“Fight The Fear” is the fourth ‘solo’ album from Herman Frank and it was released on 8th February by AFM Records. The German guitarist is probably best known for his involvement in the bands Accept and Victory, but his own solo project has essentially evolved into another band since the first release in 2009. The track “Fear” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st February.

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“Rebuild Destroy” is the third album from Australian rockers Massive and it was released on 1st February via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. The band formed in 2012 and released their first album independently in 2013, before being picked up by Earache Records who re-released the first album and then released the follow-up in 2016. “Rebuild Destroy” is the band’s first release with OYR. The track “Long Time Coming” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January.

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“Forever Free” is the second album from the band Viana and it was released on 25th January via Escape Music. The band was formed by Italian guitarist Stefano Viano and released a debut album in 2017. There is a new lead singer for the second album and it also includes a number of guest appearances. I included the title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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“Dysphoria” is the third album from the band Starbreaker and it was released via Frontiers Music on 25th January. The band features American vocalist Tony Harnell, probably best known for his time with Norwegian band TNT, and Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson, probably best known as a member of Primal Fear. In reality, both have been involved in numerous bands and guested on many other projects. Starbreaker definitely showcases the partnership of two top class artists. The track “Wild Butterflies” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th February.

 

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“The Atlantic” is the latest studio album from Swedish band Evergrey and it was released on 25th January through AFM records. The album is the final part of a trilogy about the adventure of life that commenced with “Hymns for the Broken” in 2014 and continued with “The Storm Within” in 2016. It is the bands eleventh studio album since forming in 1995. The track “A Silent Arc” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th January.

 

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Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of publicity about the situation with Pledgemusic and their failure to pay artists. This has led to a stream of campaign cancellations by artists such as Danny Vaughn and Last In Line. Others, such as Cormac Neeson have had to make adjustments to their campaigns. The latest band to cancel is The Quireboys who have released a statement on their plans to release their new album “Amazing Disgrace”.

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Jetboy were one of those California bands that emerged in the 80’s and then disappeared at the start of the 90’s after releasing a couple of good albums. The band reformed in 2006 and on 25th January this year released a new album called “Born To Fly” through Frontiers Music. The title track was released last August and was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show then. It is also featured on the Show on 15th February. The track “Beating The Odds” was included on the Show in November.

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Kane Roberts is probably remembered by most as the muscle-bound guitarist for Alice Cooper back in the 80’s. However, he has been involved in many projects over the years and has just released his latest solo album, called “The New Normal” through Frontiers Music on 25th January. There are a number of notable guest appearances on the new album. I’ve played a few tracks on the Friday NI Rocks Show recently – “Forever Out of Place” on 16th November, “King of the World” on 18th January and “Beginning of the End” on 8th February.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of January – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by over 160 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for December were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3523-ni-rocks-playlists-for-december-2019.html

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German metal band Steel Engraved released their self-titled third album though Rock of Angels Records (ROAR) on 25th January. The band have been around for more than ten years and the decision to release a self-titled album now reflected a new sound, new line-up and new label. The album includes some guest vocals from Primal Fear frontman Ralf Scheepers, who was also responsible for vocal production. The track “Rebellion” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January.

 

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Swedish power metal band Vandor self-released their debut album “In The Land of Vandor” on 25th January. The band formed initially in 2015 but was largely inactive for a while before regrouping in 2017. The tracks on the album were written during that time and the band has already started writing tracks for a second album. The track “Beneath The Sky” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January.

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