Generally I’m not really a fan of screaming vocals, however, in moderation and mixed with ‘clean’ vocals I’m a little more flexible. Fathom Farewell is identified as a ‘melodic metalcore’ band in the e-mail that we received about their new EP “Consume The Earth” (released on 20th September). As always I gave it a listen to see what I thought – and really liked it! There is some screaming vocals, but as the band’s website says ‘the innovative music they create has a piece of appeal for everyone’! The track “Six Feet Beneath” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 4th October.

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Megadeth is of course one of those iconic bands in the metal scene and the name of founding member David Ellefson should be instantly recognisable to any rock or metal fan. There is of course much more to Ellefson than being the bass player for Megadeth. With his business partners he owns a record company, a film company and a coffee company and over the past few years he has been part of the bands Altitudes & Attitude and Metal Allegiance. Earlier this year he published his second book “More Life With Deth” and an accompanying album called “Sleeping Giants”. Ellefson brings his solo tour to Europe in November. The first of those gigs is a special show in Wolverhampton on 3rd November that features KK Downing, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and others.

I was thrilled to get the opportunity to chat with David via Skype on 8th October prior to him joining Megadeth of the inaugural ‘Megacruise’ on 13th October. We discussed the upcoming European tour and the show in Wolverhampton, his new book and album, working with Frank Bello in Altitudes & Attitude, the Metal Allegiance albums and of course Megadeth.

The interview was first broadcast on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 11th October alongside an interview with Magnus Karlsson. It was then repeated on 25th October along with some more supporting tracks. Those Shows are available from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded 10th Oct and 25th Oct) and from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-david-ellefson-from-megadeth-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-25th-oct-2019/

 

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Magnus Karlsson is a musician whose name has appeared in many of the album recommendations that I’ve posted on the Rock Radio NI website over the past six years. Often as member of a band such as Primal Fear, Starbreaker or The Ferrymen and quite frequently as a songwriter, guitarist or producer in other projects. This Friday (11th October), “A New Evil”, the second album from The Ferrymen is released by Frontiers Music and again it features Karlsson along with drummer Mike Terrana and outstanding vocalist Ronnie Romero.

I was able to have a chat with Magnus via Skype on 7th October to talk about The Ferrymen and the latest album. We also discussed Primal Fear, Kiske Somerville, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall, Starbreaker and his recent involvement on the new Sinner album. You can find that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week. That Show is available from the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html (uploaded10th Oct)

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“Devil In Me” is a five track EP that was released by English band Wicked Stone on 13th September. It follows the release of their debut album in 2017. I’d posted a recommendation for that release and tracks have been featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show and A-Z Show since then. The track “Couldn’t Take Anymore” from the new EP was included on the Friday NI Rock Show on 4th October.

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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/3653-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included an interview with Todd Poole from Roxy Blue. I also posted e-mail interviews with Mariangela Demurtas from Ardours and Elias Salo from Block Buster.

 

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I’ve been a fan of Kobra and the Lotus for quite a few years so their latest album “Evolution” was always going to be ‘must-have’ when it was released by Napalm Records on 20th September. I pre-ordered the vinyl picture disc and also bought the CD. The three singles from the new album had been sent to us by Napalm Records and these have featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few weeks.

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“Final Offering” is the new album from American rock icons Axe and it was released by Escape Music on 20th September 2019. Coming almost twenty years after the release of their previous studio album, “Final Offering” is also destined to be the last album from the band. Founding member Bobby Barth was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd August and we chatted about the album and the band in some detail – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3637-ni-rocks-interview-with-bobby-barth-from-axe.html . Several tracks from the album were included on that Show and “Money” was included on the Show on 20th September.

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“Zokusho” is the second album from The Defiants, a band whose members are all linked to Danger Danger. The latest album was released on 13th September by Frontiers Records and it features three current members of Danger Danger and a former vocalist from that band. The track “Love Is The Killer” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 27th September.

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“Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones” is the self-titled, third album from South Carolina singer-guitarist Hannah Wicklund and her band. It was actually released in the USA last year, but was released in the UK on 13th September by Strawberry Moon Records. I hadn’t actually heard of her until we got the press release from Noble PR, but instantly liked what I heard when I checked out the album. The track “Bomb Through The Breeze” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th August, followed by “Ghost” on 20th September.

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“Dying Breed” is the sixth album from French band BlackRain and it was released on 13th September by Steamhammer / SPV. The band traces its origins back to 2001, but their first album was released in 2006 and they actually only came to my attention with the release of their previous album “Released” in 2016. The track “Hellfire” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 30th August, followed by “Dying Breed” on 13th September.

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“Circle of Dolls” is the third album from KXM, the band that features dUg Pinnick, George Lynch and Ray Luzier. The album was released on 13th September 2019 - by Frontiers Music in Europe and by Rat Pak Records in North America. Lynch has stated that it is their best album so far. The track “War of Words” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th Sept.

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