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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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JOE SATRIANI On 'G3' Tourmates JOHN PETRUCCI And PHIL COLLEN: 'We're Definitely Out There Pushing Each Other'

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 21:00

"G3" tourmates Joe Satriani, John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER) and Phil Collen (DEF LEPPARD) were recently interviewed by the New York City classic rock radio station Q104.3. The full conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On how Collen came to be invited to join the tour: Joe: "Last August, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, we had a 'G4 Experience', which is, like, a five-day, total immersive guitar extravaganza. The campers come and they get to hang with us all day long, attend clinics, watch performances, hang out and jam with us, and Phil blew everybody away. He just brought everything — he brought the experience and his musicianship to everybody, the beginners, the pros, and the rest of the stars that were part of the 'G4 Experience'. We just had such a great time, and it was a wonderful chemistry on stage. We were totally blown away when all of a sudden he made himself available for a 'G3' tour. We're so lucky to have him." Phil: "It's great. I think the main thing is, I get inspiration off of these two. It's like crazy, every night. We're actually creating music on the fly, so a lot of the time, especially on the 'jam' part, someone will play something that's like, 'Oh — what's that?' It just automatically — it's unbelievable. That's the magic of it, you know. That's the magic of being a musician, that discovery. We're actually discovering and creating music on the fly. It's total magic, wonderful." On the tour's camaraderie: John: "What makes it really a lot of fun is that there's this traveling community of musicians who just are having such a great time, love sharing stories, musical experiences. I really look forward to that aspect of G3 – not only being able to play, and play with Joe and Phil and jam, but being in that environment with all these amazing musicians. It's very cool." Joe: "With 'G3', everybody gets to do their thing with their band in front of the audience before the jam starts, so we kind of exorcise all those gunslinger demons, and then by the time we get on stage [together], everyone's so relaxed, and we're ready to do something new, that we didn't do last night or the week before. "We go out there, I think, with the express desire to see how we can push each other. But we're looking at each other — we're elbow to elbow — and after the show, we talk about it for a half hour. If anything happened that someone didn't know how to do, we discuss, like, 'Well, this is how you do it,' and 'Wasn't that funny?', and 'Wasn't that cool?' We're definitely out there pushing each other." On whether Petrucci plans to play with his ex-DREAM THEATER bandmate Mike Portnoy again in the future: John: "We haven't talked about it. Mike and I, the funny thing is we've recently on New Year's posted a photo of the two of us, just because we were like, 'Let's just post a photo.' But we had been hanging out already for a few years. It's all been good. You've got to understand, in DREAM THEATER, we all started at the same time — we were, like, 18 years old; we all kind of got married around the same time; all of our wives are friends; all of the kids are friends; so it's like, we've been in contact and in touch for so long. But yeah, no plans of doing anything together. It's great to always have that stuff be smooth and friendly. Band members change — it happens — and to keep things all nice and copasetic and friendly, that's the only way to go." On Satriani's new album, "What Happens Next", which features Glenn Hughes on bass: Joe: "He wasn't allowed to sing. It was by design that he would come and channel all of his amazing musical energy into that bass guitar. The odd thing was, as he would do naturally because he's born to do it, I would secretly write down these little scats that he was doing, and after we finished the first seven days of tracking and he was going over some of his bass parts, I would go over my notes and I'd say, 'You know, Glenn, on this song, you started singing these things in between my melody lines. Can you play that?' I'd just sing it to him, and he would just play it, and on the bass, it sounded like his voice. It was really uncanny. He added all these little fills that actually came from his vocalizing, so it was an interesting way to draw more [from him]." The 2018 North American "G3" tour featuring Satriani, Petrucci and Collen will wrap up February 25 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Satriani and Petrucci will then overseas for a six-week European "G3" tour, which will also feature former SCORPIONS guitarist Uli Jon Roth. Satriani's sixteenth solo album, "What Happens Next", was released on January 12 via Sony/Legacy.

