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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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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS: 'The Silent Mutiny' Video

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 18:00

The official video for the song "The Silent Mutiny" from symphonic metal masters VISIONS OF ATLANTIS can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's seventh studio album, "The Deep & The Dark", which is being released today (Friday, February 16) via Napalm Records. Says the band: "This is the album we have always dreamed of making. It is everything fans of this genre love and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS was founded for. This is the heart and soul of this band and symphonic metal. We are proud and excited that after over four years we put out the best 10 tracks the band has to offer. This is VISIONS OF ATLANTIS — this is symphonic metal!" "The Deep & The Dark" track listing: 01. The Deep & The Dark 02. Return To Lemuria 03. Ritual Night 04. The Silent Mutiny 05. Book Of Nature 06. The Last Home 07. The Grand Illusion 08. Dead Reckoning 09. Words Of War 10. Prayer To The Lost "The Deep & The Dark" is being made available as a deluxe box set, CD digipak and digital download. Hauntingly beautiful duets between vocalists supreme Clémentine Delauney and Siegfried Samer meet classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: a must-have for all genre-fans and beyond! With "The Deep & The Dark", VISIONS OF ATLANTIS created its most powerful and perfectly executed magnum opus to date, waiting to be performed live at the "Symphonic Metal Nights" in February 2018. Photo by Moritz Maibaum Photography

SEBASTIAN BACH Is 'In The Writing And Demoing Stage' For His Next Solo Album: 'It's Gonna Be More Uplifting And Fun'

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:00

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has revealed that he is in the process of having a drum recording studio built on his property in Southern California for the purpose of demoing music for his next studio album. "The mission of this record is to capture a cool vibe, and I think that really involves live drummers playing — not just a drum machine, which seems to be too pervasive today in music," Sebastian said in a video message (see below). According to Bach, he is still "in the writing and demoing stage" for the follow-up to 2014's "Give 'Em Hell". "I'm in the process of changing record labels," he said. "My manager, Rick Sales, wants me to have a good demo that he can take to people to play for them. Right now we have seven songs. Two of them are by John 5 [former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist], and I also have Steve Stevens [BILLY IDOL] sending me some tunes, and Billy Morrison [BILLY IDOL]. And Brent Woods [VINCE NEIL]. And we will see which riffs make the cut." Sebastian also talked about the inspiration for his forthcoming album. He explained: "My tastes have changed a bit since my doctor told me that if I wanna keep my hearing in great shape, I have to turn the music down sometimes. He told me this a couple of years back. And since he told me that, I've taken his advice and I don't crank my music as loud as it will go anymore, and that's all I can tell you. So I've gotta make a record that I like. So I don't think it's gonna be a death metal record; I think it's gonna be more uplifting and fun. And also real people playing real music — that's very important to me." Bach was particularly thrilled to be once again working with John 5, whom he described as "just incredible. Everybody knows him and he is one of the greatest guitar players in rock and roll. "Some people always want me to reunite with the old band, but think of it this way — I get to make records with John 5. So that's pretty amazing," he added. Bach hasn't released a full-length disc since "Give 'Em Hell", which was criticized by some for sounding "too modern" and a departure from his '80s hard rock past. Sebastian told Australia's Hysteria magazine last fall that he wanted to make what he called his "'California record,' which is probably gonna be more concerned about the vocals than the guitar, the drums and the bass. The last records I loved that I've done, but they're kind of similar. So now it's time for me to do a different-sounding kind of record," he said. "So that's what I'm doing. I'm into acoustic guitar right now a lot. And that's not to say if somebody plays me some wicked crazy riff that I won't do it, but I'm trying to make a record that's gonna put me into the next phase of music. That's what I'm working on now." Bach went on to defend his decision to make a softer-sounding album this time around. He said: "The thing is that my records, mostly, have had a lot of aggression in them, and I'm not feeling aggressive right now. So I'm not gonna pretend to channel some anger that's not real. But, you know, there's things that I am angry at, like the climate being destroyed — I'm angry at that. And the first song that I just recorded has lyrics kind of to do with that. But people like my ballad voice; that's, really, at the end of the day, what people like to hear me sing like. And I like that too, and that's the way I'm feeling right now, so that's the [way the] music [is] coming out — it's got a lot of harmonies, and the vocals sound great, and that's what I'm gonna give you in your ears… It's gonna be focused on the vocals, harmonies, but it's gonna sound like me, 'cause that's all I can sound like." Asked to elaborate on his comment that he is writing a "California record," Bach said: "Well, you know, California has a great history of music that sounds like Southern California. You know, THE DOORS' 'L.A. Woman'. The sound of, like, STEELY DAN, VAN HALEN, MÖTLEY CRÜE… Los Angeles has a great sound of its own, and I wanna make my record. You know, THE EAGLES … Okay, there you go. My next record will be a mix between THE EAGLES and MÖTLEY CRÜE. [Laughs] Both [THE EAGLES and MÖTLEY CRÜE] sound California, and I want… I live here now, so I wanna make a record that sounds like it's made here. I'm not into Pro Tools and the computer making it all perfect. On this record, it's real players, recording real human beings. No drum machines — I'm not into that. I want real guys playing real instruments. That's for sure." Sebastian's autobiography, "18 And Life On Skid Row", came out in December 2016 via Dey Street Books (formerly It Books), an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

