“The Crowning of the Fire King” is the latest album from Swedish doom metal band Sorcerer and it was released on 20th October via Metal Blade Records. The doom metal genre can be a little hit or miss with me personally, but that maybe comes down to the numerous sub-genres that I get lost in! (Have I mentioned recently that I hate the whole sub-genre categorisation thing that goes on in rock music!) However, I judge what I like on what I hear, and I liked this album when I checked it out! The track “Sirens” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October.

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“Incendiary” is the debut album from Swedish melodic rock band Code Red and it was released on 20th October via AOR Heaven. The album is toward the more mellow end of my listening preferences, but it is a great example of that genre. I included the track “Heat of the Night” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October.

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‘Warrior’ is the anthemic new single from acclaimed UK act Skarlett Riot. Taken from their upcoming second album ‘Regenerate’. The single was released on 20th October with the album being released on 27th October. ‘Warrior’ is an impassioned and brave anthem, written from Skarlett’s personal experiences.

She explains; ‘Warrior was written as an uplifting message to fans and anyone listening that no matter what life throws at you, no matter how hard times get, you’ll get through it, you’ll come out stronger in the end. The lyrics were written about my personal experience of being bullied at school from a young age, and how small and unimportant that made me feel at the time. I want people to know they're not alone and when they listen to this song I want them to feel braver and stronger.’ Skarlett x

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If anyone thought I wasn’t going to post a recommendation for the latest Tyketto release, “Live From Milan”, they clearly don’t know me very well! Granted, I don’t post recommendations for a lot of the live albums or compilations that we get sent or that I play tracks from; but this is Tyketto!! The album was released through Frontiers Music on 13th October and features a performance from the Frontiers Rock Festival that saw the band play every track from their debut album “Don’t Come Easy”. I included “Wings” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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When Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis announced last year that they were going to re-unite in a new L.A. Guns line-up, there was understandable excitement about a new album and expectations were high. L.A. Guns have certainly delivered on those expectations. Initially the album was to have been released in the summer, but it wasn’t until 13th October that “The Missing Peace” was released via Frontiers Music. I played the track “Speed” on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in July when it was released as a single. Singer Phil Lewis is my guest on the Show this week when we play 4 tracks from the album.

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English band Bigfoot released their debut, self-titled album through Frontiers Music on 13th October. I first heard of the band from Wigan in early 2015 when I received their debut EP, also called “Bigfoot”. I posted a recommendation for that EP and played some of the tracks on the NI Rocks Shows. Frontiers obviously liked what they heard as well as they signed the band up for this release. I’ve featured the track “The Fear” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st July and “Tell Me A Lie” on 8th Septenber. “Karma” is included on the Show this week.

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Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis announced late last year that they had re-united and would be releasing a new L.A. Guns album. They played in Belfast earlier this year as part of a tour of the UK and Ireland (a  gig I missed unfortunately as I was unwell at the time) and on 13th October released the album “The Missing Peace” through Frontiers Music. L.A Guns return to the UK as part of a European tour in November.

I arranged to speak to singer Phil Lewis by phone on 17th October just a few hours after the band returned from a successful trip to Japan. We spoke about the new album and more and you can hear what was said, along with four tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html – the Show uploaded on 18th Oct.

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“In Range” was actually recorded back in 1979 and it was to have been the third album from the band Target, but was never released before the band split in 1982. After almost 40 years it is finally being released on 20th October through Escape Music (at the same time as another “lost” recording by the band Gypsy Soul). Target featured the late Jimi Jamison on vocals before he went on to front Cobra and Survivor and this release is well worth checking out.

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“Winners and Losers” by Gypsy Soul is one of two albums being released by Escape Music on 20th October that gives rock fans a chance to hear tracks that have been lost to the archives for too long. (The other being “In Range” by Target). Gypsy Soul formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1989 without releasing an album, but they had recorded a number of tracks. These have now been brought together for the album “Winners and Losers”. I featured the track “The West” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 13th October.

 

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“Announcing The End” is the eighth studio album from Swedish band Sparzanza and it is released on 13th October via Despotz Records. The new album is their first with Despotz and singer Fredrik Weileby chatted about it when he was a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th September. We also played three tracks from the new album

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3196-ni-rocks-interview-with-fredrik-weileby-from-sparzanza.html

The track “The Trigger” is also included on the Show on 13th October.

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Italian band Midnight Sin release their second album, “One Last Ride”, through Scarlet Records on 13th October. The band formed in 2010, releasing their debut album in 2014 and an EP in 2016. There is a clear 80’s sleaze rock influence, but there is more to their sound than that. I’ve been listening to the album quite a bit over the last few days and it is quite addictive. The track “Loaded Gun” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th October.

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