“In Another Time” is the debut release from Tanith; a band based in New York that includes British vocalist and guitarist Russ Tippins; best known as a member of the band Satan. He shares the lead vocals position with American bass player Cindy Maynard. The album was released on 24th May through Metal Blade Records. The track “Under The Stars” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 28th May.

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The D-A-D album “Riskin’ It All” was on one of the cassette tapes that remained in my car throughout the 90’s and early 00’s until I first got a car not fitted with a cassette player! I’ve been a fan of the band ever since. On 31st May they released their first album in eight years. It is called “A Prayer for the Loud” and it was released through AFM Records. I included the track “Burning Star” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and 17th May and later “Nothing Ever Changes” on the Show on 7th June.

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Iconic NWOBHM band Diamond Head released their latest album, “The Coffin Train”, via Silver Linings Music on 24th May. The album is the second with singer Rasmus Bom Andersen and comes just three years after the self-titled album which marked his debut with the band. Remarkably it is only the eighth studio album from a band that Metallica and many others have identified as an early influence. The track “Our Time Is Now” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th April followed by the title track “The Coffin Train” on 31st May.

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“Line of Fire” is the third album from First Signal, the band fronted by Canadian singer Harry Hess, and it was released by Frontiers Music on 17th May. More of a musical project than a band really, First Signal was formed to deliver an album similar in sound to Hess’s band Harem Scarem. The line-up has changed on each album, with the exception of Hess himself. Nevertheless they deliver what they set out to do each time! The track “Born To Be A Rebel” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and then “A Million Miles” on the Show on 7th June.

 

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Restless Spirits is a new band formed by Lords of Black guitarist Tony Hernando and a self-titled album was released via Frontiers Music on 17th May. The album features a number of guest vocalists including Johnny Gioeli, Deen Castronovo, Dino Jelusic and Alessandro Del Vecchio; all of whom have strong links to Frontiers Music. The track “I Remember Your Name” which features Kent Hilli from Perfect Plan on vocals was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in March and “Unbreakable” featuring Deen Castronovo on vocals was on the Show on 7th June.

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On 24th May Escape Music released “Fire and Grace”, the latest album from American band Alliance. The band features guitarist Gary Pihl (from Boston, the Sammy Hagar Band etc), drummer David Lauser (from the Sammy Hagar Band) and Robert Berry (from 3, GTR, 3.2 etc). Escape Music boss Khalil Turk gave me an opportunity to interview Gary or Robert and I jumped at the chance to record something with both of them individually.  Both interviews can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 14th June. This is available now via the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - the show uploaded on 13th June.

 

 

Gary and Robert both chat about the history of Alliance, going back to the mid 90’s, and about the new album. Each picked three tracks from the album to play alongside the interviews.

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On 24th May Escape Music released “Fire and Grace”, the latest album from American band Alliance. The band features guitarist Gary Pihl (from Boston, the Sammy Hagar Band etc), drummer David Lauser (from the Sammy Hagar Band) and Robert Berry (from 3, GTR, 3.2 etc). Escape Music boss Khalil Turk gave me an opportunity to interview Gary or Robert and I jumped at the chance to record something with both of them individually. Both interviews can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 14th June. This is available now via the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - the show uploaded on 13th June.

 

Gary and Robert both chat about the history of Alliance, going back to the mid 90’s, and about the new album. Each picked three tracks from the album to play alongside the interviews.

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“Nowhere To Run” is the debut album from English band The Brink and it was released on Frontiers Music on 17th May. The band are one of the new generation of hard rock bands that are influenced by the great classic rock bands and they self-released two EPs before signing with Frontiers in 2017. The track “Save Goodbye” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th April and “Are You With Me” on 10th May. An earlier single, “Little Janie”, was featured on the Show last year.

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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 May – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 170 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for March were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3585-ni-rocks-playlists-for-april-2019.html

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included an interview with singer Danny Rexon from Craxy Lixx. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

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“Fire and Grace” is the fifth studio album from American melodic rockers Alliance, a band that traces its roots back over thirty years; although their first album wasn’t released until 1996. Their last album was actually released over ten years ago, as the band members all continue to work on other projects. “Fire and Grace” was released on 24th May by Escape Music. The track “The Wheel” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd May followed by “Real Thing” on 31st May.

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“The Inevitable War” is the second album from London metal band Amulet and it was released on 17th May by Dissonance Productions. The band have went through quite a few line-up changes since their debut album in 2014 and the new album brings a bit of a change in sound. The track “Burning Hammer” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th May.

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