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.

The Treatment to Headline Christmas Underworld Show

Five strong Cambridge (UK)-based rock band ‘The Treatment’ are unashamedly inspired by a bygone era, when vinyl ruled, and rock bands looked and behaved as if they were on the rise. Combining the drive of Def Leppard with the song-writing ability of UFO and Thin Lizzy, all backed by a kind of low profile riffing reminiscent of early Aerosmith or ...

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MaelstroM ‘It was Predestined’ EP Review

MaelstroM have claimed that they have created a kind of hybrid sub-genre, by fusing thrash, death, power, and prog-metal together. Their legendary EP ‘It Was Predestined’ was originally distributed underground in 2008-2009. But in October 2012 it was officially released – by Los Angeles’ Itchy Metal Entertainment (IME) On the release of the recording, IME President Ed Fassio commented: “To ...

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Pierce The Veil Confirm 2013 UK Tour

Pierce the Veil the MEXICORE band from Southern California were formed out of the San Diego punk rock scene in 2006. The band released their second full-length studio album, titled Selfish Machines in 2010. Their third and latest album, Collide with the Sky, was released on July 17, 2012, and is their first album under the major record label Fearless ...

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Abiotic ‘Symbiosis’ Album Review

Miami based quintet Abiotic (formed in 2012) create sumptuous symphonic tech-death/metal sounds. They released their ‘A Universal Plague’ EP in September 2011. Employing complex rhythms, virtuoso bass-play, sophisticated vocals and elaborate guitar-work, Abiotic have created a masterful new album entitled ‘Symbiosis’. The album starts with Metamorphilia and this is a taster intro that will lead you onto Vermosapien. This track introduces ...

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Overthrow ‘Adjust To Darkness’ Album Review

All new city-thrashonistas, these days, seem to come from Stavanger, The Oil Capital of the south-west Norway. Home of glamorous doomsters such as Theatre of Tragedy, Tristania and Sirenia – the place appears to be a fertile breeding ground for the many rising stars of the ear-blasting, thrash-metal persuasion. Now, from the Kingdom of Norway comes Overthrow. Having already played ...

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Interview with Jan Bünning of Paragon

Paragon is a speed metal/power metal band from Hamburg, Germany founded in 1994 by guitarist Martin Christian. In 2009, Paragon took a break. During this time they lost two of their members: Guitarist Günny Kruse, who had played on their three studio albums between 2005–2008, and also bassist Dirk Seifert who only played on “Screenslaves”. In November 2009, the band ...

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Tsar Bomb ‘Neowarfare’ Album Review

The Russian AN602 hydrogen bomb is the most powerful weapon ever created. It was built and tested in 1961.The resultant explosion created a mushroom cloud that was seven times higher than Mount Everest. It was named the ‘Tsar Bomb’. And so is this band. You do not think of sunny Malaga (Spain) as a fertile place for an Armageddon inducing, ...

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Light You Up ‘Broken Jaw’ EP Review

‘Broken Jaw’ is the first release with Light You Up’s new front man: Guildford’s Tom Napier. He brings a passionate new sense of substance to the 5-piece band. With the addition of his soulful singing, and remarkable vocal range, the band has created an album full of fresh, newly minted, melodic moments. Shouldering the sure-footed single Foxfire, the mini-album also ...

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Dark Karma Soul ‘Theory Of Karma’ Album Review

‘Theory Of Karma’ from the Aldershot (UK) based Electronica /Industrial Metal band Dark Karma Soul may remind the listener of Mudvayne, with some of the latter tracks reminiscent of Soundgarden. The compositions have a complexity and a clear commitment to art that is noble and ambitious. But without being too overwrought. With bold vocals from lead singer Chris Westcott, and ...

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Canterbury ‘Something Better’ Single Review

Canterbury have released the next single from the critically acclaimed second album Heavy In The Day prior to hitting the road on their autumn/winter tour, supporting Deaf Havana. The song, Something Better clears away all the dust and clutter, making things seem a lot cleaner and clearer . It’s a pure song about putting things into perspective. And looking forwards, ...

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