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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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LOVELL’S BLADE RELEASE “AS MUCH AS I CAN” MUSIC VIDEO
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AUTUMN SILENCE BOOTCAMP REISSUE COMING IN MARCH
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AS_OFFICIAL (2)BOOTCAMP SERIES #31
IN DIY STORES 3/10/2017
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DECLASSIFIED INFORMATION:
AUTUMN SILENCE originally formed in 1987, when a group of high school friends banded together under the name Prophecy. As a stable lineup settled into place, the quartet eventually changed names to Midnight Divine, and—with the addition of vocalist John Leese—recorded two previously unreleased tracks of searing progressive metal influenced by their growing interest in bands such as Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, and Vicious Rumors; as well as classical, jazz fusion, and prog rock.

This hard-hitting style carried over into the early-’90s, as the group had rebranded itself AUTUMN SILENCE and released the three-song Winter’s Calling EP in 1991—their first outing with former Without Warning vocalist Mike Gorham in tow. Encouraged by interest from Shrapnel Records honcho Mike Varney, AUTUMN SILENCE branched out even further on their final EP—1994’s Echoes In The Garden—pushing themselves towards a loftier, more keyboard-centric direction that explored their love of progressive rock outfits like Yes, King Crimson, and—most importantly—Genesis.

The band continued working on new material into the mid-’90s, but—ultimately unable to secure a record deal—gradually succumbed to the pressures of time and dissipated before the end of 1996. The music lives on, however, so now—more than 20 years later—Divebomb Records is excited to present Echoes In The Garden: the complete, 11-song discography collection of AUTUMN SILENCE; fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording; and including an in-depth, retrospective interview with the band. For the fans, by the fans!

COMRADES IN ARMS:
Heir Apparent, Yes, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory & Genesis

ARSENAL:
Members went on to KING DIAMOND and HEIR APPARENT – Limited edition CD – only 500 units pressed worldwide – Cover art by Steven Cobb – digitally remastered – band supplied photos – full color 20 page booklet with new band interview and full lyrics

Winter’s Calling Demo – 1991
1. Winter’s Calling
2. Pain Fills My Eyes
3. Dreaming

T.M.P. Sessions
4. Ludicrous Speed

Echoes In The Garden Demo – 1994
5. So This Is Home
6. Le Penseur
7. Echoes In The Garden

Midnight Divine Sessions – 1989-1990
8. Mirror Of Prodigy
9. Doubtful Expectations

Live Rehearsal Demos – 1991
10. Autumn Silence
11. A Prayer For The Dying

Bonus Track
12. Echoes In The Garden (Modifica)

PARADISE LOST (US) RETURN AS PARADISE REGAINED
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On April 22, 2017 at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, PARADISE LOST will be reuniting with members Mark Seely, David Privett, David Howard and Allan Phellps.  To avoid any confusion with the long running British metal act, Paradise Lost, the band have decided to update their moniker to PARADISE REGAINED.

The country music mecca of Nashville, TN may seem an unlikely home for a progressive-edged hard rock quartet, but that didn’t stop PARADISE LOST. Formed in late-1985 under the name Audience, the group’s core shared a mixed bag of influences including Yes, Journey, The Police, Rush, and U2—not to mention gospel, jazz, and ’70s and ’80s pop.

The troupe rebranded itself PARADISE LOST within a few short years—a banner that vocalist Dave Privett cites as “a name with some mystery that still encapsulated some of the paradoxes in our music,” and eventually secured a deal with major label imprint Gold Dust Records. The undeniably unique existential passion of PARADISE LOST’s musical journey—heavy riffs with soaring melodies, hooks with complexity, and a heavy metal look with a philosophical twist—garnered favorable press locally and abroad; even scoring a 4K review from Kerrang!‘s Dave Reynolds.

In addition to the band’s unsung classic self-titled full-length from 1989, this reissue additionally compiles previously unreleased demos and live recordings spanning 1986-1990: PARADISE LOST’s ear-complete history in more than 30 tracks. This deluxe edition also contains a 28 page booklet with in-depth interview, album lyrics as well as archival photos and press clipping from the band’s vault. For the fans, by the fans.

VARIX RELEASE “FEAR OF GOD” VIDEO
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A few months ago we released a demo collection from German progressive thrash act, VARIX. To celebrate the release the band decided to get together and record an unreleased song entitled “Fear Of God.” They have now released a music video for the track. Enjoy!

APOCALYPSE REUNITE FOR THREE SONGS – MORE TO COME?
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APOCALYPSE reunited on January 28th for a birthday celebration and cranked out three songs.  Hopefully this is just the beginning and more shows will be happening very soon!

CHICAGO’S SUSPIRIA JOINS THE BOOTCAMP SERIES WITH “PSYCHOLOGICALLY IMPALED”
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SUSPIRIA promo picSUSPIRIA got its start as a trio by the name of Corporeal Decay in Crystal Lake, IL in January of 1991. Building upon a melting pot of influences centered around ’80s metal, Bay Area and German thrash, and early death metal, within five months the group had released a three-song demo titled Divinely Impaled. Mere months later, the demo was re-released with new artwork, a new logo, and a new band name: SUSPIRIA.

By the end of the following summer in 1992, SUSPIRIA had solidified a five-piece lineup and entered Real to Reel Recording Studio with engineer Bruce Pedersen for their sophomore demo, Psychological Inertia. Eventually released in February of 1993, the extremely professional-looking four-song cassette further improved upon the group’s brutal yet sophisticated take on technical death metal, but a period of relative inactivity saw the band perform its final show that July, eventually fading into obscurity by early-1994.

Like fellow Illinois powerhouse Sindrome before them, SUSPIRIA had made an impact on the local scene with their impressive musicianship, but failed to secure a proper recording contract—leaving many fans and friends to simply ponder what could have been. So now, more than two decades after the fact, Divebomb Records is excited to present Psychologically Impaled: SUSPIRIA’s complete discography, along with seven bonus live tracks! Fully remastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording, this release provides the material with the attention it has always rightfully deserved—with plenty of lyrics, photographs, and a retrospective band interview conducted by NoEcho.net co-editor Andrew Aversionline. For the fans, by the fans!

Psychologically Impaled is available to order now via our store HERE.

Divebomb Records Bootcamp Series is unearthing lost sessions, unreleased albums and long forgotten demos by unsung heroes of this scene’s past. These are cult bands for cult fans. Are you ready to join the army?