Meet Team RAM

From all over the UK, us oddly put together, but extremely friendly group come together to celebrate all types of Rock and Metal music!

We welcome all Rock and Metal music tastes, and are always looking to expand on what we are currently covering. Click here to Join the Team!

  • Victoria Purcell

    Editor of RAMzine - Creator of content - Chaser of Dreams. Lover of Cats, Metal, and good ol Classic Rock. \m/
  • Ash Crowson

    Guitarist, photographer, geek, gamer, full on metalhead and allround barfly, if i'm not at work, a gig or studying for my degree, you'll find me at the bar! A fascination with second world war history and military aviation. All with a very dry humour to round me off!
  • Neale McGeever

    Contributing Editor - I'm an entertainment writer ('journalist') from the North East. My favourite bands include Slipknot, Nirvana and Ninja Sex Party... I've freelanced for the likes of Kerrang!,Closer, Front, ZOO, and many others! I'm also big in to movies, video games, live comedy and!
  • Neil Mach

    RAMzine Senior Writer - With a career spanning 30 years author / journalist Neil Mach is an expert on the music business and is a reliable guide. He especially loves heavy metal, prog & blues.
  • Paul H Birch

    RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.
  • Adam Aiken

    Passionate about classic rock and live music. Fanatical about Aerosmith. Thrilled to see so many late-80s and early-90s bands still with us or making comebacks.
  • Ben Bailey

    Young writer who grew up in and around the underground music scene in Birmingham UK, I play pretty much every instrument under the sun and spend every waking second learning more about and getting a bigger name in the music industry
  • Christopher James Ryan

    Hello, My name is Chris Ryan I'm 25 and i am a photographer/Reviewer. I love going to gigs ride my motorbike, drink booze, game and of course take photographs. If you come to gigs you'll probably see me in the press pit being a nut job or sipping alcohol while writing up notes \m/
  • Claudia Mancino

    Rock 'n roll has always played a big role in my life. I’m a music addict and a freelance writer since 2015. Driven by a consistent passion and an assiduous hard working ethic, I’ve been lucky enough to meet and interview some of my favourite artists. Animals and girly stuff lover. For those about to rock, we salute you!
  • Dale Unsworth

    Self-proclaimed journalist, Progressive rock enthusiast and the most American sounding person you're ever likely to meet in the North of England
  • Dan Volohov

    Dan Volohov began writing musical reviews in school. Was a journalist for Moscow-based "Radio ULTRA" ( from 2016 to 2018 ). At the present moment writes for: Maximum Rocknroll, Punk Globe, Distortion, Peek-A-Boo etc. Made interviews with: Merzbow, Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies, Paul Leary, Jack Endino, Mick Harvey, Brix Smith-Start, Chuck Dukowski, etc.
  • Eliot Foster

    Guitarist for experimental hardcore band Jumpman, promoter for Live Transmission Events, writer for RAMzine and proud metalhead.
  • Emma

    I am a music reviewer based in Manchester UK. I am also an alternative model.
  • Federico Finlez

    Patagonian photographer and enthusiastic rock ´n´ heavy metal fan, travelling all around the world looking for amazing gigs and sharing good times with beautiful people, when not at home teaching management at Colleges. Nowadays writing a travel novel.
  • Hywel Davies

    Full metal ginger. Based in Cardiff, love nothing more than feeling the pure adrenaline that metal music gives me. Been head banging since I was a childling, I've grown up with all manners of music from rock to orchestral. Simply put, I love music. Movies are great too.
  • Jay Brown

    Raised on Motown and Rock, now with a deep love for all things metal and heavy rock. Veteran gig goer, favorite bands include Slayer, Mastodon, Dopelord & Power Trip among many others. Explorer of subgenres, collector of whiskey.
  • Jens Nepper

    Born and raised in Denmark, currently living in Norway, and hopelessly addicted to coffee and Black Sabbath.
  • Julian Burnan

    Jules. Rock n Roll is a way of life. I like Batman. "I have a knack for perceiving things, I can see how it sounds and feel how it sings"
  • Kahina Bouhassane

    A student at the University of Reading and Entertainment Editor of the Spark Online. She has published articles in local newspapers and publications and is sure that all her fan-mail got lost in the post.
  • Kris Olle

    Photographer, Musician, Scientist and Entrepreneur. Deeply in love with rock music and guitar riffs. Grown up on Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Scorpions, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.
  • Laura Phillips

    Digital marketer by day, rocker and word scribbler by night. Cramming in as many rock & metal gigs as possible, and writing about the best ones. Hoping to get paid for it one day.
  • Lauren Garlinge

    English degree student. Lover of all things rock and metal, gigs, festivals, cats and tea!
  • Laurence Todd

