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DEADLY BLESSING “PSYCHO DRAMA” DELUXE 2 CD SET COMING JUNE 9TH
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In 1989, following the success of their debut album, Ascend From the Cauldron, New Jersey power metallers DEADLY BLESSING made the pivotal decision to part ways with their iconic-yet-polarizing frontman, Norman “Ski” Kiersznowski. In search of a more aggressive singer who could still be melodic, the band approached Larry Betson; whose gruffer, less over-the-top approach provided a perfect fit as the group continued to open for increasingly heavier national acts such as BIOHAZARD, DARK ANGEL, and PANTERA.

db-band-cleanThe following year, influenced by hardcore thrash from the Bay Area to New York, DEADLY BLESSING recorded two hard-hitting demos—the well-received Psycho Drama, and the never officially released Mechanical Solutions—before rechristening themselves OPTIMUS PRIME for one last demo, taking some inspiration from that era’s increasingly ubiquitous “grunge”-leaning sounds. However, as work began on their sophomore full-length, internal uncertainties combined with label and management woes left the group without a proper home, and the lineup eventually unraveled.

So now, more than 25 years later, Divebomb Records is beyond thrilled to finally deliver this deluxe edition of Psycho Drama: a massive two-disc set representing the Larry Betson era of DEADLY BLESSING into OPTIMUS PRIME across 18 studio and 11 live tracks—many appearing here for the first time ever—fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording. You’ll also find archival photographs, studio memories from Psycho Drama engineer Bob Kimmel, and an all-new retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!


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BUGZY’S “PLAN B” COMING JUNE 9TH
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The roots of BUGZY date back to late-1983, when 19-year-old guitarist/vocalist William “Bugsy” Boyer, keyboard player Franki Gorgo, and drummer Bob Kimmel crossed paths as members of a full-time, internationally touring cover band called Pentagon. By 1985, Bob and Franki had struck out to create their own original material in an attempt to sell songs to a major artist or publishing company. Initially still a member of Pentagon, Bugsy would join their sessions whenever his schedule allowed, but by 1988 the three had officially joined forces and fleshed out a lineup to begin performing live—”BUGZY” being the simple result of needing a name for their first gig.

BUGZY 250xWithin a year, a short-lived production deal with producer Tony Bongiovi led the group to record a few tracks in New York City’s historic Power Station studio; and in 1990, a production/management deal with L.A. record producer John Ryan (Santana, etc.) resulted in three years of nonstop work on new material with an assortment of session musicians. Into the mid-’90s, with the help of hit record producer Chris Lord-Alge, BUGZY was courted by no less than three major labels—RCA, Polygram, and EMI—but the trio’s decade of hard work would shockingly fail to yield the release of one single piece of music…

…until now! 20+ years later, Divebomb Records is proud to shed light on BUGZY‘s Plan B: 17 tracks of spectacularly catchy AOR/hard rock culled from the band’s extensive personal archives, and graciously rescued from permanent obscurity. Sure to delight diehard fans of heavy-hitters such as Bad English, Night Ranger, Giant and The Hooters; the collection also boasts an all-new 20 page booklet featuring band interview covering the ins and outs behind this prolific songwriting team. For the fans, by the fans!


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MASTERS OF METAL VOLUME 5 – SHIPPING NOW
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Volume 5 delivers the killer songwriting chops of melodic trad metallers SATAN’S HALLOW (Chicago, IL), from their self-titled 7″ single; ARIETE‘s (Madrid, SPA) enthusiastically energetic, riff-heavy power metal EP, Asedio; relentless, no-nonsense, death-inflected thrash from up-and-comers TERRIFIER (Vancouver, BC)—formerly known as Skull Hammer—and their Metal or Death EP; and TIGER FIGHT‘s (Chicago, IL) NWOBHM-leaning penchant for vocal harmonies and dual-guitar licks via their three-song Tigers Fight at Midnight cassette. Of further note, Chicagoans SATAN’S HALLOW and TIGER FIGHT each share members with Moros Nyx, as well as one another.

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MASTERS OF METAL VOLUME 4 – SHIPPING NOW
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Volume 4 kicks off with SUBSTRATUM‘s (Seattle, WA) impressively catchy and hard-hitting old school metal, including three tracks apiece from the Substratum and Rough Rider demos; an excellently gritty, punk-tinged EP of classic metal from OUTCAST (Melbourne, AUS); five tracks of SAHARA SNOW‘s (Portsmouth, UK) forcefully driving, midpaced, rock-based NWOBHM roots; and the uniquely doomy grooves of nascent studio project VOLCANA‘s two-song EP, A Lion Among Jackals—featuring members of Vindicator, Mountain Kings, Gygax, etc.

