Liv Jagrell, the former front-woman for Swedish band Sister Sin has just released her first solo album, entitled “Follow Me”, through Despotz Records. It has been a busy 18 months for the singer following the demise of Sister Sin at the end of 2015; culminating in the release of the first Liv Sin album on 28th April. I managed to have a chat with Liv via Skype on 1st May to talk about the new album, future plans and more. That interview and 4 tracks from the new album featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th May. That Show is now available now via our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-liv-sin-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-5th-may-2017/

 

Last Updated (Monday, 10 July 2017 00:40)

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Axel Rudi Pell tends to release a new studio album every two year and in the short time that I’ve been posting these recommendations I’ve done two for his studio albums, as well as one for the live 25th anniversary album. Every 5 or 6 years we get a compilation from ARP referred to as The Ballads. Since the release of “The Ballads” in 1993 we’ve progressed to “The Ballads V” which was released by Steamhammer/SPV on 21st April. So far I’ve played three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Love’s Holding On” on 31st March, “When Truth Hurts” on 21st April and “I See Fire” on 28th April.

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Frontiers Music released three great albums by Swedish bands on 21st April. “Soul Survivor” by Adrenaline Rush was one of those three and probably my favourite. The album is the second from the band, following their self-titled debut in 2014. I’d interviewed lead singer Tåve Wanning following the release of their debut album in September 2014 and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to talk to her again to find out more about the new album. That interview is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th April, along with four tracks from the new album.

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I post a lot of album recommendations for releases by Swedish bands and that is a reflection of course of how much good rick music comes out of that country. Just to emphasise that latter point, Frontiers Music released 3 albums by Swedish bands on 21st April and I’ll be posting recommendations for all three. The first of those is “Ruff Justice” by Crazy Lixx, a band for which I’ve posted several album recommendations over the past few years. Lead singer Danny Rexon was also a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in 2014. I played “Wild Child”, the opening track of the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th April.

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Swedish band Adrenaline Rush, fronted by Tåve Wanning, released their second album, entitled “Soul Survivor” via Frontiers Music on 21st April. Tåve had been a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in September 2014, following the release of the bands self-titled debut album. I decided to catch up with her for another chat to find out about the new album, what the band had been getting up to and future plans. That interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show dated 28th April. That Show can now be found on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-t%C3%A5ve-from-adrenaline-rush-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-28th-april-2017/

 

Last Updated (Friday, 07 July 2017 21:21)

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Shameless released their latest studio album, entitled “The Filthy 7”, through RSR Music on 7th April 2017. It may be that the “7” refers to the fact that this is the seventh studio from the glam / sleaze rockers since their debut in 1999. I’ve played tracks from their previous album “Beautiful Disaster” on the NI Rocks Shows a few times since it was released in 2013 and the track “How The Story Goes” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th April.

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American band Through Fire only came to my notice recently when our friends at New Ocean Media got in touch. The band had formed in Nebraska in 2015 and signed with Sumerian Records to release their debut “Breathe” in July 2016.  This recommendation actually relates to a new deluxe version of that album which was released on 7th March 2017. I included the title track “Breathe” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st April.

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Mat Sinner is one of those names that seems to appear on a very regular basis when I’m checking out new releases. He is probably best known for his involvement in Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle and the “Rock Meets Classic” tour as well of course for his band Sinner. When I recorded an interview with Mat in January 2016 we chatted about all these projects as well as his involvement in Level 10 with Russell Allen and the Kiske/Somerville album (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2460-ni-rocks-interview-with-mat-sinner-primal-fear-sinner-etc.html ). At that time the tracks for a new Sinner album were written, but not yet recorded. That album is “Tequila Suicide”, which was released by AFM Records on 31st March. I played the track “Road to Hell” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st March and “Gypsy Rebels” is included on the Show on 21st April.

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For some reason I still expect Night Ranger albums to be more mellow / AOR / melodic than they actually are. Once again it took me longer that it should to check the new album out, but once I did, I realized that there was plenty to like. The latest album “Don’t Let Up” was released by Frontiers Music on 24th March and the track “Somehow Someway” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th April.

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A Killer’s Confession, the new band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis is set to release it’s debut album April 28th via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. (Press release from New Ocean Media)

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 07:26)

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Legendary London trio ROCK GODDESS return with a brand new 3 song EP entitled 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution via Cargo Records and physical CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case by ROCK GODDESS directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered. (Press release via Rock n Growl Promotions).

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