Groundbreaker is a new melodic rock project that features F.M. vocalist Steve Overland and Work of Art / W.E.T. guitarist Robert Säll. Their self-titled debut album was released through Frontiers Records on 14th September. If you’re a melodic rock fan this is definitely an album you’ll need to check out as it combines the talents of two of the genres biggest names from England and Sweden. I’ve included three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show so far – “Over My Shoulder” on 29th June, “Something Worth Fight For” on 17th August and “Will It Make You Love Me” on 21st September.

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“Morph” is the third album from KrashKarma and it was released on 7th September by Splitnail Records. KrashKarma is a duo based in Los Angeles and it features Ralf Dietal on vocals and guitar and Niki Skistimas on drums and vocals. The band fuses a number of genres into a great sound and initially started as a four-piece but quickly shifted to the current format. The track “Stranded” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st September.

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Satan were one of the iconic group of early New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands and possessed a name that no doubt did a great deal to endear the metal genre to the so called moral majority! Their 1983 debut album “Court In The Act” is often referred to as one of the pivotal records of the era – perhaps more in hindsight rather than due to its impact at the time. “Cruel Magic” is the band’s third album since reforming in 2011 and it was released on 7th September by Metal Blade Records. The track “Death Knell For A King” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th September.

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“Purgatorio” is the third album from Swedish band Manimal (not to be confused with the French death metal band of the same name) and it was released on 7th September via AFM Records. The band name always reminds me of the awful TV series from the 80’s, but thankfully the music is of a much better quality and this is actually the second album recommendation that I’ve posted for this band. The single “Manimalized” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th August and the title track is on the Show this week.

 

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“Black Coffee” is the second album from Danish hard rock band Junkyard Drive and it was released on 1st September by Mighty Music. This is the follow-on to “Sin & Tonic” which was released last year and the band has been busy over the past 18 months touring, playing festivals and recording! The single “Sweet Little Dreamer” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June and then on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 7th August.

 

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Californian power metal band Helion Prime released their second album, “Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster”, through AFM Records on 31st August. I’d almost post a recommendation just to get mentioning that awesome title, but in reality this is an album well worth checking out for the nine tracks that it features! The title track is actually a seventeen minute epic, but I still might include it on a Show sometime! Instead, I included “A King Is Born” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

 

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“Road To Disorder” is the second album from Danish band I’ll Be Damned and it was released on 31st August via Drakkar Entertainment. Promoted as Denmark’s hottest rock sensation since Volbeat, I’ll Be Damned deliver their own brand of music meshing together a variety of metal / rock sub-genres. I featured the track “You Are The Young” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st September.

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Monte Pittman is probably best known as being Madonna’s guitarist for almost twenty years, but he is also a very accomplished solo artist and on 31st August he released two new albums through Metal Blade Records. “Between The Space” is a heavy album, whilst “Better or Worse” is an acoustic album. Pittman provides the vocals and plays all the instruments on both albums. I included the track “Depth Perception” from “Better or Worse” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

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To most rock or blues fans, certainly those on this island, the name Taste is synonymous with the late 60’s and the legendary Rory Gallagher (although the band did reform in the late 90’s). However, in this case, Taste are a Swedish band formed by two brothers in 2009 and “Moral Decay” is their second album, which was released on 31st August by AOR Heaven. The track “Alive” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

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“Steelfactory” is the latest album by U.D.O. the band formed by singer Udo Dirkschneider in 1987 following his departure from Accept. Over the past thirty years the band has now released sixteen studio albums with this latest one being released on 31st August by AFM Records. “Steelfactory” is the first U.D.O. album since 2015 as Udo has been touring widely as ‘Dirkschneider” for a few years, playing Accept songs. The track “Make The Move” was included on the 400th Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th August.

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Halestorm performed in The Telegraph Building in Belfast on 20th September. On this tour, to support the release of the album "Vicious", they’ve been mixing the set-lists up and including one rarely performed track each night. At the Belfast show we experienced a great performance of the track “Takes My Life” which has only ever been released on the live EP “One And Done” in 2006. I managed to get a recording of that track as well as two others - "I Am The Fire" from the album "Into The Wild Life" and "Killing Ourselves To Live" from the new album.

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