“Coma” is the third album from American band Sunflower Dead and it was released on 16th November through Combat Records, which is part of David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The band’s lead singer Michael Del Pizzo was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in March 2016 when their second album was released. The track “Victim” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

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Tobias Sammet recently announced the upcoming AVANTASIA masterpiece Moonglow - which will now be released on February 15th 2019 through Nuclear Blast. It will be released on various formats and is now available to pre-order.

Press release below.

 

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Ten former members of Black Sabbath have worked with Irish producer and singer Michael Suilleabhain on a new tribute album called "Ninth Star" under the name Emerald Sabbath. It will be released on 15th February 2019 via Plastic Head Distribution.

Press release Stampede Press below:

 

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Female fronted, English alt-rockers Salvation Jayne released their second EP on 16th November. This six track, self-titled EP follows on from the release of “Moves That Make The Record Skip” in May 2017. I included the single “Cortez” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

 

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Madison was a Swedish glam / hair metal band that was active for a few years in the 80’s and released two albums. The second of those albums, “Best In Show” was only ever released on vinyl in Europe until now. On 16th November the album was released as a limited edition CD by Pride & Joy Music. I included the track “Hotel Party” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

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“View to a Thrill” is the latest solo album from Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy and it was released on 9th November via Frontiers Music. The first four solo albums, released between 2002 and 2008, came out when Pearcy was no longer a part of Ratt, however “View to a Thrill” is released at a time when Pearcy is back touring with a new Ratt line-up. The single “I’m A Ratt” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August, followed by “U Only Live Twice” on the Show on 19th October.

 

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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 November – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for October were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3486-ni-rocks-playlists-for-october-2018.html

 

There were two new interviews on the Friday NI Rocks Show this month –with guitarists Doug Aldrich from The Dead Daisies and Jake E Lee from Red Dragon Cartel. Both have been transcribed and posted on the website. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“None for One” is the debut album from Finnish band Flat Earth and it was released on 9th November via Drakkar Records. The band features former members of HIM and Amorphis and it came together in 2017 before quickly starting work on their debut release. The single “Cyanide” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October.

 

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“Second Coming” is the second album from Nordic Union and it was released on 9th November by Frontiers Music. The band is a collaboration between Danish Pretty Maids singer Ronnie Atkins and Swedish guitarist Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. They released their first, self-titled album back in January 2016. So far I’ve played two tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Because of Us” on 26th October and “It Burns” on 16th November – as well as “Rock’s Still Rolling” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 27th November.

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I posted an interview with Brazilian band Owl Company in July 2017 just after the release of their debut album “Horizon”. Lead singer Enrico Minelli had stated in the interview that the second album was already written and that the band were we looking for a label ahead of recording it. Clearly, the band has wasted no time as since then they’ve signed to Eclipse Records and on 9th November they released their second album “Iris”. The single “Pieces” had been released earlier this year and I’d included it on the Friday NI Rocks Show in May, but it isn’t included on the new album. However, the track “Antagonist” was included on the Show on 16th November and we’ll have another on the NI Rocks A-Z Show very soon.

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“Illuminati” is the fourteenth studio album from British band Ten and it was released on 9th November via Frontiers Music. I always look forward to the release of a Ten album and the epic story telling tracks that they feature (and of course the great vocals and music!). This is the fourth album that I’ve posted a recommendation for, dating back to “Albion” in 2014. I included the single “Jericho” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October, followed by “Rosetta Stone” on 16th November.

 

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