Author Archives: 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 ...beer!

Download 2018: Saturday Highlights

Friday was somewhat full of surprises: an unlikely headliner, astonishing highlights, and satisfying breakthroughs. Saturday looks like the typical ‘classic rock’ day. Where some may argue the ‘classic’ flavour of rock n roll is making a comeback (hence the strange ‘NWOBCR’ label) where as others (including myself) would contend it never….ever…went away. Also – as a lot of the bands ...

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Avenged Sevenfold

Download 2018: Friday Highlights

Over for another year. This week is like the ‘boxing day’ of Download: everything’s done, everyone’s recovering, and another year to go. Fifteen years since Download was launched, is it still exciting as it was back in 2003? Will it go down in history like it’s spiritual predecessor Monsters Of Rock? Or will it be like that Christmas you got ...

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Download 2018: 10 acts you NEED to see on the main stage

We’re finally here! Download 2018! RAMzine have guided you through all of the stages at this years festival (or at leas the ones on the poster) and now we have come to the main stage. In all honesty, this year’s line-up is so stacked, this could have been a top 100, but we have stuck to the traditional 10 to ...

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Former Ozzy guitarist, Bernie Torme, announces ‘Final Fling’ tour

“(Bernie) did me a great favour. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing it now. I’d have given up” – Ozzy Osbourne. What a career Bernie Torme has had. Playing for Ozzy Osbourne, Gillan, Dee Snider, Atomic Rooster, and many more. Now the legendary guitarist is drawing a line under this career for his ‘Final Fling’ tour. See dates ...

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Download 2018: 9 Bands you need to check out on Zippo Encore stage.

The Zippo Encore stage, or the ‘second stage’ as some may refer to it as, is probably the unsung hero of Download. It’s had some of the best bands of all time healdine on it. Last year had Slayer, Rob Zombie, and Sum 41 – plus the likes of Opeth and Devin Townsend on the undercard. That’s a festival in ...

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weezer

Weezer cover ‘Africa’, after covering the ‘wrong’ Toto song

We all know how great the song ‘Africa‘ is by Toto, it’s everywhere these days – even mobile adverts. You might think this would encourage bands to cover it? Well bands like Weezer may need a little reminder… It all started when a Twitter user called ‘Weezer cover Africa by Toto’ (@weezerafrica) started bugging front man Rivers Como to cover ...

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Download 2018: 6 acts you NEED to see on the Avalanche stage

According to their website, Download Festival’s Avalanche stage: “showcases the best in punk rock, post-hardcore and alt-rock,” We can get aboard that, for sure. To  us though Avalanche is the TRUE alternative to the rest of the festival which is filled to the brim with hard rock and metal (not that there’s anything wrong with that). This is like the ...

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shvpes

Download 2018: 8 bands you need to see on the Dogtooth Stage

First in the series of ‘bands you need to see at Download 2018’ series, we are starting at the smallest, yet most under stated stage. The Dogtooth Stage. As you will the names are no less bombastic or well known. Not everyone can main stage it y’know. In honesty – every band at Download is worth a watch, but we ...

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Pretty Addicted “I like to cross the line of what’s acceptable in society”

Do you think that rock n roll would be as well loved if no-one took risks, or did something different? Not at all. That’s how rock was born. It went against the grain, and through out the ages – the most well loved genre in the world has represented the individual. Where would the world of rock and metal be ...

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Lamb Of God 20th anniversary of Burn The Priest with new album

Chart-topping, five-time Grammy nominated Richmond, Virginia band LAMB OF GOD recently announced the release of their highly-anticipated full-length covers album as BURN THE PRIEST – ‘Legion: XX’ – a collection of songs reflecting the greatness of the classic punk, hardcore, crossover and noise artists that influenced them in their formative years, executed with their signature modern sound. ‘Legion: XX’ features ...

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