Frontiers Music have a growing reputation for working with new bands, but they also continue to do what they’ve done for many years – releasing great new albums from bands that first formed in the 80’s or 90’s. This month there were three such releases – I’ve already posted about the Roxy Blue album. Another release worth checking out is “Subway To The Stars”, the exellent new album from Spread Eagle that was released on 9th August. The band had released two albums in the early 90’s and reformed in 2006, but this is their first new album since then. The track “Grand Slam” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in June and there will be more from the band on the Show very soon.

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American band Roxy Blue returns with the release of a self-titled album through Frontiers Music on 9th August. The band had formed in Memphis in 1989 and released the album “Want Some?” in 1992 before splitting shortly afterwards. That album eventually gained some recognition and something of an iconic / cult status. The band has recently reformed and recorded their first new tracks in almost thirty years. “Silver Lining” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show in June and “Rockstar Junkie” on 16th August. There will be more from the band on the Show very soon.

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On 20th September American band Axe release their first studio album in almost twenty years, after being talked into coming out of retirement by Escape Music Ltd. At the heart of Axe is of course guitarist Bobby Barth, who was also the band’s lead vocalist on their earlier albums from 1979 to 1983. He was also the frontman and guitarist for Blackfoot for several years. I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to chat with Bobby on the phone for almost 40 minutes on 19th August and we talked about the new Axe album, the history of the band, working with Blackfoot and much more.

You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd August – available now from the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 22nd Aug) and from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-bobby-barth-from-axe-and-formerly-blackfoot/

 

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“Nothing But Wild” is the fourth album from German rockers The New Roses and it was released by Napalm Records on 2nd August. The band formed officially in 2012 and had released a couple of albums before they caught my attention in 2017. Since then I’ve played tracks from the third and fourth albums a few times on the Shows and had already purchased “Nothing But Wild” on iTunes before it appeared in our inbox. The track “Down By The River” was on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th July, followed by “Glory Road” on 9th August.

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“Parallel Universe” is the second album from Greek band SiXforNinE and it was released by Eclipse Records on 2nd August. The band formed in Athens about eight years ago and they released their first album in 2015. Eclipse Records refer to the band as ‘alternative metal’, although I’ve also seen the ‘progressive metal’ label applied. Either way, the album is certainly worth checking out. The track “Bullet off It’s Course” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July.

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German band Licence released their second album, “N2O2R”, through Metalapolis on 2nd August. I can think of a few bands with father and son in the band but there can’t be too many with father and daughter, which is what Licence offers. The new album features a guest appearance by Richie Diver from local band Maverick as well as a cover of the Pat Benatar classic “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The track “Line of Fire” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July, followed by “Hot4Ever” on 9th August.

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“Horrors” is the debut album from Swedish rock band MoLD and it was released on 26th July by GMR Music. The band shouldn’t be confused with the Manchester band of the same name. The new album is being released via Plastic Head Distribution and our friends at Work Hard PR brought it to our attention. I included the album’s opening track “Horsemen Riding” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th July.

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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 July – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for June were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3615-ni-rocks-playlists-for-june-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included interviews with Caterina Nix from Chaos Magic and with Jackie ‘Jax’ Chambers from Girlschool and Syteria.

 

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“Out of Connection” is the third album from Italian symphonic/melodic metal band SinHeresY and it was released on 26th July by Scarlet Records. The band formed in 2009 and features shared male / female lead vocals. Fans of bands like Amaranthe and Delain would definitely want to check out the album. I played the tracks “Out of Connection” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th June and “Zero One” on 19th July.

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“Bleed for Passion” is the fourth album from American band Faithsedge and it was released by Scarlet Records on 26th July. The band formed in 2009 and is largely centred around singer and guitarist Giancarlo Floridia. I posted an interview with Giancarlo back in 2014 after the release of the band’s second album, but there have been some key line-up changes since then. The track “Back From This” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July.

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New Dawn” is the second album from Canadian band Stranded and it was released on 19th July by Escape Music, some 20 years after the first album. Only vocalist Troy Reid remains from the initial album and the driving force behind this release would seem to be multi-instrumentalist Lewis Nitikman. The album is probably about as AOR/melodic as I would tend to listen to, but it is definitely a great example of that genre. The track “Not Enough Sorry” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July.

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