“Hollywood Cowboys” is the latest album from rock legends Quiet Riot and it was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. The album was the second to feature the vocals of James Durbin, but he had announced even before it was released that he would be leaving the band to focus on other projects. He certainly went out on a high as there is plenty to like about “Hollywood Cowboys”. The tracks “Don’t Call It Love” and “Heartbreak City” were included on the Friday NI Rocks Show during September followed by n and “In The Blood” on 1st November.

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“Universe” is the third album from Los Angeles based symphonic / modern metal band Edge of Paradise and it was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. The female fronted band formed in 2011 and has worked with high profile producers such as Michael Wagener, Chuck Johnston, Mike Plotnikoff and Jacob Hansen on their releases to date. This is their first album release since signing with Frontiers. I’ve played the track “Alone” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th September followed by “Fire” on 1st November.

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If “Serpentine” was the one good track on the new Pretty Maids album “Undress Your Madness” and the rest were rubbish I’d still post a recommendation for it as that track is probably my song of the year!! Thankfully however the new album is full of great tracks and is likely to be one of my favourite releases of the year. It was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. In addition to having played “Serpentine” on the Friday NI Rocks Show in September and October, I’ve also featured the tracks “Undress Your Madness” on 8th November and “Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You In Heaven)” on 22nd November.

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“No Chaser” is the debut album from Aussie rockers Ablaze and it got an official UK release on 1st November after originally being released in Australia last year. The band is currently in the UK on a tour centred around the Hard Rock Hell festival on 9th November and the Winterstorm Festival on 29th November. The single “Where’s My Drink?” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November.

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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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