“Patina” is the second album from Red Dragon Cartel, the band formed by guitarist Jake E Lee, and it was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. Jake E Lee was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show that week and we talked about the new album in some detail. We also played the tracks “Havana” and “Crooked Man”, both of which had been played on the Show previously. This week the latest single “Bitter” is included on the Show.

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“Resilient Heart” is the new solo album from American vocalist David Reece and it was released on 9th November by Mighty Music. Reece is best known for having fronted the bands Accept, Bangalore Choir and Bonfire at various times and has been involved in numerous projects since the late 80’s. This is his first solo album in five years. The track “Any Time At All” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th September followed by “A Perfect Apocalypse” on 12th October.

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I’ve been a huge fan of NWOBHM band Tygers of Pan Tang for many years and their early album were amongst my first vinyl purchases back in the early 80’s. In December the band will release “Hellbound Spellbound Live 1981” on vinyl and CD and I’ve already my order in! The recording was originally made by Chris Tsangarides at Nottingham Rock City, but it has now been remixed and remastered and will be released on 21st December via Mighty Music.

Details in the press release below.

 

Last Updated (Saturday, 24 November 2018 16:37)

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It’s hard to believe that it’s very nearly four years since singer Jorn Lande and guitarist Trond Holter released the album “Swing of Death”, the rock opera concept album, based on the tales of Dracula. That was January 2015, and the subsequent success of the musical performance in theatres around Norway has led to a follow up album being released by the band Holter. The album “Vlad The Impaler” was released by Frontiers Music on 9th November. I’ve featured the first three singles on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “I’ll Die for You” on 12th Oct, “Worlds on Fire” on 19th Oct and “The Last Generation” on 16th Nov.

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Last year Eden’s Curse released a re-recording of their self-titled debut album to mark the tenth anniversary of the original release. They’ve now released “Testament” which is a two disc album featuring their best tracks and a collection of bonus tracks. It also includes the new track “Forever” which was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th November. The album was released via AFM Records on 2nd November.

 

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Swedish band The Heard was formed in 2016 when Crucified Barbara split and three members of that band set out to establish a new project. They recruited the bass player from Deathstars to take on lead guitar and a model / burlesque performer as lead singer. The Heard made their live debut back in February and their first album. “The Island” was released via Despotz Records on 2nd November. The title track of the album is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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Browsing Collection is a young, all-female band from Sweden that delivers rock / pop-punk inspired, energetic, catchy tunes. Despite the members only being between 21 and 25 years old now, the band formed more than ten years ago. On 26th October they self-released a new EP called “Don’t Want To Dance”. I’ve included the track “Thank God It’s Friday” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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“The Road Through The Never” is the sixth studio album from Hungarian doom metal band Wall of Sleep, but it’s the first time that I’ve posted an album recommendation for the band. In fact I’m not sure if I’ve posted anything for any Hungarian band before! This album marks a slight change of direction for the band with there being a more hard rock / classic heavy metal focus. “The Road Through The Never” was released on 26th October via NAIL Records. The single “Deserter” will be included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th November.

 

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“Lethal Mind” is the debut album from German band Heaven’s Trail and it was released on 26th October by Escape Music. The band was formed by a former member of Jaded Heart and includes current members of that band and also of Masterplan, so it certainly has a good pedigree and plenty of experience. I included the title track from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd November.

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Australian rockers White Widdow recently released their fifth album since forming in Melbourne ten years ago. The 80’s influenced, melodic rock / AOR band features the Millis brothers on vocals and keyboards. The latest album, “Victory” was released through AOR Records on 19th October 2018. The track “Fight For Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 2nd November.

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High on my list of bands that I’d like to see perform live are Swiss rockers Gotthard. I’m not sure when or if that’ll ever happen, but in the interim I can look forward to a new live album coming out next month. “Defrosted 2” is a live acoustic album being released on the Nuclear Blast label on 7th December.

Details in the press release below.

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 11 November 2018 14:03)

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