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SONS OF APOLLO – ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ trailer


(photo credit: Hristo Shindov)


SONS OF APOLLO – former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force) – are pleased to announce the release of ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ on the 30th August 2019.

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PREVIEW: Download Festival UK 14-16th June 2019


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UK’s biggest rock/metal festival is back for 2019, here is our look at some of the best bands you should be checking out over the weekend taking place on the 14-16th June 2019, there is plenty of choice as always!

Friday 14th June

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Classic English hard rockers Whitesnake are still going strong after nearly four decades and their new album ‘Flesh & Blood’ is testament to this with new fan favourites like steamy rock anthems like ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’, they will go down a treat in the festival setting with everyone singing along and having a great time. The band put everything into this album and it shows, you don’t want to miss their big comeback!

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YOSSI SASSI & THE ORIENTAL ROCK ORCHESTRA To Play Dream Fest, Headlined by DREAM THEATER!


YOSSI SASSI & THE ORIENTAL ROCK ORCHESTRA are confirmed for Dream Fest, headlined by DREAM THEATER, set to take place on July 18th, 2019 in Rishon LeZion, Israel!

Stated Yossi Sassi:
“Good morning world! Thrilled to announce that the orchestra and myself will be joining the almighty Dream Theater at Israel’s DREAM FEST on July 18th. TesseracT will also be there and it’s going to be HUGE! We recommend getting your tickets early as they will run out quickly: https://dreamfest-2019.co.il

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2337893802896331/

DREAM THEATER release second track “Fall Into The Light” from their 14th studio album “Distance Over Time”


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Two-time Grammy-nominated and millions-selling progressive music titans Dream Theaterhave released another song from their recently announced 14th studio album, Distance Over Time“Fall Into The Light” is the second new song from the album slated for worldwide release on February 22, 2019. The new song builds upon the

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The new supergroup SONS OF APOLLO featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey


APOLLO: The ancient Greek and Roman God of music and poetry.

SONS OF APOLLO: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey.

For the past few months, rumours have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO. Continue reading The new supergroup SONS OF APOLLO featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey

REVIEW: Synaptik – Justify & Reason


Synaptik – Justify & Reason Album

Review by Carina Lawrence.

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                                                                                  The album track list:

1. The Incredible Machine                                   2. Human / Inhuman
3. Conscience
4. White Circles
5. Esc Ctrl
6. A Man Dies
7. As I Am As I Was
8. I Am The Ghost (intro)
9. Your Cold Dead Trace

 

British heavy metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK have a mighty sound that combines thrash, power and progressive metal elements, forming to make their own unique concoction, that they have been delivering since their origins in 2012. Following their critically acclaimed 2014 debut album “The Mechanisms of Consequence”, they are back to make an huge impact with the anticipated new album, “Justify & Reason” which is released on March 10th. 2017 is the year of Synaptik, having already signed with DeFox and Heart Of Steal records as well as landing a US deal with Divebomb records and re-releasing a remixed heavier version of their hit debut. The sophomore album sees the band reach new heights, truly honing in on their already distinct sound, with a bigger focus on progressive depth and darker sounds…

Opening track, ‘The Incredible Machine’ kicks into action furiously with rich melodic vocals from vocalist, John Knight to accompany the intricate guitars and changeable backdrop. The intelligible transitions quickly show their talent and craftsmanship and prove they run a tight ship, with all the rights cogs turning in unison, coming together to amass to six minutes of epicness. Luckily they grip you and give you many ‘reasons’ to keep listening…

‘White Circles’ has a more serene atmospheric approach in contrast initially, helping to show the diversity and range of vocals and sounds they can portray, before they go fully charged and up the angst with aggressive vocals and menacing guitar riffs; The guitars particularly shine here, with an impressive solo, although each member gets their moment to revel, and as a collective unit they are unstoppable rampaging on…

‘Human Inhuman’ features some interesting rhythms and time signatures which make this stand out, with sweet melodies and vocal lines that soar and drive it. It contains some impressive instrumental sections that will draw in fans of bands like Dream Theater, as you get a feel for the bands many musical influences coming through. ‘Conscience’ opens on a blazing harmonic guitar intro that is bound to impress, with guitarists Ian Knight and Jack Murton in their element, and again showing as throughout their technical abilities.

The first single and closing song ‘Esc Ctrl’ is a perfect introduction and representation of the band, as it immediately asserts their unique progressive sound. This is flawless with slick guitars, brilliant production and demanding powerful vocals. You can’t escape from their huge consuming sound, once you hear it you are hooked! They leave you hanging and wanting more as we reach the end.

“Justify & Reason” displays exquisite textured and highly melodic metal that still packs a deadly bite. Each song is expertly crafted and progresses effortlessly in an epic manner, aided by the sheer length of all the songs, as well as the rich flair of sounds and technical showmanship exhibited throughout, in every element. The bands already signature sound stands strong and it will surely assert itself in the metal scene. There is simply no ‘justified reason’ not to listen and admire this impressive collection of songs.

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‘Justify & Reason’ will be released physically March 10th 2017 via Snakes On Fire Records (UK), Divebomb Records (US) and digitally via Defox Records worldwide.

For US fans it’s a double dose as the remix album and the new album, ‘Justify & Reason’ will be released as a double album directly via Divebomb Records at www.divebombrecords.com .

The first pre-orders for this collection will be February 1st. The album will be released worldwide everywhere March 10th and the remix album digitally January 30th.

If you can’t wait for the official release of ‘Justify & Reason’ and like what you hear, the band are currently offering a great deal if you head over to their website http://synaptikmetal.com  and sign up, you will get a free download of ‘ESC CTRL’ and £10 off your next order.

 

SCORE: 5 / 5
Links for Synaptik:

http://synaptikmetal.com/
http://synaptikmetal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/synaptikmetal

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