In the past I’ve posted individual recommendations for albums after they were released; focusing particularly on albums that I’ve been playing tracks from on the NI Rocks Shows on Rock Radio NI. For various reasons I’ve decided to move away from those individual posts and instead do a monthly post focusing on all the album releases that have caught my attention during that month. This is the first of those posts, looking at some of the great albums released during January 2021. I’ll add more as the month progresses.

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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 December – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for November were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3793-ni-rocks-playlists-for-november-2020.html

This month the Friday NI Rocks Shows include an interview with singer Melissa Bonny from Ad Infinitum, Rage of Light etc.

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Ad Infinitum, fronted by Swiss singer Melissa Bonny, have now released two albums during 2020. Their debut album “Chapter 1 – Monarchy” was released by Napalm Records in April. Unable to tour this year the band decided to record an acoustic version of that album, called “Chapter 1 – Revisited”, and this was released on 4th December.

I had the opportunity to chat with the delightful and talented Melissa Bonny about Ad Infinitum and their two albums via Skype on 7th December. We also talked about her involvement with Rage of Light, Evenmore, Warkings, Malefistum, Rock Meets Classic and Kamelot as well as her plans for the future etc.

The interview is featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show uploaded on 11th December - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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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 November – 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 October were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3790-ni-rocks-playlists-for-october-2020.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Shows include interviews with Reb Beach, Tony Hernando, Orianthi and Erik Martensson, all of whom released albums during November.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 11 December 2020 01:32)

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Swedish band Eclipse released their first ever live album, called “Viva La VicTOURia” on 6th November, through Frontiers Music. I had the opportunity to chat with frontman and guitarist Erik Mårtensson via Skype a couple of days before the album was released. We talked about the live album, working on the next Eclipse studio album, dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, the upcoming W.E.T. album and other projects such as Ammunition and Nordic Union.

You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 2oth November which in now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-erik-martensson-eclipse-wet-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-20th-nov-2020/

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 January 2021 23:02)

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Australian guitarist and singer Orianthi released her new album “O” through Frontiers Music on 6th November. I had the opportunity to chat to her via Skype a couple of days before the album was released. We talked about the new album, future plans, working with Richie Sambora on the RSO project and much more. That interview was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th November and that Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-orianthi-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-13th-nov-2020/

 

I last interviewed Orianthi back in 2014 in the Ulster Hall in Belfast when she was on tour with Richie. You can find that interview on our MixCloud page or read it here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/1587-ni-rocks-interview-with-orianthi.html

 

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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. There are tracks by around 140 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/3786-ni-rocks-playlists-for-september-2020.html

This month the Friday NI Rocks Shows included a repeat of the recent interview with Elize Ryd from Amaranthe to coincide with the release of their new album.

In addition there were special promo features with Joe Bonnamassa, Sevendust and Black Stone Cherry to coincide with the release of their new albums during the month.

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Guitarist Reb Beach will be best known as a member of iconic bands Whitesnake and Winger and more recently as part of all star band Black Swan. On 6th November however he released a new solo instrumental album through Frontiers Music called “A View From The Inside”. I had the opportunity to chat with Reb via Skype on 3rd November to talk about that new album. We also talked about progress on the new Winger album as well as about Whitesnake, Black Swan and the late, great Eddie Van Halen.

 

The interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th November. That Show also included an interview with guitarist Tony Hernando from Lords of Black and it can now be heard on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interviews-with-reb-beach-and-tony-hernando-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-6th-nov-2020/

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 January 2021 23:11)

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Guitarist Tony Hernando is a founding member of the band Lords of Black, alongside singer Ronnie Romero. He is the driving force behind the Restless Spirits project. The new Lords of Black album “Alchemy of Souls Pt1” was released by Frontiers Music on 6th November. I had the opportunity to talk with Tony via Skype on 4th November to chat about that new album and ongoing work with both Lords of Black and Restless Spirits.

 

The interview is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th November. That Show also includes an interview with guitarist Reb Beach from Winger and Whitesnake and it is now available from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interviews-with-reb-beach-and-tony-hernando-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-6th-nov-2020/

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 January 2021 23:08)

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Last week Ricky Warwick announced the release of a new album and the first single from that album. At the same time he announced a UK tour for April and May 2021 which includes a show in Belfast on 6th May. The album called “When Life Was Hard and Fast” will be released on 19th February 2021 through Nuclear Blast Records and is available to pre-order now. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy of the red vinyl version that is limited to 300 copies! The single “Fighting Heart” is out now and was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show last week.

Full details on the album and the tour can be found in the press releases from Nuclear Blast and Rollins Promo that are copied below.

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 21 October 2020 21:10)

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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 September – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for August were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3785-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2020.html

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 October 2020 20:36)

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