Swedish metal band Enforcer released their fifth studio album, “Zenith”, through Nuclear Blast Records back in April. Since then the band have been playing festivals across Europe and recently completed a two month tour of North America. In December they come back to Belfast as part of a tour supporting label-mates Municipal Waste – playing in The Limelight on 5th December. I arranged to speak to Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand via Skype on 18th November to chat about the latest album, the upcoming tour and much more. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 22nd November – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - uploaded on 21st Nov.

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Italian progressive power metal band Noveria released their latest album, “Aequilibrium” through Scarlet Records on 25th October. The band formed in 2013 and this is their third album – all released via Scarlet Records. There is a strong link between Noveria and Italian band DGM with a current and a former member of Noveria also being in the latter band, whilst DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios has had a hand in all three albums. The track “Broken” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th November.

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“Dynamind” is the tenth studio album from Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge and it was released on 25th October by Steamhammer / SPV. The symphonic metal genre can be a little hit or miss for me personally, but there is quite a lot to like about this album. The track “The Memory Hunter” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th October.

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I started uploading Shows that featured interviews that I had recorded to MixCloud back in 2014. I’ve just added the 100th interview 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 as well as being added to the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/

There are now 92 uploads on the site featuring 100 interviews –

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“Curse of the Fallen” is the second album from local band Conjuring Fate and it is released on 15th November via Pure Steel Records - https://www.puresteel-records.com/releases/view/646/Curse_Of_The_Fallen . The band’s debut album was released on the same label in 2017 and it has featured regularly on our playlists. So far I’ve included a couple of tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “No Escape” was on the Show on 11th October, followed by “Journey’s End” on 25th October. You can be assured that there will be more to follow!

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Swedish band Rexoria released their second album, “Ice Breaker”, through Pride & Joy Music on 18th October. The female fronted melodic metal band formed in 2016 and released a couple of EPs before their debut album appeared in early 2018. I posted a recommendation for that album as well. The track “Roaring” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November.

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“Don’t Count on Heroes” is the new album from Italian band Danger Zone and it was released by Pride & Joy Music on 18th October. The band formed initially back in 1983 before splitting in 1992 and all four of their full-length albums have been released since they reformed in 2010. Three of the band members from the late 80’s are part of the new line-up. The track “Demon Or Saint” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November.

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“Afterglow” is the third album from Swedish band JD Miller and it was released on 18th October by Mighty Music. The band formed in 2011 and has been acknowledged for their heavy AOR sound. This latest album is seen as their most ambitious to date. The track “The Desire” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in June and “Icarus” was on the Show on 18th October.

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Swedish band Cyhra release their second album, “No Halos In Hell”, through Nuclear Blast Records on 15th November 2019. The band was formed by singer Jake E, following his departure from Amaranthe, when he teamed up with former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad. The debut album “Letters to Myself” was released in October 2017 and the other members of the band are guitarist Euge Valovirta and drummer Alex Landenburg.

Cyhra will be joining label-mates Battle Beast on tour for four weeks commencing mid November and this includes a show in Dublin on 27th November as well as four UK dates. I had the opportunity to chat with Jake via Skype on 31st October and you can hear almost thirty minutes of that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week. We actually chatted for about 45 minutes about everything from kids to records to NewYork, but I’ve edited down to focus on the band, the new album and future plans.

The Show will be available from the On Demand Player  – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - and from the NI Rocks MixCloud Page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jake-e-from-cyhra-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-8th-nov-2019/

 

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 09 November 2019 22:45)

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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 October – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 140 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for September were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3672-ni-rocks-playlists-for-september-2019.html

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October included interviews with Magnus Karlsson from The Ferrymen, Primal Fear etc and David Ellefson from Megadeth. The latter interview was repeated again with some additional tracks on 25th October.

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German vocalist Doro has been one of the most recognised and respected singers on the metal scene for over thirty years. There can be little doubting of her iconic status and she has worked and recorded with some of the industry’s biggest names. This November she is one of the headliners at Hard Rock Hell XIII in Great Yarmouth and as a fan for the past thirty years I jumped at the opportunity to record an interview with her ahead of that appearance.

We spoke by phone on 25th October and chatted about her career, the double album “Forever Warriors / Forever United” released last year and a number of upcoming projects. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st November. That Show will be available from the Rock Radio NI On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - and from the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-doro-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-1st-nov-2019/

 

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