“First Blood” is the debut release from Germany-based band Glanville. The five track EP was released by Fat & Holy Records on CD and vinyl on 6th July, having previously being released digitally on 4th May. Glanville are a hard rock band who formed in Germany, but which has a multi-national line-up featuring members who have played in a number of other bands. The single “God Is Dead” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week – 13th July.

 

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“Cultural Daze” is the debut release from the melodic rock band Von Baltzer, which features English singer Ian Parry. The album was released on 29th June by AOR Heaven. Other than Parry, those involved with the album and the band are mainly Swedish, and the album has a definite 80’s / 90’s melodic rock influence. I included the opening track “All Night Long” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th July.

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Jean Beauvoir has a long and distinguished career, releasing numerous albums and working on many more as a singer, bass-player, guitarist, song-writer or producer. The release of “Rock Masterpieces Vol 1” by AOR Heaven on 29th June captures some of the excellent tracks from his albums over the years; as a solo artist, with Crown of Thorns and with Voodoo X. I included the Crown of Thorns track “Rock Ready” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th July.

 

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“Looking For Today” is the debut album from LA-based band The Rare Breed. It was originally self-released back in 2016 but was given a world-wide release by Ripple Music on 22nd June. The Ozzy-era Black Sabbath influences on the band are very evident and I’m guessing that their name is a homage to ‘Rare Breed’, the short-lived band formed in 1967 that featured Geezer Butler and Ozzy Osbourne before they formed Black Sabbath. The track “Echo from The Sun” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th July.

 

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Phoenix based band Co-Op released their self-titled debut album via Ellefson Music Productions/ SPV on 29th June. It was released a couple of weeks earlier in the USA via the EMP Label Group (the company started by Megadeth’s David Ellefson). The band formed in 2014 and is fronted by Dash Cooper; son of rock legend Alice Cooper. The album features a guest appearance from Alice Cooper and from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry. The single “N.O.W.” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th June.

 

 

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Dare marked the 30th anniversary of the release of their debut album with a re-recorded, special edition called “Out of the Silence II” that was released on 29th June 2018 via Legend Records. The album has been completely re-recorded and is a little heavier sounding than the 1988 original. I included the track “Abandon” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th June.

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Lightning In A Bottle is a new consultation agency co-founded by Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons/Little Angels) and Rob Town (Stampede Press/Panic Cell).  With its core values aimed squarely at the music and what it is to be a music maker in the modern age, this new business partnership has been set up by musicians with over 30 years experience in the industry as a support platform for musicians, to help inform, encourage, support and empower them, and to bring a real, honest approach to the problems and challenges that so many bands and music artists face everyday.

 

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“Big City Life” is the second album from Norwegian band Big City and it was released on 22nd June by Rock of Angels Records (ROAR) as a double CD along with their debut album “Wintersleep”. The band can trace its roots back about ten years and it features members from other Norwegian bands such as Scariot, Satyricon and Withem. I included the track “Running For Your Life” from the “Big City Life” album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd June.

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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 June – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for May were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3381-ni-rocks-playlists-for-may-2018.html

This month on the Shows there were interviews with Rich Moss from Stone Broken and Sons of Apollo guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal -http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“My Midnight Things” is the new album from American rockers Lizzy Borden and it is their first release in over ten years. The band made their name in LA in the 80’s and 90’s, releasing four studio albums between 1984 and 1989. “My Midnight Things” is the third studio album since 2000 and it was released via Metal Blade Records on 15th June. I included the track “Long May They Haunt Us” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June and “The Scar Across My Heart” on the Show on 29th June.

 

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“Stay Steel” is the latest album from Italian metal band Crying Steel, which notably features former Shy / TNT frontman Tony Mills on vocals. The album was released on 15th June by Pride & Joy Music. Crying Steel were active during the 80’s initially before effectively splitting up and then reforming in 2003. This is only their third new album since reforming. I’ll be including the track “Speed of Light” on Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

 

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