“Rock n Roll Heroes” is the latest album from German band Mallet and it was released on 17th January via Baze Records. The band formed back in 1979 and this is their eight studio album. They initially started as a five-piece but since 1994 the line-up has stabilised as a three piece with just one of the original members remaining. The track “Rock n Roll Hero” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th January.

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Former Heavy Pettin drummer Gary Moat has fronted the band Burnt Out Wreck since 2016. The band released their second album “This Is Hell” in October 2019. Recently his music label Burntout Wreckords also re-released the three Heavy Pettin albums “Lettin Loose”, “Rock Ain’t Dead” and “Big Bang”. I was always a huge Heavy Pettin fan and have really enjoyed the Burnt Out Wreck albums so when the opportunity arose to record an interview with Gary I jumped at it. We spoke via Skype on 27th January and you can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st January which is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-gary-moat-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-31st-jan-2020/

 

The interview has been transcribed and posted below.

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Swedish band Brothers of Metal released their second album “Emblas Saga” on 10th January through AFM Records. The eight piece Viking-metal band features three lead singers and three guitarists. Brothers of Metal was formed in 2012, but has had a surge in popularity since the release of their debut album in 2017. Two tracks from the latest album have been featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show so far – “One” on 13th December and “Njord” on 10th January. The former was also included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 17th December.

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“Outbreak” is the third album from American band Vandallus and it was released on 12th December by Mercinary Records. The band formed in Cleveland in 2015 and the focus has been on re-creating the rock / metal vibe from the late 70’s and early 80’s. The track “Barricade” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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“Like A Fire” is the debut album from German band Sign X and it was released on 6th December by Pride & Joy Music. The band formed only recently, following the demise of the long-established Hamburg based band Châlice, and features three of the founding members of that band. The track “Fall” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

 

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“The Voice Within” is the first solo album from Italian guitarist and songwriter Luca Sellitto and it was released on 6th December by Pride & Joy Music. The album features 8 tracks and three of these are instrumentals. There are three different vocalists on the other five tracks. These include Göran Edman on the track “Land of the Vikings” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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I post a list of all the tracks played on the Friday NI Rocks Show and NI Rocks A-Z Show every month, but as we’re at the end of another year I thought I’d do a recap on what was on the Shows during 2019.

There were 52 Friday NI Rocks Shows uploaded that included 1,315 tracks, 18 interviews and 12 promotional features. A closer look showed that I played 1,167 different tracks and that 575 different artists were included on the playlists. As usual, local bands were featured most prominently with Gasoline Outlaws being included 16 times and Screaming Eagles and Trucker Diablo 13 times. Tesla and Whitesnake topped the list of other bands with 14 appearances each.

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“Brave Tin World” is the fifth album from Swedish metal band The Murder of My Sweet and it was released on 6th December by Frontiers Music. The band is generally described as symphonic, gothic or cinematic metal and it has been fronted since its formation in 2007 by singer Angelica Rylin. The track “Tin Soldiers” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st November, followed by “Head of the Snake” on 15th November.

 

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“Straight Out of Hell” is the first album by Ghostreaper and it was released on 6th December by Pride & Joy Music. Ghostreaper is a project developed by Mikk Hollenberg, the guitarist in German metal band Voodoma. The album features ten tracks in differing genres performed by ten different international vocalists. The track “High Noon” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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“The Time Optimist” is a solo album from Swedish guitarist and songwriter Mats Karlsson and it was released through MK Music on 6th December. Karlsson will be best known as a founding member of the band 220 Volt which released four albums in the 80’s and reformed in 2002. The new solo album features a number of guest musicians and singers, although much of it is done by Karlsson. The track “A Natural High” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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“Reign of Gold” is the sixth studio album from German power metal band Human Fortress and it was released on 6th December by AFM Records. The band celebrates its twentieth anniversary as Human Fortress this year, although only two of the original members remain. The track “Thunder” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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