German band Frontline formed in 1989 and released a few albums between 1994 and 2006. Two of those albums from the 90’s are now being re-released by the AOR Heaven label. The debut album “The State of Rock” was re-released on 27th April along with some bonus tracks, whilst the third album “Heroes” which was previously only released in Japan is due to be released on 25th May. The track “It’s Not Over” from “The State of Rock” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May.

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“Judge Not” is the latest album from NWOBHM legends Blitzkrieg and their first with the Mighty Music label. It was released on 27th April. The band formed in 1980 with singer Brian Ross being the only original member remaining. Ironically, whilst considered an iconic band of the NWOBHM era and revered by bands such as Metallica; Blitzkrieg have been much more productive musically over the past 16 years than they were in the 80’s or 90’s. The track “Forever Is A Long Time” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th May and “Falling Into Darkness” is on the Show on 18th May.

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“Invincible” is the latest album from Australian band Crosson, following on from “Spreading The Rock ‘n’ Roll Disease” in 2016. The new album was released on 27th April by Metalapolis Records. Described as “futuristic theatrical rock warriors” in the press release, there is a bit of a Steel Panther vibe to the album and the band's image, but thankfully (for me anyway) that is outweighed by the 80’s rock influences! The track “Broken” will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 18th May.

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Canadian band Kobra and the Lotus released the second part of their double album on 27th April. “Prevail II” was released via Napalm Records almost a year after “Prevail I” which came out on 12th May 2017. The albums result from a PledgeMusic campaign for a double album that dates back to 2015 prior to the band signing with Napalm. I’d pledged at that time and also later ordered the vinyl version of “Prevail II” having bought “Prevail I” on vinyl when the band played Belfast for the first time last November. The single “Losing My Humanity” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th March, followed by “Let Me Love You” on 30th March then “Velvet Roses” and their cover of “The Chain” on 4th May.

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“Lucifer’s Factory” is the sixth album from local rockers Stormzone and it was released on 23rd April through Metal Nation Records. Each album brings something a little different from the previous one, but you can always be guaranteed that the band will deliver some great metal tunes, and “Lucifer’s Factory” certainly has plenty of those. So far on the Friday NI Rocks Show, I’ve played “Dark Hedges” (13th April), “Lucifer’s Factory” (20th April) and “Cushy Glen” (4th May). Tracks from the album will be a regular feature on the Show.

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Back in 2014, Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie did an interview with us by e-mail following the release of the Casablanca album “Riding a Black Swan”. Four years later that interview still has more hits than any other on the website. Ryan is now releasing his first solo album and I thought it would be great to get him onto the Friday NI Rocks Show this time. I arranged to speak to him about the new album and more via Skype on 8th May. The album is called “Imagine Your Reality” and it is released in the UK on 25th May through Cargo Records.

The interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 11th May which is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-ryan-roxie-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-11th-may-2018/

 

 

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“All Rise” is the debut album from Swedish melodic rock band Perfect Plan and it was released by Frontiers Music on 20th April. The band formed in 2014 and was signed to Frontiers in 2017. The track “In And Out of Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd March, followed by “Gone Too Far” on 6th April.

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I only discovered German band Beyond the Black last year – actually following an interview with Kobra Paige from Kobra and the Lotus, as the two bands were about to go on tour together. After checking out the band on YouTube I bought both of the Beyond The Black albums on CD. It has just been announced that Beyond The Black have signed with Napalm Records, joining Kobra and the Lotus on that label.

 

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of April – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 120 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for March were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3337-ni-rocks-playlists-for-march-2018.html

This month on the Shows I re-broadcast the interview with No Hot Ashes singer Eamon Nancarrow and there was a new interview with Jizzy Pearl. http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html - an interview with Linnéa Vikström from QFT / Therion was uploaded on 2nd May.

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Swedish singer Linnéa Vikström made her name as a member of symphonic metal band Therion. She has just completed an extensive tour with the band following the release of their latest album “Beloved Antichrist”. In addition, Linnéa fronts her own band called QFT whose debut album “Live In Space” is released on 4th May. I spoke to Linnéa via Skype to talk about her band and the new album. That interview, along with three tracks from the album can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th May - now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-linn%C3%A9a-vikstr%C3%B6m-from-qft-therion-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-4th-may-2018/


 

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“Perfect Storm” is the debut album from Swedish melodic hard band Volster and it was released on 20th April by Rock of Angels Records (ROAR). The band take their influences mainly from the rock bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s and two of the band members had been in the band Masquerade together in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The title track “Perfect Storm” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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