary rocker Ron Keel, whose RON KEEL BAND has signed a deal with EMP Outlaw, the new southern rock/outlaw country imprint of Ellefson's EMP Label Group. Keel performed and took part in a special meet-and-greet with Ellefson. The event also marked the release of Ellefson Coffee Co.'s Jackson House Blend, a conservatively priced entry-level addition to the ECC coffee lineup. Video footage of Ellefson and RON KEEL BAND performing an acoustic cover version of MEGADETH's "Symphony Of Destruction" at yesterday's celebration can be seen below. "You miss a lot of what a town really is when you just drive by on a four-lane interstate," Ellefson told WCCO about the importance of bringing the Ellefson Coffee Co. brand back to his hometown. "So part of what our venture is here is to partner with the local businesses so we can bring people off the local freeway to bring them in to really get and feel the heart and soul of the people."

PETER TÄGTGREN Defends DECAPITATED Against Rape Allegation: 'I Think It's A Setup'

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 04:00

Peter Tägtgren has defended DECAPITATED over accusations that the Polish musicians kidnapped and raped a woman on their tour bus nearly three months ago. The woman alleged she was gang-raped by all four members of DECAPITATED in their tour bus bathroom after the band's August 31 concert at The Pin concert venue in downtown Spokane. The woman said entered the bus for drinks with the band before each member forced themselves on her. The musicians were arrested on September 9 in Santa Ana, California after performing at the Observatory. They were held in Los Angeles County Jail before being extradited to Spokane, where they were charged with rape and kidnapping. Tägtgren, a Swedish multi-instrumentalist and producer who toured with DECAPITATED in 2006 as a member of his own death metal outfit HYPOCRISY, was asked about DECAPITATED's legal predicament during a recent interview with KNAC.COM. "I can't believe this shit. I think it's a setup," Peter said. "I mean, I've known [DECAPITATED guitarist] Vogg [Wacław Kieltyka] for many fucking years; we toured together eleven [years ago]. I mean, he's the only guy who's still in the band since we toured together, but I doubt the other guys would rape someone either, you know?" Admiting that he really has "no fucking clue what's going on," Peter said that the entire situation "just feels like science fiction," before once again jumping to DECAPITATED's defense. "Like I said, I really doubt they did it; I think it's a setup somehow," he said. "Some woman is jealous or has some chromosomal problems or something; I don't know. It's just too fishy for me." DECAPITATED announced in September that it was canceling all previously announced tour dates. The band also publicly denied the accusations. In a statement released last month, the DECAPITATED members said that the charges against them were pressed "as a procedural formality," adding that "without doing so, [the police] would be forced to release band. This is not a conviction or any indication of guilt or innocence." The musicians went on to say: "Some facts are indisputable at this point — that the original officer who took the complaint from the accuser stated, 'I do not have probable cause that a rape occurred,' and it's taken a full thirty days to file charges, which is right up against the point at which the defendants would legally have had to be released. "The band firmly refutes the allegations and are confident that once the facts and evidence have been seen and heard, they will be released and able to return home."

MYSTIC PROPHECY To Release 'Monuments Uncovered' Covers Album

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 04:00

German metallers MYSTIC PROPHECY will release a covers album, "Monuments Uncovered", on January 12, 2018 via Massacre Records. Singer Roberto Dimitri Liapakis comments: "This album is like a love letter to the music that accompanied so many of us, myself included, in the '70s, '80s and '90s — and believe me, you have not heard the songs like this before! I'm also really excited to show you a new and different side of MYSTIC PROPHECY!" The album was produced by Liapakis and MYSTIC PROPHECY at the Prophecy Studios, and mixed and mastered by Henrik Udd at Udd Recording Studios (ARCHITECTS, HAMMERFALL, BRING ME THE HORIZON, AT THE GATES, DELAIN). Dušan Markovic created the album's cover artwork. MYSTIC PROPHECY's "Monuments Uncovered" will also be available as a limited-edition digipak with an exclusive bonus track as well as limited vinyl LP. "Monuments Uncovered" track listing: 01. You Keep Me Hangin' On (KIM WILDE/THE SUPREMES cover) 02. Hot Stuff (DONNA SUMMER cover) 03. Shadow On The Wall (MIKE OLDFIELD cover) 04. Are You Gonna Go My Way (LENNY KRAVITZ cover) 05. I'm Still Standing (ELTON JOHN cover) 06. Because The Night (PATTI SMITH cover) 07. Space Lord (MONSTER MAGNET cover) 08. Get It On (T.REX cover) 09. Toyko (TOKYO cover) 10. Proud Mary (CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL cover) 11. The Stroke (BILLY SQUIER cover) (digipak bonus track)

