Brothers Carmine and Vinny Appice have been amongst the most recognised, most respected and most active drummers on the rock music scene for many years. For the first time they have worked together on a studio album, and they’ve enlisted the help of many of their friends in the rock world to get it completed. The album, called “Sinister” was released on 27th October 2017 through Steamhammer/SPV. It contains a mix of new tracks and classic rock tunes from their past. I featured the Dio tribute “Monsters and Heroes” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd November.

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Friday 3rd November saw the release of a charity version of the Byrds’ track “Turn! Turn! Turn!” to raise awareness of and funds for prostate cancer charities. The track was recorded by a group of Australian rock artists, including members of Electric Mary, Tequila Mockingbyrd, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets and Massive. One in Seven is a charity musical project coordinated by Josie O’Toole (drummer in Tequila Mockingbyrd), who was inspired to do something following her father’s recent battle with the disease. The rocked up version of the song features over 20 vocalists, six drummers, six guitarists and three bassists.

Last Updated (Saturday, 04 November 2017 04:07)

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When possible I try to check out musicians or bands that follow or contact one of the NI Rocks or Rock Radio NI social media pages – but to be honest I don’t do so as often as I should! One of those occasions when I did led me to the symphonic / gothic rock band Coburg and when I checked out their music I liked what I heard. I contacted the band and they were good enough to send me their debut album “The Enchantress” which they were self-releasing on 27th October. I played the track “A Cold Day In Hell” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th Sept and “Thy Dagger” is featured on the Show this week.

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Hardcore Superstar are currently on a European tour alongside Fozzy and support from Madame Mayhem and The Last Band. When they played The Limelight in Belfast on 29th October I took the opportunity to do a quick interview with lead singer Jocke. The band have just released a new single, “Have Mercy On Me”, ahead of the release of a new album to be called “You Can’t Kill My Rock n Roll” in early 2018. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 2nd November - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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“The Sin and The Sentence” is the 8th studio album from American metal giants Trivium and it was released on 20th October via Roadrunner Records. To be honest, Trivium is one of those bands that can be hit or miss with me as I’m not a big fan of screaming vocals. I love Trivium’s heavy sound, but too much screaming and I can lose interest. On the new album there is more screaming than on the previous release “Silence In The Snow”, but overall there’s a lot more to like than not – fans of the genre will undoubtedly love it! I’ve featured the singles – “The Sin And The Sentence”, “The Heart From Your Hate” and “Beyond Oblivion” on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few week. There was also a promo featuring the band talking about the new album on the Show on 13th October.

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Black Label Society have announced a European tour in March and April 2018, in support of their new album “Grimmest Hits” which is released on 19th January via Spinefarm Records.  The tour concludes with gigs in Dublin and Belfast; and tickets will be on sale Friday 3rd  November.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 November 2017 03:38)

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As much as I love my classic rock and as good as it is to see musicians from the 80’s and 90’s releasing new music, it is always great to see the younger generation coming through. One such band is Skarlett Riot – unfortunately I’ve yet to see them live, but I’ve been featuring them on my Shows for about three years. They released a new album called “Regenerate” through Despotz Records on 27th October. The single “Break” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October and “Warrior” was on the Show on 27th October. Singer Skarlett was my guest on the Show in May 2016.

 

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“Play To Win” is the second album from Phantom 5, the band formed by musician / producer Michael Voss and singer Claus Lessman. It was released on 13th October by Frontiers Music and is the follow up to the self-titled album released last year. I’d posted a recommendation for the first album and was keen to hear the latest offering – I wasn’t to be disappointed! I included “The Change In You” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th October.

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For people of a certain age (like me) the name Robin Beck instantly triggers memories of that coca-cola advert from the late 80’s that made her track “First Time” a huge success. Whilst that may have been her only UK success, there is a lot more to Robin Beck’s career than that one track. On 13th October Frontiers Music released her tenth studio album called “Love Is Coming”. Some of the tracks are a little too mellow / melodic for me personally but the talent is undeniable and there are enough ‘heavier’ tracks to keep me happy. I included the opening track “Island” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th October.

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Midnite City is the new band formed earlier this year by Tigertailz frontman Rob Wylde, and they released their debut self-titled album on 20th October via the AOR Heaven label. The band’s music has been labelled as “timeless, melodic rock / hair metal” and that seems about right! The album is definitely worth checking out. I played the track “Summer of Our Lives” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October.

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English band The Raven Age bring their ‘Age of the Raven Tour’ to Dublin on 30th October and then to The Limelight in Belfast on 31st October. The band released their debut album “Darkness Will Rise” back in March and have already toured with bands such as Iron Maiden, Tremonti, Gojira, Mastodon and Anthrax. I arranged to speak to guitarist George Harris (son of Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris) by phone just before they went on stage in Birmingham on 25th October. You can hear that interview along with 4 tracks from the band on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on that date - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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