American band Through Fire only came to my notice recently when our friends at New Ocean Media got in touch. The band had formed in Nebraska in 2015 and signed with Sumerian Records to release their debut “Breathe” in July 2016.  This recommendation actually relates to a new deluxe version of that album which was released on 7th March 2017. I included the title track “Breathe” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st April.

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Mat Sinner is one of those names that seems to appear on a very regular basis when I’m checking out new releases. He is probably best known for his involvement in Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle and the “Rock Meets Classic” tour as well of course for his band Sinner. When I recorded an interview with Mat in January 2016 we chatted about all these projects as well as his involvement in Level 10 with Russell Allen and the Kiske/Somerville album (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2460-ni-rocks-interview-with-mat-sinner-primal-fear-sinner-etc.html ). At that time the tracks for a new Sinner album were written, but not yet recorded. That album is “Tequila Suicide”, which was released by AFM Records on 31st March. I played the track “Road to Hell” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st March and “Gypsy Rebels” is included on the Show on 21st April.

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For some reason I still expect Night Ranger albums to be more mellow / AOR / melodic than they actually are. Once again it took me longer that it should to check the new album out, but once I did, I realized that there was plenty to like. The latest album “Don’t Let Up” was released by Frontiers Music on 24th March and the track “Somehow Someway” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th April.

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A Killer’s Confession, the new band led by former Mushroomhead vocalist Waylon Reavis is set to release it’s debut album April 28th via EMP Label Group, the label founded by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. (Press release from New Ocean Media)

 

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Legendary London trio ROCK GODDESS return with a brand new 3 song EP entitled 'It's More Than Rock And Roll' which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution via Cargo Records and physical CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case by ROCK GODDESS directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered. (Press release via Rock n Growl Promotions).

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Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter to release his new solo album "Halfway There" in Japan via Universal Music on May 10, 2017 and in Europe and the USA via EMP Label Group on May 26, 2017. (Press Release via Rock n Growl Promotions).

 

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Swedish band Eclipse released their latest album, “Monumentum”, through Frontiers Records on 24th March. This is their sixth album since founding in 1999 and the first since “Armageddonize” in February 2015. It continues in the same vein as the previous album with the tracks veering toward the heavier end of the melodic rock genre – which is fine with me. I’ll be including “Vertigo”, the opening track from the new album, on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 14th April.

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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 March – 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 February were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3091-ni-rocks-playlists-for-february-2017.html


On the Friday NI Rocks Shows in March there were interviews with Blaze Bayley, Jeff Hoad and James Durbin - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“Down and Dirty” is the debut album from a band called Dirty White Boyz and it was released via Escape Music on 24th March. Initially the album had started as another solo project for former Kiss of the Gypsy & Kingdom of Deadmen frontman/guitarist Tony Mitchell. Realising the strength of the songs, Mitchell worked with Escape Music to form a band to do them justice. I played the single “Ride With Angels” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st March.

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Local band Part Time Pilots have just released a video for the track “Flashing Lights”. The Omagh based band formed back in 2012 and are due to release their third album “How To Ruin Everything” in June – we’ll have more about that then! Part Time Pilots are Enda McCrory on vocals, Tom Hodkinson on lead guitar, Eamonn Doherty on rhythm guitar, Michael Hodkinson on bass and Aarron McCallan on drums.

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House of Lords recently released their 11th studio album “Saint of the Lost Souls” through Frontiers Records. I spoke to guitarist Jimi Bell via Skype on 5th April to chat about the new album, House of Lords, Maxx Explosion, guitars, his influences and more. That interview along with 4 tracks from the new House of Lords album and a Maxx Explosion track was originally broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show dated 7th April. That Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jimi-bell-from-house-of-lords-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-7th-april/

 

 


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