Many people will remember Tennessee based band Every Mother’s Nightmare for their two albums released through Arista Records in the early 90’s. They also released another three albums in the early 00’s and I’ve featured tracks from the band on the NI Rocks Shows for many years. The band never really went away and after releasing an EP in 2015, they release their first studio album in fifteen years on 6th October. The album “Grind” is released through HighVolMusic. I spoke to singer Rick Ruhl via Skype on 12th September to chat about the new album and much more. You can hear that interview, along with four tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show that was uploaded on 14th Sept 2017. That Show also features an interview with Swedish band Sparzanza and it can be found on our On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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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 – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 100 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for July were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3180-ni-rocks-playlists-for-july-2017.html

On the Friday NI Rocks Shows during August there were interviews with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus and Jymmy Tolland from Bobaflex - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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Before she joined Vixen drummer Roxy Petrucci had founded the band Madam X with sister Maxine. The band has a somewhat iconic status despite only releasing one album. In 2014 Madam X reformed and they have now signed with EMP Label Group for the release of a new album called “Monstrocity” on 31st October.

I posted an interview with Roxy back in January 2013 before the decision to reform Madam X but the band was mentioned - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1155-ni-rocks-interviews-roxy-petrucci-from-vixenjsrgmadam-x.html

The press release from Rock n Growl can be read below.

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Skarlett Riot vocalist Skarlett was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show last May following the release of their EP “Sentience”. That EP had marked a move to a heavier sound and that continues with the release of their new album “Regenerate” on 27th October. The album is their first release since signing with Despotz Records. Pre-orders will be available from next week.

More info at https://www.facebook.com/skarlettriotuk/

Check out the May 2016 interview with Skarlett here -http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2609-ni-rocks-interview-with-skarlett-from-skarlett-riot.html

The press release from Factory Music is provided below -

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American band Every Mothers Nightmare achieved a fair level of success in the early 90’s, releasing two albums on the Arista Records label and getting a fair bit of exposure with the videos for their singles. Another three albums were released between 2000 and 2002. The reformed band released an EP in 2015 and that is to be followed by a full length album called “Grind” on 6th October. More details in the press release below.

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I’ve been a big fan of American band Bobaflex since I heard their 2011 album “Hell In My Heart”. Since then they’ve released the albums “Charlatans’s Web” (2013) and “Anything That Moves” (2015) and I posted an interview with singer / guitarist Shaun online back in 2013. Their latest album “Eloquent Dreams” is released through Thermal Entertainment LLC on 25th August and I thought that was a good opportunity to get someone from the band onto the Show. I spoke to bass player Jymmy Tolland via Skype on 23rd August to talk about the band, the album, future plans and more.

That interview is featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 24th August along with 2 tracks from the new album and a track from each of the previous three albums - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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On Friday we shared the news that Robert Plant would be releasing his new album “Carry Fire” on 13th October and that the subsequent tour would include a show in The Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 2nd December. Tickets for that show and one in Dublin the following day go on sale at 9am on 25th August. The full press-release is included below.

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Janet Gardner will of course be known to many as the front woman of Vixen, but on 18th August she releases her first solo album. The self-titled album was recorded with her husband Justin James and is released through Pavement Music. I was fortunate enough to record an interview with Janet last month (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3171-ni-rocks-interview-with-janet-gardner-vixen.html ). Chatting with her it was obvious that there had been some nervousness going into the project, but that once commenced it was a labour of love and an album that she is extremely proud of. And she has every reason to be; it is a fantastic album and I was delighted to hear that we can expect more in the future. We played four tracks from the album during the interview that was broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st July.

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Damn Freaks released their self-titled debut album through Mighty Music on 11th August. The band features Tygers of Pan Tang frontman Jacopo ‘Jack’ Meille on lead vocals and that was the initial thing that grabbed my attention in the press release. Add to that the reference to “good ol’ party time rock n roll” inspired by 80’s bands like White Lion and Motley Crue and this was definitely an album worth checking out. I certainly wasn’t to be disappointed. I played the track “Break The Chains” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th June and “Dream Highway” on the Show on 28th July.

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American band Kickin Valentina released their second full length album “Imaginary Creatures” on 11th August, through the Danish label Mighty Music. The band formed in 2013 and released their debut EP the same year. I can’t remember when or how I got a copy of that EP, but I’ve been a fan of the band ever since and was really looking forward to the release of “Imaginary Creatures”. An album recommendation was pretty much a foregone conclusion! I’ve played the tracks “Imaginary Creatures” and “Devil’s Hand” on the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 30th June and 28th July respectively and will be opening the Show this week with “Eyes”.

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Frontiers Music has a long history of bringing together artists to collaborate on projects and a very successful track record of doing so. The latest success is the band Kryptonite who released their debut, self-titled album on 4th August. The key participants this time are singer Jakob Samuels from The Poodles and prolific producer and musician Alesandro Del Vecchio. I featured the track “Chasing Fire” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th June and “This Is The Moment” on 7th July.

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