“Second Coming” is the second album from Nordic Union and it was released on 9th November by Frontiers Music. The band is a collaboration between Danish Pretty Maids singer Ronnie Atkins and Swedish guitarist Erik Martensson of Eclipse and W.E.T. They released their first, self-titled album back in January 2016. So far I’ve played two tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Because of Us” on 26th October and “It Burns” on 16th November – as well as “Rock’s Still Rolling” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 27th November.

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I posted an interview with Brazilian band Owl Company in July 2017 just after the release of their debut album “Horizon”. Lead singer Enrico Minelli had stated in the interview that the second album was already written and that the band were we looking for a label ahead of recording it. Clearly, the band has wasted no time as since then they’ve signed to Eclipse Records and on 9th November they released their second album “Iris”. The single “Pieces” had been released earlier this year and I’d included it on the Friday NI Rocks Show in May, but it isn’t included on the new album. However, the track “Antagonist” was included on the Show on 16th November and we’ll have another on the NI Rocks A-Z Show very soon.

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“Illuminati” is the fourteenth studio album from British band Ten and it was released on 9th November via Frontiers Music. I always look forward to the release of a Ten album and the epic story telling tracks that they feature (and of course the great vocals and music!). This is the fourth album that I’ve posted a recommendation for, dating back to “Albion” in 2014. I included the single “Jericho” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October, followed by “Rosetta Stone” on 16th November.

 

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“Patina” is the second album from Red Dragon Cartel, the band formed by guitarist Jake E Lee, and it was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. Jake E Lee was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show that week and we talked about the new album in some detail. We also played the tracks “Havana” and “Crooked Man”, both of which had been played on the Show previously. This week the latest single “Bitter” is included on the Show.

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“Resilient Heart” is the new solo album from American vocalist David Reece and it was released on 9th November by Mighty Music. Reece is best known for having fronted the bands Accept, Bangalore Choir and Bonfire at various times and has been involved in numerous projects since the late 80’s. This is his first solo album in five years. The track “Any Time At All” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th September followed by “A Perfect Apocalypse” on 12th October.

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I’ve been a huge fan of NWOBHM band Tygers of Pan Tang for many years and their early album were amongst my first vinyl purchases back in the early 80’s. In December the band will release “Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981” on vinyl and CD and I’ve already my order in! The recording was originally made by Chris Tsangarides at Nottingham Rock City, but it has now been remixed and remastered and will be released on 21st December via Mighty Music.

Details in the press release below.

 

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It’s hard to believe that it’s very nearly four years since singer Jorn Lande and guitarist Trond Holter released the album “Swing of Death”, the rock opera concept album, based on the tales of Dracula. That was January 2015, and the subsequent success of the musical performance in theatres around Norway has led to a follow up album being released by the band Holter. The album “Vlad The Impaler” was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. I’ve featured the first three singles on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “I’ll Die for You” on 12th Oct, “Worlds on Fire” on 19th Oct and “The Last Generation” on 16th Nov.

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Last year Eden’s Curse released a re-recording of their self-titled debut album to mark the tenth anniversary of the original release. They’ve now released “Testament” which is a two disc album featuring their best tracks and a collection of bonus tracks. It also includes the new track “Forever” which was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th November. The album was released via AFM Records on 2nd November.

 

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Swedish band The Heard was formed in 2016 when Crucified Barbara split and three members of that band set out to establish a new project. They recruited the bass player from Deathstars to take on lead guitar and a model / burlesque performer as lead singer. The Heard made their live debut back in February and their first album. “The Island” was released via Despotz Records on 2nd November. The title track of the album is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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Browsing Collection is a young, all-female band from Sweden that delivers rock / pop-punk inspired, energetic, catchy tunes. Despite the members only being between 21 and 25 years old now, the band formed more than ten years ago. On 26th October they self-released a new EP called “Don’t Want To Dance”. I’ve included the track “Thank God It’s Friday” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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“The Road Through The Never” is the sixth studio album from Hungarian doom metal band Wall of Sleep, but it’s the first time that I’ve posted an album recommendation for the band. In fact I’m not sure if I’ve posted anything for any Hungarian band before! This album marks a slight change of direction for the band with there being a more hard rock / classic heavy metal focus. “The Road Through The Never” was released on 26th October via NAIL Records. The single “Deserter” will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th November.

 

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