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NI ROCKS Recommends "Worlds Entwined" by SCAR FOR LIFE
“Worlds Entwined” is the fourth studio album from Scar For Life, the band founded by guitarist Alexandre Santos in 2008 and it is released through Escape Music on 29th August. The band also released a compilation album last year. There have been numerous line-up changes during the lifespan of Scar For Life and the most recent brings a local interest in the form of Rob Mancini, the new vocalist who also wrote all the lyrics for the tracks on the album. Mancini took up residence here some time ago after fronting German bands Hotwire and Crush. He has remained busy recording and producing and released his solo album “Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus” in 2011.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Get Your Rock On" By X-DRIVE
Few people are likely to have heard of X-Drive ahead of the release of their debut album “Get Your Rock On” by Frontiers Records on 22nd August. The band were brought together to record the album in 2013 and got signed to a worldwide deal in the process. What caught my eye in the press release was the involvement of Burning Rain (and Montrose) frontman Keith St John on vocals. Anything involving St John is always worth checking out, and that proved to be particularly true with X-Drive. “Get Your Rock On” is a fantastic debut and hopefully it’ll be followed up by live performances and more albums.
NI ROCKS Recommends "Space Invader" By ACE FREHLEY
Sometimes you know just what to expect from an album and you’re relieved that it delivers exactly that expectation when you play it. From the opening seconds of the first track through to the last, “Space Invader” delivers what you expect from Ace Frehley. And in my humble opinion that can only be a good thing. Regardless of their position on the debate about the strengths of the various Kiss line-ups, the Hall of Fame and the on-going war of words most Kiss fans (or at least those of my generation) will acknowledge the strength and timelessness of the Kiss albums from the 1970s. When I listen to Ace Frehley’s solo albums I always get that 70’s Kiss vibe, perhaps with a more modern twist, but undeniable never the less.
LIVE REVIEW: Rockin' the Diamond with Ajenda and Lo Mejor
THE Diamond Rock Club has seen quite a few things in recent weeks, from a confirmed engagement through to a wedding reception on Saturday (9th August).
The wedding reception to the tunes of Ajenda and Lo Mejor was appropriate as the happy couple, Cathy and Graham first dated at an Ajenda gig...in the
NI ROCKS Recommends "Adrenaline Rush" by ADRENALINE RUSH
It can only be a good thing for the rock scene when two consecutive album recommendations relate to bands whose members are generally young enough to be my kids! The previous recommendation was for Black State Highway. This one is for another female fronted band called Adrenaline Rush, who hail from Sweden and whose self titled debut album is released through Frontiers Records on 22nd August. I would guess that Adrenaline Rush should find a strong following amongst the younger rock fans, but there is also a great deal worth recommending to the older generation like myself!
NI ROCKS Interview with GREGORY LYNN HALL
I recently posted a recommendation for “Heaven To Earth”, the new album from Gregory Lynn Hall, that was released through AOR Heaven on 28th July (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1608-ni-rocks-recommends-qheaven-to-earthq-by-gregory-lynn-hall.html). I mentioned in that post that I didn’t know too much about the artist at that time. So how better to find out some more than to ask the man himself?
Last Updated (Friday, 08 August 2014 20:29)
Where to find our review of Prong and Sinocence....
RIGHT chaps and chapettes, those that were fortunate to head along to see Prong and Sinocence may have noticed we were there reviewing. So where's the review?
We, and our good friends at MetalPlanet, were on assignment from Devils Gate Media to pen and few words and capture some images.
You can read the review
EP REVIEW: 12-legged crustacean crushes as Warcrab revel in the Ashes of Carnage
HAILING from the deep, deep south of England (Plymouth) Warcrab are a crusty crustacean of death and sludge, emerging from the depths with a mission to swamp all with a tidal wave of noise.
Two years after their last release Warcrab have just put out there their latest slab in the shape of the five-track mini-album,
NEWS: Prong, Slomatics, Ajenda in another busy week
AS hundreds prepare to venture from these isles to Bloodstock there is plenty still to be getting on with...
Before the mini-exodus tonight sees Sinocence support Prong at Limelight2 as part of Prong's Ruining Lives tour. And,
MAVERICK - Paint By Numbers video
Just watch this - yep it's Maverick unleashing first single from their début album Quid Pro Quo
NI ROCKS Recommends "Black State Highway" by BLACK STATE HIGHWAY
Black State Highway are a young band formed at Brighton’s Institute of Modern Music who seem to have mainly played around southern England up until now. I hadn’t heard of them prior to being sent this self-titled debut release but I instantly liked what I heard. “Black State Highway” is released through Cherry Red Records on 18th August, hard on the heels of the release of the single “Ain’t Got No” (which you may have heard played on the Friday NI Rocks Show) on 11th August. Black State Highway play a brand of bluesy, riff-laden rock n’ roll music that ticks all the boxes for me. Add to that the powerful vocals of the band’s Latvian front woman and you have what should be a winning combination.
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- ALBUM REVIEW: The evolving Sonic Syndicate now moulding a new style
- INTERVIEW: Wovenwar's Josh Gilbert and the band put the past to bed and All Rise to hit the boards
- GIG REVIEW: Thunder in Ahoghill - Stormzone and Donum Dei roar in County Antrim
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Heaven To Earth" by GREGORY LYNN HALL
- NI ROCKS Recommends "Electric Wake" by RONNY MUNROE
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