“Sweet Oblivion” is the self-titled debut album from a new project established to feature the vocals of former Queensrÿche frontman Geoff Tate. More recently of course, Tate has been fronting the band Operation : Mindcrime. The other members of Sweet Oblivion are Italian musicians brought together by Simone Mularoni from the band DGM. I featured the track “True Colors” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 21st May and then “Hide Away” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 21st June.

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A few weeks ago Sons of Apollo issued a press release about their upcoming album ‘Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony’ which was recorded in Bulgaria last year. The album is being released on 30th August on CD and DVD and information on where to pre-order the album is now available. The band has also now released a trailer for the album. Details are in the press release from Inside Out Music below.


I had the good fortune to interview Sons of Apollo guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal ahead of their show in Belfast last July and I recently interviewed frontman Jeff Scott Soto ahead of the release of the new Soto album by Inside Out Music.

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3392-ni-rocks-interview-with-ron-bumblefoot-thal.html

http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews/3579-ni-rocks-interview-with-jeff-scott-soto-2019.html

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“Furyborn” is the second album from the Chilean band Chaos Magic, fronted by Caterina Nix. It was released on the 14th June by Frontiers Music. The first album, released in 2015, was largely dominated by Timo Tolkki, but this second album is very much driven by Caterina. She talks about “Furyborn” during an interview on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th July; when we also play four tracks from the album. I’d previously featured the tracks “Like Never Before”, “Furyborn” and “I’m Your Cancer” on the Show over the past few weeks.

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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 June – all of which are still available from the On Demand Player. There are tracks by around 130 different artists on the Shows this month. Playlists for May were published previously and these Shows are also available via the On Demand Player – http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/news/rrni-updates/3603-ni-rocks-playlists-for-may-2019.html

 

This month the Friday NI Rocks Show included separate interviews with Alliance members Gary Pihl (who is also part of Boston) and Robert Berry (who is also in 3.2) . All interviews can be found here - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/interviews.html

 

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“The Brotherhood of Metal” is the second album to be released by American 80’s metal band The Rods since they reformed in 2008. The album was released on 7th June by Steamhammer / SPV. The Rods had released a number of albums in the early 80’s which gained them something of a cult following in the American metal scene. The two newer albums have seen the band develop that sound for a new generation. I played the track “Louder Than Loud” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 7th June.

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Local band Fireland released their latest album “Fireland IV – Forged in Fire” independently on 1st June. I still refer to them as a local band, though in reality the band is now focused around local guitarist Steve Moore and American singer David Brown. It is essentially a studio project now, but that has not always been the case. I played the track “Dragon Slayer” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 24th May, followed by “Hurricane” on the Show on 7th June.

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Furyon frontman Matt Mitchell released his debut solo album through his own MM Recording Works label on 31st May. The project is called Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts and the album has the same name. Promotion of the album is being handled by Rock n Growl. I included the track “Black Diamonds” on the Friday NI Rocks Show back in January and “Home” on the Show on 5th April.

 

 

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“In Another Time” is the debut release from Tanith; a band based in New York that includes British vocalist and guitarist Russ Tippins; best known as a member of the band Satan. He shares the lead vocals position with American bass player Cindy Maynard. The album was released on 24th May through Metal Blade Records. The track “Under The Stars” was included on the NI Rocks A-Z Show on 28th May.

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The D-A-D album “Riskin’ It All” was on one of the cassette tapes that remained in my car throughout the 90’s and early 00’s until I first got a car not fitted with a cassette player! I’ve been a fan of the band ever since. On 31st May they released their first album in eight years. It is called “A Prayer for the Loud” and it was released through AFM Records. I included the track “Burning Star” on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and 17th May and later “Nothing Ever Changes” on the Show on 7th June.

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Iconic NWOBHM band Diamond Head released their latest album, “The Coffin Train”, via Silver Linings Music on 24th May. The album is the second with singer Rasmus Bom Andersen and comes just three years after the self-titled album which marked his debut with the band. Remarkably it is only the eighth studio album from a band that Metallica and many others have identified as an early influence. The track “Our Time Is Now” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 26th April followed by the title track “The Coffin Train” on 31st May.

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“Line of Fire” is the third album from First Signal, the band fronted by Canadian singer Harry Hess, and it was released by Frontiers Music on 17th May. More of a musical project than a band really, First Signal was formed to deliver an album similar in sound to Hess’s band Harem Scarem. The line-up has changed on each album, with the exception of Hess himself. Nevertheless they deliver what they set out to do each time! The track “Born To Be A Rebel” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show on 12th April and then “A Million Miles” on the Show on 7th June.

 

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