American band Impellitteri released their latest album, “The Nature of the Beast” through Frontiers Music on 12th October. This is the band’s eleventh full length studio album since forming in 1987. An interview with guitarist Chris Impellitteri was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th October - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3465-ni-rocks-interview-with-chris-impellitteri.html . That Show also featured four tracks from the new album; one of which was the single “Run For Your Life” which had previously been included on the Show on 27th July.

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Hank Erix is best known as the frontman of Swedish AOR band Houston, but on 5th October he released his first solo album. It is called “Nothing But Trouble” and it was released by Livewire / Cargo Records. The album is a bit heavier than the usual offering from Houston and it features a host of musicians who have been involved in numerous other projects. The track “Turn To Darkness” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th October.

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“Poseidon Will Carry Us Home” is the third album from German power metal band Hammer King and it was released via Cruz Del Sur Music on 5th October. The band only formed a few years ago but the members have been around the German rock scene for some time and all are also actually members of the band Ivory Night. The latest album was produced by Powerwolf bassist Charles Greywolf. The title track was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 29th September.

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“Stronger” is the second album from Swedish singer Mia Klose and it was released independently on 28th September. This album comes six years after her debut album in 2012 and marks her return to the music scene after a hiatus of a couple of years. Mia delivers 80’s inspired rock music with a modern twist, often at the softer more “poppy” side of the genre, but still very listenable. I included the track “Gimme Gimme” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st September and “Time to Rock” on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 23rd October.

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The latest release from English melodic rock band Newman is “Decade II” which is a double album featuring 17 tracks from albums released in the past ten years and another 17 tracks of previously un-released or rare material. It’s part greatest hits and part bonus material. The album was released on 28th September via AOR Heaven. The previously unreleased track “Liar” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September.

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German band My Merry Machine self-released their debut album “Ignition” on their M³ label on 28th September. The band brings together three of the original members of the band Bloodflowerz. The track “Pictures in My Mind” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 5th October.

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“In Pursuit of Memory” is the debut album from English melodic rock band Atlas following the release of their EP “World in Motion” in 2017. The album was released on 28th September on the AOR Heaven label and is one that any melodic rock / AOR fans will want to check out. I'll feature a track from the album on the Show next week.

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“Midnight Ghost” is the latest album from German power metal band Brainstorm and it was released on 28th September through AFM Records. This is their twelfth studio album since forming almost thirty years ago. It’s not a concept album as such but each of the songs share a common theme – ghosts and the supernatural. “The Pyre” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August and “Ravenous Minds” on the Show on 5th October.

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Eric Martin, the frontman for Mr Big returns to Belfast on 26th October to play a solo acoustic show in The Empire Music Hall. I’d posted an e-mail interview with Eric back in 2013 ahead of a previous appearance in Belfast, but was keen to chat to him to talk about recent events and future plans. I eventually managed to catch up with Eric for a quick phone chat just before sound-check at his show in Birmingham on 21st October. You can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 26th October which was uploaded on 23rd Oct - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/hosts/ni-rocks-friday-rock-show.html

We talk about the solo tour, the late Pat Torpey, the recent Mr Big live album, a new Mr Big release and tour in 2019, a potential solo album, recording with Avantasia and more.

 

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“Helltown” is the third album from Cincinnati band Electric Citizen and it was released on 28th September by RidingEasy Records. Electric Citizen are a rock outfit built around a husband and wife team and features the amazing vocals of Laura Dolan. They’ve been labelled as stoner, psychedelic or doom metal. I’d posted a recommendation for their previous album in 2016 and I should have a track from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show next week!

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“Begin” is the self-released debut album from English rock band Emperors of the Wasteland. It was released on 21st September 2018. The album was sent to us by our friends at BJF PR but you can find a link to purchase it on the band’s website. The track “See You Again” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August, followed by the track “Mickey Finn” on 31st August.

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