MARILYN MANSON Puts On 'Amazing' Show In Sayreville, One Day After Long Island Meltdown (Video)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 21:00

Marilyn Manson played an "amazing" show in Sayreville, New Jersey, one day after his disastrous performance in Huntington, New York. "He was [blanking] awesome, sorry for my language," one fan told the Asbury Park Press after last night's concert. "He outdid himself. He made up for [Thursday]. He said how much he loved New Jersey and we gave him the love he deserved." "The show [in Sayreville] was amazing, the show [in Huntington] wasn't so good," another fan who attended both concerts said. "[Friday night] he was able to sing the full songs. [Thursday] night, he wasn't able to sing the full songs." The Huntingon concert was a make-up date for a show that was originally supposed to happen last October but which ended up getting postponed after Manson broke his right leg in two places. During Thursday night's gig, Manson reportedly had his back to the crowd for most of the set and seemingly confused his own band by his actions as several songs were started and stopped. He also mumbled incoherently at one point and appeared to improvise bizarre lyrics. A number of people who went to the concert took to social media to express their displeasure and to ask for their money back. Marilyn is on the road supporting his latest album, "Heaven Upside Down", which was released last October. The singer injured his lower leg in a freak accident on stage during a concert last fall in New York City, resulting in the postponement of nine tour dates. A short time later, longtime Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name Jeordie White) was fired from the group following allegations of sexual assault. Manson returned to touring last November.

KITTIE Drummer On Silliness Of 'Female-Fronted' Description: 'You Don't Talk About DARK FUNERAL's Wieners'

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 20:00

KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander was interviewed by Diane Webb of YesterdazeNews during January's NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On "Origins/Evolutions", the forthcoming documentary about the band: Mercedes: "We kind of decided that, for the twentieth anniversary, we wanted to give something back to the fans, for — obviously — sticking by us for so long. We have the best fans in the world, so we wanted to really make sure that they got to have a little peek inside of what it was actually like to be in the band, because we have never really released anything like this. We just wanted to pay homage to the people that made us who we are, so we started working with Rob McCallum, who is a documentary filmmaker actually from London [Ontario], which is hilarious, so we're working with a hometown boy. We found all of our archival footage; switched it over to digital, which took forever; and then started shooting interviews. It just kind of exploded from there. It's like the untold story — the portion of the band that not a lot of people got to see." On starting to tour at such a young age: Mercedes: "It was weird. I had the weirdest childhood ever. I don't really know anybody else that grew up like that. It's definitely surreal, and it puts a lot of things in perspective. Also, it makes social interactions kind of weird, too, because you're sitting around with a bunch of people that aren't in the business, and you all start telling stories. All my stories involve, like, strip clubs and a lot of alcohol and debaucherous things, so 'normies' are kind of weirded out by that. I've definitely had a really weird life and a lot of different experiences, so it's interesting." On how the climate has changed since the band started out: Mercedes: "As women in the music industry, we've all experienced not great things, fucked-up shit. Whether it's promoters or other guys in bands — that happens a lot, actually — so it's nice that that is all coming to light now, and the perpetrators are actually now being named, which is nice. I feel like, as females, we really need to remember to stick together. But at the same time, not everybody's bad, but we all do need to stick together and make sure we find that camaraderie between us, and on top of that, start to maybe change the dialogue of how people speak about women in music. I feel like once we stop singling women out in the music business — like, saying 'female-fronted' — once we stop that, that's when real change is going to happen. Once people can look past that, the difference of just the fact that you're a female, I think that real change is going to happen, especially in music. I think journalists in general tend to focus on that a lot — 'female-fronted,' blah blah blah — but that's not what it's about. It's about the music. That's where we've always been. You can read interviews with us back when we were 15 — we'd just say, 'We want to be a band, no strings attached.' That's how we'd like to operate, and how we've operated. I just feel like at this point, singling a band out because they have a female member or they're all-female, it's so '90s. You don't need to do that. You have fucking eyes, and the fact that you're pointing that out, or talking about 'female-fronted,' it's like, why don't you focus more on the music? Why don't you write about the music? You don't talk about DARK FUNERAL's wieners. Nobody talks about that, so why does it matter? It shouldn't matter on the opposite spectrum." "Origins/Evolutions" will be released on March 30 via Lightyear Entertainment in North America. The three-disc set, which was directed by Rob McCallum, includes a Blu-ray and DVD of the documentary as well as a new live album on CD. Last October, KITTIE celebrated the "Origins/Evolutions" premiere by bringing together some of its former members for a special concert at Rum Runners in London, Ontario. The event marked the band's first live appearance since the death of KITTIE bassist Trish Doan (a.k.a. Trisha Jai-Mee Doan), who passed away a year ago at the age of 31.

