There are two NI Rocks Shows uploaded each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of January – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by over 150 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for December were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3713-ni-rocks-recap-on-2019-and-playlists-for-december.html

 

Last Updated (Monday, 10 February 2020 19:48)

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have chatted with guitarist Doug Aldrich a few times over the past number of years. The first interview was recorded when he was in Belfast with Whitesnake in 2013 and the second was recorded in 2018 just before The Dead Daisies tour brought them to Belfast. I was pleased to get the opportunity to speak to Doug again via Skype on 31st January. This time the focus was on the recent release of the third album from Revolution Saints; the band that he is in alongside Deen Castronovo and Jack Blades. However, we also chat about The Dead Daisies, Burning Rain, Dio, The Planet Rock Allstars and more.


You can hear that interview along with eight tracks featuring Doug on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th February. This is available from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-doug-aldrich-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-7th-feb-2020/

 

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“Rise” is the third album from Revolution Saints and it was released on 24th January by Frontiers Music. The phrase ‘super-group’ is undoubtedly much over-used and I’m not sure who or what defines what a ‘super-group’ looks like. Whatever way you want to look at it though, Revolution Saints features three top-class musicians with years of experience performing in some of the biggest name bands in rock – Deen Castronovo, Doug Aldrich and Jack Blades. The track “When The Heartache Has Gone” was featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 8th November, followed by “Closer” on 17th January. I’ve recorded an interview with Doug that will feature on the Show on 7th February along with three tracks from the album.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 31 January 2020 23:12)

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“Rock n Roll Heroes” is the latest album from German band Mallet and it was released on 17th January via Baze Records. The band formed back in 1979 and this is their eight studio album. They initially started as a five-piece but since 1994 the line-up has stabilised as a three piece with just one of the original members remaining. The track “Rock n Roll Hero” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th January.

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Former Heavy Pettin drummer Gary Moat has fronted the band Burnt Out Wreck since 2016. The band released their second album “This Is Hell” in October 2019. Recently his music label Burntout Wreckords also re-released the three Heavy Pettin albums “Lettin Loose”, “Rock Ain’t Dead” and “Big Bang”. I was always a huge Heavy Pettin fan and have really enjoyed the Burnt Out Wreck albums so when the opportunity arose to record an interview with Gary I jumped at it. We spoke via Skype on 27th January and you can hear that interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st January which is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-gary-moat-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-31st-jan-2020/

 

The interview has been transcribed and posted below.

Last Updated (Friday, 17 April 2020 21:18)

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Swedish band Brothers of Metal released their second album “Emblas Saga” on 10th January through AFM Records. The eight piece Viking-metal band features three lead singers and three guitarists. Brothers of Metal was formed in 2012, but has had a surge in popularity since the release of their debut album in 2017. Two tracks from the latest album have been featured on the Friday NI Rocks Show so far – “One” on 13th December and “Njord” on 10th January. The former was also included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 17th December.

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“Outbreak” is the third album from American band Vandallus and it was released on 12th December by Mercinary Records. The band formed in Cleveland in 2015 and the focus has been on re-creating the rock / metal vibe from the late 70’s and early 80’s. The track “Barricade” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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“Like A Fire” is the debut album from German band Sign X and it was released on 6th December by Pride & Joy Music. The band formed only recently, following the demise of the long-established Hamburg based band Châlice, and features three of the founding members of that band. The track “Fall” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

 

Last Updated (Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:13)

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“The Voice Within” is the first solo album from Italian guitarist and songwriter Luca Sellitto and it was released on 6th December by Pride & Joy Music. The album features 8 tracks and three of these are instrumentals. There are three different vocalists on the other five tracks. These include Göran Edman on the track “Land of the Vikings” which was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 20th December.

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I post a list of all the tracks played on the Friday NI Rocks Show and NI Rocks A-Z Show every month, but as we’re at the end of another year I thought I’d do a recap on what was on the Shows during 2019.

There were 52 Friday NI Rocks Shows uploaded that included 1,315 tracks, 18 interviews and 12 promotional features. A closer look showed that I played 1,167 different tracks and that 575 different artists were included on the playlists. As usual, local bands were featured most prominently with Gasoline Outlaws being included 16 times and Screaming Eagles and Trucker Diablo 13 times. Tesla and Whitesnake topped the list of other bands with 14 appearances each.

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“Brave Tin World” is the fifth album from Swedish metal band The Murder of My Sweet and it was released on 6th December by Frontiers Music. The band is generally described as symphonic, gothic or cinematic metal and it has been fronted since its formation in 2007 by singer Angelica Rylin. The track “Tin Soldiers” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 1st November, followed by “Head of the Snake” on 15th November.

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 January 2020 00:12)

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