“Untold Stories” is the third album to be released by Airrace, the band that originated in the 80’s and which is probably best known for the involvement of Jason Bonham. There was 27 years between the release of the band’s debut album in 1984 and their come-back album in 2011. Fans have only had to wait 7 years for the third album which was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. The track “Summer Rain” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April and “Running Out of Time” is included on the Show on 17th August.

 

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“Apocalypse” is the latest album from German power metal band Primal Fear and it was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. Regular visitors to the website or listeners to the NI Rocks Shows won’t be surprised to see a recommendation for “Apocalypse” as Primal Fear are regularly featured on the Shows and this is now the fifth album from the band that I’ve posted a recommendation for in the past five years. A few tracks from the new album have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show already – “Hounds of Justice” on 25th May, “King of Madness” on 6th July and “The Ritual” on 17th August.

 

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American band Redemption released their seventh studio album, “Long Night’s Journey Into Day”, through Metal Blade Records on 27th July. The album is the first to feature Swedish singer Tom Englund who is best known as the frontman for Evergrey. Englund replaces Ray Alder of Fates Warning who had been part of Redemption since 2004. I’ve played a couple of tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Eyes You Dare Not Meet In Dreams” on 27th July and the cover of U 2’s “New Year’s Day” on 10th August.

 

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“Deliverance” is the sixth album from Swedish power metal band Cryonic Temple and it was released on 20th July by Scarlet Records. The band formed over twenty years ago and released their first album back in 2002. The new album is the second part of a concept project that started with the release of “Into The Glorious Battle” in 2017. I’ve played a couple of tracks from “Deliverance” on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “End of Days” on 13th July and “Starchild” on 3rd August.

 

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Legendary AC/DC drummer Chris Slade, aka Mr. Thunderstruck, is bringing his 'Chris Slade Timeline' show to Limelight 2, Belfast on Friday 09 November. Tickets on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide including www.ticketmaster.ie.

THE CHRIS SLADE TIMELINE was formed in 2012 to celebrate CHRIS SLADE’s 50 year career as a professional rock drummer since he started with TOM JONES at the tender age of just 16 years. Since then he has performed with all the greats, including of course AC/DC, COUNT BASIE, MANFRED MANN’S EARTHBAND, PAUL RODGERS, JIMMY PAGE (The Firm), DAVID GILMOUR, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE, ASIA and many more!.....

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Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie has released a new lyric video for the track “Me Generation”, which is the latest single from the album “Imagine Your Reality”. Ryan was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May and that Show can now be heard on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-ryan-roxie-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-11th-may-2018/

The vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, who is best known as Alice Cooper's longtime lead guitarist and collaborator, has also worked with Slash and Gilby Clarke and been a member of Classic Rock award-nominated band Casablanca.

 

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There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of July – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for June were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3400-ni-rocks-playlists-for-june-2018.html

 

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“Rise” is the second album from Two of a Kind, a melodic rock band featuring two female lead vocalists and members of the group Terra Nova. The album was released on 13th July by Frontiers, more than ten years after the release of the band’s self-titled debut. I included the track “Touch The Roof” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th July.

 

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“The Ghost Light” is the third album from English band THEIA and it was released on 13th July by WDFD Records. The band have been touring around England and playing the UK festival circuit for a few years but I didn’t know much about them or have any of their previous releases until “The Ghost Light” appeared in my inbox. It only took a quick listen to know that I was going to like this band! The track “Throw Me A Bone” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th July.

 

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Rock legend Graham Bonnet returns with a new album called “Meanwhile, Back In the Garage” which was released by Frontiers Music on 13th July. The Graham Bonnet Band are supporting the album release with a tour that sees them return to The Limelight in Belfast on 17th August. This album follows on from the release of “The Book” in 2016 which featured the first new Graham Bonnet tracks in some time, along with re-recordings of some his classics. The title track from “Meanwhile, Back In the Garage” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th May and on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 5th June. The Friday NI Rocks Show also featured “Sea of Trees” on 6th July and “Past Lives” on 27th July.

 

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“Set The World On Fire” is the first album from a renewed partnership between singer Johnny Gioeli and drummer / singer Deen Castronovo, aka Gioeli-Castronovo. They may not get any prizes for band names, but they do deliver a great rock album, with both sharing the role of lead vocalist! The two first worked together in the initial Hardline line-up back in 1991/92 when the album “Double Eclipse” was released. They went their own ways following the initial demise of Hardline in 1992, but 25 years later have been reunited by Frontiers Muisc who released “Set The World On Fire” on 13th July. So far I’ve played three tracks from the album on the Shows on Rock Radio NI – “Through” on the A-Z Show on 29th May and the title track and “It’s All About You” on the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 6th July and 27th July respectively.

 

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