“Capricorn Six” is the latest solo album from Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson and it was released on 22nd February by AOR Heaven. Erlandsson has recorded with number of bands over the years and has an extensive album discography dating back 25 years. The last time time I did a recommendation that he featured in was probably for the two albums released by Lover Under Cover in 2012 and 2014. “Eye of the Hurricane”, the opening track from the new album, was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th March.

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Tug of War released their debut album “Soul Fire” through Escape Music on 22nd February. The band was established largely to spotlight Canadian singer BK Morrison, but it also features prolific Swedish musician and producer Tommy Denander, who should be a familiar name to most rock music fans. The track “Bullet With Your Name” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th March.

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The band West Bound recently released their debut album, “Volume 1”, through Frontiers Music. The front-man of the band is singer Chas West who has previously recorded with Resurrection Kings, Tango Down, Bonham etc and performed with bands such as Lynch Mob and Foreigner. This time, with West Bound, he is the driving force behind the band. I had the opportunity to chat with Chas via Skype on 12th March and we talked about the album, the band, his other projects and more.

That interview can be found on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 15th March and that  Show is available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-chas-west-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-15th-march-2019/

 

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American 80’s rockers Tora Tora have returned with their first album of new tracks in over 25 years and “Bastards of Beale” is at least as good as the band’s classic albums, and probably even better! The album was released on 22nd February by Frontiers Music and it features all four original members of the band. The first track to be released, “Rose of Jericho” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in December and “Silence the Sirens” was featured on the Show on 25th January.

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German metal band Booze Control released their fourth album “Forgotten Lands” on 22nd February. This is their first album with Gates of Hell Records. The band formed in 2009 and all four founding members remain in the band, although their sound has evolved over time. I included the album’s title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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“Pulse” is the third album from British band Blood Red Saints and it was released on 22nd February on the AOR Heaven label. I’d interviewed singer Pete Godfrey on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in December 2015 when the band’s debut album was released. Only two of the original remembers remain but the band continues to deliver some great heavy/melodic rock tracks. I included “Message To God” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th March.

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Kane Roberts released his new solo album “The New Normal” through Frontiers Music on 25th January. The guitarist and vocalist is probably best known as part of the Alice Cooper Band in the 80’s, but he has released a number of solo albums in the past. After a long break from the music industry, Kane has returned with a great new solo album that features guest appearances from a number of artists, including Alice Cooper, Kip Winger, Nita Strauss and Alissa White-Gluz.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Kane via Skype on 6th March and we chatted in great detail about the recording of the album, working with Alice and much more. That 45 minute interview can be found on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 8th March. That Show is available on our MixCloud site - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-kane-roberts-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-8th-march-2019/

 

The interview has been transcribed and posted below.

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Spirits of Fire is another of those new projects that Frontiers Music seem to excel at creating. This one features Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens on vocals and Chris Caffery on guitar so it’ll come as no surprise that the band has an undeniably metal sound that combines some of the vibe of Judas Priest and Savatage! The band released their self-titled debut album through Frontiers on 22nd March. I included the single “Stand and Fight” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th January and “It’s Everywhere” is included on the Show this week.

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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 February – 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 January were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3537-ni-rocks-playlists-for-january-2019.html

 

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The latest announcements for the annual Custom House Square concerts today included the news that Stiff Little Fingers would be returning on 24th August for ‘Putting The Fast In Belfast 3”. Tickets go on sale on Friday 8th March. Support comes from New Model Army, Therapy? and The Toy Dolls with Terri Hooley doing a DJ set.

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Canadian metal band Traveler released their self-titled, debut album through Gates of Hell Records on 22nd February. The band initially started as a side project for guitarist Matt Ries and they first came to my notice last summer when they did a split-release demo with Finnish band Coronary. The success of that and an earlier demo led to the recording of a full length album. The track “Behind The Iron” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd February.

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