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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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CHESTER BENNINGTON's Manner Of Death Officially Ruled As 'Suicide'; Toxicology Tests Likely To Be Carried Out

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 03:00

The Los Angeles acting chief coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers has recorded Chester Bennington's manner and cause of death as suicide by hanging. Nani Cholakians, an investigator with the coroner's office, was named on the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner web site as having been involved with the LINKIN PARK singer's case. Bennington's case status is listed on the site as "closed." The LINKIN PARK frontman's body was discovered Thursday morning (July 20) by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. Winter said an autopsy was pending, and that toxicology tests were also likely to be carried out. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

GUNS N' ROSES Online Photography Auction Celebrates 30 Years Of 'Appetite For Destruction'

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:00

Rock Scene Auctions has launched its second auction celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the release of GUNS N' ROSES' groundbreaking debut album, "Appetite For Destruction", featuring 15 iconic GN'R photos from Mark "Weissguy" Weiss. Go to RockSceneAuctions.com and bid on one of Weiss's iconic photographs. Through the site, music fans will have the opportunity to bid on rock and roll photographs. WhyHunger will receive a percentage of proceeds from the auctions. Mark talks about his days with GUNS N' ROSES: "I first shot GUNS N' ROSES the fall of 1986, eight months prior to the release of 'Appetite For Destruction'. They were still working on the album. The buzz was out and Hit Parader magazine wanted me to shoot them for the cover. "When I first met them, they were a bit guarded. They had their own photographer who was there. The band didn't want to shoot with anyone but him, as I was told by the publicist. The record company told them they had to shoot with me so I can get them in the magazines. I remember Axl [Rose, GN'R singer] not wanting to look in the camera. I gave them their space and shot a few rolls of film. I thought it was peculiar that they would be all glammed up and then on Axl's pants it said, 'GLAM SUCKS.' It was the beginning of many more memorable images to come. "The band came by my studio for a quick shoot during their stay in New York City [when] they played at the Ritz on October 23, 1987. February 2, 1988, just four months later, they came back to New York City to play the Ritz for a live MTV broadcast concert. This historic show put GUNS N' ROSES on the rock and roll map and on the way to superstardom. "They invited me to come to CBGB's on October 30th where they did an acoustic set along with an autograph signing. "I shot a few MÖTLEY CRÜE shows in Florida at the end of November 1987, GUNS N' ROSES were the opening band. I went to say hello to the guys before they went on and asked if they would do a few photos after the show. When I went back, Axl was in a towel with his boots on. "In the spring of '88, I was back in L.A. and heard GUNS were off tour for a couple of weeks. I reached out to their publicist to see if they would be up for a shoot. We ended up shooting the Sunset Grill on Hollywood Boulveard. Everyone showed up except Axl. I shot individuals of the four of them and the next day I shot Axl. He drove up with his girlfriend Erin Everly, had a burger, then posed for about 15 minutes. As he was leaving, he showed me his cell phone, which was huge! He was, like, 'Look what I got, Mark. Wanna make a call?' It was the first time I used a cell phone." Former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler recalled the sessions with Mark: "He was able to make guys in the band that he shot really look good. He knew when to push the button and set the lights. He had that magic touch. Like GUNS N' ROSES did, when the five of us were together we had that magic touch; we couldn't do no wrong. And Mark had that same magic."

