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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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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)