Singer Jeff Scott Soto is involved with many projects including Sons of Apollo, W.E.T. and the Trans Siberian Orchestra. He also releases solo work under his own name and fronts a band called Soto. That band releases its third album, entitled “Origami”, through Inside Out Music on 24th May. I’d recorded an interview with Jeff when he played in Belfast back in 2013, but felt another interview was long overdue and jumped at the opportunity to speak to him about his latest album. We spoke via Skype on 23rd April. At that point only one single from the new album had been released, but the title track has now been released as well and I’ve included it  on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 26th April along with the interview. You’ll find that Show on our MixCloud site here - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jeff-scott-soto-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-26th-apr-2019/

 

 

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After releasing three EPs over the past seven years and then an album called “Origins” last year which was a collection of tracks from those EPs, American band Shallow Side released their first full album of new material on 29th March. The album is called “Saints & Sinners” and it was released by Thermal Entertainment. I’ve featured tracks from the earlier EPs on the Shows for some time and the track “Sound the Alarm” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd March and the title track “Saints & Sinners” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 26th March.

 

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The End Machine is a new musical collaboration between three quarters of the classic Dokken line-up from the late 80’s and singer Robert Mason. All four have all at some point performed with Lynch Mob. The three Dokken members are guitarist George Lynch, bass player Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown. The band released their self-titled debut album via Frontiers Music on 22nd March. The track “Alive Today” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th January, followed by “Burn The Truth” on 8th March and “Leap of Faith” on 29th March.

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“Crowned In Frost” is the second album from Italian female fronted power metal band Frozen Crown and it was released via Scarlet Records on 22nd March. The band formed in 2017 and their debut album, released the following year, gained them a considerable following. The track “Neverending” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd March.

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Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) announced today that he has signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast for his solo album releases. Further, he also announced that he has begun recording his latest solo offering, “When Life Was Fast And Hard”. Playing on the album are Ricky Warwick (Vocals & Guitars), Robert Crane (Bass), Keith Nelson (Guitars) and Xavier Muriel (Drums) as well as several special guests.

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“Rise of the Dragon Empire” is the latest album from Swedish metal band Bloodbound and it was released by AFM Records on 22nd March. It is the band’s eighth studio album since they formed in 2004 and their fifth with AFM. The title track “Rise of the Dragon Empire” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd March.

 

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The multi-platinum rock group Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May of Queen and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song “Blue On Black” mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed). Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally recorded and co-written by Shepherd. Taking Country Rock to the next level, “Blue On Black” is out now worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America).

The artists and their respective labels are donating all proceeds from the collaboration version of “Blue On Black” to the GARY SINISE FOUNDATION which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

 

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Graham Bonnet makes a welcome return to Belfast on 25th September 2019; this time as part of iconic band Alcatrazz. The band features original Alcatrazz members Graham Bonnet & Jimmy Waldo, new guitarist, the incredible Joe Stump and Graham’s band mates from the Graham Bonnet Band: Beth-Ami Heavenstone & Mark Benquechea. They perform in Limelight on 25th September and tickets are on sale now.

 

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Danish melodic metal band Meridian released their third album, “Margin of Error”, via Mighty Music on 22nd March. This follows the release of the EP “The Fate of Atlantis” a year previously and the four tracks from that EP are included on the new album. Tracks from “The Fate of Atlantis” were included on the Friday NI Rocks Show and on the NI Rocks A-Z Show last year. Additionally, the new track “Second Best” from “Margin of Error” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th March, followed by “The Devil Inside Us All” on 5th April.

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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 March – 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 February were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3552-ni-rocks-playlists-for-february-2019.html

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“Face The Music” is the excellent fourth album from Burning Rain and it was released on 22nd March by Frontiers Music. The band was formed by guitarist Doug Aldrich and singer Keith St John in 1998. When I interviewed Doug Aldrich last October we discussed the upcoming album and his desire to promote the release – he and Keith are doing a short tour together in the UK at the moment. I’ve played a few tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Midnight Train” on 11th January and 8th February, “If It’s Love” on 8th March and “Face The Music” on 22nd March.

 

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