Swiss band Maxxwell self-released their fourth album, “Metalized”, on 21st September. The band has been around for about 12 years, but this new album marks a change of direction with the guys aiming to shift more towards metal than rock. The album came to us through our friends at Rock n Growl Promotion and so far we’ve included the track “Back Again” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September and “Hurricane” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 16th October.

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“Life On Ares” is the second album from German stoner rock band Plainride and it was released on 21st September by Ripple Music. The names of the band members are a good indication that they have a sense of humour and the album itself provides plenty of entertainment. The single “El Coyote” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September.

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Chris Impellitteri is widely considered to be one of the best guitarists on the rock scene, but it would probably be fair to say that he doesn’t have the same high profile as many others. Last week the band Impellitteri released their eleventh full length album since forming in 1987 and once again it is full of great solos and riffs from Chris as well as powerful vocals from Rob Rock. I spoke to Chris on the phone for about thirty minutes on 17th October and chatted about the new album, future plans, his custom made Charvel guitar, musical influences, working with the late Pat Torpey and much more. You can hear that interview and four tracks from the new album “The Nature of The Beast” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (the Show uploaded 18th Oct) - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 18 October 2018 22:47)

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Australia’s leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. The label is absolutely thrilled to announce that globally revered, Billboard-charting rock icons KING’S X are now part of their ever-growing international roster. KING’S X recently signed a global deal with Golden Robot Records which will see their long-awaited forthcoming new album released worldwide in 2019 via Golden Robot Records’ partners in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

   

Last Updated (Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:04)

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“Phantoms of the Past” is the debut album from Dream Patrol, a Slovakia based band that features a multi-national line-up with members from Austria, the USA, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The album was released on 21st September via Mighty Music. The single “Get Back Home” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August and the track “Dream Patrol” is included on the Show on 12th October.

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Twenty years after the release of their debut album, Hardcore Superstar has released their latest offering “You Can’t Kill My Rock n Roll”. The new album was released on 21st September via Gain Music Entertainment. When I interviewed lead singer Jocke Berg in Belfast almost a year ago he had thought that the album might be released in early 2018 but it has taken slightly longer. In the interim though, the band have released six singles / videos from the album, most of which have featured on the NI Rocks Shows on Rock Radio NI at some time.

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Australian band Black Majesty released their seventh studio album, “Children of the Abyss” through Pride & Joy Music on 21st September. The power metal band has just finished a European tour in support of the album. They’ve been releasing a new album every two or three years since their debut appeared in 2003. The single “Somethings Going On” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September.

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“Step Into The Light” is the long overdue fourth album from Swedish band Snakes In Paradise. It was released on 14th September by Frontiers Music, sixteen years on from the release of their third album in 2002. The reformed band features the same line-up that released the three albums between 1994 and 2002. The track “Things” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

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“Tunguska” is the eighth studio album from Swedish band Treat and their third since reforming in 2006. It was released on 14th September by Frontiers Music. The album follows on from the live release “The Road More Or Less Travelled” from 2017 and “Ghost of Graceland” from 2016; both of which I posted recommendations for. The track “Build The Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June and “Rose of Jericho” was on the Show on 17th August.

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 09 October 2018 21:01)

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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 and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by around 125 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/3435-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2018.html

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Ex-Queensryche front man Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime band have announced a return to The Belfast Empire on Wednesday 20th February 2019. Tickets go on sale tomorrow from all usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.  

Earlier this year, Geoff and his band undertook an extensive tour of the UK including a packed out show at The Empire to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic Queensryche album ‘Operation Mindcrime’, with a number of the dates completely sold out. 

  

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:02)

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