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.
don-broco

DON BROCO — The most adjustable scenester try-hards & pop-survivalists of the 21st century.

British rock four piece DON BROCO released their third album Technology this month. The new album finds the band filtering their post-hardcore rock through the percolation filter of a 1980s pop-machine, and then finger-testing the results before adding a swirl-or-two of clotty cream: these twists come in the form of metal, funk and electronics. This album ends-up lip-puckering strong and ...

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Gleb Kpyadin

Gleb Kolyadin constructs new Prog Rock album S/T articulated through tonal and thematic ideas…

For those who do not know, iamthemorning is a Russian rock duo /chamber pop duo formed in 2010. It consisted of singer Marjana Semkina and pianist Gleb Kolyadin. Their name was taken from a song by Manchester band, Oceansize. Pianist Gleb Kolyadin has now taken his Chamber Prog away from the pop world of iamthemorning [perhaps just temporarily] and into ...

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Pop Evil album cover

Pop Evil set to release an accessible, highly polished and remarkably mighty album.

Apparently, when Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed POP EVIL in 2001, he chose the name for a reason: He loved hard rock, played with a good melody but he also loved propulsive rhythms. For Kakaty, these were natural elements found in the songs he grew up with: the groovy soul of Motown, the grand funk of the railroad, the proto ...

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Pop Evil

POP EVIL “We mustn’t turn a blind eye to issues out in the world…”

Apparently, when Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed POP EVIL in 2001, he chose the name for a reason: He loved hard rock, played with a good melody but he also loved propulsive rhythms. For Kakaty, it was natural element he found in the songs he grew up with: the motown/soul, the funk of the railroad, the proto-punk of MC5 and ...

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Mikey Demus with Ace + students Photo @neilmach 2017 ©

Interview and Masterclass with Skindred Guitarist Mikey Demus

This week RAMzine had the unique opportunity of visiting London’s Metropolis Studios, at the Powerhouse in Chiswick as guests of The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) to see a guitar masterclass given by expert guitarist MIKEY DEMUS of heavy rock & reggae band SKINDRED. The class was given to ACM students and introduced by the Skunk Anansie guitarist Martin “Ace” ...

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Stone Broken

Interview with Stone Broken at Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017

At Ramblin’ Man Fair we met up with the hard-working 4-piece hard rock band from Walsall — Stone Broken — who have just been announced they will act as support for rock legends Living Colour this autumn. They’ve already been on tour, this Spring, with Glenn Hughes and it seems the breakthrough UK hard rock act is going from strength-to-strength at ...

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Jared James Nichols

Jared James Nichols at Ramblin’ Man Fair – “Black Magic is direct, raw, straight to the point”

Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and red-hot blues guitarist, Jared James Nichols returns this October with a new album Black Magic. He fronts a “power-trio” under his own name, with sounds based around the raw vision of late 1960s & early 1970s hard-rocking blues outfits such as Cream and Mountain. Over the last four years,  Jared James has shared stages with ...

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BLACK STAR RIDERS

Interview with BLACK STAR RIDERS at Ramblin’ Man Fair

BLACK STAR RIDERS were formed in 2012 by four members of Thin Lizzy – Scott Gorham, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and bassist Marco Mendoza – plus former Megadeth and Alice Cooper drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. The band’s debut album All Hell Breaks Loose” was released in 2013, and attained universal approval with a follow-up album, The Killer Instinct released in February ...

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TOSELAND

Interview with TOSELAND at Ramblin’ Man Fair

Following a premature end to his World Superbike career, James Toseland decided to focus on his first true love – music. After parting company with his first band, Crash, he embarked on a band project known, simply, as TOSELAND. The band’s first single ‘Life is Beautiful’ was released in April 2013 and later it was announced that they had been ...

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BRAD MARR

Interview with Massive at Ramblin’ Man Fair

MASSIVE are a volatile bunch of ever-intoxicated macho rockers from Melbourne, Australia, who formed an alliance in 2012 that seems fuelled by adrenaline, weak lager and a determination to party harder than everyone else they meet. They’ve been known to travel thousands of miles, sometimes across baking deserts, to get to gigs. Inevitably, when they arrive, things get hot and ...

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