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.
Girlschool Reissues

RAMzine Classic: Girlschool — Demolition, Hit And Run + Screaming Blue Murder

Girlschool, formed in the intoxicating years of the NWOBHM movement, and are the longest serving New Wave rock band in the world, comprising all women. The band remains active today after more than 35 years. Formed from the remains of a Wandsworth, South London school cover-band — they called themselves “Painted Lady” — Girlschool enjoyed the strong media exposure and ...

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The Train Kept A-Rollin by Spencer Vignes

The Train Kept A-Rollin by Spencer Vignes — Book Review

Freight railways were the only means of transportation for the bluesmen of yesteryear. The musicians jumped into the back car not just because they couldn’t afford a passenger ticket but often because they weren’t allowed on board a service that had been designated ‘whites only.’ Hours spent with other artists hidden away in the cattle sections, perhaps armed with rhythm ...

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Blackberry Smoke - Like an Arrow

Review: Blackberry Smoke – Like an Arrow

If you hear the word “Americana” and your face turns sour and your eyes come-over all glassy — Wait a minute. Figure this: Americana is not just comforting and middle-class, you know. Dylan is Americana. Springsteen is Americana. Where would we be without Johnny Cash? Or Willie Nelson? Those dudes live ‘n’ breath rebellion. Protest is strong in their heart, ...

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Bowling for Soup's Jaret Reddick

Interview with Bowling for Soup’s Jaret Reddick

We met expert lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter for BOWLING FOR SOUP — Jaret Reddick — at the fabulous CROWBAR near London’s Tin Pan Alley ahead of the band’s show at Wembley with Buckcherry and mad glam-metallers Steel Panther. “It’s the first time we have been a support band over here since 2001…” Reddick tells us. He appears dog-tired ...

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Interview with SONIC SYNDICATE

The heavy metal outfit SONIC SYNDICATE from Falkenberg in Sweden have undergone a whole load of stylistic changes over the years. Early demos contained no clean vocals and sounded like Dark Tranquillity or In Flames. Then clean vocals started to appear on some tracks and even occasional female vocals from bass player Karin Axelsson. We Rule the Night was ultra-soft ...

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Review: Sonic Syndicate — Confessions

The heavy metal outfit SONIC SYNDICATE from Falkenberg in Sweden recently underwent a sonic change. They also switched personnel. Out went bass player Karin Axelsson and drummer John Bengtsson. In came Michel Bärzén [bass] and Peter on drums. In fact the only member of the original organized union of like-minded souls is Robin Sjunnesson on guitar. Then the band underwent ...

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Barb Wire Dolls

Barb Wire Dolls — Live at the Camden Assembly

They shuffled onto stage at London’s Camden London Assembly (former Barfly) with an attitude that seemed rather apathetic if not lackadaisical. Running 15 minutes late — they did not say “Hello” to the public — but maybe that’s the way this gruff artistic grunge punk-rock outfit “BARB WIRE DOLLS” approach such things. They didn’t seem so much “Desperate” [the title ...

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ACM LONDON Richard Shaw Guitar Masterclass

The new Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) London campus [based in Clapham] just opened its doors to new students in the past few weeks. The school differs from other traditional music academies by focussing on rock, pop and E.D.M. The Academy is justifiably proud of its professional approach and how it provides valuable networking events, workshops, showcases and audition opportunities ...

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Blues Pills - Lady in Gold Review

Review: Blues Pills – Lady in Gold

Imagine a band that sounds like a cross between Fleetwood Mac and Jefferson Starship – that is Blues Pills. They boast a singer who could reasonably be compared to Janis Joplin or Tina Turner, were it not for her ability to dive down the contralto range of an ice-cool voice to ‘how long can it go?’ depths, like Cher. The ...

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ALBANY DOWN

ALBANY DOWN Live at London’s 100 Club

The British blues-rock quartet ALBANY DOWN have announced their third studio album entitled THE OUTER REACH [to be published Friday 10 June] and last night the band played a special show in London’s legendary 100 Club in Oxford Street  to give their  fans and supporters “a sneaky peak” of the new songs. They also played a few carefully selected numbers from their ...

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