BARREN EARTH Feat. KREATOR Guitarist SAMI YLI-SIRNIÖ: Lyric Video For 'Withdrawal' Song

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:00

Finnish progressive death metal band BARREN EARTH, which features in its ranks guitarist Sami Yli-Sirniö (KREATOR, WALTARI), will release its new album, "A Complex Of Cages", on March 30 via Century Media. The follow-up to 2015's "On Lonely Towers" was recorded at Woodshed Studios with producer Victor Bullok (a.k.a. V. Santura). The official lyric video for the disc's new single, "Withdrawal", can be seen below. Vocalist Jón Aldará comments: "For me, this truly feels like a transcendental album for us. The songwriting dynamics have changed quite drastically since 'On Lonely Towers', and even though every song is quite unmistakably BARREN EARTH, the album as a whole brings us towards something stranger. Lyrically, the album follows a theme that fits the instability of the music, namely the isolating aspect of suffering from different mental issues such as manic depression, psychopathy and agoraphobia." Bassist Olli-Pekka Laine adds: "Like BARREN EARTH's previous works, the album's material varies from straightforward standards to experimental opuses. Still, the red line is there, and every song asserts its place in the whole. Brutal death metal, artsy prog rock, pompous melodies with dozens of layers... This music has been crafted without any external pressure, radiating utter spiritual liberation. Production-wise I see 'A Complex Of Cages' as an improved version of BARREN EARTH, thanks to V. Santura, who supervised the album making process and let us concentrate solely on composing, arranging and performing." BARREN EARTH is: Marko Tarvonen - Drums Olli-Pekka Laine - Bass Antti Myllynen - Keyboards Jón Aldará - Vocals Sami Yli-Sirniö - Lead guitars Janne Perttilä - Rhythm guitars

OZZY OSBOURNE Says He Won't Play 'Blizzard Of Ozz' In Full For 40th Anniversary

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:00

Ozzy Osbourne's "No More Tours 2" farewell trek will end sometime in 2020, which also marks the 40th anniversary of Ozzy's classic solo debut, 1980's "Blizzard Of Ozz". Asked by Rolling Stone whether he'd consider performing the LP in its entirety to mark the occasion, Ozzy replied: "That was the thing for a while, to play the whole album, but I don't write albums that way, so no." Ozzy added: "When I make an album, I specifically record songs that I'll never do on the stage. Like on 'Blizzard Of Ozz', there are songs that I wrote never to play live, because the production was too heavy." Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that performing one of his older albums from front to back would be too difficult. "No. The production and the pitch in my singing was way off the Richter scale," he said. "It would be nice, but if I had known then what I know now, I'd would have probably done it differently. But there's no way I could do that, you know." The singer did hint to Rolling Stone that he "could do one" album track that he has not performed live before. Ozzy's final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It's slated to last until 2020. He insisted that he is not retiring from music at the end of the tour, but is instead saying goodbye to long global treks in favor of select shows. He also said at a press conference earlier this month that he has "eight or nine" song ideas for a new album, which he may work on once the tour is completed.

LETTERS FROM THE COLONY - »Vignette« out now!

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 14:00

„This is certainly the debut album of the year!” ROCK TRIBUNE (B) "»Vignette« is a hell of an introduction. Letters from the Colony have successfully tapped into that Meshuggah formula, made a few cheeky tweaks here and there and created something to call theirs. The melodicism is a joy to hear and adequately adds an emotional heft to the already-beefy chunks of riffs they peddle – it exemplifies their mastery of songwriting, and gives them their own voice." METAL WANI (INT), Lee Carter "What an album cover, what a band and what a beast of an album! None of the pieces in this puzzle should fit, but they do so amazingly well. Do not miss on this album!" LORDS OF METAL (B), Job GM The day has finally come - LETTERS FROM THE COLONY's debut album »Vignette« will crush the music scene with the ordered chaos of their progressive extreme metal. The young Swedes have worked hard not to compromise their vision and in doing so, enlisted Jens Bogren to master this triumphant full-length debut. In addition, the band have received a nod from likes of Peter Tägtgren and highly acclaimed musicians from Cradle Of Filth, The Haunted and Scar Symmetry. During this year's 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise, LETTERS FROM THE COLONY (pre-)celebrated the release of their new album at the beach and in the jacuzzi - so take a deep breath and dive into this 'out now!'-trailer that also includes an unpackaging clip of their vinyl LP available today: http://nblast.de/LFTCplaylist »Vignette« is now available for pre-order in various formats, here: http://nblast.de/LFTCVignette

TAX THE HEAT - third album trailer online!

