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.
Cherie Currie

Cherie Currie Live at the Underworld in London

The original “Cherry Bomb” — Cherie Currie — was the lead singer with the legendary Los Angeles rock band the Runaways (alongside bandmates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West, Jackie Fox and Vicki Blue.) She is considered to be one of the icons of all-female rock. She was once described as “the lost daughter of Iggy Pop and Brigitte Bardot ...

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INGLORIOUS Live Showcase at the Gibson Rooms, London

Occasionally a band comes along that will match — or even exceed — your expectations. INGLORIOUS is such a band. They have already been tipped as the “the future of British rock.” Recently, Queen’s Brian May told the band: “You guys really do look like a potent young Deep Purple but with a new slant – very Classic! The musicianship ...

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Live Review: Vintage Trouble, O2 Forum, London

We always judge a band by their opening song: Vintage Trouble – comprising of Ty Taylor (vocals) Nalle Colt (guitar), Richard Danielson (drums) and Rick Barrio Dill (bass) – came out on stage in London last night to cheers and support from their many fans. It was their first headline show at the luxurious O2 venue at the Kentish Town ...

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Live Review: Last Great Dreamers, Underworld, Camden

The Last Great Dreamers were formed by Marc Valentine (vocals and guitar) way-way back. He met Ginge (drums) & Joolz Starr (bass) and then, finally, Slyder (guitar and voice) through an advertisement that he had put in the Kerrang! magazine. We are talking about the 1980’s. Dogs D’Amour and Hanoi Rocks were early influences — clearly evident, not only in ...

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Review: Bad Pollyanna – The Broken Toys

We were lucky enough to see West Yorkshire’s Bad Pollyanna featuring vocalist Olivia Hyde at this year’s Dames of Darkness festival. Their enthusiasm, potency and talent was undeniable and hypnotic. And, as the name suggests, their sounds are a mix of beauty and darkness. The album appetizer ‘Define Me’ is on both discs (also to be heard on ‘Monstrous Child’ ...

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Altered Sky ‘Without Wonderland’ Album Launch

Scottish pop rockers Altered Sky have announced details of their highly anticipated debut album ‘Without Wonderland.’ The album is set for release Nov 20th 2015 and we had the rare opportunity to see the album performed by the band — up-close-and-personal — at a special album launch show held at THE VENUE — 229 Great Portland Street, London. The album ...

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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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