“Phantoms of the Past” is the debut album from Dream Patrol, a Slovakia based band that features a multi-national line-up with members from Austria, the USA, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The album was released on 21st September via Mighty Music. The single “Get Back Home” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 3rd August and the track “Dream Patrol” is included on the Show on 12th October.

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Twenty years after the release of their debut album, Hardcore Superstar has released their latest offering “You Can’t Kill My Rock n Roll”. The new album was released on 21st September via Gain Music Entertainment. When I interviewed lead singer Jocke Berg in Belfast almost a year ago he had thought that the album might be released in early 2018 but it has taken slightly longer. In the interim though, the band have released six singles / videos from the album, most of which have featured on the NI Rocks Shows on Rock Radio NI at some time.

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Australian band Black Majesty released their seventh studio album, “Children of the Abyss” through Pride & Joy Music on 21st September. The power metal band has just finished a European tour in support of the album. They’ve been releasing a new album every two or three years since their debut appeared in 2003. The single “Somethings Going On” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 28th September.

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“Step Into The Light” is the long overdue fourth album from Swedish band Snakes In Paradise. It was released on 14th September by Frontiers Music, sixteen years on from the release of their third album in 2002. The reformed band features the same line-up that released the three albums between 1994 and 2002. The track “Things” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 31st August.

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“Tunguska” is the eighth studio album from Swedish band Treat and their third since reforming in 2006. It was released on 14th September by Frontiers Music. The album follows on from the live release “The Road More Or Less Travelled” from 2017 and “Ghost of Graceland” from 2016; both of which I posted recommendations for. The track “Build The Love” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 15th June and “Rose of Jericho” was on the Show on 17th August.

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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 and also as podcasts on iTunes. There are tracks by around 125 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/3435-ni-rocks-playlists-for-august-2018.html

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Ex-Queensryche front man Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime band have announced a return to The Belfast Empire on Wednesday 20th February 2019. Tickets go on sale tomorrow from all usual Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.  

Earlier this year, Geoff and his band undertook an extensive tour of the UK including a packed out show at The Empire to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic Queensryche album ‘Operation Mindcrime’, with a number of the dates completely sold out. 

  

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Swedish heavy metal band Liv Sin, featuring former Sister Sin vocalist Liv Jagrell, has entered the studio to record the follow up to their 2017 debut album ”Follow Me”. Liv was my guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in May 2017 following the release of that album - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3121-ni-rocks-interview-with-liv-jagrell-liv-sin.html

 

 

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“The Human Race Extinction” is the third album by Belgian melodic progressive metal band Ethernity and it was released on 14th September by AFM Records. This is the female fronted band’s first album with AFM, with the previous two being released independently. There are 14 tracks on this concept album which lasts for over 70 minutes. The track “The Prototype” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 17th August.

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“Until Death Do We Meet Again” is the debut album from Dream Child, a band created by former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy that also includes former Dio members, drummer Simon Wright and bass player Rudy Sarzo. With that line-up the influences should be fairly obvious! The album was released by Frontiers Music on 14th September. I’ve played four tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show over the past few weeks – “You Can’t Take Me Down” on 29th June, “Under The Wire” on 17th August, “Weird World” on 31st August and “Midnight Song” on 21st September.

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Groundbreaker is a new melodic rock project that features F.M. vocalist Steve Overland and Work of Art / W.E.T. guitarist Robert Säll. Their self-titled debut album was released through Frontiers Records on 14th September. If you’re a melodic rock fan this is definitely an album you’ll need to check out as it combines the talents of two of the genres biggest names from England and Sweden. I’ve included three tracks from the album on the Friday NI Rocks Show so far – “Over My Shoulder” on 29th June, “Something Worth Fight For” on 17th August and “Will It Make You Love Me” on 21st September.

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