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.
My Dying Bride - Your Broken Shore

My Dying Bride — Ghost of Orion — The Interview

Over almost 30 years, West Yorkshire’s MY DYING BRIDE, formed in the ebbing summer of 1990 by vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe, with guitarist Andrew Craighan and the original drummer Rick Miah, have become England’s most doleful export and a worldwide phenomenon… the viziers of doom-death! But since Feel the Misery [2015] and a group of live shows that had to be canceled ...

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Lykantropi

Lykantropi — Black Old Stone, Re-Release

The Swedish, vintage-sounding band LYKANTROPI from Värmland in the Scandinavian Mountains, create cinematic, multi-layered pop songs that come with evocative flutes, beautiful harmonies and psychedelic guitars that tend to lead the listener into spacey, yet melancholic, dimensions. Their most recent album Spirituosa was released in May 2019. But now their label is re-releasing the 2017 Black Old Stone album (via Despotz ...

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CRYSTAL VIPER photo credit: Tim_Tronckoe

CRYSTAL VIPER Tell of Ice and Fire

CRYSTAL VIPER is a female fronted heavy metal act from Katowice, Poland, founded by the Moon Chamber singer/guitarist and songwriter, MARTA GABRIEL. Their regular touring and festival appearances have established their position as one of the most resolute bands of a generation. While the band is normally tagged “new wave of traditional heavy metal” their new album, entitled “Tales Of ...

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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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