“Of Jupiter And Moons” is the fourth studio album from Italian melodic / symphonic / power metal band Temperance and it was released on 20th April by Scarlet Records. The band has a distinctive sound resulting from the fact that it features three vocalists in the line-up. However, on this latest album there is a significant change with the arrival of two new vocalists. The album’s title track was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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Estate are a Russian power-metal band who released their second album, “Mirrorland”, through Mighty Music on 20th April. The Danish label also worked with the band on their debut album in 2014, but there have been a few changes in the band since then and the new album marks a bit of a change in direction. I included the lead-off single “Winter Kingdom” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th February and then on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 24th April. The track “Stolen Heart” is featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 1st May.

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I’ve probably said this before, but Stryper were one of those bands that I never got into during the 80’s or early 90’s. Whether that was because I couldn’t see past the “Christian Rock” thing, I can’t say for sure, but probably. I certainly don’t remember going out of my way to check out their albums. However, over the past few years I’ve developed a growing appreciation not only of the recent Stryper albums, but Michael Sweet’s solo work and his collaborations with George Lynch. The latest Stryper album, “God Damn Evil”, was released on 20th April by Frontiers Music. I’ve featured the singles “Take It To The Cross”, “Sorry” and “Lost” on the Friday NI Rocks on 23rd February, 16th March and 13th April respectively.

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Guitar supremo Gus G released his latest album “Fearless” through AFM Records on 20th April. This was one of those albums that I really looked forward to hearing after the announcement that it was due for release, and I wasn’t to be disappointed. The Greek guitarist is best known for working with Ozzy from 2009 to 2017 and for his albums with his band Firewind, but I’ve been a big fan of his solo releases. “Fearless” is the third of these and the extended version features 9 vocal tracks and 3 instrumentals. The track “Letting Go” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th April.

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“Dust To Gold” is the sixth album from Swedish metal band Bullet and it was released on 20th April by Steamhammer / SPV. The band formed back in 2001 and released their first album in 2006. Since then they’ve continued to deliver their own brand of NWOBHM inspired rock, playing across Europe and travelling around in the classic Volvo bus pictured on the album cover. The track “Rogue Soldier” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

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This is essentially a recommendation for two different albums – one new and one re-release – but it just made sense to incorporate the two into one post. Swedish band Universe released their self-titled debut in 1985 and that is now being re-released to coincide with the band’s reformation as University Infinity and the release of the new album “Rock Is Alive”. Both albums were released on 13th April by Pride & Joy Music. The Universe Infinity track “Rock Is Alive” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th April.

 

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To me personally, mention of German band Bonfire will always invoke memories of the late 80’s and the album “Point Blank” in particular. That of course is a bit unfair as the band has been around for over 30 years and has just released their 15th studio album. That album is called “Temple of Lies” and it was released through AFM Records on 13th April. The track “Crazy Over You” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th April.

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“Black Dog” is the second album from German band Innfight, following on from their debut “Boulevard of Pain” in 2015. The band are described as Alternative Metal / Rock and the press release says that fans of Alter Bridge, 3 Doors Down or Shinedown should check them out! It so happens that I like all three of those bands, and I do also like the new album from Innfight, though it’d be a bit heavier than anything from those bands! The album was released on 13th April by Pride & Joy Music. The opening track “Not Me” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th April.

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Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl releases an excellent new album called “All You Need Is Soul” through Frontiers Music on 11th May. The album is being released amidst a UK tour that kicks off on 2nd May and which includes a show in the Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill on 12th May. Jizzy has been a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on a couple of occasions and I thought it’d be great to chat to him again to talk about the new album and the tour.

The interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 27th April. That Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jizzy-pearl-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-27th-april-2018/

 

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“As Time Turns To Dust” is the fourth album from French symphonic metal band Whyzdom and it was released on 6th April by Scarlet Records. The band have been around for about ten years and had a number of female singers in the initial years but Marie MacLeod has fronted Whyzdom since 2013 and this is her second album with the band. I included the track “Armageddon” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th April.

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“Cold Star Dancer” is the third album to be released by local rockers Maverick in just four years and it highlights the growing confidence and maturity of the band. It was released on 6th April through Metalapolis Records, the same label that released the previous album in 2016. So far I’ve featured three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Myrmidon” on 23rd February, “Kiss of Fire” on 16th March and “Cold Star Dancer” on 13th April.

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