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Joined By 'Heavy Metal Grandma' At Oslo Concert (Video)

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 21:00

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH was joined by an elderly lady on stage during the band's concert in Oslo, Norway. The American heavy metal outfit was performing the song "Jekyll and Hyde" at the Oslo Spektrum last night (Saturday, November 18) when singer Ivan Moody motioned for a special guest on the side of the stage to step out and stand alongside him and his bandmates. After enthusiastically accepting the invitation, the woman ended up spending three minutes on stage with the members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, dancing and playing air guitar to the track. She closed out her appearance by having her arms raised by bassist Chris Kael in appreciation of her efforts before getting a warm hug from Moody. The band later tweeted a video of the joint performance, writing in an accompanying caption: "Highlight of the night... Special Guest 'Heavy Metal Grandma' - we found this 70 years old lady rocking out in the first row ... She is more metal than you" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is currently taking part in the biggest European arena rock tour of the fall. They are on the road co-headlining with IN FLAMES and special guests OF MICE & MEN. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's follow-up to 2015's "Got Your Six" album is tentatively due in April or May of next year. Prior to the arrival of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's new full-length disc, the band will release a greatest-hits collection, "A Decade Of Destruction", including two new tracks, "Trouble" and "Gone Away". The hits collection and the already-completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band's contract with its record company, Prospect Park.

LITA FORD Doesn't Regret Including TONY IOMMI Abuse Accusations In Her Book

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 20:00

Lita Ford says that she has no regrets about detailing what she has described in her memoir as an abusive relationship with Tony Iommi. The female rocker opened up about her tumultuous romance with the BLACK SABBATH guitarist in "Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir", in which she accuses Iommi of attacking her on at least two occasions as he battled severe drug addiction. During an appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume, Lita said that she was "not sorry" she wrote about Iommi's allegedly physically abusive behavior toward her "because it hurt me just as much as it hurt people to read about it. They were obviously into the book when they read it," she said. "I was the one that got the butt end of the stick on that. "I still think he's an amazing guitar player; it doesn't take that away from me," she continued. "He's my idol. I still idolize his music; it doesn't take that away." Asked by Trunk is she has heard from Iommi or anybody in his camp since her book was published nearly two years ago, Lita said: "No. And we actually reached out to him to try to let him know what we were gonna do and say, and the book is coming out. He just said, 'Well, we were all on drugs then.' He more so than anybody. If you read the book, you'll see what we were doing. And I'm not innocent — I was doing drugs too, but not in the mass quantities that… He was almost on Elvis Presley level, which was insane — just mass quantities. [He had] doctors and people you could just pick up the phone and say, 'Can I have an injection of this? 'Can I have a jarful of these?' Not a bottle, but a jar. Just crazy stuff — stuff I'm sure he's cleaned up now and he's not that person anymore." According to Lita, she became "destructive" when she found out what kind of person Tony was. "I wanted to hurt myself. And what I did was — and I don't know if this is considered hurting yourself — I started drinking, because he never allowed me to drink. Although he would do mass quantities of drugs, he would never allow me to have a drink." Ford said that the drugs "were there" for her to take "if I wanted them. [Tony] never really forced them on me." But Iommi inexplicably did not want her to ever consume any alcohol. "It was very bizarre," she said. "He just really did not want me… Even on airplanes. When you're sitting on a plane, you like to have a glass of wine or a Bloody Mary or just something to take the edge off, because you're 30 thousand feet in the air for five hours, or 10 hours, flying overseas, but I couldn't. So when we split, we went our separate ways, I went on a drinking binge, just to say, 'You won't let me do it. I'm gonna go do it now since you're not around. I'm gonna hurt myself.' And I ended up getting this tattoo of this dragon on my shoulder. I don't know. It was a hurt-me kind of thing; I wanted to hurt myself. Because I was devastated when I found out what kind of person he was; I was absolutely devastated. And I think's shattering to a lot of fans that read the book. They feel the same way I did. But I was in those shoes, and when they read about that, they're, like, shocked." Asked if she was comfortable with Iommi's supposed explanation for the violence as his claim that everyone was "on drugs" back in those days, Lita said: "Part of it, yeah. I think part of it. I think it's something that is in his family, or was in his family. I don't believe his mother and father are still alive, and I think his father might have contributed to that. And then the drugs on top of it just makes you violent, makes you out of your mind. Especially… Depends on what you take or what you're doing, but a combination of a certain type of drug will make you violent." In "Living Like A Runaway", Lita claims her relationship with Iommi started when she and THE RUNAWAYS opened for BLACK SABBATH, and they tried — but failed — to have sex because Iommi was "too high" on cocaine. Ford writes: "He seemed so charming, confident and handsome. I would later find out that looks are deceiving." The physical abuse began on a flight to England to meet his mother, she claims, when Iommi "out of nowhere… hauled off and punched me in the eye." The abuse continued, she says, culminating in a frightening episode that she said occurred after they became engaged. "After snorting tons of blow, he got angry and choked me unconscious," she writes. "When I woke up, I saw him holding a chair above my head. It was a big, heavy leather chair with studs around the arms, and he was about to smash it over my face. I rolled over, and luckily I moved fast enough that he missed me and the chair smashed into the ground." She eventually parted ways with Iommi, who went on to hire her band behind her back, she claims. "I was in love with Tony," she wrote. "He was my everything; he was my world, my idol, my lover. I was going to marry him; I was engaged. I didn't know anything about an abusive relationship. I had never been in one before… I actually lied to my mother and I said, 'Mom, I've got a girlfriend whose boyfriend hit her.' And she said, 'Lita, he did it once, he'll do it again.' I just went, 'Oh my God.' He had done it more than once, and I knew that it was only a matter of time… I needed to get out of there. Thank God we weren't married and we had no kids, so I packed up and left.""Living Like A Runaway: A Memoir" was released in February 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Lita Ford photo credit: Dustin Jack

