“The Inevitable War” is the second album from London metal band Amulet and it was released on 17th May by Dissonance Productions. The band have went through quite a few line-up changes since their debut album in 2014 and the new album brings a bit of a change in sound. The track “Burning Hammer” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th May.

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“Forever Wild” is the sixth studio album from Swedish band Crazy Lixx and it was released via Frontiers Music on 17th May. I’ve been a fan of the band since their second album in 2010, but this is probably their best album so far. Definitely up there amongst the best releases of the year so far. Singer Danny Rexon was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th May to chat about the new album. We also played four tracks from “Forever Wild”. The singles “Wicked”, “Break Out” and “Silent Thunder” had all been played on previous Shows as well.

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Given how often I’ve played tracks from this album over the past few weeks it’s doubtful that I need to post a recommendation to state how good I think it is! On the other hand, it seems only fair that I should. Local rockers Gasoline Outlaws officially released their second album “Light Up The World” on 10th May. However, despite the band being one of many to be badly impacted by the financial mishandling at Pledgemusic, those who had pledged (like myself) received a download of the album back in February. In the fifteen weeks since then I’ve played five of the ten tracks from the album a total of eight times on the Friday NI Rocks Show. Basically, the band has been on the Show every other week, if not every week!

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Something a little different! When I hear the name Luke Appleton, I think bass player for Iced Earth and guitarist for Absolva – acoustic guitarist doesn’t naturally spring to mind. However he has proven adept at that genre too – as has his brother Chris previously! Last year Luke released the acoustic EP “How Does It Feel To Be Alive” and on 26th April Rocksector Records released the album “Snake Eyes”. The album is acoustic-based as there is also some electric guitar on there too. I played the track “Inside Out” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th April.

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Swedish band Crazy Lixx released their sixth studio album, “Forever Wild”, through Frontiers Music on 17th May. I’d recorded an interview with lead singer Danny Rexon back in 2014 just ahead of the release of their fourth album, but was keen for another chat to discuss the excellent new album and find out more about what Crazy Lixx had been doing over the last five years. I spoke to Danny via Skype on 22nd May and you’ll find that interview, along with four tracks from the new album (and one from their re-issued debut album) on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 24th May; which is available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-danny-rexon-from-crazy-lixx-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-24th-may-2019/

 

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American guitarist and song-writer Jim Peterik is best known as a founding member of rock legends Survivor, but over the years has been involved with many other bands and projects, notably Pride of Lions. One of those other projects was Jim Peterik & World Stage which released an album of the same name in 2000 and then a live album in 2002. Jim Peterik & World Stage has now released a follow-up album that features a host of guest appearances. The album, “Winds of Change” was released by Frontiers Music on 26th April. The track “The Hand I Was Dealt” that includes Danny Vaughn on vocals is featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (24th May).

 

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Mass was a German based band with a multi-national line-up that released eight studio albums between 1973 and 1986. (They are not to be confused with the Boston, USA based band of the same name that has been active since the early 80’s. I posted a recommendation for their latest album last year!) Thirty years after splitting up, Mass was reformed by original bassist Günther V Radny with a whole new line-up. They released a new album called “Still Chained” through Pride & Joy Music on 26th April. I included the track “Back To The Music” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week (24th May).

 

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I’ve just added another Show to the NI Rocks MixCloud page. Shows that include interviews are usually available for about 8 weeks after broadcast via the On Demand Player on the Rock Radio NI website. They then get uploaded to the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/

 

There are now 80 uploads on the site featuring 87 interviews –

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“Theatre of the Mind” is the second album from Danish band Black Oak County and it was released via Mighty Music on 26th April. The band initially formed as a four-piece, releasing their debut album in 2017, but are now a three piece following the departure of the original lead singer. I’d played quite a few tracks from the first album on the Shows and featured “Watch Your Back” from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th May.

 

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Rick Ruhl, the lead singer from Tennessee based band Every Mother’s Nightmare, was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in September 2017 just ahead of the band releasing “Grind”, their first new album in fifteen years. Last year the band reissued the “Smokin’ Delta Voodoo” album from 2000 and on 12th April their label HighVol Music released “Backtraxx – Reissue”. I was a bit slow picking up on the release, but I’ll be including the track “Southern Way” on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

 

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On 1 June 2019, heavy metal band Fireland will release their new full-length studio album, entitled “Fireland IV: Forged In Fire”. This follows the release of the first track “Dragon Slayer” at the beginning of May. I’ll be featuring that track on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week. Find out more about the new album in the press release below.

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