Skarlett Riot vocalist Skarlett was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show last May following the release of their EP “Sentience”. That EP had marked a move to a heavier sound and that continues with the release of their new album “Regenerate” on 27th October. The album is their first release since signing with Despotz Records. Pre-orders will be available from next week.

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Check out the May 2016 interview with Skarlett here -http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2609-ni-rocks-interview-with-skarlett-from-skarlett-riot.html

The press release from Factory Music is provided below -

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American band Every Mothers Nightmare achieved a fair level of success in the early 90’s, releasing two albums on the Arista Records label and getting a fair bit of exposure with the videos for their singles. Another three albums were released between 2000 and 2002. The reformed band released an EP in 2015 and that is to be followed by a full length album called “Grind” on 6th October. More details in the press release below.

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I’ve been a big fan of American band Bobaflex since I heard their 2011 album “Hell In My Heart”. Since then they’ve released the albums “Charlatans’s Web” (2013) and “Anything That Moves” (2015) and I posted an interview with singer / guitarist Shaun online back in 2013. Their latest album “Eloquent Dreams” is released through Thermal Entertainment LLC on 25th August and I thought that was a good opportunity to get someone from the band onto the Show. I spoke to bass player Jymmy Tolland via Skype on 23rd August to talk about the band, the album, future plans and more.

That interview was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show dated 25th August along with 2 tracks from the new album and a track from each of the previous three albums. That Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jymmy-tolland-from-bobaflex-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-25th-august-2017/

 

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On Friday we shared the news that Robert Plant would be releasing his new album “Carry Fire” on 13th October and that the subsequent tour would include a show in The Ulster Hall, Belfast on Saturday 2nd December. Tickets for that show and one in Dublin the following day go on sale at 9am on 25th August. The full press-release is included below.

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Janet Gardner will of course be known to many as the front woman of Vixen, but on 18th August she releases her first solo album. The self-titled album was recorded with her husband Justin James and is released through Pavement Music. I was fortunate enough to record an interview with Janet last month (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3171-ni-rocks-interview-with-janet-gardner-vixen.html ). Chatting with her it was obvious that there had been some nervousness going into the project, but that once commenced it was a labour of love and an album that she is extremely proud of. And she has every reason to be; it is a fantastic album and I was delighted to hear that we can expect more in the future. We played four tracks from the album during the interview that was broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st July.

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Damn Freaks released their self-titled debut album through Mighty Music on 11th August. The band features Tygers of Pan Tang frontman Jacopo ‘Jack’ Meille on lead vocals and that was the initial thing that grabbed my attention in the press release. Add to that the reference to “good ol’ party time rock n roll” inspired by 80’s bands like White Lion and Motley Crue and this was definitely an album worth checking out. I certainly wasn’t to be disappointed. I played the track “Break The Chains” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th June and “Dream Highway” on the Show on 28th July.

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American band Kickin Valentina released their second full length album “Imaginary Creatures” on 11th August, through the Danish label Mighty Music. The band formed in 2013 and released their debut EP the same year. I can’t remember when or how I got a copy of that EP, but I’ve been a fan of the band ever since and was really looking forward to the release of “Imaginary Creatures”. An album recommendation was pretty much a foregone conclusion! I’ve played the tracks “Imaginary Creatures” and “Devil’s Hand” on the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 30th June and 28th July respectively and will be opening the Show this week with “Eyes”.

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Frontiers Music has a long history of bringing together artists to collaborate on projects and a very successful track record of doing so. The latest success is the band Kryptonite who released their debut, self-titled album on 4th August. The key participants this time are singer Jakob Samuels from The Poodles and prolific producer and musician Alesandro Del Vecchio. I featured the track “Chasing Fire” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th June and “This Is The Moment” on 7th July.

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British rock band Wraith celebrated the 30th anniversary of their formation with the release of the album “Revelation” through Ice Rain Records / Cargo Records on 4th August. (Much to my despair 30 years actually takes us back to 1987 and not the 70’s – how’d that happen!!!) Wraith worked with some big names during the late 80’s including Pete Way and Lemmy and released 3 albums up to 1997. “Revelation” is the product of the latest evolution of the band and came to us via our friends at Rock ‘n’ Growl promotions. I featured the track “Lifeline” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th August.

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“Road Rage” is the first album from Quiet Riot since “10” in 2014. That album featured 6 studio tracks with Jizzy Pearl on vocals along with 4 live tracks recorded during Kevin DuBrow’s final shows in 2007. “Road Rage” was released on 4th August and features James Durbin on vocals. I had chatted with Durbin on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in March; just after the announcements that he was the new singer and that previous recordings for the album were to be scrapped ( http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3099-ni-rocks-interview-with-james-durbin-from-quiet-riot.html ) . It seems like no time at all from talking with him about writing the tracks until I was actually playing them on the Friday NI Rocks Show.  “Freak Flag” was included on the Show on 23rd June and “The Road” is featured this week.

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“Rhapsodies in Black” by Exit Eden was released through Napalm Records on 4th August. I posted an article about the upcoming release a few weeks ago as the band and album concepts grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the band Exit Eden is fronted by four female rock singers, including the amazing Amanda Somerville. Secondly, the album “Rhapsodies in Black” consists of cover versions of 11 popular tracks. I played “Unfaithful” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st July and “Impossible” on 28th July whilst “Incomplete” is on the Show this week.

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