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:00

Having recently announced three special album launch shows and a full UK tour in April, TAX THE HEAT are gearing up for their new album »Change Your Position« to hit stores on March 9th, 2018. Today the band have released the third "Medicine Sessions" trailer, in which Jack and Alex discuss recording the new album. Watch here: https://youtu.be/pa5z4y3nmec Pre-order the album, here: http://nuclearblast.com/taxtheheat-cyp Pre-order digitally to receive 'Change Your Position,' 'All That Medicine' and 'Money In The Bank' instantly or stream both tracks, here: http://nblast.de/TTHAllTheMedicine Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1fwCcpQnrs5znHf2fjcQGw

PARADISE LOST - launch lyric video!

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00

On March 16th, cult metallers PARADISE LOST will release a remastered version of their legendary seventh studio album, »Host«, and a first-ever pressing of the songs on vinyl. As a first taste, the Brits have now unveiled a lyric video to their single 'So Much Is Lost (Remastered)', which once was the first track to be released off their 1999's »Host«. This album saw PARADISE LOST moving further away from their previous death metal roots to a melancholic electro-pop sound. Watch the lyric video here: https://youtu.be/WeeID9ag-zY Jaime Gomez Arellano, who remastered the album, states: "»Host« is a fantastic album with a stellar production. When I had the opportunity to remaster it, I focused on warming it up through analogue tape and giving it more of that analogue 'vibe' since a lot of records from that period were a bit thin sounding in comparison to today‘s standards. The remaster resulted in more depth and bass frequencies and generally a warmer and fuller sound. I hope the fans enjoy it!" PARADISE LOST singer Nick Holmes adds: "It was interesting to revisit this stage of the band's history. It's certainly not metal thrashing mad, but I've always regarded some of our strongest material was written around this period, and I still regard 'So Much Is Lost' as a really strong song." The album will be available as digipack and in different vinyl colours. You can get your copy here: http://nblast.de/ParadiseLostHostNB Pre-order digitally and receive 'So Much Is Lost' instantly, here: https://smarturl.it/HostRemastered

GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist DIZZY REED Credits "Hard Work' And 'Dedication' For Band's Continued Success

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 06:00

Longtime GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed was interviewed on "The Morning Show" on Australia's 7 network to promote his free one-off Australian show in support of his debut solo album, "Rock 'N Roll Ain't Easy". You can watch the chat at this location. Asked what he thinks makes GUNS N' ROSES still a great band today, more than three decades after the release of the group's debut album, Dizzy said: "I think hard work, dedication and keeping a view of the big picture. And that's tough to do — it really is. Especially when you've had some success, it's hard to keep scope of things." Dizzy added that "another factor" in GUNS N' ROSES' longevity has been the band's willingness "to continue to grow and expand [its] horizons." Dizzy will perform at Sydney's Frankie's Pizza By The Slice on Sunday, February 18. He is expected play a selection of classic GN'R tracks as well as some of the cuts from his solo disc. "Rock 'N Roll Ain’t Easy" will be released on Friday, February 16, just two days before Reed's show at Frankie's. The first single from the disc is titled "This Don't Look Like Vegas". Written by Reed, Ricky Warwick (THIN LIZZY, THE ALMIGHTY, BLACK STAR RIDERS) and Del James, "This Don't Look Like Vegas" features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with GUNS bandmate Richard Fortus (PSYCHELIC FURS, THIN LIZZY, THE DEAD DAISIES) providing the guitar solo. Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.) is on drums, with Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, while Reed handles lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James. Reed is the longest-serving member of GN'R after singer Axl Rose. He joined the band as a touring member in 1990, during the "Use Your Illusion" era, and has played with most of the original members as well as in all the later editions of the group and the current reunion lineup. The Pulse Of Radio asked Reed how he's managed to stay in the band for so long. "I get asked that a lot and it's really just, I just never really thought about doing anything else, you know, on sort of a permanent basis," he said. "You know, I kind of feel like I'm in GUNS N' ROSES and that's where I was meant to be." In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of GUNS N' ROSES.

