“I Belong” is the second album from the Jimi Anderson Group and it was released on 30th August by AOR Heaven. The band showcases the vocal talents of Scottish singer Jimi Anderson who fronted the band Sahara / The Hardline before later joining tribute bands A Foreigner’s Journey and then Legends of AOR. The track “Wonderful Tokyo Nights” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd August.

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German band Freedom Call released their latest album, “M.E.T.A.L.”, through Steamhammer / SPV on 23rd August. This is the band’s tenth studio album in twenty years and I’ve now posted recommendations for the last three, as well as for a re-release from 2015 (in other words all of their albums since I started doing these posts in late 2012!). Freedom Call have been featured many times on the NI Rocks shows in the past and the title track from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th August.

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Pennsylvanian band Eighteenth Hour released their new self-titled album through Escape Music on 23rd August. The band has actually released six previous studio albums since forming in 2000, but this is the first time that I had heard anything by them. As I liked what I heard, but didn’t know much about the band, I arranged to do an interview via e-mail which you can read here – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3646-ni-rocks-interview-with-david-zullo-from-eighteenth-hour.html. The track “Where The Truth Lies” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July and “In Denial” on the Show on 19th July.

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Italian singer Mariangela Demurtas has been part of Norwegian gothic metal band Tristania for over ten years and has released two albums with them. On 9th August she released an album with her new band Ardours, in which she partners up with Italian multi-instrumentalist and producer Kris Laurent. Mariangela has also worked on other projects, most recently with Timo Tolkki on his latest album.

Mariangela agreed to answer a few questions by e-mail to tell us more about Ardours and the new album "Last Place on Earth". You can read these below.

 

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American band Eighteenth Hour released their latest album through Escape Music on 23rd August. The band has actually been around for almost twenty years and has released six previous albums but I hadn’t actually heard of them until I got a copy of the new album. Impressed by what I heard, I thought it might be worthwhile to get a little more background on the band. Our friends at Escape Music put me in touch and guitarist David Zullo agreed to answer a few questions by e-mail. You can read the full interview below.

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This week The Dead Daisies finally confirmed the rumours that Glenn Hughes was joining the band and replacing singer John Corabi and bass player Marco Mendoza. Those rumours sadly slightly over-shadowed the release of the latest album from The Dead Daisies on 23rd August. The album “Locked And Loaded” was released by Spitfire Music and it features ten great covers performed by the various line-ups of The Dead Daisies to date. The track “Fortunate Son” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd August.

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Swedish metal band Hammerfall released their eleventh studio album, “Dominion”, through Napalm Records on 16th August. The PR guys at Napalm had sent us through the singles from the album to feature on the Shows and that was enough encouragement for me to purchase “Dominion” when it was released. The album is available as a limited edition boxset or in gold vinyl on the Napalm Records website. The track “(We Make) Sweden Rock” was first played on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in May and was included again on 16th August. The track “One Against The World” was featured in July.

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“Warrior” is the third album from Soleil Moon and it was released on 9th August by Frontiers Music. Musically the album is a little too AOR / melodic for me at times, but there can be no doubting that it is an outstanding release in that genre. The band was formed by singer Larry King and keyboard player John Blasucci back in 1999 and those two are at the centre of each album with other musicians making guest appearances.

 

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“Last Place on Earth” is the debut album from Italian band Ardours and it was released on 9th August by Frontiers Music. The band features Mariangela Demurtas, who is the Italian singer for Norwegian gothic metal band Tristania, as well as multi-instrumentalist and producer Kris Laurent. The Ardours sound is more rock and 80’s influenced than the Tristania albums. The track “Last Moments” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in May and “The Mist” is included on the Show on 30th August.

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Bass player Rob De Luca was one of the founding members of the band Spread Eagle back in 1989. The band’s self titled debut album in 1992 was highly praised, but by the time their second album was released the following year the rock music scene had changed and the band split not long after. In 2006 Spread Eagle reformed but it wasn’t until 9th August 2019 that a new album “Subway To The Stars” was released by Frontiers Music. In the interim Rob has also been part of Sebastian Bach’s band and plays bass for rock icons UFO.


I was fortunate enough to grab some time with Rob late on 25th August just before he headed off on a ten week tour across the USA; first of all with Sebastian Bach and then UFO. We chatted on the phone about the new Spread Eagle album, the history of the band, touring with Sebastian Bach, playing with UFO and his other band, Of Earth.


You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th August – available now from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 29th Aug).

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On 9th August Frontiers Music released three albums from bands that were initially active in the late 80’s and/or early 90’s. I’ve already posted recommendations for the Roxy Blue and Spread Eagle albums. The third is “Big Blue World” by Unruly Child. It’s more melodic / AOR focused than the other two and not all of the track necessarily tick the boxes for me, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The track “Living In Someone Else’s Dream” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show in July and “Will We Give Up Today” was on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th August.

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