“This Is Hell” is the second album from British band Burnt Out Wreck and it was released on 11th October via Burnt Out Wreckords / Cherry Red. The band is fronted by Gary Moat who was the drummer in, and a founding member of, Heavy Pettin in the 80’s. Their debut album was released in 2017 and several tracks have been played on the Shows since then. “Dead or Alive” from the new album was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th September.

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“A New Evil” is the second album from The Ferrymen and it was released via Frontiers Music on 11th October. The band features singer Ronnie Romero, guitarist Magnus Karlsson and drummer Mike Terrana. Karlsson, who also wrote the tracks and plays bass and keyboards on the album as well as guitar, was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show last week, when we played four tracks from the album. The singles “A New Evil” and “Bring Me Home” had both been included on the Show previously as well.

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The name Soren Andersen is one that I’ve encountered many times over the past few years – as guitarist, songwriter and / or producer. On 11th October he released a solo, instrumental album called “Guilty Pleasures” through Mighty Music. It features guest appearances from Marco Mendoza, Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. The track “City of Angels” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in May and there will be another track on the Show this week.

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“A New Dawn” is the second album from Swedish band Age of Reflection and it was released on 27th September on the AOR Heaven label. I’d posted a recommendation for the first album released in 2017 and both albums are mixed and mastered by Erik Mårtensson from Eclipse and W.E.T. The band will be playing four shows in England during November. The title track from the album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October.

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“The Infinite Loop” is the third album from the band Sifting and it was released by Eclipse Records on 27th September. The band was formed in Venezuela in 2010 but is now based in California. I can’t say that I’m a particularly huge fan of the progressive metal genre, but there’s a lot of tracks on this album that I liked and it’s certainly worth checking out. The third single from the album, “Enough”, was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October.

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Generally I’m not really a fan of screaming vocals, however, in moderation and mixed with ‘clean’ vocals I’m a little more flexible. Fathom Farewell is identified as a ‘melodic metalcore’ band in the e-mail that we received about their new EP “Consume The Earth” (released on 20th September). As always I gave it a listen to see what I thought – and really liked it! There is some screaming vocals, but as the band’s website says ‘the innovative music they create has a piece of appeal for everyone’! The track “Six Feet Beneath” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th October.

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Megadeth is of course one of those iconic bands in the metal scene and the name of founding member David Ellefson should be instantly recognisable to any rock or metal fan. There is of course much more to Ellefson than being the bass player for Megadeth. With his business partners he owns a record company, a film company and a coffee company and over the past few years he has been part of the bands Altitudes & Attitude and Metal Allegiance. Earlier this year he published his second book “More Life With Deth” and an accompanying album called “Sleeping Giants”. Ellefson brings his solo tour to Europe in November. The first of those gigs is a special show in Wolverhampton on 3rd November that features KK Downing, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and others.

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to chat with David via Skype on 8th October prior to him joining Megadeth of the inaugural ‘Megacruise’ on 13th October. We discussed the upcoming European tour and the show in Wolverhampton, his new book and album, working with Frank Bello in Altitudes & Attitude, the Metal Allegiance albums and of course Megadeth. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week. That Show is available from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 10th Oct).

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Magnus Karlsson is a musician whose name has appeared in many of the album recommendations that I’ve posted on the Rock Radio NI website over the past six years. Often as member of a band such as Primal Fear, Starbreaker or The Ferrymen and quite frequently as a songwriter, guitarist or producer in other projects. This Friday (11th October), “A New Evil”, the second album from The Ferrymen is released by Frontiers Music and again it features Karlsson along with drummer Mike Terrana and outstanding vocalist Ronnie Romero.

I was able to have a chat with Magnus via Skype on 7th October to talk about The Ferrymen and the latest album. We also discussed Primal Fear, Kiske Somerville, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall, Starbreaker and his recent involvement on the new Sinner album. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week. That Show is available from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded10th Oct)

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“Devil In Me” is a five track EP that was released by English band Wicked Stone on 13th September. It follows the release of their debut album in 2017. I’d posted a recommendation for that release and tracks have been featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show and A-Z Show since then. The track “Couldn’t Take Anymore” from the new EP was included on the Friday NI Rock Show on 4th 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 September – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for August were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3653-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included an interview with Todd Poole from Roxy Blue. I also posted e-mail interviews with Mariangela Demurtas from Ardours and Elias Salo from Block Buster.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 04 October 2019 02:05)

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I’ve been a fan of Kobra and the Lotus for quite a few years so their latest album “Evolution” was always going to be ‘must-have’ when it was released by Napalm Records on 20th September. I pre-ordered the vinyl picture disc and also bought the CD. The three singles from the new album had been sent to us by Napalm Records and these have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few weeks.

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