“Shitfaced And Outta Luck” is the debut album from German hard rock band Motor City Mayhem and it was released on 25th May via Metalapolis Records. The band had previously performed under the name Shotgun Express, but had decided to rebrand after the original singer left. The album feature ten full throttle, dirty rock n roll tracks and the band name is quite appropriate! The track “Bad Habit” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th May.

 

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Ryan Roxie released his first solo album, entitled “Imagine Your Reality” through Cargo Records on 25th May. Roxie, best known as one of Alice Cooper’s guitarists, has also been a member of Slash’s Snakepit and Swedish band Casablanca and has released albums fronting his own project Roxie 77. On “Imagine Your Reality” however, he has worked with a number of musicians and it is truly a solo album rather than a band release. Ryan was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May when we played 4 tracks from the new album – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3359-ni-rocks-interview-with-ryan-roxie-may-2018.html

 

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“Hands on the Wheel” is the sixth studio album from German band Hartmann and it was released on 18th May via Sonic 11 Records / Pride and Joy Records. The band is fronted by Oliver Hartmann, the singer, guitarist and song-writer who has worked with many bands over the past 20 years, including Avantasia, Edguy, Freedom Call and Rock Meets Classic. The album includes 12 great melodic hard rock tracks with plenty of opportunity for Hartmann to showcase his guitar skills. The track “Simple Man”, that features Eric Martin from Mr Big on vocals, was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May.

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“Decadence Deluxe” is the fifth album from Greek metal band Crystal Tears and it was released on 18th May via Pride & Joy Music. The band formed back in 1997 and has been releasing a new album every four since 2002. “Decadence Deluxe” includes a cover of the Judas Priest track “Heart of a Lion” and also two bonus live tracks that feature Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie*. The track “Bleeding Me” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th May.

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“Evolve” is the debut album from Australian female fronted band Lillye and it was released on 18th May via Eclipse Records. The band is fronted by Virginia Lillye, a former performer in musicals such as Cats and Grease around Europe, who then returned to Australia to start a rock band. After releasing an EP in 2014 the band toured and performed on a regular basis, including shows for the troops based in the Middle East, before starting work on their debut album. I played the track “In The End” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May.

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“Icons of the New Days” is the third album from Lords of Black and it was released via Frontiers Music on 11th May. The band has developed a wide support base since its foundation in 2014 not due only to the quality of the music, but as a result of lead singer Ronnie Romero being chosen by Richie Blackmore to front Rainbow. The release of this third album will only serve to enhance that following. I played the track “Icons of the New Days” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th March, “World Gone Mad” on 13th April and “When A Hero Takes A Fall” on 18th May.

 

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“Only Human” is the fifth album from British melodic rock band Vega and it was released via Frontiers Music on 11th May; almost 2 years to the day since the release of the previous album “Who We Are”. It’s the third Vega album that I’ve posted a recommendation for (starting with “Stereo Messiah” in 2014) and I’ve also interviewed lead singer Nick Workman on two occasions. The track “Last Man Standing” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd March and “Go To War” on 25th May.

 

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“Hard Times” is the third album from English band Doomsday Outlaw and their first since signing to Frontiers Music who released the album on 11th May. It’s also the third album recommendation that I’ve posted for Doomsday Outlaw, following their self-released albums in 2015 and 2016. A number of tracks from “Hard Times” were released by Frontiers ahead of the album – “Spirit That Made Me” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th February, “Over and Over” on 2nd March and again on 27th April (as well as being on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 10th April) and “Bring It On Home” on 13th April.

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“All You Need Is Soul” is the new album from Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate. The album was released on 11th May by Frontiers Music. I’ve featured all three singles on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few weeks and all three were included on the Show on 27th April along with an interview with Jizzy –http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3345-ni-rocks-interview-with-jizzy-pearl-april-2018.html

My favourite track “When The Devil Comes” was on the Show on 18th May.

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Ryan Roxie was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show recently. One of the tracks he chose to play from his new album “Imagine Your Reality” was “To Live And Die In L.A.” was it was going to be the next single. That single has now been released along with a video. Have a listen to the interview to find out more about the track and the album – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3359-ni-rocks-interview-with-ryan-roxie-may-2018.html

The official press release for the single is copied below.

 

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“Valley of Thorns” is the debut album from British female rock band The Kut who have previously released a number of EPs and single over the past ten years or so. The album was released on 4th May through Cargo Records. When the labels ‘alternative’, ‘grunge’ or ‘punk’ get tagged onto bands I can sometimes struggle to connect with the music, but that hasn’t been the case with The Kut. When I got the link to the new album via Rock n Growl promotions a quick preview was enough to ensure that the album got a more in-depth listen. The track “Bad Man” will be on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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