Rock Radio Northern Ireland
INTERVIEW: Evil Scarecrow snagged by our colleague Mark Ashby ahead of Belfast date
Thus, while were reviewing the Hammerfest stage at last weekend's HRH United our friend in metal, Mark Ashby of Planet Mosh fame nabbed a few words with Evil Scarecrow ahead of
NI ROCKS Interview with TOM HARTE from TRUCKER DIABLO
Trucker Diablo recently released their third album “Rise Above The Noise” following a successful PledgeMusic campaign. The album marks the return of the band following the decision to withdraw from the music scene temporarily in early 2014. An album launch was held in the Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill on 7th March and there have been many great reviews for “Rise Above The Noise” as well as my own recommendation - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1835-ni-rocks-recommends-qrise-above-the-noiseq-by-trucker-diablo.html
I spoke to lead singer and guitarist Tom Harte from Trucker Diablo recently and this interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th March along with four tracks from the new album. That show is available via the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - the show uploaded on 11th March.
Last Updated (Sunday, 29 March 2015 07:01)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Chapter 1" by GRINDHOUSE
“Chapter 1” is the debut album from Grindhouse who are an Italian band with a German lead singer in the form of Michael Bormann. The album is released through RMB records on 20th March. This is one of those albums that I checked out, knowing nothing about the band, but which I quickly realised that I liked the sound of once I flicked through the tracks. Several of the Italian band-members have worked together in Iron Maiden tribute bands over the years, so that gives a hint to their musical tastes. The band formed in 2013 when they brought in Michael Bormann to provide vocals.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Rise of the Electric Jester" by KNOCK OUT KAINE
Knock Out Kaine released their second album “Rise of the Electric Jester” through Rocksector Records on 2nd March. A band’s second album can sometimes be a disappointment but that definitely isn’t the case with this release. I really liked the debut release from Knock Out Kaine and if anything this one is even better. The first single from the album was “16 Grams of Heart Attack” which was played on the Friday NI Rocks Show recently.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Rise Above The Noise" by TRUCKER DIABLO
It looks like 2015 is going to be a stellar year for local rock bands. We have new albums coming out from the leading names on the local scene, with The Answer’s new album just released and the second album from The Screaming Eagles due in a few months. In addition, Million Dollar Reload and Stormzone are amongst those who have been busy in the studio. At the heavier end of the scene, Sinocence are leading the pack with the release of “No God, No Masters Vol 2” this month. First out of the door though was the fantastic new release from Trucker Diablo entitled “Rise Above The Noise”. I’ll avoid the obvious opportunities that the album title offers, but let’s just say that Trucker Diablo have set the bar extremely high for those that follow them this year.
EP REVIEW: Dynamic Sinocence deliver majesty and power on No Gods, No Masters Vol 2
WE'RE going to go out on a limb here...the five tracks on Sinocence's latest release are the best set of songs they've ever laid down.
Yes, Sinocence have written some outstanding material in the past, but 'No Gods, No Masters Vol 2' is a peerless
NI ROCKS Videos of EUROPE & BLACK STAR RIDERS in The Ulster Hall
Europe returned to Belfast this week to play their first gig there in over 25 years. The current tour with co-headliners Black Star Riders kicked off in Dublin before hitting Belfast the following night on 3rd March. Both bands have just released new albums, with Black Star Riders promoting their second album “The Killer Instinct” whilst Europe opened their performance with two tracks from “War of Kings”.
Dim lights Embed Embed this video on your site
Last Updated (Saturday, 07 March 2015 08:11)
NI ROCKS Videos of HALESTORM in The Limelight, Belfast
Halestorm played their first ever gigs in Dublin and Belfast recently as part of the tour supporting their new album “Into The Wild Life” which is released in the UK on 13th April (EU 10th and N America 14th April). I recorded five tracks when Halestorm played the Limelight in Belfast on 28th February.
Dim lights Embed Embed this video on your site
Last Updated (Friday, 06 March 2015 15:50)
NI ROCKS Interview with GEORGE LYNCH
Guitarist George Lynch seems to be one of those artists that is always working on something, so I was grateful to get a bit of his time recently to talk to him about some of his recent releases, future plans and the Mr Scary guitars amongst other things. We spoke on 1st March and the interview was broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th March. It is available to listen to now via the On Demand Player (the show uploaded on 4th March) - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html
The former Dokken guitarist talks about his collaboration with Michael Sweet (Sweet & Lynch), the Shadowtrain project, KXM, T&N and Lynch Mob as well as his production of custom guitars.
Last Updated (Monday, 09 March 2015 20:02)
NI ROCKS Playlists for February 2015
There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for the shows for the month of February. These shows are still available from the On Demand Player. There are over 100 different artists featured on the two shows this month as well as two interviews.
Playlists for the previous month are also still available -http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/1785-ni-rocks-playlists-for-january-2015.html
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 March 2015 02:06)
NI ROCKS Recommends "Lost Salvation" by FURYON
The second album from Furyon has been long, long overdue! It finally landed on 23rd February when “Lost Salvation” was released through Dream Records / Cargo Records. And, not surprisingly, it was certainly worth the wait. The first album “Gravitas” was initially released in 2010 and established the band in many people’s eyes. There were a number of re-releases of that debut album, but we finally have a follow-up that is the equal (and perhaps more) of “Gravitas”. “Lost Salvation” has been on fairly heavy rotation on my iPod since I received the album from our friends at Rock n Growl Promotion, who as ever are doing a great job getting the album into the spotlight.
Last Updated (Monday, 02 March 2015 20:44)
- ALBUM REVIEW: Midnight Ghost Train revel in southern roots
- ALBUM REVIEW: Muscular melodic Trucker Diablo show their quality on Rise Above The Noise
- ALBUM REVIEW: Enslaved push yet more extreme music boundaries on In Times
- ALBUM REVIEW: It’s not the Final Countdown as Europe excel on War of Kings
- NI ROCKS Interview with JOE LYNN TURNER (Feb 2015)
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Armageddonize" by ECLIPSE
- INTERVIEW: Keep of Kalessin's Obsidian C speaks about artwork, Eurovision and production
- NEWS: Big Truck rolling into town; Metal2TheMasses; Nightrage; Bloodstock; diary clashes; and, so much more
- INTERVIEW: Buy merch or die...Waylander chat ahead of Hammerfest VII appearance
- ALBUM REVIEW: Black Star Riders beginning to establish their own identity on The Killer Instinct
- NEWS: Norn Iron's Terminus take on Europe...Europe doesn't stand a chance
- ALBUM REVIEW: FM lay bare the Art of AOR on Heroes and Villains
- ALBUM REVIEW: Smash Into Pieces have modern radio-friendly rock on Apocalypse DJ
- NI ROCKS Recommends "We Are The Brave" by SKARLETT RIOT
- NI ROCKS Recommends Debut EP by BIGFOOT
- NI ROCKS Interview with NIGEL BAILEY (THREE LIONS & BAILEY)
- INTERVIEW: Jake Rogers of Visigoth tells us about the influences of the band and the background of The Revenant King
- INTERVIEW: No Hot Ashes' Eamon talks Ramblin' Man Fair and album release
- ALBUM REVIEW: Raising a Little Hell with The Answer
- NEWS: Ramblin Man Fair sees No Hot Ashes join Dream Theatre, Scorpions and Saxon - plus many more