Author Archives: Andrew Dowling

Hello RAMzine Readers, just wanted to tell all of you a little about myself. Music has always been part of me I grew up in house full of rock music, learnt to play the guitar and studied music business at degree.
North Cote - Hope Is Made of Steel

Review: Northcote – Hope Is Made of Steel

Firstly, I would like to introduce you to Matt Goud better know as Northcote. The Canadian singer songwriter from British Colobima joined by his friends and other musicians. He has shared the stage with acts such Gaslight Anthem, and Chuck Ragan. Matt was brought up on a diet of country and gospel music. Over the past 8 years, few young ...

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Review: Bowling for Soup – Songs that people actually liked

Bowling for Soup have had a great career bringing us some of pop punks most memorable songs. It only seems fitting to review this first instalment of Bowling for Soup’s career as part of RAMzine’s first digital issue. I surprised myself with how many songs that I  know. ‘Last Rock Show’ kicks off this look back at the first ten ...

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Review: Unforeseen Prophecy – Burn The Skies

I thought I would start 2015 with some Kentish metal-core for your listening pleasure – Unforeseen Prophecy‘s second EP ‘Burn the Skies’. The band hail form my part of the UK and I have had the pleasure of seeing them live on various occasions. ‘Oblivion’ was the first track that caught my eye when I opened the EP. The opening to ...

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Northern Oak - Of Roots and Flesh

Review: Northern Oak – Of Roots and Flesh

‘Of Root and Flesh’ is Northern Oak’s third studio album. Northern Oak are something of a unique band within metal combining black metal with both medieval chamber music and folk to create the progressive folk metal sound. Before I talk about the music I must mention the rather stunning piece of artwork that adorns the front cover of the album. ...

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Review: Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt

‘Glatactic Hunt‘ is the debut album from Evil Scarecrow setting out to their vision of metal. Before I talk about the album I should introduce the members of the band: Dr Rabid Hell , Brother Dimitri Pain, Kraven Morrdeth, Princess Luxury and Ringmaster Monty Blitz Fist. Evil Scarecrow was born out of the ashes Nottingham Black Metal Band The Children ...

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Review: Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead, Live at Wacken

The sadistic madman Alice Cooper returns to the world of rock with ‘Raise the Dead’ a dual album recorded from his set at Wacken Festival. The first disc opens to ‘Hello Hooray‘ followed by ‘House of Fire’ before charging into four of Alice’s classic songs ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’, ‘Under My Wheels’ one my personal favourites, ‘I’ll Bite Your ...

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Review: Decapitated – Blood Mantra

Decapitated return with their latest offering ‘Blood Mantra’ an eight-track album seething with tension and room darkening riffs. ‘Exiled in Flesh’ draws you into the album with a tension building opening, making you wait for the initial onslaught of the band. ‘Veins and Nest’ managed to ramp up the tension even further with some inhumanly tight rhythm work from Pawel ...

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Review: Machine Rox – Next Level

Metal Machine and Global Noise Attack member Richard K started Machine Rox as a personal side project, which grew into the band as it stands today. Completing the line-up is guitarist Valerian Oproriu, keyboard and backing vocals Aga, and newest member of Machine Rox, Drummer Nuj Farrow who joined in 2012. ‘Next Level’ is Machine Rox second studio offering the ...

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Brimstone Coven

Review: Brimstone Coven – Brimstone Coven

Brimstone Coven‘s new self-titled album certainly sends out a strong statement of intent for the band. Hailing from Wheeling West Virginia, USA – These retro doom metalers sound like they are straight out of a time portal from 1970’s, dripping with Doom. The front cover reminiscent of iconic Black Sabbath cover ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbath‘, with the witches of this particular coven ...

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anti flag

Review: Anti-Flag – A Document of Dissent: 1993-2013

When a band such as Anti-Flag come such a huge milestone in their musical careers – a retrospective of 20 years work, can give the fans and the band a chance to look at their finest moments as well as song’s that have been over shadowed by their greater musical achievements. ‘A Document of Dissent‘ is Anti-Flag’s journal of their ...

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