English band City of Thieves released their debut album “Beast Reality” through Frontiers Music on 12th October. This follows the release of their EP “Incinerator” back in 2015 – tracks from that EP have been included on the Shows a few times. The band produced the new album alongside Toby Jepson. A number of singles have been released ahead of the album and four tracks have now featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show over recent months – “Buzzed Up City” (20th April), Born To Be Great (22nd June), “Reality Bites” (7th Sept) and “Fuel and Alcohol” (2nd Nov).

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“Life Is Not Beautiful” is the second album from Finnish symphonic power metal band Arion and it was released on 19th October by AFM Records. It includes the single “At The Break of Dawn” which features Elize Ryd from Amaranthe. That single was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September and “Unforgivable” had been on the Show on 7th September.

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“Demoncracy” is the second album from German metal band God’s Army and it was released on 12th October via Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!). The band formed initially in 2004 but it was 2014 before their debut album was released. The track “Enemy Maker” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (26th Oct).

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Lizzies are female fronted rock band from Madrid, Spain and they released their second album, “On Thin Ice”, through The Sign Records on 5th October. Initially the band started off as an all-female outfit but they now have a male drummer. The band delivers some great metal tunes with a definite 80’s vibe. I included the single “Final Sentence” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 25th September.

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American band Impellitteri released their latest album, “The Nature of the Beast” through Frontiers Music on 12th October. This is the band’s eleventh full length studio album since forming in 1987. An interview with guitarist Chris Impellitteri was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th October - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3465-ni-rocks-interview-with-chris-impellitteri.html . That Show also featured four tracks from the new album; one of which was the single “Run For Your Life” which had previously been included on the Show on 27th July.

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Hank Erix is best known as the frontman of Swedish AOR band Houston, but on 5th October he released his first solo album. It is called “Nothing But Trouble” and it was released by Livewire / Cargo Records. The album is a bit heavier than the usual offering from Houston and it features a host of musicians who have been involved in numerous other projects. The track “Turn To Darkness” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October.

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“Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is the third album from German power metal band Hammer King and it was released via Cruz Del Sur Music on 5th October. The band only formed a few years ago but the members have been around the German rock scene for some time and all are also actually members of the band Ivory Night. The latest album was produced by Powerwolf bassist Charles Greywolf. The title track was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th September.

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“Stronger” is the second album from Swedish singer Mia Klose and it was released independently on 28th September. This album comes six years after her debut album in 2012 and marks her return to the music scene after a hiatus of a couple of years. Mia delivers 80’s inspired rock music with a modern twist, often at the softer more “poppy” side of the genre, but still very listenable. I included the track “Gimme Gimme” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st September and “Time to Rock” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 23rd October.

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The latest release from English melodic rock band Newman is “Decade II” which is a double album featuring 17 tracks from albums released in the past ten years and another 17 tracks of previously un-released or rare material. It’s part greatest hits and part bonus material. The album was released on 28th September via AOR Heaven. The previously unreleased track “Liar” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September.

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German band My Merry Machine self-released their debut album “Ignition” on their M³ label on 28th September. The band brings together three of the original members of the band Bloodflowerz. The track “Pictures in My Mind” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th October.

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“In Pursuit of Memory” is the debut album from English melodic rock band Atlas following the release of their EP “World in Motion” in 2017. The album was released on 28th September on the AOR Heaven label and is one that any melodic rock / AOR fans will want to check out. I'll feature a track from the album on the Show next week.

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