    Took early retirement after many years as a teacher in order to write books as well as about music. A long-time music obsessive, has wide and eclectic tastes but particularly likes prog rock and rock in general. Enjoys going to gigs and discovering new acts.
  • Lisa Billingham

    Lisa is a RAMzine photographer but also loves to interview and very occasionally review when she doesn't have two cameras in her hands. Lisa owns Billibee Creative with her husband Rob (also a RAMzine reviewer / interviewer)
  • Luke Milne

    London-based music junkie Luke Milne has worked in the journalism industry for a number of years, having been fortunate enough to have been closely exposed to a broad range of musical influences in his early youth. Though he picked up a guitar in his early teens, Luke found his real passion lay in observing and inderstanding the culture, history and social buzz that surrounds the rock and roll lifestyle. Also, he couldn't play triplets to save his life.
  • Mike James Rock Show

    Hi Mike here i'm the guy behind Mike James Rock Show a weekly global syndicated radio show at the cutting edge of new Rock/Metal with lots of interviews and silly banter in between, I also podcast and DJ at a popular club night in my home town of Exeter deep in the shire, You can find out more of what goes on over at
  • Milly Youngman

    'Grown up' emo kid and pop punk lover (with plenty of everything else in the mix too). Life and style blogger at and former arts writer and editor.
  • Natalie Conway

    Absolute Rock demon hiding under the guise of respectable Mummy / PR. When I'm not playing air guitar whilst cleaning with my two toddlers, I tend to be working in Rock / Metal PR. I've recently discovered the love of interviewing and it's something I'm determined to get better at!
  • Nick Harkins

    Goth, punk, hippy, metalhead, folkie lover of the darkest corners of the musical landscape. Son of Caledonia resident in the crumbling, post-industrial wastelands of darkest Dewsbury. Writing my first novel. If I ever finish it, please buy it.
  • Pagan Hel

    RAMzine Senior Writer - Although my fingers don't play frets they write with enthusiasm for metal!!!!!!
  • Regan Harle

    Just a student with far too much free time on their hands, and over 13,000 songs on their phone.
  • Reg Richardson

    As a teenager at the end of the 1960's I was listening to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad amongst a long list of other rock bands. My first foray into band photography was Hawkwind, 1972-ish at Liverpool Stadium.
  • Rich Broome

    I have blue eyes and like long walks along the beach... I'm an autodidactic freelance music photographer who likes writes reviews on the side! Feel free to leave any comments on my reviews! I'm into a wide range of music and love comedies like Spaced and Black Books. I have worked on P&O Cruises as a photographer and lab technician, which was a great way to travel!
  • Robert Billingham

    My wife Lisa and I have our own photographiy/video company and I manage the studio we have now set up. Normally working as a couple I tend to be the review part of the team, occasionally treating my Canon to an outing when needed. I believe in being honest, fair and constructive - we owe it to all those who perform for our entertainment.! Thanks for having me, Team RAMzine.
  • Sam Hayler

    I wish I could call myself a 'lifelong metalhead', but in all honesty, I listened to some real crap when I was younger. Hopefully with enough decent metal reviews to my name, and a ritual human sacrifice or two, I can make it up to Satan. Here's hoping. I'm Sam, by the way.
  • Sean Rafferty

    A metalhead residing the birthplace of metal - Birmingham!
  • Sophie Colvin

    I'm Sophie, a music loving festival junkie! Love a bit of genre variety in my playlist. Predominantly photo, sometimes review, always on the hunt for up and coming bands.
  • Sophie Maughan

    Friendly northerner known to get a bit rowdy after a few vodka diet cokes. Heavy metal is my only religion. Freelance contributor @ Metal Hammer. Lacuna Coil superfan. I yearn for the day where I can sack off the 9-5 monotony and wax lyrical about bands all day long.
  • Stephen stanford

    Freelance Journalist. Music reviewer. Quavers aficionado. Spent several years playing in bands and touring, and now enjoying discovering new music. Would achieve a lot more if it wasn`t for my Xbox.
  • Stuart Iversen

    With a Masters in Journalism and a love of all things heavy, I am basically spending my life trying to find work to fund my music habit, the more the two overlap the better.
  • Stuart Brenton

    I am a west yorkshire based rock lover. I first fell in love with rock music at the age of 7 when my uncle played me Dookie in its entirety. It blew my tiny mind. Music is my passion and the heavier the better. I love to write about music and can usually be found at gigs around the Leeds area.
  • Tom Dixon

    North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!
  • Tom Rushmer

    Photographer, Illustrator and lover of live music


  1. Hey Ram!

    My name is Martin and I come from a small recordcompany in sweden with a few fantastic rock and metal bands!

    We would like to send some of your reviewers and Victoria Purcell a promo-pack of our artists, but I can’t seem to find your emails and mailadresses anywhere.

    Is it possible for me to get them?

    Best regards

    Martin Jönsson
    Attitude Recordings

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