Mike Tramp releases his latest album entitled “Maybe Tomorrow” via Target  Records on 24th February. He’ll be following that up with a UK tour that once again sees him return to the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on 18th March. It will be almost exactly 18 months since his last appearance there, promoting his previous album “Nomad”. That album had been seen as the final part of a trilogy that commenced with “Cobblestone Street” and “Museum”. Thankfully, any perception that there might be some “down-time” from Mike Tramp following the trilogy has proven to be wrong and he is back with another great album.  I played the lead-off single “Coming Home” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th January and the track “Rust and Dust” on the Show on 24th February.

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Three reasons to recommend “Wild At Heart” by The Wild which was released via Steamhammer / SPV on 17th February – (1) It’s a great album. (2) They’re Canadian – and who doesn’t love the Canadians! (3) I get to write about guys called Dylan Villain, The Kid, Boozus and Reese Lightning – awesome!!

I played the track “Livin Free” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th January and “White Devil” on the Show on 24th February.

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American Idol finalist James Durbin and Quiet Riot guitarist Alex Grossi have been working on a collaboration entitled Maps To The Hollywood Scars.  Their first 5 song EP Volume One was released worldwide via New Ocean Media on 17th February.   It can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon and all digital and streaming outlets. The first single from the EP is the song “Till Death” which will feature on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th February.

 

 

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Burnt Out Wreck is a new band that was formed by former Heavy Pettin drummer Gary Moat in 2016. They released their debut album “Swallow” via TRHRC on 10th February. This is one of those albums that anyone who says they love the “classic rock” sound needs to check out. I was always a big Heavy Pettin fan back in the 80’s - after seeing them support Kiss in Edinburgh, so I didn’t need much encouragement to check out the new album. I played the single “Swallow” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th January and the self titled track “Burnt Out Wreck” on the Show on 27th January.

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Writing an album recommendation for the latest Black Star Riders album seems a bit absurd and probably a bit pointless. “Heavy Fire” which was released on 3rd February via Nuclear Blast Entertainment ended up at number 6 in the UK album charts as well as topping the rock charts and hitting number 3 in the vinyl chart. Chances are therefore that most people reading this will already have a copy of the album! But just in case...here we are!!

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Tequila Mockingbyrd who recently signed with Off Yer Rocka Recordings, have just released a brand new video for "Never Go Home". The track is a disco-punk tribute to youth, weekend antics and living life to the full, and a homage to their beloved Melbourne. The video depicts the band in 50 years' time, reliving their youth on a nostalgic rampage around their home town! Tequila Mockingbyrd will be releasing their debut album "Fight And Flight" on 24th March via Off Yer Rocka. The album was released in Australia in 2016. March 2017 will also see the band touring the UK with Bonafide.

 

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Chrome Molly released four albums between 1985 and 1990 and toured with Alice Cooper in 1988. Like so many other bands of that era they then slipped back into the shadows, leaving a solid fan-base behind them. The band reformed in 2009 and released the album “Gunpowder Diplomacy” in 2013. They’ve stayed with earMusic for the release of “Hoodoo­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Voodoo" on 27th January. I played the track “Pillars of Creation (Albion)” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th December and “Can’t Be Afraid of the Dark” on the Show on 3rd February.

 

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Tommy Röckit from Irish band Stone Trigger was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in February 2016. The band release their debut album and tour the UK with L.A. Guns in March so we arranged a quick chat via Skype on 13th February to catch up. You can hear that interview along with 3 tracks from the new album G.H.O.S.T. on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th March. That Show is available now via the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

(The Show uploaded on 15th Feb).

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The third album released by Frontiers Music on 27th January that I’m posting a recommendation for is a little different from the other two! From 80’s rock icons we move to modern day gothic metal and the fourth album from Swedish band The Murder of My Sweet entitled “Echoes of the Aftermath”. I played the opening track “Sleeping Giant” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd February and the title track “Echoes of the Aftermath” on the Show on the 17th February.

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On 27th January, Frontiers Music released new albums from the front-men of two of the 80’s iconic rock bands. I’ve already published a recommendation for the debut release from Jack Russell’s Great White. The other album is the latest solo offering from Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy, entitled “Smash”. The album title provides ample opportunity for corny superlatives about how good it is, but I’ll avoid that and just say that it is one of those albums that you love from the first listen. I played “I Can’t Take It” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd February and “Dead Roses” on the Show on 10th February.

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We recently received links to two re-releases from our friends at HighVolMusic. I’ve already published a recommendation for the album by Wycked Synn. The other album was “13 Crows” by Canadian band Snake Eyes Seven and it was re-released on 6th January. I played the track “Show Me The Money” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd February.

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