Author Archives: 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.
Tommy Motion Picture

Who’s Rock Opera TOMMY by KEN RUSSELL Returns to the Big Screen this November

I came to the deaf, dumb and blind kid TOMMY late. Although it was a hugely successful double album release for the English rock band The Who in 1969, and became a rock opera in 1971, with an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972 and the Ken Russell movie in 1975, I didn’t get around to seeing it / ...

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Marisa And The Moths

Marisa and the Moths Bring Filthy Pretty Grunge

The Reading UK based, female-fronted, alt-rock, grunge outfit Marisa And The Moths with songwriter Marisa Rodriguez on lead vocals and guitar, released their electrifying debut single and music video “Skin” on Friday 13th September 2019 taken from the forthcoming self-titled album. The single had that kind of teetering boom that is more of a wobblebonk than anything. Then we got ...

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Tattoo Convention 28SEP 2019

Fifteenth Annual International Tattoo Convention — London, Tobacco Dock

For some, the world of ink must evoke an image of needles and screams… Perhaps that is why the art-form has its detractors. But the reality could not be further from the truth, as RAMzine discovered, when we visited the London Tattoo Convention last weekend. The ink world is really a universe that revolves around respect, exchange, participation, diversity and ...

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Matt Pearce @neilmach 2019 ©

Matt Pearce and the Mutiny, Thursday 26th September 2019: Upstairs at The Garage, London

As a member of the successful hard rock band Voodoo Six, Glasgow-born guitarist Matt Pearce supported Iron Maiden on a concert tour and appeared in front of millions of heavy metal fans around the world. But 18 months ago he found himself at a crossroads in life and felt as if he “had to mutiny…” perhaps to survive. He admitted ...

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Rockin’ Tattoos — THE LONDON TATTOO CONVENTION 2019

It is believed that the British have been using body art for more than 2,000 years. The ancient Greek explorer Pytheas of Massalia ( 330–300 BC) reported that the Celts of Britain were “people of forms” —  meaning people of pictures and shapes… and this specifically suggests that the ancient Brits painted themselves and probably tattooed their bodies. But tattoos didn’t ...

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DragonForce

DragonForce: “Sad to see Vadim and Fred go […] we continue to bring the full bombastic DragonForce experience” Extreme Power Metal 2019

On September 27, 2019, the influential and distinctive British power metal band DragonForce, founded in 1999 by guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman, will release their eighth studio album, titled: “Extreme Power Metal.” A video for the track “Highway to Oblivion” has already been released, with praise heaped onto it by loyal fans. And “Heart Demolition” — the track that’s ...

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CAMDEN ROCKS 2019 — Two Day Festival Report

Day One: The hottest weekend of the year began under a blazing sun and the brightest sky. After we’d collected our wrist-candy from The Underworld, we hotfooted to the primary performance venue, the 1500 capacity Electric Ballroom, to catch festival openers: the Kent arena-rockers-in-waiting Collateral. And, indeed, they were every bit as “Big Shot” as we expected and a perfect ...

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Tarja - In the Raw

In The Raw – An interview with TARJA

The heavy-metal singer-songwriter Tarja Turunen or simply TARJA will release her seventh studio album, titled “In The Raw” on August 30, via EarMusic. The album will be her first since 2016’s “The Shadow Self”. We met the Finnish lyrical-soprano in London to discuss writing and recording the new album: RAMzine: The new album considers caves, shadows, strangers, chambers… it all ...

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SOTO unfold musically on ‘Origami’

Puerto Rican musician Jeff Scott Soto is perhaps best known as Yngwie Malmsteen’s vocalist and also the singer for Journey, Talisman, Sons of Apollo and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Although he’s a classic soul singer — the same singing style as Steve Perry, maybe — he’s equally at home, working on the ear-assaultive hard rock or pushing his lung power to ...

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Camden Rocks

2019 CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL

CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL is an independent urban festival that presents over 400 of the best rock, indie, metal and punk bands. The showcases are held in more than twenty of Camden Town’s favorite venues, including the Electric Ballroom, Dingwalls, The Underworld and The Hawley Arms. The 2019 edition will feature the exuberant rock act Ash, the Essex poet & singer ...

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