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TO paraphrase Elton - Saturday night's all right for rocking. And, the SONI four act bill at the Empire on Saturday night (19th July) saw hard rocking of the finest type as Villanova Junction, Midnight Transmission, Maverick and Million$Reload roared through a hot and sweaty sets on Belfast's Botanic Avenue.

It was also a

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THERE are times in any reviewers life when words fail them -  thankfully it has never afflicted any of our review team yet, but we were damn close when sitting down to review Belfast's By Conquest Or Consent début release Empires.

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TRIGGERMAN. For those who are in the know the name conjures up a hellish, groove laden, preacher metal, with more swing than a hundred playgrounds.

After the simply wonderful Hail to the River Gods album in 2012 it was with some trepidation that news of an EP release perhaps would be a placeholder, a rehash, a holding statement from the

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THRASH is dead, long live thrash! When the NWOBHM met punk and classic rock in a dark alleyway the bastard child of this unholy threesome was born, kicking and screaming and was dubbed thrash metal.

Ebbing and flowing throughout decades, thrash has always been there since, and Belfast was battered by the Thrash Invasion of Onslaught and

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THE soul is a fragile thing; and even though most of the assembled reviewers on this site are mostly atheists, and have no time for a deux ex machina, there can be few who love hard rock, punk and metal that doubt the balm for the deepest part of ourselves that a damn good extreme gig can provide.

Such was the case when Soulfly, backed

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Rock Radio NI was privileged to interview both Richie Sambora and Orianthi recently. Links to both interviews and reviews of the gigs in Dublin on 30th June and Belfast on 1st July are listed below.

Interview with Richie


Interview with Orianthi


Review of Dublin Gig


Review of Belfast Gig


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MAD, loud and cerebral Mastodon are set to maul Belfast with a Limelight1 date in November.

Progressive metal, hardcore nioseniks and all round eight-legged metallic madness, Mastodon have been scurrying round the globe making friends and changing the musical landscape.

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Night By Night release their debut album “NxN” in the UK through Cargo Records on the 14th July. This excellent offering follows on from the previous digital promotional EP “Tune Out The Static” which we’d featured tracks from quite a few times. You’ll already have heard tracks from “NxN” if you’ve been listening to the Friday NI Rocks Show on Rock Radio NI recently.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 08 July 2014 19:59)

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COMING our way on Monday (14thJune) is a thrash feast when Onslaught, Artillery and local up and coming stars Donum Dei land with a thud at Limelight2.

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RIGHT, buckle on your bullet belts, pick out an appropriate t-shirt and get set for the next stage of the Summer of Metal.

On Thursday Max Cavalera - the man with more side projects than hours in the day - lands with his merry band of metal mayhem men in Belfast's Limelight1 for a Thursday night of grooves, fury and rhythms from across

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Apparently Dead End Heroes are a band that shouldn’t be, and “Roadkill” is an album that should have been very different. All of which makes the fact that the album is excellent all the more note-worthy. “Roadkill” was released through AOR Heaven on 30th June and it is well worth checking out.


Last Updated (Thursday, 10 July 2014 06:35)

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