GENE SIMMONS Performs Solo Song 'It's My Life' Live For The First Time (Video)

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 17:00

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons played his solo song "It's My Life" live for the first time ever during his February 16 concert at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, Massachusetts. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Mike Brunn). "It's My Life" was originally written by Gene and Paul Stanley and demoed for KISS's 1982 album, "Creatures Of The Night", but it did not make the final record. It was later re-recorded for 1998's "Psycho Circus", but once again found itself excluded from a KISS album for which it was recorded. Gene's original demo version of "It's My Life" is one of the tracks featured on his recently released, massive collection "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016", which celebrates the KISS co-founder's 50 years in music. A different version of "It's My Life" was included on "WOW", the debut solo studio album by THE PLASMATICS singer Wendy O. Williams, which was produced by Simmons and released in 1984 by Passport Records. Regarding how "It's My Life" came to be recorded by Williams, Gene said: "KISS had taken out THE PLASMATICS, featuring Wendy O. Williams on lead vocals. During one of the shows, Wendy came up and said that she wanted to do a solo record and would I like to produce her. And I said, 'Sure. I think it'd be a great idea. But if I'm gonna produce you, I'm gonna decide everything. I'm gonna decide which songs you record, and if you don't have the songwriting talent within the band, then I'll get you the songs, or I'll write some stuff for you. But the songs have to be first and foremost.'" He continued: "Paul Stanley had an old piece that he started working on called 'Every Little Bit Of Your Heart', so I took the chordal passage and I wrote a brand new song around it called 'It's My Life': 'I've got a reputation / people know who I am / rules are made to be broken / you can't kill what you don't understand,' which felt very much, and I designed it, to be Wendy talking about herself, about being an individual. And, yeah, she's a chick, but she'll be damned if she'll let any guy tell her what to do." "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" is a comprehensive box set of Gene's solo material that comes packaged in a safe. The set includes 150 previously unreleased songs spread over 10 discs, a leather-bound photo book, a Gene Simmons action figure, an "In Gene We Trust" gold medallion and a "surprise item." Describing "The Vault" as "literally and physically the largest box set of all time," Simmons told the "Hair Jordan" show that it stands "three feet tall" and "weighs 38 pounds. You need two arms to wrap around it and two arms to pick it up. It has metal hardware, metal wheels. I'm really proud of it." Simmons added the price is only $2000, and "there are only gonna be a few thousand made on Earth. After that, they will be gone and they will never be done again. It's not available in stores — no nothing. And I'm gonna be going around the world and hand-delivering it to the fans who buy it." "Gene Simmons - The Vault Experience: 1966-2016" spans the rocker's entire musical career and includes the first song he ever wrote at the tender age of 14. There arealso tracks co-written with Eddie and Alex Van Halen from VAN HALEN (a band he says he "discovered"), Joe Perry, and a slew of other luminaries.

IRON ANGEL: 'Ministry Of Metal' Video

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 16:00

"Ministry Of Metal", the new video from IRON ANGEL, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Hellbound", which will be released on May 4 through Scandinavia's premiere metal-rock label Mighty Music. IRON ANGEL is one of the true cult legends of the German speed metal genre. Formed in the Hamburg-area back in 1980 and known for two classic eighties metal album "Hellish Crossfire" from 1985 and "Winds Of War" from 1986 and a reputation as a staggering live band. The band has toured Germany with KING DIAMOND and in recent years has showed it is still a live band to reckon with at festivals like Metal Magic in 2016 and earlier this year at the Headbanger's Open Air in Germany. The band also recently toured South America with big succes. Now the time has finally come for the long awaited comeback album from the band — the first studio effort in over 30 years! "Hellbound" track listing: 01. Writing's On The Wall 02. Judgement Day 03. Hell And Back 04. Carnivore Flashmob 05. Blood And Leather 06. Deliverance In Black 07. Waiting For A Miracle 08. Hellbound 09. Purist Of Sin 10. Ministry Of Metal IRON ANGEL lineup: Dirk Schröder - vocals Didy Mackel - bass Mitsch Meyer - guitars Robert Altenbach - guitars Mäx Behr - drums

SAINTED SINNERS Feat. Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE: Lyric Video For 'Back With A Vengeance' Title Track

