Synaptik Announce New Album and Re-Release of Debut


British heavy/prog metal five-piece, Synaptik from Norwich, UK recently announced the re-release of their incredibly successful debut album, The Mechanisms of Consequence as a heavier remixed album, due out on January 30th.

The Norwich men show no signs of slowing down as they are set to make a huge impact in 2017 by following it up with the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Justify & Reasonout March 10th

For US fans, it’s a double dose of metal as the remix album and the new album, Justify & Reason will be released as a double album directly via Divebomb Records.

The first pre-orders for this collection will be available on February 1st 2017 from the band’s website.

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The Tangent News

More news on the next release from The Tangent, which now has the title The Slow Rust Of Forgotten Machinery. Andy put a 10-minute video on YouTube before Christmas, summarising plans for the album and giving us a tantalising preview of the music in demo form.

If that’s whetted your appetite, why not head over to the ‘prepreorder’ page on The Tangent’s website? £50 will buy you a signed CD with your name in the accompanying booklet and a personal message from Andy, and you’ll get it a couple of days before the official release. You’ll also get an hour’s worth of album demos right now and some more track samples in March. The price drops to £30 if you can live without your name in the booklet.

This is expensive, true – but Andy’s commendably honest about the reasons for these prices. Check out the prepreorder page for a full explanation and for a preliminary track listing.

Rest assured that a normally-priced preorder option will be available in due course…

The New Ayreon Cover


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This just arrived from Mascot and Arjen:


Hi Ayreonauts!

Finally… we present you the front cover and the title of the new AYREON album!

Arjen: “The cover was made by the amazing Yann Souetre, he created all the artwork for the new album. Yann’s art inspired me enormously in the creative process of writing this album. The cool motion effects in the image below were done by David Letelier. Hope you like it as much as I do!”

If the animation doesn’t play in your email program, open the mail in your browser. Please note that the actual album cover won’t feature the animation.

Pretty soon we will let you know about the pre-order of The Source. Keep an eye on your mailbox or your Facebook and Twitter timelines. We’re skipping messaging by carrier pidgeon this time…

All the best,
The Ayreon Team



Tony Levin on Stick Men, “Prog Noir”, more

I probably should have my credentials revoked as I not only missed the Stick Men’s concert here in Eugene, Oregon, last Friday, I wasn’t even aware of it until Saturday (which explains why I missed it, but…). Anyhow, the band, which consists of prog giants Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, along with another virtuoso, Markus Reuter, have produced some really inventive, complex, and accessible music in their most recent album “Prog Noir”, which Levin reflected upon in an interview with The Register-Guard:

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Progarchy Radio, Episode 14


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Part I, 2010.

Our first show since Halloween!  Lots of great music on this one.  Four thirty-minute sets with only minimal talking on my part.  A restrained DJ am I!  Promise.

Set I

  • The Fierce and the Dead, Parts I-III

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