When a band has worked with Toby Jepson on their debut album and Ricky Warwick has co-written two of the tracks on that album, then it’s probably worth checking it out! That band is Anchor Lane and that album is “Casino” which was released by R7 Records on 31st January. The track “Casino” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in December.

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“Sonic Playground Revisted” is the second album from Finnish band The Ragged Saints and it was released on 31st January by AOR Heaven. Work actually commenced on the album shortly after the release of the band’s debut album in 2013 but stalled with the band taking a hiatus for several years. With their collective feet back on the throttle, the band have returned with a great new album. The track “Turning Cold” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th February.

 

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French band Shadow Breaker released their self-titled debut album through Pride & Joy Music on 24th January. The band is actually the third collaboration between two of its members, following on from Savourey in the 90’s and Northwind in the 00’s. This new project is heavily inspired by the big rock bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s. The track “City of Lights” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd January, followed by “Fly Me” on 14th February.

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“Age of Fear” is the debut album from Canadian melodic rock band Storm Force and it was released by Escape Music on 25th January. Notably, the band features guitarist Greg Fraser who was a founding member of Brighton Rock and also played in Helix. The track “Because of You” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd January and “Age of Fear” on the Show on 14th February.

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Frontiers Music continues to demonstrate that there is much more to the label than classic rock bands and the 80’s generation of artists with the release of the self-titled debut album from Passion. The album was released on 24th January and features former Night By Night vocalist Daniel Rossall – performing under the name Lion Ravarez. The track “Too Bad For Baby” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in November, followed by “Trespass on Love” on 3rd January and “Back” on 31st January.

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Four years after the release of “Heavy Rock Radio” Norwegian singer Jorn Lande returns with “Heavy Rock Radio II – Executing The Classics”; another album full of tracks given the Jorn cover treatment. The new album was released on 24th January by Frontiers Music. In between those two albums Jorn has also released another solo studio album, a live album and a compilation box set with Frontiers. The track “Lonely Night” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in November, followed by “Needles and Pins” in December.

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Jeff Pilson is one of the most accomplished bass players in the rock scene, having played in bands such as Dokken and Dio and for the last fifteen years being a member of Foreigner. He is also a hugely respected producer. The latest project that he has been involved in is the band Black Swan; alongside Robin McAuley, Reb Beach and Matt Starr. I was fortunate to be able to talk with Jeff to chat about Black Swan and his other work via Skype on 30th January. The interview was recorded during Foreigner’s residency at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.

The first part of the interview focuses on Black Swan, the second part on Foreigner and in the final part we chat about The End Machine, Dokken, Steven Adler and more. The Black Swan album “Shake The World” is released by Frontiers Music on 14th February.

The interview was included on the Friday NI Rock Show on 14th February and this Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jeff-pilson-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-14th-feb-2020/

 

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“Dirty Shirley” is the excellent, self-titled, debut album from a band that features guitar legend George Lynch and rising vocal sensation Dino Jelusic; both of whom are no stranger to the NI Rocks playlists on Rock Radio NI. The album was released via Frontiers Music on 24th January. Dirty Shirley is another shining example of how good that label can be at creating new projects that feature some of the top artists in the rock music scene. The tracks “Here Comes The King” and “Dirty Blues” were included on the Friday NI Rocks Show during November, followed by “I Believe” on 10th January.

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DECARLO released their debut album “Lightning Strikes Twice” through Frontiers Music on 24th January. The album is great example of how melodic rock should be done – but then singer Tommy DeCarlo has been fronting rock legends Boston since 2007. I’ve often said that I’m not a huge fan of anything too AOR or overly melodic and that there needs to be sufficient ‘rock’ to merit the label! DECARLO certainly delivers on that. The title track “Lightning Strikes Twice” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th December and there will be a track on the NI Rocks A-Z Show this month.

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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 January – 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 December were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3713-ni-rocks-recap-on-2019-and-playlists-for-december.html

 

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have chatted with guitarist Doug Aldrich a few times over the past number of years. The first interview was recorded when he was in Belfast with Whitesnake in 2013 and the second was recorded in 2018 just before The Dead Daisies tour brought them to Belfast. I was pleased to get the opportunity to speak to Doug again via Skype on 31st January. This time the focus was on the recent release of the third album from Revolution Saints; the band that he is in alongside Deen Castronovo and Jack Blades. However, we also chat about The Dead Daisies, Burning Rain, Dio, The Planet Rock Allstars and more.


You can hear that interview along with eight tracks featuring Doug on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th February. This is available from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-doug-aldrich-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-7th-feb-2020/

 

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