“The Great Divine” is the excellent new album from Swedish band Reach and it was released on 23rd February through Sun Hill Production. (I decided to avoid the obvious cliché and won’t be referring to the album as great or divine ay any point!). The band’s debut album had been released back in 2015, but there have been some changes in the line-up and Reach is now a trio rather than a four-piece. The single “You Say” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd March.

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“Under The Radar” is the debut album from English band Signal Red and it was released on 23rd February via Escape Music. The band was created by guitarist Steve Grocott and singer Lee Small in 2013 but work on their first album was delayed by other projects that the two were working on. A few years later the album is finally released and the end product is a great example of melodic rock at its best. The track “Defiant” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd February.

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Chris Bay is the vocalist for German power metal band Freedom Call and on 23rd February he released his first solo album called “Chasing The Sun”, through Steamhammer/SPV. At first listen I wasn’t too sure about many of the songs on the album as they seemed a little “pop” influenced. However, there were also some that I liked instantly, such as “Bad Boyz”, which was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 20th February. The more I listened to the album, the more that it grew on me and whilst there are still a few tracks that don’t tick my boxes, they may well do so for other listeners.

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Local band No Hot Ashes release their long awaited debut album through Frontiers Music on 23rd March. They’ll be launching the album with a gig in The Limelight in Belfast on Friday 6th April, supported by none other than FM. Myself and Ian Fisher (aka Rock Radio NI’s Balatty) recorded an interview with No Hot Ashes vocalist Eamon Nancarrow on 6th March and chatted about the new album and much more. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show and on Balatty’s Podcast as well.

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“Carnival Days” is the excellent second album from Finnish rockers Shiraz Lane and it was released on 23rd February by Frontiers Music. Finland has a long history of producing great rock bands and Shiraz Lane certainly do their bit to keep up those standards. I posted a recommendation for their debut album “For Crying Out Loud” back in April 2016, and if anything the second album is even better. The track “People Like Us” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of February – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 120 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for January were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3298-ni-rocks-playlists-for-january-2018.html

 

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“Bite!” is the debut album from the Croatian band Animal Drive and it was released on 23rd February 2018 by Frontiers Music. The band is fronted by Dino Jelusic who was one of the vocalists on the Trans Siberian Orchestra’s recent North American tour. Fellow TSO performer Jeff Scott Soto recommended Jelusic and his band to Frontiers. I included the track “Had Enough” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd March.

 

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I’ve been a big fan of Swiss band Gotthard for a while so when I heard about the new album from CoreLeoni I was keen to check it out. CoreLeoni is essential a project led by Gotthard guitarist and founder Leo Leoni which aims to re-visit and re-release tracks from the early Gotthard albums. The first CoreLeoni release is “The Greatest Hits Part 1” and it was issued via Frontiers Music on 23rd February. The album also includes a new track called “Walk on Water” which is featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 27th February. “All I Care For” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd February.

 

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Salem is another of those 80’s British rock bands who reformed and have now found a home with Dissonance Productions. Their third studio album, entitled “Attrition”, was released on 23rd February. Unusually, the five band members in 2018 are the same as when the band split initially back in 1983. The new album features 11 tracks, recorded in their home town of Hull, and I included the track “Taking Control” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd March.

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“Sinister Sides” is the third album from Californian stoner band Blackwülf and it was released on 23rd February by Ripple Music. In little over five years the band have gained a significant fan base that includes Metallica’s Lars Ulrich. The latest album also features a guest appearance from Geof O’Keefe from Pentagram and Bedemon on three of the eight tracks. The title track “Sinister Sides” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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In my previous album recommendation (for the new Desolation Angels album) I was praising Dissonance Productions for releasing albums from some great British bands founded in the 80’s. The same label also releases albums by some great rock bands formed more recently and one example of that is “All Men Shall Fall” from California rockers Kill Ritual. The album was released on 23rd February and I’ve included the track “Megalomaniac” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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