“Don’t Count on Heroes” is the new album from Italian band Danger Zone and it was released by Pride & Joy Music on 18th October. The band formed initially back in 1983 before splitting in 1992 and all four of their full-length albums have been released since they reformed in 2010. Three of the band members from the late 80’s are part of the new line-up. The track “Demon Or Saint” is included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November.

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“Afterglow” is the third album from Swedish band JD Miller and it was released on 18th October by Mighty Music. The band formed in 2011 and has been acknowledged for their heavy AOR sound. This latest album is seen as their most ambitious to date. The track “The Desire” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in June and “Icarus” was on the Show on 18th October.

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Swedish band Cyhra release their second album, “No Halos In Hell”, through Nuclear Blast Records on 15th November 2019. The band was formed by singer Jake E, following his departure from Amaranthe, when he teamed up with former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad. The debut album “Letters to Myself” was released in October 2017 and the other members of the band are guitarist Euge Valovirta and drummer Alex Landenburg.

Cyhra will be joining label-mates Battle Beast on tour for four weeks commencing mid November and this includes a show in Dublin on 27th November as well as four UK dates. I had the opportunity to chat with Jake via Skype on 31st October and you can hear almost thirty minutes of that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week. We actually chatted for about 45 minutes about everything from kids to records to NewYork, but I’ve edited down to focus on the band, the new album and future plans.

The Show will be available from the On Demand Player  – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - and from the NI Rocks MixCloud Page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jake-e-from-cyhra-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-8th-nov-2019/

 

 

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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/3672-ni-rocks-playlists-for-september-2019.html

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October included interviews with Magnus Karlsson from The Ferrymen, Primal Fear etc and David Ellefson from Megadeth. The latter interview was repeated again with some additional tracks on 25th October.

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German vocalist Doro has been one of the most recognised and respected singers on the metal scene for over thirty years. There can be little doubting of her iconic status and she has worked and recorded with some of the industry’s biggest names. This November she is one of the headliners at Hard Rock Hell XIII in Great Yarmouth and as a fan for the past thirty years I jumped at the opportunity to record an interview with her ahead of that appearance.

We spoke by phone on 25th October and chatted about her career, the double album “Forever Warriors / Forever United” released last year and a number of upcoming projects. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st November. That Show will be available from the Rock Radio NI On Demand Player - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html - and from the NI Rocks MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-doro-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-1st-nov-2019/

 

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“The Sky is the Limit” is the second album from Norwegian band Stargazer and it was released on 11th October by Mighty Music. It has been almost ten years since the release of the band’s debut album and there have been some line-up changes over that period. The new album was produced by Soren Andersen (whose own solo album we published a recommendation for very recently). The track “The Sky is the Limit” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in July and “So Now You’re Leaving” was included on the Show on 27th September.

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“Ten” is the latest album from Michael Sweet, the singer and guitarist best known for fronting Stryper. It was released on 11th October via Frontiers Music. The album title reflects it being Michael Sweet’s tenth ‘solo’ album, although two of those albums are actually Sweet & Lynch releases (with guitarist George Lynch). There are guest appearances on the album from Todd La Torre, Tracii Guns, Will Hunt, Joel Hoekstra, Jeff Loomis, Gus G and others. The track “Shine” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th September, followed by “Ten” on 27th September.

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“This Is Hell” is the second album from British band Burnt Out Wreck and it was released on 11th October via Burnt Out Wreckords / Cherry Red. The band is fronted by Gary Moat who was the drummer in, and a founding member of, Heavy Pettin in the 80’s. Their debut album was released in 2017 and several tracks have been played on the Shows since then. “Dead or Alive” from the new album was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th September.

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“A New Evil” is the second album from The Ferrymen and it was released via Frontiers Music on 11th October. The band features singer Ronnie Romero, guitarist Magnus Karlsson and drummer Mike Terrana. Karlsson, who also wrote the tracks and plays bass and keyboards on the album as well as guitar, was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show last week, when we played four tracks from the album. The singles “A New Evil” and “Bring Me Home” had both been included on the Show previously as well.

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The name Soren Andersen is one that I’ve encountered many times over the past few years – as guitarist, songwriter and / or producer. On 11th October he released a solo, instrumental album called “Guilty Pleasures” through Mighty Music. It features guest appearances from Marco Mendoza, Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. The track “City of Angels” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in May and there will be another track on the Show this week.

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“A New Dawn” is the second album from Swedish band Age of Reflection and it was released on 27th September on the AOR Heaven label. I’d posted a recommendation for the first album released in 2017 and both albums are mixed and mastered by Erik Mårtensson from Eclipse and W.E.T. The band will be playing four shows in England during November. The title track from the album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October.

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