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 16:00

The official lyric video for "Back With A Vengeance", the title track of the second album from SAINTED SINNERS, the band featuring former ACCEPT singer David Reece, can be seen below. The disc was released on February 16 via El Puerto Records. Expressing the "pure essence of rock 'n' roll" was the ambition that paired those four well-known and experienced musicians together in early 2016 to create and play the music which is deeply inside their hearts and in their blood. The love for rock legends, such as DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE, UFO, BLACK SABBATH, VAN HALEN and many others, built the cornerstone for the music of the new founded quartet called SAINTED SINNERS. Fronted by the unique, soul-driven voice of American-born vocalist David Reece and highly gifted guitar player Frank Pané (BONFIRE), SAINTED SINNERS got completed by the dynamic rhythm section of the two former PURPENDICULAR members Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and the Hungarian drum maestro Berci Hirleman. "We were aiming for a more guitar-heavy approach this time and also a warmer, more ballsy sound," explains Pané and continues: "This time we already knew where to go. You definitely can hear my huge VAN HALEN and Randy Rhoads influences more than on the previous one. But it also has that DEEP PURPLE touch, even with less keyboards this time. In other songs, you definitely hear a RAINBOW and DIO influence... and it goes on and on. These influences are totally natural and are not planned. So we just go with the flow and that's the essence of rock 'n' roll for us." The keyboards on "Back With A Vengeance" were handled by guest musicians Angel Vafeiadis and Eric Ragno, who is known for his work with Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley (KISS) and Billy Gibbons (ZZ TOP). "I'm really happy and satisfied with the end result," summarizes Pané. "Being a new band, it's hard to be recognized nowadays with all the hundreds of releases every month, so we wanted to make a statement that SAINTED SINNERS is a band you should look out for." The video for the song "Burnin' The Candle" can be seen below. Pané says: "For the video, we went for a very spontaneous approach. Having a day off in Hamburg between two shows, we were happy to have our friend Volker Thiele (who did our previous clips as well) with us. There was no bigger plan what to do; we basically walked through the city searching for cool locations." Reece adds: "The shooting was a challenge, because firstly the weather was cold and we shot some on the pier in Hamburg, but it was freezing balls and tough to do. We looked behind us and there was Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg, so we asked the manager out of need to warm up if we could shoot some footage and he luckily agreed, before we froze to death, haha!" SAINTED SINNERS is: David Reece - Vocals Frank Pané - Guitar Malte Frederik Burkert - Bass Berci Hirleman - Drums

RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY Preparing To Record Fifth Solo Album

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 16:00

According to a February 14 Facebook post from RATT singer Stephen Pearcy, he is preparing to enter the studio to begin recording his fifth solo album. Stephen's fourth solo album, "Smash", was released in January 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl. Speaking about the songwriting process for his solo material, Pearcy told Music Existence: "RATT's music is its own entity and animal, and it has its own schematics. With my solo stuff, I tend to do whatever I like — an acoustic song, a really heavy song — and go places and talk about things that I want to. It's my freedom of speech. That's one thing I like about it, and I'm always writing, so what else can I do, you know? Just try to get it out and get it heard! I don't care if it sells ten million or nil million; it's just what I do. You do the best that you can." Pearcy also talked in more detail about the musical inspiration for "Smash", saying: "It's just my guitar player Erik [Ferentinos], who I co-wrote most of the stuff with. We'd just come up with songs and take them through a journey. That's pretty much how it happens. I don't think about anything. If it sounds like something that's an influence, and if it's a good one, that's even better! I don't really think about emulating anybody; it's more of an influential thing that just came out. That's a compliment to both of us, how I respect them. And I'm sure they'd say, 'Woah, that sounds pretty good!' But that's about it — the light and the dark of the things, you know?" Stephen added that he wanted "Smash" to be a "diverse" record. "The subject matter's very different than what was expected, and what would be expected," he explained. "And there's some personal stuff in there — a song I wrote for my daughter, 'Rain'. I'm able to do whatever I want with my solo stuff, so this is what you get." RATT's classic-era members Pearcy, Juan Croucier (bass) and Warren DeMartini (guitar) reunited in October 2016 for a surprise performance on a Monsters Of Rock cruise. The trio has since played a series of RATT shows, including high-profile sets at Maryland's M3 Rock festival and Oklahoma's Rocklahoma. They were joined on stage by former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.