THY ART IS MURDER: 'The Son Of Misery' Video Released

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:00

"The Son Of Misery", the new video from Australian extreme metallers THY ART IS MURDER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Dear Desolation", which will be released on August 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. "Dear Desolation" was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Will Putney at Graphic Nature Audio in Belleville, New Jersey. Artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH, SODOM). "Dear Desolation" marks THY ART IS MURDER's first full-length release since vocalist C.J. McMahon rejoined the band this past January. McMahon blamed his drug addiction for his departure from the group and has vowed to move forward as "a new man." Asked what has changed for him since he rejoined THY ART IS MURDER, McMahon told Decibel magazine: "Basically, I'm trying to support myself and my wife as best as I can. I work with my father-in-law as a stone mason… I have my clothing line, and the band's making a little bit of money as well. Financially, I'm working my ass off and I'm literally busting my ass and hustling as much as I can to be able to have somewhat of a normal life. Sydney is extremely expensive to live in and, unfortunately, it wasn't my choice to live here. [I was] born and raised here, I fucking hate it. My family and my life is here. Also, not really big on drugs anymore. I was smoking copious amounts of marijuana every day and I was using a lot of cocaine most days. There was a couple of close calls in the U.S. on tour when I thought I was going to die and I possibly did a couple times. Now I've cleaned my life up and I have a different outlook on things. Trying to manage my anger management a bit better and try to be a little bit more calm in life because it negatively impacts my family and my band." McMahon also spoke about what fans can expect from "Dear Desolation". He said: "I think you can expect it to be slightly different to a lot of our releases. It's a record that I feel is like a breakthrough record for us where we've really found our sound. It's something that we feel will be able to push us further in our musical careers in the future rather than just having to stem out of being in this genre of deathcore. I really don't care what people pigeonhole us as, but, for some reason, the name 'deathcore' kind of leaves a sour taste in my mouth after saying it. We're showing our strengths and variety. We can kind of move into a more modern metal phase of our lives now where we're not going to be — not that we ever were — this generic deathcore-sounding band. This record will be more appealing to people that are into more of a modern metal, modern death metal sort of element and style of music. I think we've broken down the actual content of the music and instead of having ten or twelve riffs in a song, having the listener try to pick up on a few different riffs, we've broken the structures down so there's less riffs but the riffs are better. The structures are not as complex as older material. It's like taking out all the great things we've always liked about our band and trying to figure out what works for us in the best way and not having to add filler to everything else to make it more technical or more crazy or more interesting. We've kind of broken down the way that our band writes and try to write the best of the best, rather than just writing the craziest, the heaviest, the craziest breakdown, the techiest riff. Instead of doing those things, we just try to take out what works and what we like and incorporate that into having a more modern sound that’s not so deathcore. We're evolving on this record and it'll be interesting to see what the listeners think of it, that's for sure."

SEETHER Frontman On CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death: 'My First Reponse Was Disbelief'

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 02:00

In a brand new interview with HardDrive Radio conducted earlier today (Friday, July 21), SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan was asked what his initial thoughts were when he first heard about the passing of LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington. "My first reponse was disbelief," Shaun said (see video below). "I would never have guessed that somebody like Chester would be in a situation like that. "I was a big fan of all the music," he continued. "I even saw merit in this album ['One More Light'] that everyone was so up in arms about. I figured musicians do what musicians wanna do. So let them live their lives. "I was looking forward to seeing them on tour, I was hoping to run into them out on the road. "There's just this whole level of disbelief, because he was so young, and we're all still so young in that sense. You'd expect this kind of thing… Well, I mean, there's no age limit, really, is there? It's just really, really sad. I feel really bad for his family and I feel bad for his wife and the kids especially. I feel bad for the fans. A really big piece of a lot of people's lives is now missing. And at least the only solace we can take from that is that he left behind an extensive catalog of music that we can listen to, and we can then comfort ourselves that his voice is still there to listen to." Morgan, whose brother Eugene committed suicide ten years ago, added: "I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen and Kurt Cobain [NIRVANA] died, I was devastated, 'cause he was the voice for me, he was the guy that I listened to when I needed the solace that I needed to find that I couldn't find anywhere else. And when he died, I was absolutely devastated, and I imagine there are many, many people that feel that way now too. I just listened to the music as much as I could, because that's all I had. "I think the saddest part, though, for me, then and now, is that there's no more to come, which is heartbreaking. "[Chester] was a great guy, by all accounts, so I just think it's… I mean, I don't really feel like it's my right to weigh in. I feel bad for everybody involved." SEETHER's fifth annual Rise Above Fest, the largest suicide awareness event in the world, will be held this Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine. It will feature performers including KORN, SHINEDOWN, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, HALESTORM, FALLING IN REVERSE, and more. "Losing another great rock voice to suicide yesterday is absolutely tragic and heartbreaking," said Morgan in a statement. "It's exactly why we are doing what we set out to do this weekend — to build awareness for this mental disease. I started this festival as a tribute to anyone who has lost someone. If this festival does something to help one person reconsider the tragic choice of suicide, then it will be the greatest success of my career. We will honor the memories of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell and dedicate this weekend to them." Morgan, Rise Above Fest's founder, was honored in 2016 with the "Artistic Expression" award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas.