SEBASTIAN BACH Says There Were No 'Talks' About SKID ROW Reunion, Just 'Texts'

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 18:00

Sebastian Bach says that he has no say in whether he reunites with SKID ROW or not, explaining that his return to the group lies solely at the hands of their respective managers. SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo last week shot down the possibility of a reunion with Bach, saying that the chances of the singer coming back to the band are "slim to none." During an appearance on the "Quinn & Cantara Morning Show" on the PYX 106 radio station, Bach addressed the likelihood of him going back to SKID ROW, saying (hear audio below): "At this point, it has nothing to do with Snake or me. It has to do with two guys. One of them's named Doc McGhee and the other is named Rick Sales. Doc is trying to put together the reunion of SKID ROW and Rick has managed me for over 10 years now. And they're the two guys who can make it happen." Bach also took issue with the BLABBERMOUTH.NET headline that referenced Snake's comment that "there was talk" last year about a possible reunion with Bach. "The funny thing is I read the headline… I don't read everything else, if I can help it. [Laughs] But I can't miss the headline," he said. "So it says, 'Why the reunion talks with Bach failed.' There was no talk. There was not one talk. I have not talked… You would think if there's 'talks,' that would involve people talking, right? That never… What the headline should have said correctly and accurately is, 'Why the Bach reunion texts did not happen.' Because all we did — the members of SKID ROW — was have a group text. I should upload the thread. It's, like, a couple of texts: 'Hey, you wanna do this?' 'Hey, what's going on?' 'Hey, okay, you wanna do this?' 'I don't know.' 'Well, fuck you then.' [Laughs]" Sebastian went on to reiterate that "the only guys that are putting [a SKID ROW reunion] together are Doc and Rick. It's beyond me and Snake," he said. "If we can't get it together on a group text, then there's really hope to us [being able to make the reunion happen on our own]. According to Bach, a reunion of SKID ROW's classic lineup is "just not up to me. If you read all of this stuff [that the members of SKID ROW have been saying], those guys have their own [idea] of what they think is cool and fun," he said. Asked point blank if he would take part in a SKID ROW reunion if it was offered to him, Bach said: "Sure. Yeah. Why not? We're all still alive." Bach fronted SKID ROW until 1996, when he was fired. Instead of throwing in the towel, the remaining members took a hiatus and went on to play briefly in a band called OZONE MONDAY. In 1999, SKID ROW reformed and, after a bit of shuffling over the years, featured a lineup consisting of original bassist Rachel Bolan and guitarists Sabo and Scotti Hill, alongside drummer Rob Hammersmith and singer Johnny Solinger. SKID ROW fired Solinger over the phone in April 2015, a few hours before announcing ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell as his replacement. Eight months later, Harnell exited the band and was replaced by South African-born, British-based singer ZP Theart, who previously fronted DRAGONFORCE, TANK and I AM I. Earlier in the month, Sabo told the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume that "there was definitely dialog that was going back and forth" between SKID ROW and Bach about a possible reunion, but "what it ended up being was we realized that whatever it was that tore us apart years ago still existed… We got offered a lot of money. And then with the dialog that went back and forth, it got ugly again," he said. According to Sabo, the disagreements between SKID ROW's core members and Bach about a possible reunion "had nothing to do with money. It was more about control, I think. Other people having a desire to have more control over this thing than we were willing to give… I guess it was the personality conflicts that existed before, 20 years ago [that are still there]." Despite his lack of interest in being in a band with Bach again, Sabo did not completely rule out a reunion with the charismatic singer. "I always never say never," Sabo said. "I guess that's like my way of not committing to saying, 'No, it will never happen.' The chances of it happening, I mean, I would say they're slim to none, but I never say never." SKID ROW guitarist Scotti Hill in August also ruled out the possibility of a reunion with Bach, explaining he and his bandmates don't want to "put ourselves in a volatile situation and be unhappy and destroy what we have now."

