“Horizon” is the debut album from Brazilian band Owl Company and it was released via One RPM on 14th July. We picked up on the release through our long-time contributors New Ocean Media. Owl Company tick all the boxes for me when I’m wanting to listen to something at the more metal and gutsier end of my music spectrum rather than the softer melodic side. I played the track “Black n Blue” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 21st June and then “Play With Fire” on the Show uploaded on 6th July.

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“Gothica” is the latest album from melodic hard rock masters Ten and their highly respected frontman Gary Hughes. The album was released via Frontiers Music on 7th July. Although, only a fairly recent convert to the band, I was looking forward to the release of “Gothica” and to hearing more of their epic story-telling tracks. Thankfully, I wasn’t to be disappointed. The single “Travellers” features on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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That Rock Guy is a fairly intriguing and cool name for an artist and it came as no surprise to find out he was Australian! The initial PR material didn’t identify who ‘That Rock Guy’ actually was; but a little bit of digging identifies Australian Adam Barclay as the ‘Guy’ behind the vocals and guitars. His debut album “Nothin’ To Lose” was released through the AOR Heaven label on 30th June and the classic 80’s rock influences are clearly evident. I played the track "Can't Get Enough of You" on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 6th July.

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Riverdogs formed in California back in 1989 and 28 years later, they’ve just released their fifth album; coincidentally entitled “California”. The album was released through Frontiers Records on 7th July. Belfast born guitarist Vivian Campbell is no doubt the highest profile member of the band – he played on the self-titled debut in 1990 before going on to play in Shadow King and then of course Def Leppard. The single “Welcome to the New Disaster” featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show uploaded on 26th June and “American Dream” will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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“Lies, Hopes & Other Stories” is the second album from Italian band Starsick System and it was released on 23rd June 2017 through Pride & Joy Music. It is over two years since the release of the debut album “Daydreamin” - which also earned a NI Rocks recommendation. With this latest album the band continues to impress and it is well worth checking out. The track “I Am The Hurricane” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show that was uploaded on 28th June.

 

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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 June – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 100 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for May were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3137-ni-rocks-playlists-for-may-2017.html

On the Friday NI Rocks Shows in June there were interviews with New Zealand rockers Devilskin, Ryan O’Keeffe from Airbourne, Tyler Bryant and Brittney Slayes from Canadian band Unleash the Archers - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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It seems Photobucket has gone into melt-down mode and wants to charge $399 per year for 3rd party photo hosting if you use the images you’ve uploaded on other websites – such as Rock Radio NI. That’ll NOT be happening. So if you’re reading an album recommendation or interview posted on our website prior to 30th June 2017 expect to see lots of Photobucket images telling you that the account needs updated. Apologies, but unless Photobucket realise the folly of this change of policy that’s the way it’s going to be.

 

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Dissonance Productions have been re-releasing some classic British rock and metal albums over the past few months. Included amongst these are albums by Diamond Head and Onslaught. The Onslaught album is from the Steve Grimmett era between 1988 and 1990. Both Diamond Head and Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper released new albums through Dissonance in 2016 and both bands continue to tour.

 

 

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Symphonic metal is one of those genres that can be hit or miss with me. However, when “The Age of Innocence”, the debut album from Angelwings arrived in my inbox it impressed me enough after a quick listen to download it for further investigation. The band are from Gibraltar and the album was released through Pride and Joy Music on 23rd June. I played the track “Wonderland” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 21st June.

 

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Pittsburgh band Twelve Noon initially released their debut album “Saints and Sinners” independently in late 2016 whilst they looked for a label. The band has now been picked up by Eclipse Records and the album got released officially on 9th June. The lead-off track “No Way Out” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 24th May and the title track “Saints and Sinners” on the Show uploaded on 21st June.

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When I recorded an interview with Mat Sinner back in January 2016, I asked specifically about a live Primal Fear album in the near future. Mat had responded that they hoped to record footage and music during their upcoming tour to support the recent album “Rulebreaker” and that we might see a live album in early 2017 - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/2460-ni-rocks-interview-with-mat-sinner-primal-fear-sinner-etc.html - Sure enough, Primal Fear released “Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany” via Frontiers Music on 2nd June. I included the live version of “Rulebreaker” from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show last week.

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