Rock Radio Northern Ireland
NI ROCKS Recommends "R.I.S.E." by LAWLESS
I posted a recommendation for “Rock Savage” the debut album from Lawless back in July 2013. The band are back with an equally commendable second album entitled “R.I.S.E.” that is released through Escape Music on 21st November. In fact, if anything this album is even more worthy of checking out that their debut. Lawless are most definitely purveyors of that classic rock sound that has its roots in the late 70s and 80s. When band members list their influences as Dio, Y&T, Black Sabbath, Scorpions and Saxon that maybe gives you a feel for what you might expect from “R.I.S.E.”
NI ROCKS Videos of Y & T in THE LIMELIGHT, BELFAST
Y & T returned to Belfast on Wednesday 12th September 2014 playing an almost sold-out show in Limelight 1. Celebrating their 40th anniversary, the band played a fantastic two and a half hour show. I don’t write reviews but you can check out one written by Jonny from Belfast Metalheads - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/blogs/belfast-metalheads-reunited/1717-live-review-40-and-going-strong-y-t-keep-on-rockin-hard.html
I do however take a few videos and took 5 of Y&T and 1 of support band Maverick.
Check out the interview with Dave Meniketti - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1605-ni-rocks-interview-with-dave-meniketti-of-yat.html
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Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 November 2014 21:36)
NI ROCKS Interview with JOE LYNN TURNER
Joe Lynn Turner (JLT), the former Rainbow and Deep Purple vocalist is back with a new band called Rated X. The band also features Carmine Appice on drums, Tony Franklin on bass and Karl Cochran on guitar. Their self titled debut album was released on 7th November through Frontiers Records. (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1711-ni-rocks-recommends-qrated-xq-by-rated-x.html )
JLT was good enough to answer a few questions that we e-mailed through to him, talking about Rated X and earlier projects such as Mother’s Army, the Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm and Over The Rainbow.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 19 November 2014 23:32)
INTERVIEW: Skálmöld chat about the price of a pint in Iceland... and their tour so far.
WHEN Skálmöld finished their soundcheck ahead of their Friday, November 14th gig (review here) we grabbed the Icelandic Viking metal men for a chat about the serious stuff, slaves, DNA and the price of a pint.
INTERVIEW: Audrey Horne's Arve reveals the secret to becoming an overnight success....
WHEN Audrey Horne played Belfast as part of the Youngblood tour it is fair to say that the crowd was sparse - yet such was the strength of the performance that word of mouth has been such that nearly 10 times the actual crowd are now claiming to be present.
We, have the photographic evidence showing that several members
NI ROCKS Recommends "Dirty Thrills" by DIRTY THRILLS
Dirty Thrills released their self-titled debut album on 17th November. I must admit I don’t think that I’d heard of the band prior to receipt of the press release from Toxic Area Media; although the band formed in 2012 and seem to have been getting some decent media coverage. With a name like Dirty Thrills I was half expecting a sleaze / glam rock influence when I listened to the album. What I got was a rather pleasant surprise. Dirty Thrills deliver some good old fashioned rock n roll tunes, clearly more influenced by classic rock / blues sounds than by sleaze / glam artists.
Last Updated (Monday, 17 November 2014 22:09)
ALBUM REVIEW: Languid, luscioius, love-bitten delights with re-release of This Is Rock N Roll II from The Quireboys
"DON'T go changing my favourite songs" croons Spike on 'C'mon' from the 2001 releaser of 'This Is Rock N Roll' and that is exactly what The Quireboys have avoided in their 30 year career.
Even with the release earlier in the year of 'Black Eyed Sons' this was going to be a stormer of year for the gypsy
LIVE REVIEW: International roll call as Skalmold, Arkona and Eluveitie bring folk, pagan and Viking metal to Belfast
METAL makes the United Nations look like an occasional meeting of children - across the world, in nearly every country has got their own take on heavy metal and what it should sound like.
From the first proto-metal or Cream and Iron Butterfly, the first true metal of Sabbath spread like a virus, infecting every corner of the world, with
LIVE REVIEW: 40 and going strong Y T keep on rockin' hard
THEY say that longevity is the key to success, but in the cold, hard world of the music business too often the business men and bean counters want to see instant results.
But, despite once being the 80s flavour of the day for the MTV generation Y&T have proved that hard rock can have endurance, and with
LIVE REVIEW(S): 21 bands in 16 days - who says there's no rock and metal out there?
THERE'S something of a feeling amongst a certain vocal minority who sometimes claim there's nothing to do in Northern Ireland if you're a hard rock or metal fan - you know the type, the one's who flock to Sabbath, Slayer, Maiden, Metallica or any of the 'big name' bands.
Yet, over two weeks we and our colleagues saw 21 bands - and had
NI ROCKS Videos of ELECTRIC MARY in the DIAMOND ROCK CLUB
I don’t write gig reviews but I do like to take some videos at gigs! Love them or loath them as you will!! Here are a few videos of excellent Aussie band Electric Mary playing in The Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill on 7th Nov. There’s an interview with lead singer Rusty on the website - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1686-ni-rocks-interview-with-rusty-from-electric-mary.html
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Last Updated (Monday, 10 November 2014 20:55)
- ALBUM REVIEW: Sound of the Loud Minority shout from Crazy Lixx on self-titled barnstormer platter
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Crazy Lixx" by CRAZY LIXX
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Rated X" by RATED X
- ALBUM REVIEW: Electric Mary's electrifying rock captured on 'The Last Great Hope
- NI ROCKS Playlists for October 2014
- LIVE REVIEW: Rollin' down the Black Stone Cherry highway in Belfast
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Unleash The Fire" by RIOT V
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Start Talking" by BULLETRAIN
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Kings of Nowhere" by ANGELS OR KINGS
- EP REVIEW: Curses laid down on targets of hate as Cursed Sun unveil twisted tales on The Fall and Rise
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Black Lotus" by SISTER SIN
- EP Review: Growing up in public for Scimitar as they release Plague In The Vatican ep
- NI ROCKS Interview with DANNY REXON from CRAZY LIXX
- NI ROCKS Interview with NICK WORKMAN from VEGA
- REVIEW: Link to our review of 7.5 Tonnes of Beard/Hornets/Zlatanera
- NI ROCKS Recommends "There's A Storm Coming" by IN FAITH
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Rats and Rumours" by NITROGODS
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Stereo Messiah" by VEGA
- NI ROCKS Interview with CLARE from THUNDERMOTHER
- AlLBUM REVIEW: Chest thumping power and passion as the Maverick monster pounds all into submission on Quid Pro Quo