Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl releases an excellent new album called “All You Need Is Soul” through Frontiers Music on 11th May. The album is being released amidst a UK tour that kicks off on 2nd May and which includes a show in the Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill on 12th May. Jizzy has been a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on a couple of occasions and I thought it’d be great to chat to him again to talk about the new album and the tour.

The interview was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show for 27th April. That Show is now available on our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-jizzy-pearl-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-on-27th-april-2018/

 

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“As Time Turns To Dust” is the fourth album from French symphonic metal band Whyzdom and it was released on 6th April by Scarlet Records. The band have been around for about ten years and had a number of female singers in the initial years but Marie MacLeod has fronted Whyzdom since 2013 and this is her second album with the band. I included the track “Armageddon” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th April.

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“Cold Star Dancer” is the third album to be released by local rockers Maverick in just four years and it highlights the growing confidence and maturity of the band. It was released on 6th April through Metalapolis Records, the same label that released the previous album in 2016. So far I’ve featured three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show – “Myrmidon” on 23rd February, “Kiss of Fire” on 16th March and “Cold Star Dancer” on 13th April.

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Released on 30th March by HighVol Music, “Medicine Man” is the third album from Canadian band Snake Eyes Seven. The band’s self-titled debut was released in 2007, followed by “13 Crows” in 2010 and each album has featured a different vocalist. Having re-released “13 Crows” in 2017, Snake Eyes Seven are back with a new line-up, determined to make things work this time. The title track of the album was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 6th April and we should have an interview posted with founding member, guitarist Cole Stevens in the near future.

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British metal band Eliminator have been around for about ten years and finally released their debut album “Last Horizon” through Dissonance Productions on 23rd March. They’ve seen a few changes in vocalist over the years and have previously released an EP, single and demo with their previous frontmen, but “Last Horizon” is their first release with their new singer. The opening track “2019” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd March and a track will be featured on the NI Rocks A-Z Show within a couple of weeks.

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Drive She Said were an American melodic rock band that released three albums between 1989 and 1993 and then reformed in 2003 for the original release of the album “Real Life”. That album was released via Frontiers and the same label was responsible for another come-back album in 2016 entitled “Pedal To The Metal”. Vocalist and guitarist Al Fritsch passed away in October 2017. “Real Life” has now been re-mixed and was re-released through Escape Music on 23rd March. The title track is included on the NI Rocks Show on 10th April.

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I don’t post that many recommendations for live albums, but I’m making an exception for “Made In Milan” which was released by Frontiers Music on 23rd March. The simple reason for that exception? It’s L.A. Guns! Unfortunately I was in bed sick when L.A. Guns played here last year so the release of a live album is my consolation! There’s also a live DVD to accompany the album. It was all recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival in April 2017. I included the live version of “Speed” from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 23rd March.

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A new W.E.T. album is a no-brainer when it comes to decisions on which new releases to post recommendations for! As anticipated, the new album “Earthage” is a quality release full of great tracks and given the talent involved in the band that can hardly come as a surprise. The album was released on 23rd March via Frontiers Music. I featured the lead-off single “Watch The Fire” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 19th January and again on 23rd March.

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There are two NI Rocks Shows each week on Rock Radio NI. These are the playlists for those shows for the month of March – 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 February were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3316-ni-rocks-playlists-for-february-2018.html

This month I posted three interviews. No Hot Ashes singer Eamon Nancarrow was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 9th March and there were e-mailed interviews with Dino Jelusic from Animal Drive and Ana Willman from Shiraz Lane. http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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There are some artists that I’m always looking to for their next release and Axel Rudi Pell is one of those. With every album you know that ARP is going to deliver fantastic anthemic tracks, powerful ballads, great stories and amazing guitars; and that vocalist Johnny Gioeli is going to rise to the same high standards. The latest studio album is “Knights Call” and it was released via SPV / Steamhammer on 23rd March. I included the track “The Wild and the Young” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 16th March.

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I was always a big fan of Scottish vocalist Fin Muir and his albums with Waysted so when we received an e-mail from our friends at Rock n Growl about a new album from an American band that featured Fin on vocals it certainly caught my attention. That band is Cattail Brew and the album is called “It’s a Bit Difficult Really”. It was released on 23rd March by Cargo Records. I’ve included the track “Side By Side” on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.

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