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NI ROCKS Recommends "Rapid Foray" by RUNNING WILD
German band Running Wild return with their 16th studio album entitled “Rapid Foray” – released on 26th August through Steamhammer / SPV. I’ve always liked songs that are based on historical events or stories and Rolf Kasparek (aka Rock n Rolf) has a fantastic track record for delivering those conceptual lyrics accompanied by a thundering, instantly infectious soundtrack. I played the album’s opening track “Black Skies, Red Flag” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th August.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Chapter One" by BLACK SWAMP WATER
Black Swamp Water is a band from Denmark and they release their debut album “Chapter One” through Mighty Music on 26th August. With a name like Black Swamp Water I had been expecting something with a Southern Rock kinda vibe, but the band lean more to the hard rock / metal side of things. More Black Sabbath than Black Stone Cherry perhaps? Either is ok with me. I played the track “Leave Nothing Behind” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 16th August.
Last Updated (Saturday, 27 August 2016 07:08)
FRIDAY NI ROCKS SHOW - Review of the First Six Years
This weekend marks the 6th anniversary of the first Friday NI Rocks Show being broadcast on Rock Radio NI on 27th August 2010. The 297th Show has just been uploaded to the On Demand Player – we’ve missed a few uploads over the years, mainly due to problems with my laptop! (The NI Rocks A-Z Show started a few months earlier and is currently on Show number 324). As I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to stats, I thought it was worth looking back over the first 6 years of the Friday NI Rocks Show. We’ve broadcast 50 interviews (44 in the last three years) and included almost 4,000 tracks by around 650 different artists on the playlists.
Last Updated (Thursday, 25 August 2016 21:24)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Breathless" by DANTE FOX
“Breathless” is the fifth album from British melodic rock band Dante Fox and it is released on 26th August via the AOR Heaven label. The band formed back in 1989 but didn’t release their debut album until 1996. They’ve been regulars in the line-up for Firefest and the Hard Rock Hell festivals over the past few years and I’m looking forward to catching them at the HRH AOR Festival in March 2017. The track “Young Hearts” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th July.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Big Red" by MAVERICK
Local band Maverick release their second album, entitled “Big Red”, on 26th August with a launch gig being held in The Limelight in Belfast the following day. The follow up to the 2014 debut “Quid Pro Quo” is released through Metalapolis records. The lead-off single “Asylum” which features guest vocals from Jakob Samuel from The Poodles and a guitar solo from former Alice Cooper guitarist Kane Roberts was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th July. Maverick’s lead singer David Balfour was my guest on the Show on 5th August when we played 4 tracks from the new album. Check out the interview with David here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2785-ni-rocks-interview-with-david-balfour-from-maverick.html
Last Updated (Friday, 26 August 2016 01:26)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Join The Circus" by SOULS OF TIDE
Souls of Tide are a Norwegian band who release their debut album “Join The Circus” through Mighty Music (part of the Target Group) on 26th August. I played the lead-off single “She’s Dead” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th June and again on 19th August. That is undoubtedly the best of the 9 tracks on the album, but the others are worth checking out too.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Illuminator" by CAGE9
“Illuminator” is the latest album from Cage9, the band founded in Panama but now based in California, and it was released on 3rd June through David Ellefson’s EMP label. A official European release on 12th August was dealt with by our friends at Rock n Growl Promotions. To many the band’s tracks might best be known for being featured in video games, as WWE entrance themes or as movie soundtracks. They performed Stone Cold Steve Austin’s intro “Unbreakable” and their cover of “The Dukes of Hazzard” theme song was used in trailers for the 2005 movie. The track “Everything You Love Will Someday Die” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th August.
NI ROCKS Interview with MIXI & DECKER from STITCHED UP HEART
I discovered American band Stitched Up Heart on YouTube last year just after they signed with Another Century and released the video for “Finally Free”. That led me to order their excellent debut album “Never Alone” on Pledgemusic and I’ve been playing tracks from it on the NI Rocks Show quite frequently over the last few months. I arranged to speak to lead singer Mixi along with drummer Decker via Skype on 4th August, whilst they were on tour in Virginia Beach. You can listen to what they had to say along with 4 tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show that is broadcast at 9pm on 12th August. 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 10th Aug).
Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 August 2016 23:24)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Shut It Down" by KILLIT
“Shut It Down” is the impressive debut album from Killit; a hard rock / metal band based in London whose members hail from Hungary, Israel, Argentina and the UK. The album is released on 12th August through Lions Pride Music, with four tracks already having been released as video singles. I played “Shut It Down” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th July and “See The End” is included on the Show on 12th August.
Last Updated (Thursday, 11 August 2016 07:28)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Get Out of Your World" by KING OF THE NORTH
From the land that brought us Kings of the Sun, we now have King of the North –not Robb Stark or Jon Snow (for the ‘Game of Thrones’ fans), but Andrew Higgs and Steve Tyssen (who recently replaced Danny Leo). Their new album “Get Out of Your World” was released by Rodeostar / SPV on 5th August. Playing the album you’d presume there was a four or five man band behind the great tracks you’re listening to, rather than Higgs singing and playing guitars and Leo playing drums.
NI ROCKS Interview with DAVID BALFOUR from MAVERICK
Local band Maverick release their second album “Big Red” on 26th August and have just unveiled a video for the first single from that album. “Asylum” features guest appearances from guitarist Kane Roberts and The Poodles lead singer Jakob Samuel. I arranged to have a chat with Maverick’s lead singer David Balfour to talk about the new album and the band. You can hear that interview and four tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show that was broadcast on 5th August. The 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 3rd Aug).
Last Updated (Saturday, 27 August 2016 09:22)
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