German band Licence released their second album, “N2O2R”, through Metalapolis on 2nd August. I can think of a few bands with father and son in the band but there can’t be too many with father and daughter, which is what Licence offers. The new album features a guest appearance by Richie Diver from local band Maverick as well as a cover of the Pat Benatar classic “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The track “Line of Fire” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July, followed by “Hot4Ever” on 9th August.

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“Horrors” is the debut album from Swedish rock band MoLD and it was released on 26th July by GMR Music. The band shouldn’t be confused with the Manchester band of the same name. The new album is being released via Plastic Head Distribution and our friends at Work Hard PR brought it to our attention. I included the album’s opening track “Horsemen Riding” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th July.

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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 July – 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 June were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3615-ni-rocks-playlists-for-june-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included interviews with Caterina Nix from Chaos Magic and with Jackie ‘Jax’ Chambers from Girlschool and Syteria.

 

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“Out of Connection” is the third album from Italian symphonic/melodic metal band SinHeresY and it was released on 26th July by Scarlet Records. The band formed in 2009 and features shared male / female lead vocals. Fans of bands like Amaranthe and Delain would definitely want to check out the album. I played the tracks “Out of Connection” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th June and “Zero One” on 19th July.

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“Bleed for Passion” is the fourth album from American band Faithsedge and it was released by Scarlet Records on 26th July. The band formed in 2009 and is largely centred around singer and guitarist Giancarlo Floridia. I posted an interview with Giancarlo back in 2014 after the release of the band’s second album, but there have been some key line-up changes since then. The track “Back From This” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July.

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New Dawn” is the second album from Canadian band Stranded and it was released on 19th July by Escape Music, some 20 years after the first album. Only vocalist Troy Reid remains from the initial album and the driving force behind this release would seem to be multi-instrumentalist Lewis Nitikman. The album is probably about as AOR/melodic as I would tend to listen to, but it is definitely a great example of that genre. The track “Not Enough Sorry” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July.

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“Boneyard” is the new album from singer Reuben Archer and it was released by Toxic Arrow Records on the 12th July. Archer is best known for fronting the band Stampede in the early 80’s and again following their reformation in 2009. He has also released two great albums as Reuben Archer and Personal Sin between 2013 and 2017. On this new album he has teamed up with a group of musicians called The Brand. I featured the track “Love Is Blind” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July.

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“Between Wild Landscapes And Deep Blue Seas” is the new, rather eloquently titled, album from Italian band Hollow Haze and their first since reforming after a short-lived disbanding. It was released by Frontiers Music on 12th July and the album title reflects tracks that focus on life and adventures. The tracks themselves blend melodic, heavy and symphonic influences. The single “Oblivion” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in April and “Destinations” on 28th June.

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“Enigma Fire” is the second album from German symphonic metal band Visionatica and it was released on 12th July by Frontiers Music. The female fronted band formed in Bavaria in 2013 and released their debut album in 2016 before signing with Frontiers. I played the first single from the album, “The Pharoah”, on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in April and the second single “Fear” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 16th July.

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I’ve been a fan of Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus for quite a few years so it’s great to see details being released about their next album. “Evolution” is due for release on 20th September by Napalm Records. The album will be the band’s sixth studio album since their formation in 2009. It follows the release by Napalm Records of “Prevail I” in 2017 and “Prevail II” in 2018.

I did an e-mail interview with lead singer Kobra Paige in January 2013 and she was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in August 2017 following the release of “Prevail I”. The latter interview can be found here – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3178-ni-rocks-interview-with-kobra-paige-from-kobra-and-the-lotus.html

 

The Napalm Records press release can be read here -

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“The Great Escape” is the debut album from Irish band Jailbirds and it was released on 5th July by Golden Robot Records. Although based in Dublin, the band was actually formed by two Australians who had ended up living there. Jailbirds released an EP in 2017 and have secured some great support slots over the last couple of years. The track “Nothing Good Lasts Forever” opened the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th June and “Thrill of the Chase” is on the Show on 26th July.

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