“The End is Nigh” is the debut album from Swedish band Apocalypse Orchestra and it was released by Despotz Records on 12th May. I’ll be the first to say that this album is a bit outside of the norm when it comes to my recommendations. Normally I’m fairly middle of the road – nothing too heavy and nothing too melodic. “The End is Nigh” is neither too heavy nor too melodic; it’s just a bit “out there”. However, there is something about it that intrigues me! It might be described as medieval metal if such a genre exists. If it doesn’t already, maybe Apocalypse Orchestra have just created it. I included the track “Theatre of War” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 12th May.

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“Decennium” is the fourth album from Florida-based band Seven Kingdoms and it was released via Napalm Records on 5th May. This is actually the first time that I’ve checked out the power metal band, but I really liked what I heard; which isn’t always the case with the “power metal” genre. The powerful vocals of Sabrina Valentine combined with some equally powerful guitars are well worth checking out. I played the track “Stargazer” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 5th May.

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Liv Jagrell, the former front-woman for Swedish band Sister Sin released her first solo album, entitled “Follow Me”, through Despotz Records on 28th April. The album comes just 18 months after the demise of Sister Sin at the end of 2015. Three tracks were released prior to the album being available and I played all these on the NI Rocks Shows – “Let Me Out” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th January, “Killing Ourselves to Live” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 14th March and “Immortal Sin” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st April. An interview with Liv was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 3rd May along with 4 tracks from the album - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3121-ni-rocks-interview-with-liv-jagrell-liv-sin.html

 

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Swedish band Treat released a DVD / CD package called “The Road More or Less Traveled” (“Travelled” unless you’re American!) on 21st April through Frontiers Music. This was recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Italy in April 2016. The CD contains 14 live tracks covering the band’s early success in the late 80’s and early 90’s as well as their more recent releases in 2010 and 2016.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of April – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 100 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for March were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3108-ni-rocks-playlists-for-march-2017.html

 

On the Friday NI Rocks Shows in April there were interviews with Jimi Bell from House of Lords and Tåve Wanning from Adrenaline Rush - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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Liv Jagrell, the former front-woman for Swedish band Sister Sin has just released her first solo album, entitled “Follow Me”, through Despotz Records. It has been a busy 18 months for the singer following the demise of Sister Sin at the end of 2015; culminating in the release of the first Liv Sin album on 28th April. I managed to have a chat with Liv via Skype on 1st May to talk about the new album, future plans and more. That interview and 4 tracks from the new album featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th May. That Show is now available now via our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-liv-sin-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-5th-may-2017/

 

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Axel Rudi Pell tends to release a new studio album every two year and in the short time that I’ve been posting these recommendations I’ve done two for his studio albums, as well as one for the live 25th anniversary album. Every 5 or 6 years we get a compilation from ARP referred to as The Ballads. Since the release of “The Ballads” in 1993 we’ve progressed to “The Ballads V” which was released by Steamhammer/SPV on 21st April. So far I’ve played three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Love’s Holding On” on 31st March, “When Truth Hurts” on 21st April and “I See Fire” on 28th April.

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Frontiers Music released three great albums by Swedish bands on 21st April. “Soul Survivor” by Adrenaline Rush was one of those three and probably my favourite. The album is the second from the band, following their self-titled debut in 2014. I’d interviewed lead singer Tåve Wanning following the release of their debut album in September 2014 and was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to talk to her again to find out more about the new album. That interview is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th April, along with four tracks from the new album.

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I post a lot of album recommendations for releases by Swedish bands and that is a reflection of course of how much good rick music comes out of that country. Just to emphasise that latter point, Frontiers Music released 3 albums by Swedish bands on 21st April and I’ll be posting recommendations for all three. The first of those is “Ruff Justice” by Crazy Lixx, a band for which I’ve posted several album recommendations over the past few years. Lead singer Danny Rexon was also a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in 2014. I played “Wild Child”, the opening track of the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th April.

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Swedish band Adrenaline Rush, fronted by Tåve Wanning, released their second album, entitled “Soul Survivor” via Frontiers Music on 21st April. Tåve had been a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in September 2014, following the release of the bands self-titled debut album. I decided to catch up with her for another chat to find out about the new album, what the band had been getting up to and future plans. That interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show dated 28th April. That Show can now be found on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-t%C3%A5ve-from-adrenaline-rush-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-28th-april-2017/

 

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Shameless released their latest studio album, entitled “The Filthy 7”, through RSR Music on 7th April 2017. It may be that the “7” refers to the fact that this is the seventh studio from the glam / sleaze rockers since their debut in 1999. I’ve played tracks from their previous album “Beautiful Disaster” on the NI Rocks Shows a few times since it was released in 2013 and the track “How The Story Goes” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th April.

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