Local musician Conal Montgomery will be familiar to many on the local scene as the frontman for bands such as Sweet Leaf and StillWater, mainly performing covers. In November he fulfilled a long held ambition of releasing an album of his own songs with the independent release of “Happy Being Free”. We arranged a Skype call to talk about the album on 17th December and you can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week - www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 19th Dec).

It’s also available on the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-conal-montgomery-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-20th-dec-2019/

 

Last Updated (Friday, 20 December 2019 00:17)

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“Tales of Bards & Beasts” is the debut album from Spanish symphonic metal band Crusade of Bards and it was released on 15th November by Pride & Joy Music. The band formed in Madrid in 2015 and the debut album features a number of guest performers. The track “The Rise of the Kraken” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th November.

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Adrian Benegas is a Paraguayan keyboard player and composer, best known previously as founder of the band Tragul. On 15th November however he released his first solo album, called “The Revenant”, through Pride & Joy Music. All of the music and lyrics are written by Benegas, but he has brought in a number of guest vocalists to sing on the tracks. These include Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear on the track “Servants of the Death” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th November.

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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. There are tracks by around 140 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/3685-ni-rocks-playlists-for-october-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included interviews with Doro, Jake E from Cyhra and Olof Wikstrand from Enforcer. All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 07 December 2019 19:48)

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“Hollywood Cowboys” is the latest album from rock legends Quiet Riot and it was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. The album was the second to feature the vocals of James Durbin, but he had announced even before it was released that he would be leaving the band to focus on other projects. He certainly went out on a high as there is plenty to like about “Hollywood Cowboys”. The tracks “Don’t Call It Love” and “Heartbreak City” were included on the Friday NI Rocks Show during September followed by n and “In The Blood” on 1st November.

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“Universe” is the third album from Los Angeles based symphonic / modern metal band Edge of Paradise and it was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. The female fronted band formed in 2011 and has worked with high profile producers such as Michael Wagener, Chuck Johnston, Mike Plotnikoff and Jacob Hansen on their releases to date. This is their first album release since signing with Frontiers. I’ve played the track “Alone” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th September followed by “Fire” on 1st November.

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If “Serpentine” was the one good track on the new Pretty Maids album “Undress Your Madness” and the rest were rubbish I’d still post a recommendation for it as that track is probably my song of the year!! Thankfully however the new album is full of great tracks and is likely to be one of my favourite releases of the year. It was released on 8th November by Frontiers Music. In addition to having played “Serpentine” on the Friday NI Rocks Show in September and October, I’ve also featured the tracks “Undress Your Madness” on 8th November and “Will You Still Kiss Me (If I See You In Heaven)” on 22nd November.

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“No Chaser” is the debut album from Aussie rockers Ablaze and it got an official UK release on 1st November after originally being released in Australia last year. The band is currently in the UK on a tour centred around the Hard Rock Hell festival on 9th November and the Winterstorm Festival on 29th November. The single “Where’s My Drink?” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November.

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Swedish metal band Enforcer released their fifth studio album, “Zenith”, through Nuclear Blast Records back in April. Since then the band have been playing festivals across Europe and recently completed a two month tour of North America. In December they come back to Belfast as part of a tour supporting label-mates Municipal Waste – playing in The Limelight on 5th December. I arranged to speak to Enforcer frontman Olof Wikstrand via Skype on 18th November to chat about the latest album, the upcoming tour and much more. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 22nd November – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - uploaded on 21st Nov. It is also available via our MixCloud page at www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-olof-wikstrand-from-enforcer-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-22nd-nov-2019/

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 December 2019 22:21)

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Italian progressive power metal band Noveria released their latest album, “Aequilibrium” through Scarlet Records on 25th October. The band formed in 2013 and this is their third album – all released via Scarlet Records. There is a strong link between Noveria and Italian band DGM with a current and a former member of Noveria also being in the latter band, whilst DGM guitarist Simone Mularoni at Domination Studios has had a hand in all three albums. The track “Broken” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th November.

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“Dynamind” is the tenth studio album from Austrian symphonic metal band Edenbridge and it was released on 25th October by Steamhammer / SPV. The symphonic metal genre can be a little hit or miss for me personally, but there is quite a lot to like about this album. The track “The Memory Hunter” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th October.

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