American guitarist and song-writer Jim Peterik is best known as a founding member of rock legends Survivor, but over the years has been involved with many other bands and projects, notably Pride of Lions. One of those other projects was Jim Peterik & World Stage which released an album of the same name in 2000 and then a live album in 2002. Jim Peterik & World Stage has now released a follow-up album that features a host of guest appearances. The album, “Winds of Change” was released by Frontiers Music on 26th April. The track “The Hand I Was Dealt” that includes Danny Vaughn on vocals is featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (24th May).

 

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Mass was a German based band with a multi-national line-up that released eight studio albums between 1973 and 1986. (They are not to be confused with the Boston, USA based band of the same name that has been active since the early 80’s. I posted a recommendation for their latest album last year!) Thirty years after splitting up, Mass was reformed by original bassist Günther V Radny with a whole new line-up. They released a new album called “Still Chained” through Pride & Joy Music on 26th April. I included the track “Back To The Music” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (24th May).

 

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I’ve just added another Show to the NI Rocks MixCloud page. Shows that include interviews are usually available for about 8 weeks after broadcast via the On Demand Player on the Rock Radio NI website. They then get uploaded to the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/

 

There are now 80 uploads on the site featuring 87 interviews –

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“Theatre of the Mind” is the second album from Danish band Black Oak County and it was released via Mighty Music on 26th April. The band initially formed as a four-piece, releasing their debut album in 2017, but are now a three piece following the departure of the original lead singer. I’d played quite a few tracks from the first album on the Shows and featured “Watch Your Back” from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th May.

 

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Rick Ruhl, the lead singer from Tennessee based band Every Mother’s Nightmare, was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in September 2017 just ahead of the band releasing “Grind”, their first new album in fifteen years. Last year the band reissued the “Smokin’ Delta Voodoo” album from 2000 and on 12th April their label HighVol Music released “Backtraxx – Reissue”. I was a bit slow picking up on the release, but I’ll be including the track “Southern Way” on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

 

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On 1 June 2019, heavy metal band Fireland will release their new full-length studio album, entitled “Fireland IV: Forged In Fire”. This follows the release of the first track “Dragon Slayer” at the beginning of May. I’ll be featuring that track on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week. Find out more about the new album in the press release below.

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On Friday BLACK STAR RIDERS released the title track to their new album, “Another State of Grace” ahead of the band embarking on a huge UK and Irish tour this autumn. The band also revealed more details about the album which is now available to pre-order. Black Star Riders plays The Limelight in Belfast on 17th October. We'll be featuring the new single on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week!

 

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When you see singer Steve Overland’s name attached to a band you know it’s going to worth checking out. That is certainly the case with the band Lonerider and their debut album “Attitude”, which was released on 26th April by Escape Music. The band also features drummer Simon Kirke, bass player Chris Childs and guitarist Steve Morris alongside Brian J Anthony. The track “Rhythm of Live” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd March and “My Imagination” on 3rd May.

 

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Hardline released their latest album, “Life”, through Frontiers Music on 26th April. This is the sixth studio album from the band that was initially formed by the Gioeli brothers in the USA in 1991. Singer Johnny Gioeli is the only original member of the band remaining. I played the track “Take A Chance” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th February, “Page of Your Life” on 12th April and the Queen cover “Who Wants to Live Forever” on 3rd May.

 

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Back in 2017 I bought the first two CDs from German band Beyond The Black after discovering the band was touring with Kobra and the Lotus and deciding to check them out. At that stage the albums hadn’t been officially released in the UK. The following year I bought the third album “Heart of the Hurricane” and recorded an interview with the band’s singer Jennifer Haben. The band have now announced that the first two albums are getting a physical release outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the first time and that they are releasing a new ‘Black Edition’ of “Heart of the Hurricane” that features three bonus tracks and a extra CD of tracks from the first two albums.

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Gypsy Rose were a Swedish band formed in 1981 – not to be confused with the Canadian band of the same name formed in the late 80’s. The band was initially active from 1981 to 1993, before splitting and reforming in 2004 for a short period, during which they recorded and released two albums. Their 2005 self-titled debut album was re-released by Scandirock Records on 26th April and re-named “Reloaded”. I included the track “You Drive Me Crazy” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April.

 

 

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