“Love Hate Conspiracies” is the new album from English rockers Blood Red Saints and it is released on 26th January on the AOR Heaven label. Singer Pete Godfrey was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in December 2015 after the band released their debut album “Speedway”. This is a great follow-up to the debut album, and if anything is a little heavier, which when comes to the melodic rock genre, is generally a good thing. I included the track “Live & Die” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th January and on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 16th January.

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was set to record vocals for hard rock band Bad Wolves’ cover of “Zombie” this past Monday, January 15th, the day of her tragic passing. On Friday the band released their version of “Zombie” in her memory, with proceeds going to O’Riordan’s three children.

“It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it,” says Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext. “We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.”

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Def Leppard have announced a show in the SSE Arena, Belfast on 2nd December. This follows a show in Dublin the previous night and starts a 10 date UK tour during which they will be playing the “Hysteria” album in full. Tickets go on sale at 9am on 26th January. Support on the tour comes from Cheap Trick. This tour follows an extensive North American tour alongside Journey which was announced on the same day. The third announcement on Friday was that Def Leppard would be making all their music available via streaming and download platforms for the first time.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 20 January 2018 05:56)

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On the same day that three of the biggest rock bands of the 80’s announced shows in Belfast (Def Leppard and Cheap Trick in the SSE Arena on 2nd Dec and Europe in the Ulster Hall on 11th Sept) there was an announcement that we finally had a release date for the debut album from a local band that formed way back in 1983. The self titled debut from No Hot Ashes will be released via Frontiers Music on 23rd March. The band had previously released the EP “Reunion” following their reformation in 2013.

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Vixen singer Janet Gardner was a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in July, talking about her new solo album. We wish her well and a speedy recovery from her recent emergency operation. She has just released a video for the track “Candle”. This was one of the tracks she chose to play on the Show and this is what she had to say about it –

“The song “Candle” is the power ballad. I wrote that about a phase where a lot of people in my life passed away – both my parents within a few years of each other, Jan the original founding member of Vixen and lead guitarist passed away. There was just a whole bunch of that going on all at once. It was definitely therapeutic for me to put it in a song – my feelings; you don’t want to be selfish or keep people here that are not well or able to have a good life, but it’s hard to let go. That’s what that one is about.”

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“Silent Soldiers” is the third album from Finnish melodic rock band Prayer and it was released on 19th January via Escape Music. I hadn’t previously heard of the band and obviously therefore had never listened to the previous albums released in 2005 and 2012. However a quick listen to the promotional links provided by Escape Music convinced me that this was an album worth checking out in more detail. I included the track “Silent Treatment” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th January.

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“Pounding The Pavement” is the latest album from Canadian rock legends Anvil. There are a number of common factors connecting this recommendation and the previous one posted for Magnum’s “Lost on the Road to Eternity”. Both bands play The Limelight, Belfast in the next few weeks (Anvil on 13th February), both albums are released via Steamhammer / SPV on 19th January and whilst producing very different sounds, both bands could justifiably be labelled as iconic.  I included the track “Ego” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 12th December and on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th January.

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Iconic rockers Magnum return to Belfast on 1st March to play The Limelight. That gig is part of the tour to support the release of their latest album. “Lost On The Road to Eternity” is released through Steamhammer / SPV on 19th January. I’ve posted recommendations for all the studio albums by Magnum since I started doing them back in 2012 and this one wasn’t going to be the exception. I’m a fairly recent convert to the band, but have been a fan of all their work since then. The lead-off single “Without Love” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th December and again on 12th January.

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My third consecutive recommendation this week for an album from a female-fronted band is for “Cry Witch” by Texan band Witchcryer. This one is quite a bit heavier than the other two (Leave’s Eyes and Rexoria) as Witchcryer tick all the boxes for classic doom metal. The band’s debut album is released through Ripple Music on 19th January. I included the title track “Cry Witch” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st December.

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When I recorded an interview with Marco Mendoza on 3rd January he accidently let slip the name of the new album from The Dead Daisies and we had to bleep it out when the Show was uploaded – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3279-ni-rocks-interview-with-marco-mendoza.html .  This week the band have officially announced that the album will be entitled “Burn It Down” and that it will released via Spitfire Music/ SPV on 6th April 2018. The new album will be the first to feature drummer Deen Castronovo of Bad English / Journey fame. Tour dates have also been announced, but unfortunately they don’t include Belfast or Dublin. However, Marco Mendoza does play a gig in Voodoo, Belfast on 18th February with support coming from the Pat McManus Band.

 

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Norwegian band Audrey Horne released their sixth album, called “Blackout” via Napalm Records on 12th January. I had the opportunity to speak to lead singer Toschie via Skype the evening before the album was released. We chatted for around 30 minutes about the new album, upcoming plans for the band and more. That interview, along with 4 tracks from the new album, can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 19th January (uploaded on 16th Jan). http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 17 January 2018 01:33)

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