“View to a Thrill” is the latest solo album from Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy and it was released on 9th November via Frontiers Music. The first four solo albums, released between 2002 and 2008, came out when Pearcy was no longer a part of Ratt, however “View to a Thrill” is released at a time when Pearcy is back touring with a new Ratt line-up. The single “I’m A Ratt” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August, followed by “U Only Live Twice” on the Show on 19th October.

 

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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 November – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for October were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3486-ni-rocks-playlists-for-october-2018.html

 

There were two new interviews on the Friday NI Rocks Show this month –with guitarists Doug Aldrich from The Dead Daisies and Jake E Lee from Red Dragon Cartel. Both have been transcribed and posted on the website. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“None for One” is the debut album from Finnish band Flat Earth and it was released on 9th November via Drakkar Records. The band features former members of HIM and Amorphis and it came together in 2017 before quickly starting work on their debut release. The single “Cyanide” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October.

 

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“Second Coming” is the second album from Nordic Union and it was released on 9th November by Frontiers Music. The band is a collaboration between Danish Pretty Maids singer Ronnie Atkins and Swedish guitarist Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. They released their first, self-titled album back in January 2016. So far I’ve played two tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Because of Us” on 26th October and “It Burns” on 16th November – as well as “Rock’s Still Rolling” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 27th November.

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I posted an interview with Brazilian band Owl Company in July 2017 just after the release of their debut album “Horizon”. Lead singer Enrico Minelli had stated in the interview that the second album was already written and that the band were we looking for a label ahead of recording it. Clearly, the band has wasted no time as since then they’ve signed to Eclipse Records and on 9th November they released their second album “Iris”. The single “Pieces” had been released earlier this year and I’d included it on the Friday NI Rocks Show in May, but it isn’t included on the new album. However, the track “Antagonist” was included on the Show on 16th November and we’ll have another on the NI Rocks A-Z Show very soon.

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“Illuminati” is the fourteenth studio album from British band Ten and it was released on 9th November via Frontiers Music. I always look forward to the release of a Ten album and the epic story telling tracks that they feature (and of course the great vocals and music!). This is the fourth album that I’ve posted a recommendation for, dating back to “Albion” in 2014. I included the single “Jericho” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October, followed by “Rosetta Stone” on 16th November.

 

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“Patina” is the second album from Red Dragon Cartel, the band formed by guitarist Jake E Lee, and it was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. Jake E Lee was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show that week and we talked about the new album in some detail. We also played the tracks “Havana” and “Crooked Man”, both of which had been played on the Show previously. This week the latest single “Bitter” is included on the Show.

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“Resilient Heart” is the new solo album from American vocalist David Reece and it was released on 9th November by Mighty Music. Reece is best known for having fronted the bands Accept, Bangalore Choir and Bonfire at various times and has been involved in numerous projects since the late 80’s. This is his first solo album in five years. The track “Any Time At All” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th September followed by “A Perfect Apocalypse” on 12th October.

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I’ve been a huge fan of NWOBHM band Tygers of Pan Tang for many years and their early album were amongst my first vinyl purchases back in the early 80’s. In December the band will release “Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981” on vinyl and CD and I’ve already my order in! The recording was originally made by Chris Tsangarides at Nottingham Rock City, but it has now been remixed and remastered and will be released on 21st December via Mighty Music.

Details in the press release below.

 

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It’s hard to believe that it’s very nearly four years since singer Jorn Lande and guitarist Trond Holter released the album “Swing of Death”, the rock opera concept album, based on the tales of Dracula. That was January 2015, and the subsequent success of the musical performance in theatres around Norway has led to a follow up album being released by the band Holter. The album “Vlad The Impaler” was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. I’ve featured the first three singles on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “I’ll Die for You” on 12th Oct, “Worlds on Fire” on 19th Oct and “The Last Generation” on 16th Nov.

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Last year Eden’s Curse released a re-recording of their self-titled debut album to mark the tenth anniversary of the original release. They’ve now released “Testament” which is a two disc album featuring their best tracks and a collection of bonus tracks. It also includes the new track “Forever” which was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th November. The album was released via AFM Records on 2nd November.

 

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