German power metal band Iron Savior released their tenth studio album, “Kill or Get Killed” on 15th March via AFM Records. The band’s album have always had a focus on science fiction story telling and the new album is no exception; although there is a new theme this time around. Over the years there has been a number of line-up changes but singer/guitarist/producer and founding member Piet Sielck has remained constant throughout. The track “Stand Up and Fight” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th March.

 

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The number of rock and metal sub-genres that exist really is quite astounding, but I must admit that ‘nerd metal’ is a new one for me! That is how Italian band SkeleToon describe their music however! “They Never Say Die” is the band’s third album and it was released on 8th March via Scarlet Records. Skeletoon are a power metal tribute to the cult movie ‘The Goonies’. The album’s title track was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th March and the track “To Leave A Land” is included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 2nd April.

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“Reflections” is the second album to be released by German band DeVicious in less than eight months. It was released via Metalapolis Records on 1st March. I’d posted a recommendation for the debut album “Never Say Never” and the second album certainly merits another post. The track “Long Way Home” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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“Force of Life” is the third album from Danish band Statement and it was released on 1st March via Mighty Music. The hard rockers completed a European tour with Diamond Head last year and then did a UK tour with English band Gin Annie earlier this year. The first single from the album was “I Wonder Why” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show last November. The track “The Hero Inside” was included on the Show on the 15th March.


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“This Time” is the new album from Rock Goddess and it was released on 1st March on their own label Bite You To Death Records. The album release follows the release of an EP in 2017 which was the first new music from the band in thirty years. I was a big fan of the band back in the 80’s and some of their early tracks were included on the first Friday NI Rocks Shows back in 2010. Their 2017 EP “It’s More Than Rock n Roll” also got quite a bit of airplay and so far two tracks from the new album have featured on the Show – “Are You Ready” on the 1st February and “Why Do We Never Learn” on 15th March. Another track, “Calling To Space” was featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 12th February.

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There can be little doubt that Mike Tramp has one of the most distinctive (and best) voices in rock. On 1st March he released his latest solo album, “Stray From The Flock”, through Mighty Music. Mike Tramp is a singer-songwriter extraordinaire and what you get on “Stray From The Flock” is ten tracks that reflect him and his passion for music. Mike will be touring in support of the album and plays The Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on 20th April. The first single “Dead End Ride” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January and “You Ain’t Free Anymore” was on the Show on 1st March.

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“Evil Enough” is the debut album from singer and guitarist Tara Lynch. It was originally released in the USA on the 13th April 2018. It got a European release through Cargo Records on 1st March. This coincides with her support slots for the UFO tour, which brings her to Belfast on 20th March. Whilst principally a vocalist and guitarist Tara Lynch is also trained on drums, bass and keyboards; however she has a number of guest musicians appearing on the album. The track “Banished From My Kingdom” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January, followed by “Evil Enough” on 1st March and “Unbreakable” on 15th March.

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“Capricorn Six” is the latest solo album from Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson and it was released on 22nd February by AOR Heaven. Erlandsson has recorded with number of bands over the years and has an extensive album discography dating back 25 years. The last time time I did a recommendation that he featured in was probably for the two albums released by Lover Under Cover in 2012 and 2014. “Eye of the Hurricane”, the opening track from the new album, was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th March.

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Tug of War released their debut album “Soul Fire” through Escape Music on 22nd February. The band was established largely to spotlight Canadian singer BK Morrison, but it also features prolific Swedish musician and producer Tommy Denander, who should be a familiar name to most rock music fans. The track “Bullet With Your Name” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th March.

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The band West Bound recently released their debut album, “Volume 1”, through Frontiers Music. The front-man of the band is singer Chas West who has previously recorded with Resurrection Kings, Tango Down, Bonham etc and performed with bands such as Lynch Mob and Foreigner. This time, with West Bound, he is the driving force behind the band. I had the opportunity to chat with Chas via Skype on 12th March and we talked about the album, the band, his other projects and more.

That interview can be found on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 15th March and that  Show is available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-chas-west-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-15th-march-2019/

 

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American 80’s rockers Tora Tora have returned with their first album of new tracks in over 25 years and “Bastards of Beale” is at least as good as the band’s classic albums, and probably even better! The album was released on 22nd February by Frontiers Music and it features all four original members of the band. The first track to be released, “Rose of Jericho” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in December and “Silence the Sirens” was featured on the Show on 25th January.

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