The latest announcements for the annual Custom House Square concerts today included the news that Stiff Little Fingers would be returning on 24th August for ‘Putting The Fast In Belfast 3”. Tickets go on sale on Friday 8th March. Support comes from New Model Army, Therapy? and The Toy Dolls with Terri Hooley doing a DJ set.

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Canadian metal band Traveler released their self-titled, debut album through Gates of Hell Records on 22nd February. The band initially started as a side project for guitarist Matt Ries and they first came to my notice last summer when they did a split-release demo with Finnish band Coronary. The success of that and an earlier demo led to the recording of a full length album. The track “Behind The Iron” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire released their latest album “The Eighth Mountain” through AFM Records on 22nd February. This is the first album to feature new vocalist Giacomo Voli who joined the band in 2016, following the departure of Fabio Lione after more than twenty years as the frontman. Lione had recorded all eleven previous Rhapsody of Fire studio albums. The single “Rain of Fury” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 5th February and I’ll be including the latest single “Master of Peace” on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

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“Volume 1” is the great debut album from West Bound that was released on 22nd February by Frontiers Music. The band was formed by singer Chas West and guitarist Roy Z. West also fronts Resurrection Kings and in the past has sung for bands such as Lynch Mob and Bonham. Roy Z has recorded albums with Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock and Rob Halford as well as his own band Tribe of Gypsies. The single “Never Surrender” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st December and you can expect to hear more from them on the Shows soon.

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Black Star Riders, fronted of course by local singer Ricky Warwick, today announced more details on the release of their new album “Another State of Grace” as well as a series of tour dates that sees them return to Dublin on 16th October and Belfast on 17th October. Support on both dates comes from Stone Broken who supported Buckcherry on tour last year and returned to both cities to play headline shows last month.

 

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“(But At What Cost??!)” is the third album from American band Silvertung and it was released on 15th February by Thermal Entertainment. There are just seven tracks and at about 25 minutes long it may be close to being an EP, but it is definitely worth checking out. I included the single “Done My Best” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st February and the track “Dodging Bullets” on the Show on 22nd February.

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“Fight The Fear” is the fourth ‘solo’ album from Herman Frank and it was released on 8th February by AFM Records. The German guitarist is probably best known for his involvement in the bands Accept and Victory, but his own solo project has essentially evolved into another band since the first release in 2009. The track “Fear” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st February.

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“Rebuild Destroy” is the third album from Australian rockers Massive and it was released on 1st February via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. The band formed in 2012 and released their first album independently in 2013, before being picked up by Earache Records who re-released the first album and then released the follow-up in 2016. “Rebuild Destroy” is the band’s first release with OYR. The track “Long Time Coming” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January.

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“Forever Free” is the second album from the band Viana and it was released on 25th January via Escape Music. The band was formed by Italian guitarist Stefano Viano and released a debut album in 2017. There is a new lead singer for the second album and it also includes a number of guest appearances. I included the title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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“Dysphoria” is the third album from the band Starbreaker and it was released via Frontiers Music on 25th January. The band features American vocalist Tony Harnell, probably best known for his time with Norwegian band TNT, and Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson, probably best known as a member of Primal Fear. In reality, both have been involved in numerous bands and guested on many other projects. Starbreaker definitely showcases the partnership of two top class artists. The track “Wild Butterflies” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th February.

 

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“The Atlantic” is the latest studio album from Swedish band Evergrey and it was released on 25th January through AFM records. The album is the final part of a trilogy about the adventure of life that commenced with “Hymns for the Broken” in 2014 and continued with “The Storm Within” in 2016. It is the bands eleventh studio album since forming in 1995. The track “A Silent Arc” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th January.

 

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