It’d be fair to say that 2017 witnessed a few changes in the Thundermother camp. Four of the five members left and were replaced by three new members, with guitarist and founder Filippa Nässil seemingly being the only stabilising factor. However, musically the band hardly missed a step, heading out on tour within weeks, playing some great festivals and then heading into the studio to record the band’s third album. Their excellent, self-titled album is released through Despotz Records on 23rd February. I included the single ‘Fire in the Rain’ on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th February and the band have just released a video for the track “Whatever” which is on the Show this week.

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“Cheated Death” is the fifth album from American band Against The Grain, but their first with Ripple Music, and it was released on 9th February. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of genre labels being assigned to bands, and it seems Against The Grain might be of the same mind as the music ‘press’ seem to have problems labelling them. I’m sure someone will come up with a label to cover a hybrid of speed-metal, punk, rock, doom and thrash! On their Facebook page the band refer to it as “gear-shifting rock ‘n’ roll”. Whatever you want to call it, I like it! The title track “Cheated Death” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd February.

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“Conqueror’s Oath” is the second album from American metal band Visigoth and it was released on 9th February through Metal Blade Records. The band has a sound that is instantly agreeable – blending influences from the classic NWOBHM scene and the US Power Metal scene. I included the track “Warrior Queen” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd February and then “Steel and Silver” on the Show on 16th February.

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A few years ago I posted a succession of recommendations for albums by Chicago-based bands. I can’t recall as many recently, so this one is perhaps overdue. The Outfit hail from Chicago and they released their self-titled debut album through Pavement Music on 2nd February. It came to us via our friends at Palmer Turner Overdrive and I played the lead-off single “Soldier Boy” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th January.

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Sons of Apollo, the new supergroup featuring Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto, Billy Sheehan and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal have announced European tour dates that see them coming to Belfast to play at Limelight 1 on Tuesday 3rd July. Tickets are on sale this Thursday 22nd February at 9am from usual outlets. Press release below via SD Entertainment. The band have also just released their latest video for the track “Alive” from their debut album “Psychotic Symphony”.

 

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The last interview I posted in 2017 was a short one with Hardcore Superstar singer Jocke Berg; recorded when they played Belfast in November – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3244-ni-rocks-interview-with-jocke-berg-from-hardcore-superstar.html . At that point it looked like the new album would appear in early 2018, but the release dates seems to have been pushed back. However, a new single “Bring The House Down” is released on 23rd February. Full press release below.

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“Raised on Rock” is the fifth album from German band Voodoo Circle and it is released on 9th February by AFM Music. This is the first album from the band to feature new vocalist Herbie Langhans from Avantasia following the departure of David Readman (Pink Cream 69) in 2016. The previous Voodoo Circle albums were always a great listen, and that certainly hasn’t changed. The classic rock influences remain, making “Raised on Rock” an album well worth checking out. I played the track “Running Away From Love” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th January and “Higher Love” on the Show on 9th February.

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It’s always great to find ‘new’ (or at least new to me) bands and this week an excellent discovery was Australia band Lillye. American label Eclipse Records have announced that they’d signed the band and that they’d be releasing their debut album in May. Along with the press release I received there was a link to a video for the track “Who I’m Meant To Be” from the band’s self-titled and self-released EP from 2014. After a visit to iTunes, this track is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

The full press release can be read below -

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I’ve been a fan of Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus for a number of years and it was great to see them play Belfast for the first time last November. In 2017 they released “Prevail I”, the first part of what initially was planned as a double-album, through Napalm Records. I recorded an interview with vocalist Kobra Paige last August to talk about the new album and more - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3178-ni-rocks-interview-with-kobra-paige-from-kobra-and-the-lotus.html

This month Napalm have announced the release date for “Prevail II” and revealed the artwork and track listing. See the full press release below –

 

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The PR material for the new Rick Springfield album “The Snake King”, which was released via Frontiers Music on 26th January, advised you to more or less expect the unexpected! Even fore-warned I was caught rather unexpected by the new album. Following on from his previous album “Rocket Science”, I was anticipating something even more country inspired, but instead Springfield has gone down the blues route. The really unexpected delight however is the lyrical content – “Jessie’s Girl” it isn’t! Personally, I love the direction he has taken – others may not be so pleased! I included the track “The Devil That You Know” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd February.

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Mike LePond is best known as the bass player for Symphony X but in 2014 he established a side project called Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins which released an album of the same name. The band’s second album, entitled “Pawn and Prophecy” was released through Frontiers Music on 26th January. I included the track “Hordes of Fire” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd February.

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