LINKIN PARK Officially Cancels Tour Following CHESTER BENNINGTON's Death

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 01:00

LINKIN PARK has canceled its previously announced US. headlining tour, Live Nation has announced. The trek was called off just a day after the passing of the band's singer, Chester Bennington, who died by hanging. "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington," the tour promoter said in a statement, adding that "refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected." The "One More Light" tour was set to kick off in Mansfield, Massachusetts on July 27. Bennington played his last concert with LINKIN PARK just two weeks before his death — on July 6 — at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England.

DEEP PURPLE To Release Comprehensive New Anthology, 'A Fire In The Sky', In September

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 23:00

DEEP PURPLE stands alongside LED ZEPPELIN and BLACK SABBATH as part of the Holy Trinity of British hard rock. The list of the band's classic songs is legion, and the influence it's had on successive generations of musicians is both enduring and remarkable. Rhino will celebrate DEEP PURPLE's history with three definitive collections. "A Fire In The Sky" will be available as a single CD and a three-CD set on September 8 in North America with an international release following later in the year. A three-LP version will also be available on November 3. Each version includes a selection of songs chosen from the 19 studio albums that DEEP PURPLE recorded between 1968 and 2013. The single-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" features 20 songs and focuses mainly on the band's singles. The heavy hitters are here, of course — "Smoke On The Water" and "Highway Star" — but so are gems like "Perfect Strangers", the title track from the band's platinum-certified album from 1984, as well as "Hell To Pay", from 2013's "Now What?!". The three-disc version of "A Fire In The Sky" dives even deeper into PURPLE's past with 40 songs and includes at least one track from every studio album through "Now What?!". It also provides the ultimate showcase for the group's various incarnations through the years. To date, more than a dozen musicians have appeared on a DEEP PURPLE album. Among the set's many highlights are: the title track from 2005's "Rapture Of The Deep"; "King Of Dreams" from 1990's "Slaves And Masters"; "Bad Attitude" from 1987's "The House Of Blue Light"; "You Keep On Moving" from 1975's "Come Taste The Band"; and "Hush" from the group's 1968 debut, "Shades Of Deep Purple". This expanded version also features Kevin Shirley's 2010 remix of "Dealer", and the 2012 stereo mix for an early version of "The Bird Has Flown". "A Fire In The Sky" will also be available as a three-LP set that includes 27 songs. Among the highlights are the single edit version of "Woman From Tokyo", the U.S. single edit for "Burn", and the radio edit of "Bad Attitude". Earlier this year, DEEP PURPLE released their 20th studio album, "Infinite", and as announced a co-headlining North American tour with ALICE COOPER. It begins on August 12 in Las Vegas. "A Fire In The Sky" single-disc track listing: 01. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit) 02. Rapture Of The Deep 03. Sun Goes Down 04. Any Fule Kno That 05. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming (Edit) 06. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit) 07. Knocking At Your Back Door (Single Edit) 08. Perfect Strangers (Single Edit) 09. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit) 10. Soldier Of Fortune 11. Burn (U.S. Single Edit) 12. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit) 13. Highway Star (U.S. Single Edit) 14. Smoke On The Water (U.S. Single Edit) 15. Fireball 16. Strange Kind Of Woman 17. Child In Time (Part 1) 18. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 19. Black Night 20. Hush "A Fire In The Sky" three-disc track listing: Disc One: 01. Hell To Pay 02. Vincent Price 03. Wrong Man 04. Rapture Of The Deep 05. Sun Goes Down 06. Any Fule Kno That 07. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming 08. Vavoom: Ted The Mechanic 09. The Battle Rages On 10. King Of Dreams 11. Call Of The Wild 12. Bad Attitude 13. Knocking At Your Back Door 16. Perfect Strangers Disc Two: 01. You Keep On Moving 02. Dealer (2010 Kevin Shirley Remix) 03. Stormbringer 04. Soldier Of Fortune 05. Mistreated 06. Might Just Take Your Life 07. Burn 08. Rat Bat Blue 09. Woman From Tokyo 10. Space Truckin' 11. Smoke On The Water 12. When A Blind Man Cries Disc Three: 01. Highway Star 02. Demon's Eye 03. Fireball 04. Strange Kind Of Woman 05. Child In Time 06. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 07. Black Night 08. Hallelujah 09. Emmaretta (2012 Stereo Mix) 10. The Bird Has Flown (Early Version – 2012 Stereo Mix) 11. Wring That Neck (a.k.a. Hard Road) 12. Kentucky Woman 13. Mandrake Root 14. Hush "A Fire In The Sky" three-LP track listing: Side One: 01. Hell To Pay (Radio Edit) 02. Vincent Price 03. Rapture Of The Deep 04. Sun Goes Down 05. Any Fule Kno That Side Two: 01. Sometimes I Feel Like Screaming 02. The Battle Rages On 03. Bad Attitude (Radio Edit) 04. Perfect Strangers Side Three: 01. You Keep On Moving (Single Edit) 02. Soldier Of Fortune 03. Stormbringer 04. Burn (U.S. Single Edit) 05. Might Just Take Your Life 06. Woman From Tokyo (Single Edit) Side Four: 01. Highway Star 02. Smoke On The Water 03. Demon's Eye 04. Fireball Side Five: 01. Strange Kind Of Woman 02. Speed King (U.S. Album Edit) 03. Child In Time 04. Black Night Side Six: 01. Kentucky Woman 02. Wring That Neck (a.k.a. Hard Road) 03. Mandrake Root 04. Hush

