“Lethal Mind” is the debut album from German band Heaven’s Trail and it was released on 26th October by Escape Music. The band was formed by a former member of Jaded Heart and includes current members of that band and also of Masterplan, so it certainly has a good pedigree and plenty of experience. I included the title track from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd November.

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Australian rockers White Widdow recently released their fifth album since forming in Melbourne ten years ago. The 80’s influenced, melodic rock / AOR band features the Millis brothers on vocals and keyboards. The latest album, “Victory” was released through AOR Records on 19th October 2018. The track “Fight For Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd November.

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High on my list of bands that I’d like to see perform live are Swiss rockers Gotthard. I’m not sure when or if that’ll ever happen, but in the interim I can look forward to a new live album coming out next month. “Defrosted 2” is a live acoustic album being released on the Nuclear Blast label on 7th December.

Details in the press release below.

 

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Doom metallers Castle released their fifth studio album, “Deal Thy Fate” on 19th October. This is their first release since signing with Ripple Music earlier this year. The San Francisco based band are essentially a two piece, female-fronted outfit that has been touring and releasing albums with a number of different drummers for almost ten years. I included the track “Wait For Dark” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th October.

 

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Norwegian metal band Guardians of Time released their latest album “Tearing Up The World” via Rock of Angels Records (ROAR!) on 19th October. This is the band’s fifth album since forming in 1997 and it features guest appearances from Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Abbath. The track “As I Burn” featuring Owens on vocals was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th October.

 

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English band Midnite City released their second album, “There Goes The Neighbourhood”, through AOR Records on 19th October. The band had released their first self-titled album just 12 months earlier. I had also posted a recommendation for that album and featured some tracks on the Shows. So far, from the new album, “Give Me Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th October and “Here Comes The Party” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 23rd October.

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Back in the 80’s when he was Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, Jake E Lee was one of those iconic rock figures for rock fans like myself. After he split from Ozzy, I followed his career as he formed Badlands, an amazing band that featured the late Ray Gillen on vocals. Then, he effectively disappeared from the mainstream rock scene for about twenty years, releasing a couple of solo albums and making a few guest appearances. It was only the formation of Red Dragon Cartel and the release of their debut album in 2014 that brought Jake E Lee back into the limelight. On 9th November Frontiers Music releases the second Red Dragon Cartel album called “Patina”. When the opportunity arose to interview Jake I absolutely jumped at the chance. We spoke via Skype on 29th October and chatted for around 35 minutes about the new album, the band, future plans, collaborating on other projects, his solo records and Badlands.

That interview can be found on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 9th November that was uploaded on 7th Nov - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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It’s now just over three weeks until Def Leppard return to Belfast to play The SSE Arena on Sunday, 2 December, supported by Cheap Trick. Between now and Christmas Def Leppard have three big releases scheduled, including some great limited editions that will be of interest to the vinyl collectors!

 

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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 October – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for September were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3458-ni-rocks-playlists-for-september-2018.html

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A few years ago I had the good fortune to sit down with guitarist Doug Aldrich and record an interview whilst he was in Belfast with Whitesnake. Five years later, he is now a member of The Dead Daisies who will be playing in The Limelight, Belfast on 22nd November. I was keen to catch up with him for a chat to talk about The Dead Daisies as well as Burning Rain and a few other things. I spoke to Doug via Skype on 26th October, a few days before he headed off to the Kiss Kruise with The Dead Daisies. Following that the band head off on a European tour that takes them up to Christmas.

The interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 2nd November (uploaded on 31st Oct) - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

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English band City of Thieves released their debut album “Beast Reality” through Frontiers Music on 12th October. This follows the release of their EP “Incinerator” back in 2015 – tracks from that EP have been included on the Shows a few times. The band produced the new album alongside Toby Jepson. A number of singles have been released ahead of the album and four tracks have now featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show over recent months – “Buzzed Up City” (20th April), Born To Be Great (22nd June), “Reality Bites” (7th Sept) and “Fuel and Alcohol” (2nd Nov).

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