“Live In Space” is the debut album from Swedish band QFT – Quantum Field Theory – and it was released on 4th May by Despotz Records. QFT features vocalist Linnéa Vikström who is best known as one of the female leads in symphonic metal legends Therion. I spoke to Linnéa about the album and much more when she was a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th May. We also played three tracks from the album on that Show – “Aliens”, “Big Bang” and “End of the Universe”. I had also included “Aliens” on the Show on 6th April.

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“What Will Be” is the new album from Dublin band Elevation Falls and it was released on 19th April. The female fronted band formed back in 2012 and deliver a great hard rock / blues sound. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to catch them live yet but I’ve been playing tracks from their earlier releases for a few years and had pre-ordered “What Will Be” based on those songs. I wasn’t to be disappointed. The track “Vultures” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 24th April and “Zombie” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th April. Expect more tracks on the Show soon.

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“Higher and Higher” is the debut album from a melodic hard rock band called Heartwind that formed in Sweden around 2016 and features former members of bands such as Constancia, The Poodles and Narnia. The two founding members had been friends for over fifteen years before they started writing the tracks for this album and recruiting musicians to make it a reality. “Higher and Higher” was released on 27th April through the AOR Heaven label. The track “Through The Light” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

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“A Funeral for the World” is the debut album from New York band Sanhedrin. It was originally self-released by the band during 2017, but Sanhedrin have now been signed to Cruz Del Sur Music and the album was released by the label on 27th April. I included the album’s opening track “Riding on the Dawn” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th May.

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German band Frontline formed in 1989 and released a few albums between 1994 and 2006. Two of those albums from the 90’s are now being re-released by the AOR Heaven label. The debut album “The State of Rock” was re-released on 27th April along with some bonus tracks, whilst the third album “Heroes” which was previously only released in Japan is due to be released on 25th May. The track “It’s Not Over” from “The State of Rock” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May.

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“Judge Not” is the latest album from NWOBHM legends Blitzkrieg and their first with the Mighty Music label. It was released on 27th April. The band formed in 1980 with singer Brian Ross being the only original member remaining. Ironically, whilst considered an iconic band of the NWOBHM era and revered by bands such as Metallica; Blitzkrieg have been much more productive musically over the past 16 years than they were in the 80’s or 90’s. The track “Forever Is A Long Time” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May and “Falling Into Darkness” is on the Show on 18th May.

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“Invincible” is the latest album from Australian band Crosson, following on from “Spreading The Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease” in 2016. The new album was released on 27th April by Metalapolis Records. Described as “futuristic theatrical rock warriors” in the press release, there is a bit of a Steel Panther vibe to the album and the band's image, but thankfully (for me anyway) that is outweighed by the 80’s rock influences! The track “Broken” will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th May.

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Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus released the second part of their double album on 27th April. “Prevail II” was released via Napalm Records almost a year after “Prevail I” which came out on 12th May 2017. The albums result from a PledgeMusic campaign for a double album that dates back to 2015 prior to the band signing with Napalm. I’d pledged at that time and also later ordered the vinyl version of “Prevail II” having bought “Prevail I” on vinyl when the band played Belfast for the first time last November. The single “Losing My Humanity” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th March, followed by “Let Me Love You” on 30th March then “Velvet Roses” and their cover of “The Chain” on 4th May.

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“Lucifer’s Factory” is the sixth album from local rockers Stormzone and it was released on 23rd April through Metal Nation Records. Each album brings something a little different from the previous one, but you can always be guaranteed that the band will deliver some great metal tunes, and “Lucifer’s Factory” certainly has plenty of those. So far on the Friday NI Rocks Show, I’ve played “Dark Hedges” (13th April), “Lucifer’s Factory” (20th April) and “Cushy Glen” (4th May). Tracks from the album will be a regular feature on the Show.

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Back in 2014, Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie did an interview with us by e-mail following the release of the Casablanca album “Riding a Black Swan”. Four years later that interview still has more hits than any other on the website. Ryan is now releasing his first solo album and I thought it would be great to get him onto the Friday NI Rocks Show this time. I arranged to speak to him about the new album and more via Skype on 8th May. The album is called “Imagine Your Reality” and it is released in the UK on 25th May through Cargo Records. The interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 11th May – uploaded on 10th May - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

 

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“All Rise” is the debut album from Swedish melodic rock band Perfect Plan and it was released by Frontiers Music on 20th April. The band formed in 2014 and was signed to Frontiers in 2017. The track “In And Out of Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd March, followed by “Gone Too Far” on 6th April.

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