I only discovered German band Beyond the Black last year – actually following an interview with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus, as the two bands were about to go on tour together. After checking out the band on YouTube I bought both of the Beyond The Black albums on CD. It has just been announced that Beyond The Black have signed with Napalm Records, joining Kobra and the Lotus on that label.

 

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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 around 120 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/3337-ni-rocks-playlists-for-march-2018.html

This month on the Shows I re-broadcast the interview with No Hot Ashes singer Eamon Nancarrow and there was a new interview with Jizzy Pearl. http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html - an interview with Linnéa Vikström from QFT / Therion was uploaded on 2nd May.

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Swedish singer Linnéa Vikström made her name as a member of symphonic metal band Therion. She has just completed an extensive tour with the band following the release of their latest album “Beloved Antichrist”. In addition, Linnéa fronts her own band called QFT whose debut album “Live In Space” is released on 4th May. I spoke to Linnéa via Skype to talk about her band and the new album. That interview, along with three tracks from the album can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th May (uploaded on 2nd May).


 

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“Perfect Storm” is the debut album from Swedish melodic hard band Volster and it was released on 20th April by Rock of Angels Records (ROAR). The band take their influences mainly from the rock bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s and two of the band members had been in the band Masquerade together in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The title track “Perfect Storm” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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“Of Jupiter And Moons” is the fourth studio album from Italian melodic / symphonic / power metal band Temperance and it was released on 20th April by Scarlet Records. The band has a distinctive sound resulting from the fact that it features three vocalists in the line-up. However, on this latest album there is a significant change with the arrival of two new vocalists. The album’s title track was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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Estate are a Russian power-metal band who released their second album, “Mirrorland”, through Mighty Music on 20th April. The Danish label also worked with the band on their debut album in 2014, but there have been a few changes in the band since then and the new album marks a bit of a change in direction. I included the lead-off single “Winter Kingdom” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th February and then on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 24th April. The track “Stolen Heart” is featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 1st May.

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I’ve probably said this before, but Stryper were one of those bands that I never got into during the 80’s or early 90’s. Whether that was because I couldn’t see past the “Christian Rock” thing, I can’t say for sure, but probably. I certainly don’t remember going out of my way to check out their albums. However, over the past few years I’ve developed a growing appreciation not only of the recent Stryper albums, but Michael Sweet’s solo work and his collaborations with George Lynch. The latest Stryper album, “God Damn Evil”, was released on 20th April by Frontiers Music. I’ve featured the singles “Take It To The Cross”, “Sorry” and “Lost” on the Friday NI Rocks on 23rd February, 16th March and 13th April respectively.

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Guitar supremo Gus G released his latest album “Fearless” through AFM Records on 20th April. This was one of those albums that I really looked forward to hearing after the announcement that it was due for release, and I wasn’t to be disappointed. The Greek guitarist is best known for working with Ozzy from 2009 to 2017 and for his albums with his band Firewind, but I’ve been a big fan of his solo releases. “Fearless” is the third of these and the extended version features 9 vocal tracks and 3 instrumentals. The track “Letting Go” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th April.

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“Dust To Gold” is the sixth album from Swedish metal band Bullet and it was released on 20th April by Steamhammer / SPV. The band formed back in 2001 and released their first album in 2006. Since then they’ve continued to deliver their own brand of NWOBHM inspired rock, playing across Europe and travelling around in the classic Volvo bus pictured on the album cover. The track “Rogue Soldier” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

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This is essentially a recommendation for two different albums – one new and one re-release – but it just made sense to incorporate the two into one post. Swedish band Universe released their self-titled debut in 1985 and that is now being re-released to coincide with the band’s reformation as University Infinity and the release of the new album “Rock Is Alive”. Both albums were released on 13th April by Pride & Joy Music. The Universe Infinity track “Rock Is Alive” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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To me personally, mention of German band Bonfire will always invoke memories of the late 80’s and the album “Point Blank” in particular. That of course is a bit unfair as the band has been around for over 30 years and has just released their 15th studio album. That album is called “Temple of Lies” and it was released through AFM Records on 13th April. The track “Crazy Over You” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th April.

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