Dirty Thrills are an excellent bluesy hard rock band from London whose tracks we’ve been playing on the NI Rocks Shows on Rock Radio NI for a few years now. They released their latest album “Heavy Living” through Frontiers Music on 15th September. A number of tracks were released ahead of the album and I played “Law Man” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th July, “I’ll Be With You” on 18th August and “Rabbit Hole” on the 8th September.

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“Magic” is the third album in as many years from multi-national band Serious Black and it was released through AFM Records on 25th August. I was a bit late in picking up on the release, but included the track “Burn! Witches Burn!” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week! The melodic power metal outfit formed in 2014, with the members all having played for several different bands in the past.

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Silver End are a Norwegian band founded in 2012 and they released their second album, entitled “Spreading Fire” through Mighty Music on 15th September. Though perhaps more inspired by newer generation, modern hard-rock than traditional classic rock; Silver End still deliver a great sound - loads of great riffs and excellent vocals will tick the box every time! I played the track “Addicted” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 1st August and “Chills” on the Friday NI Rock Show on 8th September.

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Frontiers Music are of course masters at bringing artists together to record albums, and they have another success with Kee of Hearts who released their self-titled debut on 15th September. The principal contributors this time are singer Tommy Heart from the band Fair Warning and Kee Marcello, former guitarist with Europe. I included the track “Crimson Dawn” on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 22nd September.

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“Through Worlds of Stardust” is the fifth studio album from Steelheart and it was released on 15th September by Frontiers Music. It’d be safe to say that the album is a bit overdue as the previous release was back in 2008.  The consolation is that the album is rather good and I guess worth the wait. I played the track “You Got Me Twisted” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th August and “Got Me Running” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 22nd August. I’ll be including “My Dirty Girl” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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Revolution Saints have just released a video for the track “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”. This is the third video from the album “Light In The Dark” which will be released on 13th October by Frontiers Music. The press release from Duff Press is provided below.

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Most people will have heard of Grammy-award winning guitarist Bob Kulick, but many, like me, won’t have realised that he has now been releasing records for over 50 years. To mark that achievement he has released his first solo album! “Skeletons In The Closet” was released on 15th September by Vanity Music Group and features 4 new songs, a cover of “Goldfinger” and 5 songs from his past. It also features a wealth of guest appearances. I played the title track on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th September.

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“The Rise of Starlit Fires” is the third album from Finnish power metal band Force Majeure and it was released on 8th September via Mighty Music. It’s the band’s first release with new singer Marcus Lång who delivers some outstanding vocal performances. The power metal genre is one of those that can be a little hit or miss for me personally; but “The Rise of Starlit Fires” ticks quite a few boxes and power metal fans are sure to revel in it.

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“Neverland” is the first album released by Swiss band Gods of Silence – or more exactly the first since they changed their name from Kirk following the replacement of the original lead singer in 2016.The album was released on 8th September through ROAR! (Rock of Angels Records). The melodic outfit originally formed as ‘Kirk’ back in 1994 and released albums in 2003 and 2014. They’re now back with a new name, new singer and new label. I played the track “All My Life” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 25th August.

 

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“Flashback” is the debut album from French band Archange and it was released through Mighty Music on 25th August. The band was formed in 2013 by four established local musicians and the album is a bit of a homage to 80’s rock really. I played the track “Rock Non Stop” on the Friday NI Rocks on 25th August.

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My memory isn’t what it used to be (well that’s a lie really, it’s never been great!!); but I do have a vague recollection of hearing Lionheart performing back in the mid 80’s. That was probably on Channel 4’s “ECT” which we never missed, but it might also have been the video for the single “Die For Love”. The reason for my reminiscing is the release of a new album from Lionheart on 25th August. “Second Nature” was released via AOR Heaven and I played the track “Lionheart” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th August.

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