“Heart of the Hurricane” is the third album from German symphonic metal band Beyond The Black and it was released by Napalm Records on 31st August. Normally my recommendations are for albums that have been sent to us by the record labels or bands, but sometimes they are for albums that I’ve purchased myself and I just want to post something to acknowledge how good they are! That is definitely the case with “Heart of the Hurricane” as I bought the gold vinyl version as well as downloading it from iTunes.

 

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Spanish metal band Kilmara released their fourth album, “Across The Realm of Time”, through Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!) on 31st August. It is the first album from the band to feature new singer Dani Ponce; and also the first featuring a new guitarist and bass player as only two of the founding members remain from the line-up on the last album in 2014! I included the track “Out Fom The Darkness” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 14th August and “I Shall Rise Again” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

 

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“Never Say Never” is the debut album from Germany based band DeVicious and it was released on 24th August via Pride & Joy Music. The band features musicians from Germany, Spain and Serbia who have all worked with other artists and bands over the years. In 2016 they formed the band DeVicious in Karlsruhe with the aim of playing 80’s inspired rock. I included the track “Everything” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August.

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“By Hook Or By Crook” is the second full length album from Norwegian metal band Shotgun Rodeo and it was released on 24th August by Mighty Music. It’s a little heavier than a lot of the other albums that I’ve posted recommendations for recently, but the band have a distinctive sound that appeals to me! I included the excellent track “Tony Iommi” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th July.

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“The Chronicles of Eunomia Part 1” is a concept album from Norwegian power metal band Eunomia and it was released on 24th August through Pride & Joy Music. The tracks on the album relate to the struggles in the fantasy kingdoms of Valley Doom and Eunomia and they have been created by brothers Marius and Peter Danielsen. I included the track “Crystal Sword” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August.

 

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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 August – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for July were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3419-ni-rocks-playlists-for-july-2018.html

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Australian band The Radio Sun released their latest album, “Beautiful Strange”, through Pride & Joy Music on 24th August. This is their fifth album is as many years and the band continue to deliver top quality melodic rock. The Radio Sun are no strangers when it comes to playing in the UK and have a good fan-base here. The latest album certainly won’t disappoint any of those fans. I included the track “Hold On Tight” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August.

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“Holdin’ All The Aces” is the debut album from Billy Morris and the Sunset Strip and it was released on 24th August by HighVol Music. Billy Morris is probably best known as the guitarist in bands such as Warrant and Tuff and for working with Quiet Riot and Paul Gilbert. For this project he also takes on the role of lead singer. The title track “Holdin’ All The Aces” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th August.

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Danish band Black Swamp Water released their second album, “Distant Thunder”, through Mighty Music on 24th August. The band delivers a great blend of stoner and southern rock, but the over-riding vibe undoubtedly comes from their Black Sabbath influences. I’ve played a few tracks from their 2016 debut album “Chapter One” in the past and so far the tracks “Rebellion” and “Bitter Harvest” from the new album have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show – on 20th July and 3rd August respectively.

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“Queen of Hearts” in the second album from Finnish band King Company and it was released on 10th August by Frontiers Music. The band formed in 2014 and released their debut album “One For The Road” in 2016 before health issues forced a change in vocalist in 2017. I’ve featured a few tracks from the debut album on the Shows since 2016 and the tracks “One Day of Your Life” and “Living In A Hurricane” from the new album were included on the Friday NI Rocks Shows on 1st June and 6th July respectively. The title track, “Queen of Hearts” opened the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 21st August.

 

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This week marks the 8th anniversary of the first Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th August 2010 and also the 400th Show. I’ve missed a few weeks over the years, normally for technical reasons, otherwise it would have been 416 shows! The NI Rocks A-Z Show started a few months earlier and is on show number 428.

As I keep a record of the playlists for all the shows, I thought I’d have a look at what has been played on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past 400 shows. I’ve featured 2,793 different tracks by 1,024 different artists and in total have played 5,760 tracks. There have also been 87 guest interviews that I’ve recorded and broadcast and quite a few promo features.

Looking in detail at the artists and tracks featured on the Show, the emphasis on local music is very clear.

 

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