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“Breaking The Surface” is the second album from Danish band Meridian and it was released on 16th September via Mighty Music (part of the Target Group). I must admit that I’m not familiar with their 2013 debut album “Metallurgy”; but the new album is definitely worth checking out. I played the lead-off single from the album called “City of Holy War” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st July and again on 16th September.

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Press release from Metal Blade plus some additional input from RRNI.

The Answer have revealed ‘Solas’, the anthemic new single and title track from the band’s eagerly anticipated forthcoming album which will be released via Napalm Records on October 28th.  

‘Solas’ is the first official single from the new album and has already gone straight on to the Planet Rock A-List. It follows the previously released track ‘Beautiful World’, which is bathed in a dark, cinematic eeriness and was co-written with former Massive Attack producer / composer, Neil Davidge.


Last Updated (Friday, 16 September 2016 22:09)

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This week it’s the 300th upload of the Friday NI Rocks Show – just over 6 years since the first one on 27th August 2010. I posted a review of what tracks we’d been playing over the last 6 years a few weeks ago - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/2793-friday-ni-rocks-show-review-of-the-first-six-years.html

The show this week sticks to the usual format – new releases, local bands and classic rock!!


Last Updated (Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:56)

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Swedish band Miss Behaviour released their fourth album, entitled “Ghost Play” through AOR Heaven on 2nd September. Melodic hard rock is probably the best way to describe the album as there’s a heavier musical vibe to the band’s sound. The opening track of the new album, entitled “Friendly Fire”, was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th August and “All Eyes On You” on the Show on 16th September.

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Finnish band King Company released their debut album “One For The Road” via Frontiers Music on 26th August. The band formed in 2014 with all the members having previously performed with other bands and several of them having been in bands together before. They originally started off as No Man’s Land but later changed that name to King Company. The track “Shining” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd September.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of August. The shows are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 120 different artists on the Shows this month.

Playlists for the previous month are also still available – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/2781-ni-rocks-playlists-for-july-2016.html


Last Updated (Sunday, 04 September 2016 13:56)

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The Friday NI Rocks Show kicks off this week (2nd Sept) with local band A LITTLE BITTER and closes with the new single from SKARLETT RIOT called “Wounded” which is released on 6th September – keep an eye out for the video too! Lead singer Skarlett was a guest on the Show in May - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2609-ni-rocks-interview-with-skarlett-from-skarlett-riot.html

We also have an interview that DELAIN recorded for AC Promotions as well as their cover of Queen’s “Scandal” from the new album “Moonbathers” (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/2796-ni-rocks-recommends-qmoonbathersq-by-delain.html ).


Last Updated (Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:08)

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I wouldn’t say that I’m really a huge fan of ‘Prog Rock’ as a genre, but then again I’m not really much of a fan of labelling bands either. I just like what I like! And I like “The Passage” which is the eighth studio album from Italian band DGM enough to post this recommendation! The album was released on 26th August by Frontiers Music. The first single from the album was “Animal” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th June and “Ghost of Insanity” is on the Show on 2nd September.


Last Updated (Thursday, 01 September 2016 04:47)

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Dutch band Delain released their fifth studio album, entitled “Moonbathers”, via Napalm Records on 26th August. It’s a busy period for the band, whose debut album “Lucidity” is being re-mastered for a 10th anniversary re-release in October and who commence another 5 week European tour on 14th October. That tour sees them playing in The Button Factory in Dublin on 11th November, supported by Evergrey and Kobra and the Lotus. The lead-off single from “Moonbathers” was “Fire With Fire” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd July. The Show on 2nd September includes a short interview that Charolotte and Martijn recorded with AC Promotions as well as an excellent cover of the Queen track “Scandal”.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 31 August 2016 22:38)

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German band Running Wild return with their 16th studio album entitled “Rapid Foray” – released on 26th August through Steamhammer / SPV. I’ve always liked songs that are based on historical events or stories and Rolf Kasparek (aka Rock n Rolf) has a fantastic track record for delivering those conceptual lyrics accompanied by a thundering, instantly infectious soundtrack. I played the album’s opening track “Black Skies, Red Flag” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th August.

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Black Swamp Water is a band from Denmark and they release their debut album “Chapter One” through Mighty Music on 26th August. With a name like Black Swamp Water I had been expecting something with a Southern Rock kinda vibe, but the band lean more to the hard rock / metal side of things. More Black Sabbath than Black Stone Cherry perhaps? Either is ok with me. I played the track “Leave Nothing Behind” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 16th August.


Last Updated (Saturday, 27 August 2016 07:08)

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bcarey1952: Hi...anyone heard of a gig in Ardboe in the next couple of weeks...triggerman among others supposed to be playing?
Doccardy: Mike Jeffrey had actually selected a decent few songs in that lot. Perhaps he should be given a permanent slot or get him in as a guest to talk shite between tracks....now that would be interesting.
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Hannah is a gifted and prolific writer and we, as a band, are honoured to give her a platform to express her views and her perspective on a society with which she can feel out of sync. Such songs as "Masquerade", " Count Me Out"and "Welcome to the End of Forever" encapsulate this.

These songs are among many of Riff Diamond's original material, the bulk of which capture the essence of classic rock and blues artists like Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters and Led Zeppelin and combine them with an original, vibrant and contemporary creativity. Added to this, the band showcases the great guitar skills of Conal O' Donoghue, our 17 year old lead guitarist who made it through to the last 60 auditions out of 1000 entries to Sky Arts Guitar Star. Together with John Mc Nulty rocking it on drums and Shauna Mc Garrity acing it on bass, we are Riff Diamond, a new exciting band which would welcome all your support.
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Doccardy: Just about to listen to this weeks offering......Big Country you say......Stay Alive.
Doccardy: Not many people around here today
tunehead: Good evening to you all in NI. I'm in Parksville B.C. Canada,on Vancouver Island. Checking out your show. Is there a current playlist on this page somewhere that shows what you are playing and what was just played?
tunehead: I'm 8 hours behind you guys here @ 2:16 pm Saturday 23rd
tunehead: Can you please play..Judas Priest Dawn Of Creation/Prophecy
NI Rocks: Hi Tunehead. Thanks for tuning in from Canada. Sorry, just reading your message now. There are a few hosts on the station - the playlists for my weekly shows are published on www.facebook.com/NIRocks
NI Rocks: Other playlists are on the RRNI facebook for which there is a link below.
NI Rocks: I publish my playlists monthly on the website - «link»
NI Rocks: When none of the recorded shows are playing the playlist is just randomly generated. I'll see if we can get that Judas Priest track played for you.
tunehead: Great, thanks. I stumbled upon RRNI when my regular stn. went off. If i'm not sitting in front of computer I put in on in the morning then go about the day rockin' on Man!
NI Rocks: Thanks Tunehead. Glad you enjoy the station.
djtony: Hi guys, are you looking for shows?
NI Rocks: Hi DjTony - send us an e-mail to submit@rockradioni.co.uk with some details. Cheers.

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