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Releases 'Light Me Up' Video

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 23:00

The official video for "Light Me Up", a brand new song from Canadian hard rockers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Prevail I", which was released on May 12 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPICA) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen. Frontwoman Kobra Paige told I'm Music Magazine about the band's decision to work with Hansen this time around: "First of all, I had this feeling in my gut that I wasn't going to be able to find the evolution that I wanted to do inside of North America. I really wanted to try out a new experience with someone who was not North American. I really do think that people in different parts of the world hear music differently. That was an appealing factor to me and I've been hearing VOLBEAT's new record a lot. There was something about the clarity of it and how huge it sounded that really drew me into trying to find out who produced it and it turned out to be Jacob. I really think that on these albums, even if you listen to 'Gotham', there's so much going on there. There's a lot of guitar and a lot of vocal layering, but it is as clear as it can be." Regarding the "Prevail" album title, Kobra said: "The track came after the project was titled and actually the title really set an attitude and precedent for us. It gave us this attitude of pushing forward and not giving up; our bass player, Brad, was the one who came up with the name. If we were really trying to make this very ambitious statement and with everything going on here, then we should call it prevail because that what we're doing. I thought it was perfect and everyone is prevailing through their own story, so it just turned into that." "Prevail I" track listing: 01. Gotham 02. TriggerPulse 03. You Don't Know 04. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber) 05. Light Me Up 06. Manifest Destiny 07. Victim 08. Check The Phyrg 09. Hell On Earth 10. Prevail Kobra previously stated about the story of "Prevail I", the band's most ambitious effort to date: "When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of its journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it's more than just music. 'Prevail I' is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we're really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we'd like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you're not alone." Evolution is inevitable and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has delivered its most powerful album to date, "Prevail I", with "Prevail II" to complete the story in the not-too-distant future. Led by Kobra Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has been making a name for itself worldwide since 2010 with extensive touring and three well-received albums. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is loaded with exquisite precision, heavy emotion, vocal brilliance and grand-scale dynamics, highlighting the glories of classic heavy metal and rock. Known for their exceptionally strong live shows, they proudly carry the flag for all metal/hard rock fans. KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is: Kobra Paige (vocals) Jasio Kulakowski (guitars) Brad Kennedy (bass) Marcus Lee (drums)


Coroner Confirms LINKIN PARK Frontman CHESTER BENNINGTON Died By Hanging

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 22:00

The Los Angeles County coroner has confirmed that Chester Bennington died by hanging. The LINKIN PARK frontman's body was discovered Thursday morning by an employee at the musician's Palos Verdes Estates home. The 41-year-old's body was hanging from a belt on a bedroom door inside the house in the 2800 block of Via Victoria, Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County medical examiner-coroner, said on Friday. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, though it was not near his body, Winter said. A suicide note was not found, Winter said. An autopsy has not yet been scheduled. Bennington struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male. LINKIN PARK was set to kick off its "One More Light" tour in late July, but the surviving members of the group have not yet announced whether they will pull the plug on the trek in the wake of the tragedy.

