“Hellhound” is the third album from British metal band Monument (not to be confused with British progressive metal band Monuments) and it was released on 25th May through Rock of Angels Records (ROAR). The band was formed in 2011 by vocalist Peter Ellis and the previous albums were released in 2014 and 2016. Ellis is the only member of the original line-up remaining, although both guitarists have played on all three albums. I included the single “The Chalice” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June.

 

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American band Mass released their latest album “When 2 Worlds Collide” through Escape Music on 25th May. The band formed in Boston back in 1979 (as Axes initially) and they have continued to perform ever since, releasing albums periodically. This is their third album release with Escape, but the first in eight years, and if you’re a fan of melodic hard rock it is worth checking out. I featured the title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th June.

 

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“The Calling” is the fifth album from English metal band Primitai and it was released on 25th May via Dissonance Records. The band have been around for 15 years and are inspired by the classic metal bands, but deliver their own brand of melodic metal. Over the years they’ve played alongside NWOBHM legends, thrash and power metal bands and sleaze rockers. I included the track “Overdrive” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June.

 

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The Lazys are an Australian band who are now based in Toronto, Canada; and “Tropical Hazards” is their new album which was released on 4th May via Golden Robot Records. Thankfully an e-mail from BJF Media alerted me to the release as the album is one of those that I liked from the moment I gave it a listen! I included the opening track and lead single “Nothing But Trouble” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th June.


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Stone Broken released their second album, “Ain’t Always Easy” through Spinefarm Records in March and have been busy touring in support of it ever since. They played their first gig in Belfast on 12th June when they supported Buckcherry in The Limelight. I met up with singer Rich Moss ahead of the show and chatted for about 25 minutes about the album, future plans and more. You can hear that interview, plus 4 tracks from the album, on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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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 May – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by almost 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for April were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3356-ni-rocks-playlists-for-april-2018.html

This month on the Shows there were interviews with Linnéa Vikström from QFT / Therion and with guitarist Ryan Roxie from the Alice Cooper Band talking about his new solo album. http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

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“Constellation” is the new album from the German band Fargo that originally formed in 1973 and released their last album in 1982. More than 35 years after that release the band reformed to record a new album which was released through Steamhammer/SPV on 25th May. The band had quite a bit of success up to 1984 when it morphed into the group Victory and had even more success. I’ve included the opening track “Step Back” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st June.

 

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“Shitfaced And Outta Luck” is the debut album from German hard rock band Motor City Mayhem and it was released on 25th May via Metalapolis Records. The band had previously performed under the name Shotgun Express, but had decided to rebrand after the original singer left. The album feature ten full throttle, dirty rock n roll tracks and the band name is quite appropriate! The track “Bad Habit” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th May.

 

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Ryan Roxie released his first solo album, entitled “Imagine Your Reality” through Cargo Records on 25th May. Roxie, best known as one of Alice Cooper’s guitarists, has also been a member of Slash’s Snakepit and Swedish band Casablanca and has released albums fronting his own project Roxie 77. On “Imagine Your Reality” however, he has worked with a number of musicians and it is truly a solo album rather than a band release. Ryan was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May when we played 4 tracks from the new album – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3359-ni-rocks-interview-with-ryan-roxie-may-2018.html

 

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“Hands on the Wheel” is the sixth studio album from German band Hartmann and it was released on 18th May via Sonic 11 Records / Pride and Joy Records. The band is fronted by Oliver Hartmann, the singer, guitarist and song-writer who has worked with many bands over the past 20 years, including Avantasia, Edguy, Freedom Call and Rock Meets Classic. The album includes 12 great melodic hard rock tracks with plenty of opportunity for Hartmann to showcase his guitar skills. The track “Simple Man”, that features Eric Martin from Mr Big on vocals, was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May.

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“Decadence Deluxe” is the fifth album from Greek metal band Crystal Tears and it was released on 18th May via Pride & Joy Music. The band formed back in 1997 and has been releasing a new album every four since 2002. “Decadence Deluxe” includes a cover of the Judas Priest track “Heart of a Lion” and also two bonus live tracks that feature Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie*. The track “Bleeding Me” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th May.

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