At this time of year there are numerous ‘reviews’ of the past year or ‘Top Ten’ whatever being posted, but I decided a few years ago that I wouldn’t be adding to those. Instead, I always like to post to express my thanks to many people and look back at the past year for “NI Rocks”. As always, a big thanks to anyone who takes the time to listen to a Show, read something on the Rock Radio NI website or interact in any way on social media. And a special thanks to all the PR companies, record labels, agents and bands who have worked with us over the past year.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 03 January 2018 23:08)

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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 December – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for November were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player –http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3266-ni-rocks-playlists-for-november-2017.html

There were no guests being interviewed on the Friday NI Rocks Show this month – that meant we had more time to play music and ended up featuring 115 tracks on the Show by 102 different artists.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 January 2018 00:10)

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“Beyond The Rain” is the third album from American metal band Wildestarr and it was released on 8th December via Scarlet Records. The band features the husband and wife team of Dave Starr and London Wilde and they both deliver powerful performances on guitars and vocals respectively. I’ve featured a couple of tracks on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Beyond the Rain” on the Show uploaded on 29th November and “When The Night Falls” on the Show uploaded on 14th December.

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“Petrolhead” is the second album to be released by Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin, following on from the debut release back in 2013. That self-titled album was among the earliest recommendations that I posted on the Rock Radio NI website. The new album was released on 8th December via Toxic Arrow Records and features 11 tracks that reflect Archer’s love of cars. I included the track “Grand Theft Auto” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th December.

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“Back On The Lash” is the latest album from US rockers Warrior Soul and it was released on 1st December via Livewire / Cargo Records UK. I was never really a fan of the band when they emerged from New York and released their first albums in the early 90’s. A little too punk influenced for my tastes at the time probably. The last couple of studio albums from the band have been more to my taste and there are more than enough tracks on “Back On The Lash” that I like to warrant posting a recommendation. I featured the closing track “That’s How We Roll” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th December.

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Two former Giuffria members, vocalist David Glen Eisley and guitarist Craig Goldy, have come together in a new project simply called Eisley / Goldy. They released their debut album “Blood, Guts and Games” through Frontiers Music on 1st December. The album delivers what you’d expect from these artists – ten quality, melodic / classic rock tracks. The lead-off track “The Heart is A Lonely Hunter” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th December.

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“Life” is the new album from Swedish band JONO and it was released via Frontiers Music on 1st December.  The band was initially started as a solo project by singer Johan Norrby but has evolved over the years and is notable for including Within Temptation’s Stefan Helleblad on guitar. JONO are a bit hard to label as far as genres go as they merge melodic, progressive and symphonic rock elements. There are a couple of tracks that don’t tick the box for me personally, but overall definitely an album worth checking out.

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“Public Enemies” is the new album from 80’s glam metal rockers Pretty Boy Floyd and it was released on 1st December by Frontiers Music. I was never really a big fan of some of the glam metal bands that appeared in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and I wasn’t too sure what to expect from “Public Enemies”. The fact that I’m posting a recommendation should tell you that I liked what I heard and I’m pretty sure fans of the whole glam / sleaze genre will love it! I’ve included the track “Feel The Heat” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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Swedish band Wildness released their excellent self-titled debut album through AOR Heaven on 24th November. This is one that fans of the melodic rock / AOR genre will want to check out. The band traces its roots back to 2013 and they released a couple of digital singles in 2015 / 2016 which led to them being signed to AOR Heaven for their first album. I played the opening track of the album, “War Inside My Head” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st December.

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“Six String Revolver” is the sixth album from English band Dante Fox and it was released on 24th November through AOR Heaven. The album actually features tracks from the band’s first two albums that have been re-recorded about 20 years after they first appeared. Dante Fox are a great melodic rock band featuring singer Sue Willetts and “Six String Revolver” provides an opportunity for fans of the genre to hear some tracks from the two albums released during the band’s first outing in the 90’s. I included the track “Firing My Heart” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st December.

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Towards the end of 2015, I posted a recommendation for the debut EP from a band called Outlaws & Moonshine. Two years later, the Southern Rock outfit has released a debut album, called “Devil in the Moonshine”. The new album was released on 24th November and features 10 tracks, although half of those were on the debut EP “1919”.  I included the title track “Devil in the Moonshine” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th November.

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