Start recording in couple days solo record #5. Time to kick yr ass with Erik Ferentinos, then we fly. You’ll get what you deserve on this one☠️ and more. First drums then more fun☠️

Posted by Stephen Pearcy on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Has Finished Writing 'Words And Melodies' To All But One New TOOL Song

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 07:00

Maynard James Keenan has revealed that he has finished writing the "words and melodies" to all but one new TOOL song that will appear on the band's next album. TOOL hasn't released any new music since the "10,000 Days" LP, which came out in May 2006, almost 12 years ago. "Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging," the singer tweeted Friday night. "That in theory means the tracks wont change out from under me while I'm trying to write stories and melodies to them. In theory. Still waiting for the FINAL on 1." "Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1," he added in a separate message. "Someday we'll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we're closer." The instrumental members of TOOL have been working steadily on music for the past year, with drummer Danny Carey telling Kerrang! magazine recently that the band's new music is resolutely non-commercial, even joking that the songs are "too long." Carey explained: "Whatever those guys play is how they express themselves. Adam [Jones, guitar] and Justin [Chancellor, bass] aren't musically educated, so they just come up with the weirdest shit. I just try to anchor it down and make it simple... The tracks are long — too long! Definitely too long for the radio!" When asked if he could reveal any track working titles or discuss the concept of the record, he replied: "It's all still a work in progress. We don't even go there until the record is done. It needs to have a voice of its own... You don't think about that until the project's finished and it all comes together and connects. Everything has its own voice." TOOL's only currently scheduled appearance of 2018 is a May 18 headlining performance at Somerset, Wisconsin's Northern Invasion festival. Jones revealed a few years ago that lawsuits involving a former friend of TOOL and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007. The ex-friend claimed that he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for "technicalities" regarding the case.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Guitarist To Participate In '2018 Tour Of Champions Bowl-A-Thon' Charity Event

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 05:00

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's Zoltan Bathory will once again lend a helping hand to Down Syndrome Foundation Of Florida's 2018's Tour Of Champions Bowl-A-Thon charity event. The benefit will take place on Sunday, February 18 at Orlando's Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Zoltan will be joined by tourmate Tommy Vext, vocalist of BAD WOLVES, to support the event. Both artists will be bowling with fans who have raised funds for the organization. Additionally, meet-and-greet opportunities with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael at Welcome To Rockville festival will be auctioned at the event. Kael had joined Zoltan at the event in previous years. Click here for more information about Tour Of Champions Bowl-A-Thon. Down Syndrome Foundation Of Florida is a non-profit organization started by a group of visionary parents who wanted to have a direct impact on children, families and the community as they journeyed through life with a loved one with Down syndrome. The Foundation is run 100% by volunteers, so all proceeds go directly to their programs. Charity work has been close to the hearts of members of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH as they have always given back to multiple organizations, ranging from suicide prevention to PTSD awareness campaigns for veterans to fallen police officers. Furthermore, BAD WOLVES' cover of THE CRANBERRIES' "Zombie" was released in honor of the late Dolores O'Riordan and will be donating proceeds to her three children. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will be making stops in Florida later this spring for two festival dates — Welcome To Rockville on April 27 in Jacksonville and Fort Rock on April 28 in Sunrise.

Watch QUEENSRŸCHE Perform On 'Monsters Of Rock Cruise'

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 05:00

Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE performing the song "Queen Of The Reich" on February 12 during this year's Monsters Of Rock Cruise can be seen below. QUEENSRŸCHE is expected to enter the studio soon to begin recording its new album for a tentative mid-2018 release via Century Media. Helming the disc once again will be Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked on 2015's "Condition Hüman". QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre told KNAC.COM in December that the band had just spent "about 10 days doing pre-production" for its next album. "We had about 30 song ideas," he said. "Some of them were fairly completed, some were completed, others were just ideas. And so we've narrowed things down to about 13 songs right now. So if we have 10 to 12 songs on the record that are super solid, we'll be happy with that. But yeah, we're working with Chris, and he's done a great job. You know, after you've been sitting on songs a long time, you just kinda feel like you've taken as far as you can. Sometimes you're burned out on the material and it needs that fresh ear to come in and help orchestrate things and find a better arrangement." Asked where he is getting his lyrical inspirations from for the new QUEENSRŸCHE material, Todd said: "A lot of the stuff on this, I think, just has to do with, again, the political spectrum and just what's going on in the world. And QUEENSRŸCHE always injected those kinds of topics in their content. And so a lot of it has to do with just what's going on socially and politically, and globally and these subjects are timeless. So, if you listen to songs from the '60s that have to do with social discourse and stuff like that, it still applies today." Former KAMELOT drummer Casey Grillo made his live debut with with QUEENSRŸCHE last April at Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California. He is filling in for regular QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, who is taking time off from the band's touring activities to spend time with his young son, appropriately named Rockson.