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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“4 On The Floor” is the latest album from Texas based band Broken Teeth and their first with the EMP Label Group. It was released on 9th June, with promotion being handled by Rock n Growl. I accidently introduced the band on the Friday NI Rocks Show last week as Australian (I’d written ‘Austin based’ in my notes and had trouble reading my own writing!), but that may have been a bit Freudian as the band do have a distinctly AC/DC vibe and were once referred to as “A pissed off AC/DC”. The track I was introducing on the Show was called “Sinful”.

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Off the back of the extremely successful album “Heavy Fire” and UK/European tour, Black Star Riders are pleased to announce a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Formed in 2012, Black Star Riders signed their first contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the same year. Under the banner of the independent label, the band released three critically acclaimed albums: “All Hell Breaks Loose”, “The Killer Instinct” and “Heavy Fire”.

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Italian power metal band Secret Sphere celebrates the 20th anniversary of their foundation this year with the release of a new album called “The Nature of Time”. It was released via Frontiers Music on 2nd June and is the band’s first studio album of new material since 2012.  The track “The Calling” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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The description given to me by our friend Doug at New Ocean Media was “acoustic rock”, so I wasn’t too sure what I’d make of the self-titled debut album from Nashville based Edge of Free. As this is a recommendation, clearly I really liked what I heard! Acoustic rock is probably the best way of describing it – you’ll not be head-banging to it, but you’ll not dozing off listening to it either! Edge of Free are definitely worth checking out. The album was released on 19th May and I included the track “Blood Eagle” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded this week.

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Almost two years since their rebranding and the release of a four track EP, local band Blackwater Conspiracy have released their long anticipated debut album “Shootin’ The Breeze”. The CD and digital versions of the album were released on 9th June with a vinyl release to follow on 7th July. I played “President Joe” and “Monday Club” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 15th June, but the four tracks from the earlier EP have been on our playlists constantly for the past two years.

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Any album release that features singer Jorn Lande is always eagerly anticipated and this time that expectation was raised even further after checking out the list of musicians working on his latest project. Needless to say his latest offering once again lives up to expectation. Jorn’s album “Life on Death Road” was released via Frontiers Music on 2nd June. I included “Fire to the Sun” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 24th May and “Hammered to the Cross (The Business)” on the Show uploaded on 8th June.

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Other than a few tracks on YouTube, I wasn’t that familiar with Canadian metal band Unleash The Archers until I checked out their latest album “Apex” which was released on 2nd June via Napalm Records. I was really impressed with what I heard and when the opportunity arose to record an interview with lead singer Brittney Slayes, I thought it’d be an excellent chance to find out more about the band and the album.  I spoke to Brittney via Skype on 15th June and you can hear what we chatted about, as well as four tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show that was uploaded on 21st June. That Show is available now from the On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - or as a Podcast on iTunes.

 

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“Blind Faith” is the fourth album from Swedish band Mean Streak and it was released on 2nd June via Rock of Angels Records (ROAR). Promotion is being handled by our friends at Rock n Growl. The Swedish metal band formed back in 2008 and released albums in 2009, 2011and 2013, so this one is a little over-due! I played the track “Caught in the Crossfire” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 11th May and “Settle the Score” is included on the Show being uploaded this week.

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Frontiers Music has a well-deserved reputation for bringing together artists to collaborate on some great records. The release of the self-titled debut album from The Ferrymen on 2nd June provides further evidence that Serafino Perugino and the team at Frontiers know what they’re doing. The principle contributors in The Ferrymen are guitarist Magnus Karlsson from Primal Fear and vocalist Ronnie Romero from Lords of Black and Rainbow. I played the opening track “End of the Road” on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 27th April and "Ferryman" on the Show uploaded on 8th June.

 

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