“In Range” was actually recorded back in 1979 and it was to have been the third album from the band Target, but was never released before the band split in 1982. After almost 40 years it is finally being released on 20th October through Escape Music (at the same time as another “lost” recording by the band Gypsy Soul). Target featured the late Jimi Jamison on vocals before he went on to front Cobra and Survivor and this release is well worth checking out.

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“Winners and Losers” by Gypsy Soul is one of two albums being released by Escape Music on 20th October that gives rock fans a chance to hear tracks that have been lost to the archives for too long. (The other being “In Range” by Target). Gypsy Soul formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1989 without releasing an album, but they had recorded a number of tracks. These have now been brought together for the album “Winners and Losers”. I featured the track “The West” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October.

 

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“Announcing The End” is the eighth studio album from Swedish band Sparzanza and it is released on 13th October via Despotz Records. The new album is their first with Despotz and singer Fredrik Weileby chatted about it when he was a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th September. We also played three tracks from the new album

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3196-ni-rocks-interview-with-fredrik-weileby-from-sparzanza.html

The track “The Trigger” is also included on the Show on 13th October.

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Italian band Midnight Sin release their second album, “One Last Ride”, through Scarlet Records on 13th October. The band formed in 2010, releasing their debut album in 2014 and an EP in 2016. There is a clear 80’s sleaze rock influence, but there is more to their sound than that. I’ve been listening to the album quite a bit over the last few days and it is quite addictive. The track “Loaded Gun” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th October.

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Swedish rockers Hardcore Superstar return to Belfast and Dublin at the end of October during their tour with Fozzy. They were last here in 2013 supporting Buckcherry. The tour coincides with the release of a new single ahead of a new album in spring 2018. The single “Have Mercy On Me” is released on October 27th, via GAIN Music Entertainment. More details below in the press release from Duff Press.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows 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 over 100 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/3194-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2017.html

 

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Autograph release the album “Get Off Your Ass” through EMP Label Group on 6th October. This is the first new studio album from the band since 2003; or perhaps since 1987, depending on how you look at it! Like many 80’s rock bands Autograph have gone through more than one re-generation over the last twenty years or so. This version of the band came together initially in 2013 and looks to be the real deal. They signed to EMP in July and “Get Off Your Ass” is released this week. The title track was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd September.

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British band Wicked Stone release their debut album “Ain’t No Rest” on 7th October with a gig in Folkestone to mark the occasion. I hadn’t heard of the band until we got an e-mail from Drop Deaf PR. When I had a listen to the album I instantly liked what I heard. It’s always a good sign when you stop what you’re doing to check what it is you’re listening to! The track “Another Round” which was released as a single on 2nd October will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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Rick Ruhl, the lead singer for Every Mother’s Nightmare was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show a few weeks ago. We chatted about “Grind”, the new album from Every Mother’s Nightmare which is released on 6th October through HighVol Music. This is the sixth album from the band, but the first in fifteen years! Whether you remember the band from their heyday or not, “Grind” is well worth checking out. We played four tracks from the album alongside the interview with Rick on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th September.

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“Phoenix” is the first album to be released by Swedish melodic power metal band Nocturnal Rites since “The 8th Sin” ten years previously. This will be the band’s ninth studio album and it was released on 29th September through AFM Records. The previous eight albums were released between 1995 and 2007. I played the track “Repent My Sins” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd September.

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Swedish band Debbie Ray released their second album “Slave To The System” through Metalapolis Records on 29th September; eight years after their debut in 2009. Labelled as a ‘modern hard rock’ band, they are clearly influenced by 80’s bands such as Guns n Roses and Skid Row; but the inspiration goes a bit wider than that. I included the opening track “American Nightmare” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (29th Sept).

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