JOURNEY Keyboardist Says His Visit To White House 'Wasn't Political'

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 05:00

JOURNEY keyboardist Jonathan Cain has commented on his war of words with Neal Schon over a White House visit by several members of the band. Cain and the guitarist feuded publicly on social media last summer after Jonathan, singer Arnel Pineda and bassist Ross Valory were photographed with President Donald Trump. Cain is married to Trump's spiritual advisor, Pastor Paula White, one of the religious leaders who participated in Trump's January 2017 inauguration. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Cain said that his visit to the White House "was a historical chance to go and it wasn't political. I'm a history buff and was dying to see where all this history took place," he insisted. "I know Arnel wanted to meet the Filipino lady [Cristeta Comerford] that has worked as a chef there for 20-something years. And Neal and I weren't on speaking terms during that time. He was bashing me about my faith, so I didn't think he would want to come. That's all." Cain added that the White House visit "wasn't really a band sort of thing. We're friends with Sarah Huckabee from before the presidential thing," he said. "It was just an offer to take a tour. It wasn't an endorsement. Not at all. And Ross [Valory, bass] decided to come and see the building that Eisenhower bowled in. I was like, 'A bowling alley? How cool!' We got to see the loft where they make the cookies. The kitchen was so tiny. We saw all the little nooks and crannies and were like, 'Oh, my gosh, this is amazing.'" Cain went on to say: "Historically, it felt good to visit. But come to me. Don't go to the fans about it. If you had a problem with it, talk to me. I never heard from him." In a recent interview with SiriusXM's Eddie Trunk, Schon, who appeared at points during his tweetstorm last summer to suggest that he might be reforming a new version of the band, defended his decision to talk so openly via social media about internal disagreements within the JOURNEY camp. "I have a lot of faith in the fans," he explained. "And I wasn't getting a lot of help anywhere else. That's all I can tell you. I was trying to get our management at a point to step in and bring some things about, and I was trying to talk to different members, and they all went this way and I was kind of there by myself. So I went, 'Man, I'm gonna open this up. I got frustrated with it. I'm gonna open it up and I'm gonna talk to the fans themselves and I'm gonna get their opinion.' And so now they've spoken, and I feel really good about what I'm doing. I feel like I got, you know… 99.9 percent [of the] fans are understanding where I'm at, so it's a good thing." Neal is the only remaining original member of JOURNEY who has appeared on all the band's albums. JOURNEY's 58-city tour with DEF LEPPARD will kick off on May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut.

LIPS: Highlights Of ANVIL's Four-Decade Career 'Were Never Very High'

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 05:00

In a brand new interview with Lords Of Metal, ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow was asked if the band has any plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. "I am not an anniversary kind of person," he responded. "To be honest, I hardly look at the calendar. I have the theory that the more you look at the calendar, the older you get. You count, you get old. I don't count! Okay, it is 40 years — nice number. I look at the last 40 years as one long albums and tour." Speaking about the highlights of the last four decades, Lips said: "The highlights were never very high. To be really honest with you, we struggled during the 'Metal On Metal' and 'Forged In Fire' albums. Once 'Forged In Fire' came out, it was slagged heavily in the press immediately. We only felt some sort of glorious with the release of the 'Hard And Heavy' album, but that quickly disappeared. Realistically, there were never any real highpoints but a constant struggle until now. The people talk about our glory days — well, not much glory, I tell you. We never were million sellers, just support band to MOTÖRHEAD. That was the best we saw. The year after we did the Japanese shows, they were quite big, but we were cut short to a shitty 40-minute set… a throwaway support band. Is that a high point? I don't know. [Laughs]" According to Lips, ANVIL's career "was not a road that went from very high to very low — [it was] just a constant struggle in achieving success. We never felt that we were big stars." Even in ANVIL's home country of Canada, "The respect and recognition only started with the documentary/movie ['Anvil: The Story Of Anvil']," Lips said. "In Canada, they have a hard time accepting that we are still around. If you want to be a name in Canada, then you have to be known worldwide. There are some exceptions in Canada — for example, THE TRAGICALLY HIP and APRIL WINE, who are only world famous in Canada. But ANVIL is the opposite. Known everywhere, except in Canada. But the moment the documentary broke in the States, Canada was ready to embrace ANVIL." Lips went on to say that "what is relevant" about his band's longevity "is that we have an audience that supported us and paid to keep ANVIL alive until now. It is not important what a certain person or industry thinks, it counts what the ANVIL fans think. And you know, I am a metal fan too. I judge my music against the music I like myself. And you know what? I am still here after 40 years and the record companies that did not believe in us, are long, long gone." ANVIL's latest album, "Pounding The Pavement", was released last month via SPV/Steamhammer. The disc was produced at the Soundlodge studios in Rhauderfehn in the northwest of Germany, where ANVIL found not only the necessary peace and seclusion to concentrate on their recordings, but also met in studio owner Jörg Uken the ideal producer for their ambitioned work.