THE DARKNESS To Release 'Pinewood Smile' Album In October; Listen To 'All The Pretty Girls' Single

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 22:00

England's hugely entertaining rock gods THE DARKNESS are back with their fifth album, "Pinewood Smile", due for release October 6 through Cooking Vinyl. Marking the announcement, the band has unveiled the spectacular album opener "All The Pretty Girls" across all streaming platforms. It's also available for download with pre-orders of the album for the instant gratification of fans. "All The Pretty Girls" is a glorious, hard-rockin', autobiographical anthem intellectually examining the fact that when you're a rock star you get a lot of attention from ladies and discussing the ethical conundrums that come with that. As Justin Hawkins so eloquently sings with trouser-splitting vocal magnificence: "All the pretty girls, like me for who I am / All the pretty girls, when the record goes platinum / Plenty of action, massive attraction, when you're selling out stadiums / All the pretty girls… and their mums". Hard-hitting social commentary, right there! Addressing the forthcoming album and THE DARKNESS' undoubted relevance in 2017, Justin asks, somewhat rhetorically of the world at large, "Why should anybody care? Because if you don't, we're fucked!! History will remember us as the apathetic generation who negligently ushered in a dreadful dystopian age that may or may not come to be known as 'The Rise of the Arseclowns'. We cannot allow this to continue! You may not give a shit about Brexit or Trump, but PLEASE... give a shit about THE DARKNESS otherwise the last bastion of cultural sensibility will fall and our airwaves will be polluted by meaningless pop purveyed by arseholes and morons... Oh wait!" Returning to save our airwaves from mediocre, Auto-Tuned tweens and that awful, throbby EDM shite, the album "Pinewood Smile" finds THE DARKNESS on electrifying form, delivering some of the most sharp-witted, infectious, humorous and downright brilliant songs of their career. In addition to the cerebral treatise of "All The Pretty Girls", the album boasts the swashbuckling "Buccaneers Of Hispaniola", the expletive-strewn howl of frustration that is "Southern Trains", the hugely emotional "Why Don't The Beautiful Cry?", the globally anthemic "Japanese Prisoner Of Love", and the ode to pumping out smash hit after smash hit "Solid Gold", which finds THE DARKNESS addressing the turbulent nature of the music industry and how they have enjoyed its flamboyant highs and spectacular lows. Written in Putney, recorded in Cornwall and produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (FOO FIGHTERS, MUSE), the compositions have all the crucial elements of classic DARKNESS fare, but with added layers for the ears to peel away at… like a sonic onion but a lot tastier. It also features the drumming and vocal talents of gorgeous new band member Rufus Tiger Taylor, son of QUEEN legend Roger Taylor, who shares vocal duties with Justin on two of the tracks. To celebrate the release of "Pinewood Smile", THE DARKNESS will be touring extensively at the end of this year, playing seventeen dates in the U.K. throughout November and December, including a headline show at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on December 10. The shows are part of a wider European tour.

Hacker Targets CHESTER BENNINGTON's Widow Hours After Singer's Suicide

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 21:00

A series of vile messages were posted on the Twitter account of Chester Bennington's widow after it was hacked Friday morning — just hours after the singer's shocking suicide. In the tweets, which have since been deleted, someone posting as Talinda Bennington "confessed" that she was cheating on her husband with band member Mike Shinoda. "I guess this is the time to say it but I have been cheating on Chester with Mike Shinoda....," the hacker wrote. "I never really loved him and I'm not hacked I just was in love with the money hurts to say," the hacker said in another tweet. The last tweet said the account was "not hacked." "I never really loved him and I'm not hacked I just was in love with the money hurts to say (sic)," the post read. A representative for LINKIN PARK confirmed Friday to Page Six the security breach is being dealt with following the hack. This is not the first time Chester and his wife have had problems with neurotic fans. In 2006, the cell phone, e-mail and PayPal accounts of the couple were hacked by cyber stalkers. Two years later, a woman was jailed for two years for stalking Bennington and Talinda. Bennington married Talinda in December 2005. They have three children. Talinda is also stepmother to Chester's three other kids from previous relationships. Bennington died of an apparent suicide Thursday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed. He was 41. The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.