There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of November – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 120 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for October were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3248-ni-rocks-playlists-for-october-2017.html

Just one new interview was posted during the month - with Jocke from Hardcore Superstar- http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:37)

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I’ve just added another three Shows to the NI Rocks MixCloud page – those featuring interviews with Rick Ruhl from Every Mother’s Nightmare, Fredrik Weileby from Sparzanza, Tom Harte from Trucker Diablo and Phil Lewis from L.A. Guns. Shows are usually available for about 8 weeks after broadcast via the On Demand Player. They then get uploaded to the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/


There are now 62 uploads on the site featuring 69 interviews –

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“Veni Vidi Vice” is the new album from reformed German 80’s band Vice and it was released on 17th November by Pride & Joy Music. The band had released their debut album in 1988 and a further album in 1990 before splitting up. The guitarist from that original line-up has now reformed the band and they’ve released a hard rock album that is worth checking out. I’ve included the track “Hot Summer Night Party” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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“Revelation Highway” is the fourth album from California band Babylon A.D. and it was released via Frontiers Music on 10th November, some 17 years after their third album. In fact, like Pink Cream 69 who were the subject of my previous recommendation, Babylon A.D. are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their formation by releasing an album through Frontiers.  I featured the track “One Million Miles” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on the 17th November.

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In a few of the album recommendations that I’ve posted recently, I’ve noted that the band was celebrating the 20th anniversary of their formation. German band Pink Cream 69 actually celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and they do so with a great album called “Headstrong” which was released through Frontiers Music on 10th November. I included the tracks “Man of Sorrow” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th October and “We Bow To None” on 17th November.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:45)

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Primal Fear has marked the twentieth anniversary of their formation this year with the release of two compilations. Back in June they released “Angels of Mercy – Live in Germany”. On 10th November, once again through Frontiers Music, they released “Best of Fear”, a double album featuring 23 tracks from the last ten years and a few new recordings. I don’t always write recommendations for live albums or ‘best of’ albums, but with this post I’ll now have done so for both Primal Fear albums this year! That’s a fair indication of how much I like the band! I included the new track “Predator” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th November.

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Sometimes you just know you’re going to love a band’s new album even before your hear it, and Shakra is one of those bands. From about ten seconds into their latest album “Snakes & Ladders” I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The eleventh studio album from the Swiss rockers was released through AFM Records on 10th November. “Snakes & Ladders” is the band’s second album since the return of lead vocalist Mark Fox in 2015. I included the single “Cassandra’s Curse” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th November and “The End of Days” is on the Show this week.

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The Dark Element is the new band featuring former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon and they released their self-titled debut album through Frontiers Music on 10th November. Anette has teamed up with Finnish guitarist Jani Liimatainen who was formerly with Sonata Arctica. With that artistic backbone, you get what you’d anticipate – a great symphonic metal album! I played the track “Dead To Me” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd November.

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You never really know where you’re going to hear Jeff Scott Soto singing next – on a solo album, with his band SOTO, in W.E.T., Sons of Apollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) or guesting on someone else’s album. Regardless of where though, you’re always guaranteed a fantastic vocal performance. “Retribution” is his latest solo album and it was released via Frontiers Music on 10th November. I included the first single “Inside, Outside” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 22nd September and the follow-up “Feels Like Forever” on the Show on 3rd November.

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“Unified” is the second album to come from the somewhat unexpected collaboration between Michael Sweet and George Lynch; but once again what you get when you bring together two highly talented, prolific musicians is a fantastic rock album. It was released via Frontiers Music on 10th November, almost three years after the release of the first Sweet & Lynch album “Only To Rise” in January 2015. I included the track “Promised Land” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th August and the track “Afterlife” is featured on the Show this week.

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Swedish band Black Paisley released their debut album “Late Bloomer” on the Pride & Joy Music label on 27th October. The album has been a few years in the making, with recording commencing in 2014, but the final product is worth checking out. The opening track “Run Run Run” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 10th November.

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