“Big City Life” is the second album from Norwegian band Big City and it was released on 22nd June by Rock of Angels Records (ROAR) as a double CD along with their debut album “Wintersleep”. The band can trace its roots back about ten years and it features members from other Norwegian bands such as Scariot, Satyricon and Withem. I included the track “Running For Your Life” from the “Big City Life” album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd June.

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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 June – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for May were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3381-ni-rocks-playlists-for-may-2018.html

This month on the Shows there were interviews with Rich Moss from Stone Broken and Sons of Apollo guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal -http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“My Midnight Things” is the new album from American rockers Lizzy Borden and it is their first release in over ten years. The band made their name in LA in the 80’s and 90’s, releasing four studio albums between 1984 and 1989. “My Midnight Things” is the third studio album since 2000 and it was released via Metal Blade Records on 15th June. I included the track “Long May They Haunt Us” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June and “The Scar Across My Heart” on the Show on 29th June.

 

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“Stay Steel” is the latest album from Italian metal band Crying Steel, which notably features former Shy / TNT frontman Tony Mills on vocals. The album was released on 15th June by Pride & Joy Music. Crying Steel were active during the 80’s initially before effectively splitting up and then reforming in 2003. This is only their third new album since reforming. I’ll be including the track “Speed of Light” on Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

 

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“Chapter X” is the appropriately named tenth studio release from Swedish band Tad Morose. The album was released on 15th June by GMR Music Group. The band formed in Bolinas back in 1991 and their early releases were generally labelled as progressive rock, but they now tend to get categorised as power or heavy metal. Tad Morose have moved to a new label for their first release since 2015. I included the track “Apocalypse” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd June.

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“Race to Resurrection” is the latest album from German rockers Motorjesus and it was released on 15th June via Drakkar Entertainment. The hard rock outfit trace their roots back to 1992 when they formed as The Shitheadz, before changing their name in 2006. Since then they’d released three albums and a six track EP, prior to this latest offering. I included the track “The Damage” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June and “King Collider” on the Show on 29th June.

 

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Last year American rockers Every Mother’s Nightmare (EMN) released “Grind”, their first album in fifteen years, and founding-member, singer Rick Ruhl was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show. EMN have now re-released their third album “Smokin Delta Voodoo” which initially appeared in 2000. The new re-packaged and re-engineered version of the album was released on 8th June via HighVol Music and includes four additional demo tracks. I’ve played tracks from the original version on the Shows many times over the past 8 years and the new version of “Delta Voodoo” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June.

 

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“My Soul To You” is the latest blues rock album from Finnish guitarist Ben Granfelt and it was released on 15th June via A1 Records. Granfelt will be best known for his time with the Leningrad Cowboys and Wishbone Ash, but his solo albums, where he takes on the role of lead vocalist, have also gained him an international following. This is his 16th solo release since 1994. I included the title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June and “Weight of the World” on the Show on 22nd June.

 

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I had the pleasure of recording an interview with singer Amanda Somerville back in May 2015 and one of the things we talked about was the first Trillium album. She’d indicated that a follow-up album was one of her main priorities and hoped that it might appear late in 2016. In reality, she has been rather busy and the second Trillium album, “Tectonic”, was only released by Frontiers on 8th June. I included the track “Shards” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th May and “Full Speed Ahead” on the Show on 15th June.

 

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Supergroup Sons of Apollo released their debut album “Psychotic Symphony” last October and recently completed an extensive tour of North and South America. Their European tour kicks off on 22nd June and includes a show in Limelight 1, Belfast on 3rd July. The band features Mike Portnoy, formerly of Dream Theater on drums, Derek Sherinian from Black Country Communion and previously Dream Theater on keyboards, Jeff Scott Soto from W.E.T. and formerly Journey on vocals, Billy Sheenan from Mr Big on bass and Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal on guitar.

Bumblefoot is probably best known for his time in Guns n Roses, but he was also involved in another ‘supergroup’, Art of Anarchy, and has released many solo albums. I spoke to Bumblefoot via Skype on 20th June while he was in London preparing for the European tour. We chatted for about 35 minutes about Sons of Apollo, the new album, Art of Anarchy, his solo work and much more. That interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 22nd June along with tracks from Sons of Apollo, Art of Anarchy, Guns n Roses and his latest solo album - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (the show uploaded on 20th June).

You can also listen on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-ron-bumblefoot-thal-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-22nd-june-2018/

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Singer and bass player Peavy Wagner has fronted German band Rage since it formed in 1984 (initially as Avenger) and Refuge is the band created when he re-united with two former Rage members in 2014. “Solitary Men” is the debut album from Refuge and it was released via Frontiers Music on 8th June. The track “From The Ashes” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th May and “Mind Over Matter” was included on the Show on 1st June.

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