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MASTERS OF METAL VOLUME 3 – SHIPPING NOW
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Volume 3 offers five fist-raising power thrash anthems from HELLSTORM’S HELL ON EARTH‘s (Elkin, NC) never-before-released EP—led by Brian “Hellstorm” Williams of October 31 and Final Sign; DEATHINITION‘s (Bydgoszcz, POL) melodic yet tech-peppered thrash assault via their Art of Manipulation release; two Helloween gone high-octane sagas from SANCTIFYRE‘s (Eugene, OR) Wasteland Warriors EP; and WEAPONLORD‘s (Seattle, WA) promising take on memorable, fast-paced, thrash-infused heavy metal through their debut demo.

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SYNAPTIK RELEASE “WHITE CIRCLES” LYRIC VIDEO
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Vocalist, John Knight had this to say about the lyrical meaning behind the new song:

“Lyrically the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘god like’ Psychiatrist. Singer John Knight worked for many years within the Mental Health system at management level and witnessed how the clients saw and described their experiences, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her Psychiatrist, she told me her Psychiatrist was ‘like a God’, someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life, it made an impression and I wrote this song that night, of course not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people’s life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle……telling themselves ‘I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realising they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe.

“White Circles” is a song with great progressive dynamics, light and shade, building to a frantic & blistering metallic end.

Check out the new powerful and thought provoking lyric video below.

LOVELL’S BLADE RELEASE “DYNAMITE” MUSIC VIDEO
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SYNAPTIK’S “JUSTIFY & REASON” IN STORES NOW
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Since forming in 2012 from the ashes of such bands as Fifth Season, Inner Sanctum, and Twisted Autumn Darkness, the primary concern of Norwich, England’s SYNAPTIK has been musical intensity. Compartmentalizing SYNAPTIK’s approach is as futile as attempting to cage a wild animal, but―nevertheless―traits of progressive metal seem ubiquitous, and a dark aura tends to cloak the band’s output.

When SYNAPTIK’s debut, The Mechanisms of Consequence, was released in 2014, the press reacted with bewilderment. Near-perfect reviews became the norm, and one factor that seemed to be particularly appreciated was the group’s knack for fusing technical sophistication with traditional metal sonorities such as blast beats; powerful riffs; and screaming, Priest-styled melodic vocals.

In March of 2016, SYNAPTIK recorded their sophomore album―the epically diverse Justify & Reason―with Meyrick de la Fuente at Floodgate Studios in London. Justify & Reason finds SYNAPTIK placing a greater emphasis on their progressive tendencies, but also contains some of the group’s heaviest material to date. Lyrically, Justify & Reason ventures into the dark, labyrinthine corridors of the human psyche to examine the relationship between inner emotions and society at large―universal themes that transcend cultural and national boundaries. The end result is mandatory listening for fans of QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, WATCHTOWER and EVERGREY alike.

Available from Divebomb Records―who released a retrospective discography from Inner Sanctum (a band whose lineup featured SYNAPTIK’s Kev Jackson and Ian and John Knight) in 2013―the CD version of Justify & Reason will also include a freshly mixed take on the group’s debut album, The Mechanisms of Consequence, as a second disc. Comprised of such cuts as “A Man Dies,” “As I Am, As I Was,” and “Your Cold Dead Trace” (which features a guest appearance from Alan Tecchio of WATCHTOWER/HADES fame), the material now sounds more vibrant than ever before.

With Justify & Reason, SYNAPTIK has raised the bar of progressive metal. Can you handle the intensity?

CD 1
1. The Incredible Machine
2. Human/Inhuman
3. Conscience
4. White Circles
5. Esc Ctrl

CD 2
The Mechanisms Of Consequence
Brain Spark Edition

1. Truths That Wake
2. A Man Dies
3. I Am The Ghost
4. Your Cold Dead Trace
5. Irresistible Shade
6. Vacancy Of Mind
7. As I Am, As I Was
8. Utopia In Our Eyes
9. All Lies
10. Allies
11. Your Cold Dead Trace (Tecchio Mix)

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SYNAPTIK RELEASE “THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE” LYRIC VIDEO
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With the release of SYNAPTIK’s second album Justify & Reason today.  We have released a lyric video for the track “The Incredible Machine.”

SYNAPTIK RELEASE “A MAN DIES” LYRIC VIDEO
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