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: Forever Still – Tied Down

The Danish band Forever Still consisting of Maja Schønning (lead vocals) Mikkel Haastrup (bass) and Dennis Post (guitars) are a heavy rock band of the highest quality. Their disposition towards restless beats and capacious riffs helps to accentuate the amazing energy of Maja’s fervent vocals. These range from whispering refrains to bellicose yawps… Often both provided within a matter of ...

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Interview: Kim McAuliffe of Girlschool

Girlschool are a British heavy metal band. They formed in 1975 in Wandsworth, South London and are named after the ‘B’ side of the Wings single ‘Mull of Kintyre’. Nowadays they are closely associated with their contemporaries, Motörhead. The classic line-up of Kim McAuliffe (rhythm guitar and vocals), Enid Williams (bass guitar and vocals) and Denise Dufort (drums and vocals) ...

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Live Review: The Graveltones, KrushFest, Great Yarmouth

If you like the idea Royal Blood or Drenge i.e. two-piece alternative rock, then you should immediately buy into The Graveltones. Naturally, for this 2-man concept to work, the guitarist has to be more than just merely competent. He needs to be spectacular. Think of the White Stripes scenario with Jack White playing all the rhythms, licks and bass notes ...

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City of Thieves - The Incinerator

Review: City of Thieves – The Incinerator

London may well be a city built upon the reputation of thieves. From the greedy bank-bosses who dwell in their shiny towers, to the politicians secretly intriguing in their Palace at Westminster. From the chuggers who try to wheedle us out of our hard-earned income, to the robbers who shoot up our dirty streets daily. But there is also a ...

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Absolva - Never A Good Day to Die

Review: Absolva – Never A Good Day to Die

Manchester heavy rock band Absolva feature the twin-lead guitars of Luke Appleton (the bass guitarist with Iced Earth) and brother Chris Appleton (who has been the guitarist for Blaze Bayley.) They started out as Fury UK. Now, with Martin Mcnee on drums and Karl Schramm on bass, the talented kin are about to release their superb new LP ‘Never A ...

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Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd

Review: Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd

Take a band like Los Angeles rockers Maroon 5 — who play their super brand of neo-soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues and pop to immense crowds… extremely effective… And you have to ask (because they are neighbours and both play the same kind of R&B inspired numbers) why can’t Vintage Trouble get that same kind of global recognition? They’ve been going ...

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Bulletproof Rose

HRH Highway to Hell VI — Sheffield Live Report

Each year the fabulous people at HRH arrange and deliver a superb competition. It’s Britain’s ‘Rock Factor’. Hundreds of bands go through the preliminary stages. But only a few make it to the final round. And the final two days of the competition is a weekend of mind-blowing creativity, hectic showmanship, a lot of schmoozing, and of course, some epic ...

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The Struts

Struts Fly Back to Britain to Support Hit Single and Debut Album Release

The magnificent Struts, who have been having fun pompadouring themselves around the United States this summer, have made it back to Blighty in time for the Reading and Leeds festivals. They will be playing on the NME/Radio 1 stage. Derby’s most glamorous and flouncing rock ‘n’ rollers are currently swanking about their magnificent achievement on the charts with their hit ...

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Speaking in Shadows

Live Review: Speaking in Shadows, at The Garage, London

Speaking in Shadows are justifiably acclaimed for their enthusiastic live performances. So the room shook with a growing sense of excitement & eager anticipation when we went to see this band, last week, playing their Highbury show at the Garage in Islington. Opening the show with their 2013 single ‘Sweet Gemini’ — this has pirouetting guitars from Ali & Lewis ...

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altere sky

Live Review: Altered Sky, at The Garage in London

The Scottish rock band Altered Sky — with the talented entertainer Ana Nowosielska up front — have always reminded us of early Avril Lavigne. Those same complex, yet immediately appealing, melodic arrangements. That same post-punk darkness which backcloths the more effervescent sounds. Angular guitars that often find themselves colliding into intense drum-work. And, of course, the empowering and iridescent lead ...

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