Singer Johnny Gioeli certainly keeps himself busy. On 7th December he released his first solo album, “One Voice”, through Frontiers Music. This is his third album release of 2018, following on from Axel Rudi Pell’s “Knights Call” in March and his collaboration with Deen Castronovo, “Set the World on Fire”, in July. The single “Drive” from the album “One Voice” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October.

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“Devil’s Hand” is the self-titled debut album from a band that features guitarist / producer Mike Slamer and vocalist Andrew Freeman. The album was released on 7th December by Frontiers Music. So far I’ve played three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – the singles “Falling In” on 5th October and “We Come Alive” on 16th November and then most recently “Push Comes to Shove” on 28th December.

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The release of “Necropolis” on the Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!) label on 30th November marks the return of metal band Sacrosanct, 25 years after their last album. The band was originally active between 1988 and 1994 and released three albums during that period. I was a little slow picking up on this release, but I’ll be playing a track from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week.

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“Outlaw Son” is the second solo album from Jerome Mazza, a singer/songwriter and producer from Pittsburgh. He has previously fronted the bands Angelica and Pinnacle Point. The album was released by Escape Music on 23rd November. I included the title track “Outlaw Son” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th November and “The Dark Side” on the Show on 28th December.

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“The Ghost Ward Diaries” is the sixth album from Swedish band Electric Boys and their third since reforming in 2009. It was released by Mighty Music on 23rd November. The band who are probably best known for the hit single “All Lips ‘n’ Hips” will be playing The Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on 23rd March as part of the tour to support the release of “The Ghost Ward Diaries”. I included the single “Hangover in Hannover” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

 

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The cover for Tank’s 1982 debut album “Filth Hounds of Hades” was probably one of the most iconic of the NWOBHM era and the album itself is recognised as a classic in the genre. Now, more than 35 years later, there are two different versions of the band. Lead singer Algy Ward’s Tank released the album “Sturmpanzer” through Dissonance Productions on 16th November. The track “No More War” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st December.

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“Me Against You” is the second album from Greek metal band Full House Brew Crew and it was released by Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!) on 16th November 2018. It has been seven years since the release of the band’s debut album in 2011 as guitarist and lead singer Vagelis Karzis has been playing bass for Rotting Christ for the past few years. The album is at the heavier end of my listening spectrum and I included the track “Hollow God” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

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“Coma” is the third album from American band Sunflower Dead and it was released on 16th November through Combat Records, which is part of David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group. The band’s lead singer Michael Del Pizzo was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in March 2016 when their second album was released. The track “Victim” from the new album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

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Tobias Sammet recently announced the upcoming AVANTASIA masterpiece Moonglow - which will now be released on February 15th 2019 through Nuclear Blast. It will be released on various formats and is now available to pre-order.

Press release below.

 

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Ten former members of Black Sabbath have worked with Irish producer and singer Michael Suilleabhain on a new tribute album called "Ninth Star" under the name Emerald Sabbath. It will be released on 15th February 2019 via Plastic Head Distribution.

Press release Stampede Press below:

 

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Female fronted, English alt-rockers Salvation Jayne released their second EP on 16th November. This six track, self-titled EP follows on from the release of “Moves That Make The Record Skip” in May 2017. I included the single “Cortez” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd November.

 

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