GUNS N' ROSES Pays Tribute To MALCOLM YOUNG In Sacramento (Video)

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 17:00

GUNS N' ROSES paid tribute to AC/DC's Malcolm Young during a concert in California, dedicating covers of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" to the iconic guitarist who died this weekend. Singer Axl Rose introduced the Bob Dylan classic by telling the audience last night at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento: "We're gonna dedicate this to Mr. Malcolm Young, who will be sorely missed by none more than his brother Angus." GUNS N' ROSES followed up "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" with a version of the AC/DC classic that has been a regular part of GN'R concerts for the past few months. Malcolm's brother, fellow AC/DC legend Angus Young, joined GUNS N' ROSES on stage several times during the "Not In This Lifetime" tour, including at the Coachella festival in April 2016. Malcolm Young died on Saturday (November 18) surrounded by family after a long battle with dementia. He was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of Malcolm and Angus Young. Axl Rose did a string of European and North American concerts with AC/DC in 2016, mostly to fan and critical acclaim. It is unknown whether Rose will continue singing with AC/DC. The band's future remains in doubt after the band completed its world tour in support of 2014's "Rock Or Bust", a cycle that saw a massive turnover in the group's personnel. Sole original member Angus Young has not yet indicated whether the group will continue recording and touring. In March 2016, AC/DC's singer of 35 years, Brian Johnson, had to leave the band's North American tour after doctors told him he might lose his hearing, while 40-year bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the rescheduled trek's conclusion. The lineup that completed the tour consisted of Williams, Angus Young, Rose, Chris Slade on drums and Angus's nephew Stevie Young on guitar. Photo credit: Katarina Benzova

This goes out to Malcolm Young. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Guns N' Roses on Sunday, November 19, 2017

TERROR UNIVERSAL: 'Make Them Bleed' Title Track Available For Streaming

Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 17:00

"Make Them Bleed", the title track of the full-length debut from TERROR UNIVERSAL, the "horror metal" band featuring ILL NIÑO drummer Dave Chavarri (who also previously played with SOULFLY), can be streamed below. Due on January 19, 2018 via Minus Head Records, the disc will feature guest appearances by bassists John Moyer (DISTURBED, ART OF ANARCHY, ex-ADRENALINE MOB) and Tony Campos (FEAR FACTORY, MINISTRY, SOULFLY, STATIC-X). Campos appears on the track "Dead On Arrival", and Moyer can be heard on "Spines". Vocalist Plague says: "We hope everyone enjoys the title track from our new album, 'Make Them Bleed'. We chose to release this track first because it really captures the totally dark, heavy vibe that makes up TERROR UNIVERSAL and the entire album. It's a great taste of what's to come on the rest of the record, and we think you'll really like this track and it'll become part of your daily soundtrack. We're stoked to roll out this record for everyone leading up to the release date — we're really proud of it. Enjoy." You can pre-order "Make Them Bleed" right now via Bandcamp or via the band's PledgeMusic campaign. PledgeMusic pre-order incentives include digital download cards, signed CDs, limited-edition posters, t-shirts, stickers, limited edition blood-splatter vinyl, signed gear (including a guitar, drumhead and drum sticks), one-on-one music lessons, and more. "Make Them Bleed" track listing: 01. Passage Of Pain 02. Welcome To Hell 03. Spines (feat. John Moyer) 04. Make Them Bleed 05. Through The Mirrors 06. Dig You A Hole 07. Dead On Arrival (feat. Tony Campos) 08. Into Darkness 09. Your Time Has Come 10. Piece By Piece Guitarist Ahrue Luster (ILL NIÑO; formerly of MACHINE HEAD), who played with TERROR UNIVERSAL in the early stages of the band, has not been involved with the group for over a year. TERROR UNIVERSAL is: Vocals: Plague Drums: Massacre Guitars: Thrax Bass: Diabolus