Swedish band Crashdïet release their fifth album, “Rust”, through Frontiers Music on 13th September. The band formed initially in 2000 and has now released albums with four different lead vocalists; “Rust” being the first for new singer Gabriel Keyes. The track “Idiots” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show in June and the latest single “Rust” was on the Show on 6th September.

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Finnish band Block Buster release their debut album “Losing Gravity” through Frontiers Music on 13th September. Frontiers are promoting Block Buster as part of their ‘New Breed’ roster, however I didn’t really know much about the band, so I arranged to get some questions answered by e-mail. The band line-up features brothers Aarni and Jaako Metsäpelto on lead vocals / guitar and drums respectively as well as lead guitarist Elias Salo and bass player Joonas Arppe. Elias answered a few questions about the band’s history and their new album.

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“Torn From The Pages” is a new album, released on 6th September by Mighty Music, featuring the talents of guitarist and producer Stevie D and Living Colour frontman Corey Glover. This is the first collaboration between the two musicians and initially Glover was to record just the one song, but this soon expanded to all thirteen tracks on the album. The single “Your Time Has Run Out” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th July and “Wake Up Call” is on the Show this week.

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“Burning Sermons” is the second album from Liv Sin and it was released on 6th September by Despotz Records. The Swedish metal band is fronted by former Sister Sin singer Liv Jagrell. They released their first album in 2017 and Liv was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show at that time. The track “Blood Moon Fever” from the new album was featured on the Show on 9th August followed by “Chapter of the Witch” on 23rd August. The latest single “Hope Begins to Fade” is on the Show this week.

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Black Star Riders released their fourth album, “Another State of Grace”, on 6th September via Nuclear Blast Records. It was released in several formats, including on picture disc, on green vinyl and on gold vinyl as part of a boxset (the option that I went for!). The album is released just ahead of a tour of the UK and Ireland that sees them play shows in Dublin on 16th October and in The Limelight, Belfast on 17th October. The latter is preceded by an acoustic show in HMV Belfast, open to those who bought the album there.

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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 August – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for July were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3632-ni-rocks-playlists-for-july-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included interviews with Bobby Barth from Axe and Rob De Luca from Spread Eagle. I also posted an e-mail interview with Eighteenth Hour.

 

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In 1992, Memphis band Roxy Blue released their debut album “Want Some?” on Geffen Records. Had it been released a few years earlier it would have no doubt been hugely successful, but the rock scene was changing and the band split not long after. Twenty seven years later, Roxy Blue is back, releasing a self-titled album via Frontiers Music on 9th August. I had the opportunity to speak to lead singer Todd Poole via Skype on 28th August. We chatted about Roxy Blue and the new album, as well as his involvement with the bands Saliva and 714.

You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 6th September – available from the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (Show uploaded 4th Sept).

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Swedish band Rockett Love released their second album. “Greetings from Rocketland”, through AOR Heaven on 30th August. The band formed in 2015 and released their debut album in 2017. The new album was produced by Erik Mårtensson from Eclipse & WET. I included the track “Take Me Home” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th August.

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“I Belong” is the second album from the Jimi Anderson Group and it was released on 30th August by AOR Heaven. The band showcases the vocal talents of Scottish singer Jimi Anderson who fronted the band Sahara / The Hardline before later joining tribute bands A Foreigner’s Journey and then Legends of AOR. The track “Wonderful Tokyo Nights” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd August.

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German band Freedom Call released their latest album, “M.E.T.A.L.”, through Steamhammer / SPV on 23rd August. This is the band’s tenth studio album in twenty years and I’ve now posted recommendations for the last three, as well as for a re-release from 2015 (in other words all of their albums since I started doing these posts in late 2012!). Freedom Call have been featured many times on the NI Rocks shows in the past and the title track from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th August.

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Pennsylvanian band Eighteenth Hour released their new self-titled album through Escape Music on 23rd August. The band has actually released six previous studio albums since forming in 2000, but this is the first time that I had heard anything by them. As I liked what I heard, but didn’t know much about the band, I arranged to do an interview via e-mail which you can read here – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3646-ni-rocks-interview-with-david-zullo-from-eighteenth-hour.html. The track “Where The Truth Lies” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July and “In Denial” on the Show on 19th July.

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