Author Archives: James Paul Matthews

body count

Sons Of South Central – BODY COUNT Turn London Into Slam Central In An Epic Club Show Performance

Hot on the heels of their amazing 2017 Grammy-nominated album Bloodlust, Ice-T’s metal band Body Count have had what can only be described as an incredible resurgence in attention and interest. Not to dismiss the coverage and praise they got on their awesome 2014 comeback album Manslaughter, but Bloodlust was one of last year’s finest metal albums – both musically, thematically, ...

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The BRONX

THE BRONX play pure fire bangers, mixed with a rowdy and up for it crowd | Electric Ballroom, London

It’s a very, very unusually hot day in the capital of London. Sweltering heat to many marking the beginning of summer time before the solstice comes around, and everyone is filling the streets of Camden Town with a very receptive vibe of positivity and feverish happiness. However, considering this is the very same weekend that the awesome Download Festival is ...

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Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats return to a thunderous welcome back!

Strange things have been occurring during the dates between 24th-27th April at the Camden Underworld… Yours truly received numerous reports of war wounds, madness, chaos, bloodshed, whiplash, hangovers, and bangovers. What the hell was happening down in the dark, sweaty lairs of the Underworld during this time?! Oh yeah… Cancer Bats had arrived back to the UK with not just ...

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The Bellrays

The Bellrays and Fuzzy Vox at Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent | Live Review

The resurgence of the South-East Kent music scene has been on an uphill ascent for these past few years, and not only just favour of bigger local music venues. Local independent music venues are where the real live music gems tend to lie, especially in these economically troubled times. But one very much loved and applauded award-winning small live music ...

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The Selecter

The Beat and The Selecter perform at Dreamland, Margate

For all those that do not know, let me tell you a little bit about the musical culture of Margate. Being a resident of this rather pleasant seaside town, it has a rich yet diverse cultural history which has been inspired and motivated by various forms of musical genres and movements. Be it the rockers and the mods, the skins ...

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cro mags

Cro-Mags Destroy The Camden Underworld In a Triumphant Return To The UK

It has been a while since legendary NYHC crew Cro-Mags have performed in London. Only having done one-off appearances here and there (most notably at Outbreak Festival in Leeds this year) over the course of time in the UK, this is the first time that Cro-Mags have played London in what seems like forever – and yours truly was beyond ...

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Nails

Nails Unleash Sheer Hellfire and Fury in Camden Town!

The past year has been pretty mad for Nails. With a sudden ‘hiatus’ if you please, which left them cancelling their 2016 Euro tour and a radio silence that left a fan base in the dark without any answers as to what was going on, it left a lot of people wondering what the future of the band could indicate. So ...

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Wu Tang - The Saga Continues

Wu Tang – The Saga Continues – Review

“What’s this…a hip-hop record being reviewed in RAMzine?!”. Your eyes do not deceive you my fellow reader! But every now and again, it is nice to take a little step outside of the brand’s comfort zone. So it gives me great pleasure in being able to be the first to give you this review! The album in question is The Saga Continues by ...

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Code Orange - Forever

Review: Code Orange – Forever

Dark, intense, foreboding, caustic. These are only but some of the adjectives that can be used to describe the sound of Code Orange – arguably Pennsylvania’s most deadliest hardcore crew. Throughout their career they have released music that has been nothing short of nerve-shredding. Admittedly, one did describe them as a ‘baby Converge’ a couple of years ago when first ...

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Review: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

The wait has been insatiable. The hype has been built to breaking point. The anticipation has been off the chart. But after eight long years of waiting since their last studio album, Metallica have finally dropped their eagerly anticipated ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’. As a fan of the band, yours truly was genuinely nervous as to whether the wait would be ...

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