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“Unleash the Fire” is the first album from Riot V and it was released through Steamhammer / SPV on 27th October. Riot V is the natural successor to power metal band Riot, following a decision to rename the group after the death of founder Mark Reale in January 2012.  Former Riot members Mike Flyntz on guitar (since 1989), Don Van Stavern on bass (from 1986 originally) and Frank Gilchriest on drums (from 2003 originally) are joined by Todd Michael Hall on vocals and Nick Lee on guitar. “Unleash the Fire” is a very fitting addition to the Riot discography albeit under a different name.

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After reading the press release for the debut album from Swedish rockers Bulletrain I thought the least I could do was give it a listen. It’d be fair to say that the band seem to have a few ups and downs between their formation in 2006 and the release of “Start Talking” by AOR Heaven on 27th October.  I hadn’t heard the band’s earlier EPs so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but “Start Talking” is definitely worth checking out. It may have taken them a while to get there but their perseverance has resulted in an album that they can take pride in.

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Angels or Kings trace their roots back to Manchester in 1988. Like many of those local bands making a name for themselves in the AOR / hair-metal heyday of the late 80s and early 90s, they weren’t to survive the changes in the rock scene in the 90s. They’ve now re-emerged with a new singer and released their debut album called “Kings of Nowhere” through the AOR Heaven label on 24th October.

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THERE is such a thing as using invective as a rhetorical device in speeches and writing, but at times deploying invective in musical lyrics can be a tricky business. Once upon a diseased time such invective was limited to punk.

Responsible metal acts of all genres now take on the use of invective, but it is rare that the musical

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Sister Sin is another of those great Swedish exports; touring and releasing albums for over ten years. Delivering a heavier style of rock than a lot of the Swedish bands, the female-fronted Sister Sin is definitely a band to check out if you haven’t already!  They released their latest album “Black Lotus” through Victory Records on 27th October. Whilst the band’s website and the media releases refer to this as the band’s fourth album, more specifically it’s actually the fourth original studio release through Victory Records which is based in the USA. The first single from the album is “Chaos Royale” (included on the Friday NI Rocks Show broadcast on 31st Oct).

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MOST Northern Ireland bands end up growing up in the public eye; and for those that do the Limelight2, Pavilion, Voodoo, Diamond venue circuit it can be a tough thing to do; all too often the naysayers and the cynics can dampen the enthusiasm.

For Scimitar this enthusiasm has never dampened. From their first iteration

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Swedish rockers Crazy Lixx release their latest album through Frontiers Records on 7th November. The self-titled album is the fourth release from Crazy Lixx and their third on the Frontiers label. The band includes Danny Rexon on vocals, Andy Zata and Edd Liam on guitars, Joel Cirera on drums and Jens Sjoholm on bass. Ahead of the release of the album I spoke to Danny via Skype to ask him a few questions.

This interview is broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st October at 9pm UK time along with three tracks from the new album. The Show is also available from the On-Demand Player – the show uploaded on 29th October - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

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British band Vega recently released their latest album “Stereo Messiah” through Frontiers Records (http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/1695-ni-rocks-recommends-qstereo-messiahq-by-vega.html ). This is their third album, following on from “Kiss of Life” in 2010 and “What The Hell” in 2013. Vega consists of Nick Workman on vocals, Dan Chantrey on drums, Tom Martin on bass, James Martin on keyboards and Marcus Thurston on guitar.

We spoke to Nick via Skype following the release of “Stereo Messiah” and ahead of the upcoming headline tour by Vega in November and dates supporting Joe Elliott’s Down ‘n’ Outz in December. This interview is broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st October at 9pm UK time along with three tracks from the new album. The Show is also available from the On-Demand Player – the show uploaded on 29th October - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 29 October 2014 23:21)

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WE went along to an aural detonation last week with Zlatanera, Hornets and 7.5 Tonnes of Beard...


And, we penned a few lines for our good friends at Chordblossom, and shared the MetalPlanet Belfast pix too.


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British band In Faith released their debut album “There’s a Storm Coming” through Rocktopia / Cargo Records on 24th October. Reading the press release from Rock ‘n’ Growl Promotions my eye immediately focused on the fact that members of In Faith had previously played in bands such as Vaughn and Eden’s Curse and that there were guest appearances by guitarists from Tyketto and Furyon. That was enough to warrant a quick listen and the subsequent decision that the album was definitely worth downloading! The debut album from In Faith certainly delivers a very listenable brand of melodic hard rock.

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“Rats and Rumours” is the new album from German hard rockers Nitrogods. It was released through Steamhammer/SPV on 20th October and is the follow up to the self-titled debut album from 2012. Tracks from that debut album will have featured on a few of the NI Rocks shows on Rock Radio NI over the past couple of years. “Rats and Rumours” maintains that raw, hard-hitting feel of the debut “Nitrogods”; something that may result from the band’s insistence of recording in a studio using analogue technology.

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