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.

Review: Prawn – KingFisher

Indie rockers Prawn formed in Ridgewood, New Jersey in the summer of 2007. The band has toured the United States, and self released two EPs and a tour demo. This September they will be on tour again – this time with TopShelf Records – hawking their stunning new album ‘Kingfisher‘. For those of you who are not bird minded – ...

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Review: Pennywise – Yesterdays

Hermosa Beach, California, punk rock band Pennywise formed in 1988. Their name is derived from the Stephen King monster. Between their 1991 self-titled début and 2005’s ‘The Fuse’, Pennywise released an album every two years on Epitaph Records, a label owned by the Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Their current line-up consists of Fletcher Dragge (guitars), Randy Bradbury (bass) and ...

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Review: New Town Kings – Pull Up & Rewind

When Barso sang “My girl’s mad at me …” We knew what he meant immediately. The efficiency of the lyric stunned us. There was no beating around the bush. He run in with it … and quickly too. With an open heart. It was a confession. Blurted out. Skank might be optimistic. A joyful blend of fruity Jamaican rhythms and ...

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Review: Arthemis – Live From Hell

The principal rival to Mozart – Antonio Salieri – came from the city of Verona. It is also home to Arthemis – our favourite Italian metal band. Verona is a place where emotions run high. Where Dante imagined Purgatory. And Caesar came to retreat from politics. Verona is where the incessant feuding between Shakespeare’s Capulets and Montagues was interrupted by burning ...

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Review: Tomas Doncker Band – Moanin’ At Midnight: The Howlin’ Wolf Project

Tomás Doncker started out in the down-town “No Wave” scene (New York) in the early 1980s, before going international, and touring and recording with the jazz pianist Masabumi Kikuchi (in Japan.) He then went on to complete production and studio sessions with Boosty Collins, Yoko Ono, and Grammy nominated Reggae vocal group The Itals, plus the Grammy-winning producer Prince Charles ...

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Absolva – Anthems To The Dead

Absolva are a classic metal band, based in Manchester. The band is famous for their sublime twin-lead guitar sounds – creating the finest rock music in the great British tradition. Starting out as Fury UK with Chris Appleton (lead guitar and vocals) and Martin McNee (on drums) they released three albums, played Bloodstock, and toured with the likes of Saxon, ...

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Screaming Eagles – From The Flames

We were lucky to see the Screaming Eagles at the Hard Rock Hell ‘Highway To Hell’ contest in Glasgow last year. Not surprisingly, this rock band from Northern Ireland won a coveted slot – playing at Hard Rock Hell – and gaining some precious recording time. At the Glasgow Grand they sounded to us like the U.S. hard-rockers Buckcherry – ...

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Live Review: The Great Escape Festival 2014

With a weekend simply bursting with exciting rock acts – like New York’s Augustines or the Kendal rock-poppers The Wild Beasts. And with special sets by groups like Brighton’s own punky Gnarwolves or the prog-rock artists the Von Hertzen Brothers.  Added to these the all-or-nothing escapades from such legendary bands as The Subways … and even a secret gig played by Kaiser ...

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Tuomas Holopainen – Life and Times of Scrooge

Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician Tuomas Holopainen is most famous as the keyboardist with ‘Nightwish‘. Holopainen has based his first solo project ‘Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge’ on a comic book story (illustrated by Don Rosa) – revealing the strange sourness of the central character – Scrooge McDuck. He wrote and worked on the majority of the ...

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Friars Aylesbury Memorabilia Exhibition

With over 93,000 members, the Friars Aylesbury is the largest and probably one of the most historic music clubs in the UK. It is probably one of the biggest music clubs in Europe. The famous club first opened its doors in 1969, and although it was closed twice during its long history (in 1984 it closed its doors for 25 ...

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