Canadian band Harem Scarem recently released their second studio album since their reunion in 2013. “United” was released through Frontiers Music on 12th May. Just prior to its release I had recorded an interview with singer Harry Hess and this was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 19th May. This Show also features 4 tracks from the new album and it is currently available via the On Demand Player or as a podcast on iTunes - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3129-ni-rocks-interview-with-harry-hess-from-harem-scarem.html

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“Second Skin” is, appropriately, the second album from Snakecharmer, a band that was originally founded by former Whitesnake players Micky Moody and Neil Murray in 2011. It was released on 12th May through Frontiers Music. The band has moved on a little since their debut release in 2013 and Moody has been replaced by local guitarist Simon McBride.  The influence and sound is still very much the blues rock era of the late 70’s and bands such as Whtesnake and Bad Company. I included the track “Sounds Like A Plan” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 19th May.

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The name Harry Hess is one that appears regularly when I’m checking out melodic rock albums that have been sent into the station – either for his involvement in mixing or producing the record or for contributing vocals. He is of course also the frontman of Canadian band Harem Scarem. The band released their latest album “United” through Frontiers Music on 12th May and I arranged to record an interview with Harry via Skype on 4th May to talk about the album and his other work. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show that was uploaded on 17th May and which is available via the On Demand Player or as a podcast on iTunes. We also play 4 tracks from the new Harem Scarem album. http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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Dissonance Productions (Plastic Head Music Distribution) have certainly been doing their bit recently to re-invigorate the 80’s NWOBHM movement. Last year saw the release of new albums from Diamond Head and Grim Reaper and over recent months there has been a stream of classic albums being re-released, including the first three Girlschool albums (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/3101-ni-rocks-recommends-the-first-three-albums-by-girlschool.html ). This month (26th May) sees the re-release of 3 albums by Samson as well as albums from Blitzkrieg, Jaguar and Cloven Hoof. And in early June we get 3 re-releases from Raven.

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Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus released their new album “Prevail 1” through Napalm Records on 12th May. I’ve been a fan of the band since the release of their self-titled album in 2012 and when they announced a PledgeMusic campaign in late 2015 for the record that was to become “Prevail I” and “Prevail II”, I was quick to get on board. Kobra and the Lotus subsequently signed with Napalm and over the past few months a number of tracks from the album have been released and all have featured prominently on the NI Rocks Shows. Most recently “You Don’t Know” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 5th May and “Gotham” on 12th May. I’ve been waiting about 18 months for this release and it definitely lives up to expectations!

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“The End is Nigh” is the debut album from Swedish band Apocalypse Orchestra and it was released by Despotz Records on 12th May. I’ll be the first to say that this album is a bit outside of the norm when it comes to my recommendations. Normally I’m fairly middle of the road – nothing too heavy and nothing too melodic. “The End is Nigh” is neither too heavy nor too melodic; it’s just a bit “out there”. However, there is something about it that intrigues me! It might be described as medieval metal if such a genre exists. If it doesn’t already, maybe Apocalypse Orchestra have just created it. I included the track “Theatre of War” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 12th May.

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“Decennium” is the fourth album from Florida-based band Seven Kingdoms and it was released via Napalm Records on 5th May. This is actually the first time that I’ve checked out the power metal band, but I really liked what I heard; which isn’t always the case with the “power metal” genre. The powerful vocals of Sabrina Valentine combined with some equally powerful guitars are well worth checking out. I played the track “Stargazer” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 5th May.

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Liv Jagrell, the former front-woman for Swedish band Sister Sin released her first solo album, entitled “Follow Me”, through Despotz Records on 28th April. The album comes just 18 months after the demise of Sister Sin at the end of 2015. Three tracks were released prior to the album being available and I played all these on the NI Rocks Shows – “Let Me Out” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th January, “Killing Ourselves to Live” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 14th March and “Immortal Sin” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st April. An interview with Liv was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 3rd May along with 4 tracks from the album - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3121-ni-rocks-interview-with-liv-jagrell-liv-sin.html

 

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Swedish band Treat released a DVD / CD package called “The Road More or Less Traveled” (“Travelled” unless you’re American!) on 21st April through Frontiers Music. This was recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy in April 2016. The CD contains 14 live tracks covering the band’s early success in the late 80’s and early 90’s as well as their more recent releases in 2010 and 2016.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of April – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 100 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for March were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3108-ni-rocks-playlists-for-march-2017.html

 

On the Friday NI Rocks Shows in April there were interviews with Jimi Bell from House of Lords and Tåve Wanning from Adrenaline Rush - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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Liv Jagrell, the former front-woman for Swedish band Sister Sin has just released her first solo album, entitled “Follow Me”, through Despotz Records. It has been a busy 18 months for the singer following the demise of Sister Sin at the end of 2015; culminating in the release of the first Liv Sin album on 28th April. I managed to have a chat with Liv via Skype on 1st May to talk about the new album, future plans and more. That interview and 4 tracks from the new album can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 3rd May. The Show is available now via the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - and on the iTunes Podcast Player.

 

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