There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of September – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for August were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3653-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included an interview with Todd Poole from Roxy Blue. I also posted e-mail interviews with Mariangela Demurtas from Ardours and Elias Salo from Block Buster.

 

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I’ve been a fan of Kobra and the Lotus for quite a few years so their latest album “Evolution” was always going to be ‘must-have’ when it was released by Napalm Records on 20th September. I pre-ordered the vinyl picture disc and also bought the CD. The three singles from the new album had been sent to us by Napalm Records and these have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few weeks.

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“Final Offering” is the new album from American rock icons Axe and it was released by Escape Music on 20th September 2019. Coming almost twenty years after the release of their previous studio album, “Final Offering” is also destined to be the last album from the band. Founding member Bobby Barth was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd August and we chatted about the album and the band in some detail – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3637-ni-rocks-interview-with-bobby-barth-from-axe.html . Several tracks from the album were included on that Show and “Money” was included on the Show on 20th September.

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“Zokusho” is the second album from The Defiants, a band whose members are all linked to Danger Danger. The latest album was released on 13th September by Frontiers Records and it features three current members of Danger Danger and a former vocalist from that band. The track “Love Is The Killer” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th September.

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“Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones” is the self-titled, third album from South Carolina singer-guitarist Hannah Wicklund and her band. It was actually released in the USA last year, but was released in the UK on 13th September by Strawberry Moon Records. I hadn’t actually heard of her until we got the press release from Noble PR, but instantly liked what I heard when I checked out the album. The track “Bomb Through The Breeze” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th August, followed by “Ghost” on 20th September.

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“Dying Breed” is the sixth album from French band BlackRain and it was released on 13th September by Steamhammer / SPV. The band traces its origins back to 2001, but their first album was released in 2006 and they actually only came to my attention with the release of their previous album “Released” in 2016. The track “Hellfire” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th August, followed by “Dying Breed” on 13th September.

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“Circle of Dolls” is the third album from KXM, the band that features dUg Pinnick, George Lynch and Ray Luzier. The album was released on 13th September 2019 - by Frontiers Music in Europe and by Rat Pak Records in North America. Lynch has stated that it is their best album so far. The track “War of Words” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th Sept.

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English band Piston self-released their self-titled debut album on 13th September. The album is being distributed by Music Glue and came to our attention thanks to our friends at Noble PR. The band has been around for a few years, getting airplay on Planet Rock Radio and coverage in Classic Rock Magazine amongst others. The track “Rainmaker” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th August and that was followed by the latest single “Blow It Away” on 13th September.

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Local band Conjuring Fate have announced that the release date for their new album "Curse Of The Fallen” will be November 15th, 2019. Pre-orders will commence on 1st November in the Pure Steel Records webshop. Further information can be found in the press release / band biography that I’ve combined below -

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“Losing Gravity” is the debut album from Finnish band Block Buster and it was released through Frontiers Music on 13th September. The band is part of Frontiers ‘New Breed’ roster, but in reality has been around for over ten years, developing their sound and expanding their fanbase. They actually opened for Bon Jovi in Helsinki back in 2011. I posted an interview with the band’s guitarist on the Rock Radio NI website this week and this covers the band’s history as well as the new album. The track “Move” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in June and we’ll be featuring more tracks from the album soon.

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As I’m sure I’ve said before, Mat Sinner is one of those musicians who always seems to be involved in something; be it with Sinner, Primal Fear, Rock Meets Classic or some other collaboration. This time, specifically, it’s the new Sinner album “Santa Muerte” which was released by AFM Records on 13th September. Sinner releases are always worth checking out and this one is even more note-worthy as it features the addition of Italian singer Giorgia Colleluori to the band as well as guest appearances from Ricky Warwick and Ronnie Romero. The track “Fiesta Y Copas” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show in July, followed by “Last Exit Hell” on 23rd August and “Death Letter” on 13th September.

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