“Afterburner” is the new album from Indian metal band Kryptos and it was released via AFM Records on 21st June. This is the fifth album from the band since they formed twenty years ago. Over those years the band has been at the forefront of the Indian metal scene and they were one of the first metal bands from that country to sign with a major label or tour Europe. I played the album’s title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th July.

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Girlschool have had an iconic status in the British rock and metal scene for over forty years and world-wide recognition as one of the most long-running female bands in history. Guitarist Jackie ‘Jax’ Chambers has been part of Girlschool now for twenty years and I spoke to her via Skype on 11th July to chat about the band ahead of their headline shows in Dublin and Belfast on 18th and 19th July and at the Disturbance Festival in Letterkenny on 20th July.

In addition to talking about Girlschool and picking some of their tracks to play we also chatted about Jackie’s other band, Syteria, and we play one of their tracks.


The interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th July – which has been uploaded already and is available here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 15th July)

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“Return To Eden” is the third and final part of Timo Tolkki’s metal opera Avalon and it was released on 14th June by Frontiers Music. The former Stratovarius guitarist had revealed the Avalon project back in 2013 and the three albums released have featured a number of high profile singers and musicians. I included the track “Promises” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd May and the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 11th June, whilst “Hear My Call” was part of the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th May.

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Back in 2015 I posted an interview with Chilean singer Caterina Nix that we had completed by e-mail following the release of the first album from Chaos Magic. Almost four years later we’ve recorded an interview to mark the release of the second Chaos Magic album “Furyborn”. The album was released by Frontiers Music on 14th June and includes guest appearances by Rainbow frontman Ronnie Romero and Tom Englund from Evergrey.


Caterina chats about the recording of the latest album, future plans for Chaos Magic, working with Timo Tolkki, the growing position of women in rock and metal and more. We also play four tracks from the new album.


The interview can be heard on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week – uploaded on 11th July - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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“Sweet Oblivion” is the self-titled debut album from a new project established to feature the vocals of former Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate. More recently of course, Tate has been fronting the band Operation : Mindcrime. The other members of Sweet Oblivion are Italian musicians brought together by Simone Mularoni from the band DGM. I featured the track “True Colors” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 21st May and then “Hide Away” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st June.

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A few weeks ago Sons of Apollo issued a press release about their upcoming album ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ which was recorded in Bulgaria last year. The album is being released on 30th August on CD and DVD and information on where to pre-order the album is now available. The band has also now released a trailer for the album. Details are in the press release from Inside Out Music below.


I had the good fortune to interview Sons of Apollo guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal ahead of their show in Belfast last July and I recently interviewed frontman Jeff Scott Soto ahead of the release of the new Soto album by Inside Out Music.

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3392-ni-rocks-interview-with-ron-bumblefoot-thal.html

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3579-ni-rocks-interview-with-jeff-scott-soto-2019.html

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“Furyborn” is the second album from the Chilean band Chaos Magic, fronted by Caterina Nix. It was released on the 14th June by Frontiers Music. The first album, released in 2015, was largely dominated by Timo Tolkki, but this second album is very much driven by Caterina. She talks about “Furyborn” during an interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th July; when we also play four tracks from the album. I’d previously featured the tracks “Like Never Before”, “Furyborn” and “I’m Your Cancer” on the Show over the past few weeks.

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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 June – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 130 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for May were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3603-ni-rocks-playlists-for-may-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included separate interviews with Alliance members Gary Pihl (who is also part of Boston) and Robert Berry (who is also in 3.2) . All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“The Brotherhood of Metal” is the second album to be released by American 80’s metal band The Rods since they reformed in 2008. The album was released on 7th June by Steamhammer / SPV. The Rods had released a number of albums in the early 80’s which gained them something of a cult following in the American metal scene. The two newer albums have seen the band develop that sound for a new generation. I played the track “Louder Than Loud” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th June.

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Local band Fireland released their latest album “Fireland IV – Forged in Fire” independently on 1st June. I still refer to them as a local band, though in reality the band is now focused around local guitarist Steve Moore and American singer David Brown. It is essentially a studio project now, but that has not always been the case. I played the track “Dragon Slayer” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th May, followed by “Hurricane” on the Show on 7th June.

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Furyon frontman Matt Mitchell released his debut solo album through his own MM Recording Works label on 31st May. The project is called Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts and the album has the same name. Promotion of the album is being handled by Rock n Growl. I included the track “Black Diamonds” on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in January and “Home” on the Show on 5th April.

 

 

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