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.

Interview with Biff Byford of Saxon about forthcoming release — Eagles and Dragons

A new Saxon package “Eagles and Dragons” is out soon. The set features nine albums which before today, were only released on vinyl in some regions (including Germany, Italy and the UK) and even then, only in very limited quantities. The new luxury 180 gram vinyl versions in the collection, including inner sleeves with all the lyrics, are a must-have ...

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Dream Theater

Dream Theater present The Astonishing live at London Palladium

London’s West End is full of prog-hunters on this cold and chilling February weekday evening. Jeff Wayne’s “Musical Version of The War of the Worlds” is packing the punters in over at the Dominion. But we’re going to see something far more exciting than that. Have seventeen years really flown-past-us since DREAM THEATER bestowed upon us Scenes from a Memory? ...

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Review: Wolfmother – Victorious

The Grammy Award-winning Australian hard rock band Wolfmother first captured the attention of the record-buying public when they moved from their New South Wales base to Los Angeles in the spring of 2005 to rent out Cherokee — the famous Hollywood recording studio — home of recording artists such as Aerosmith and Korn. After a while, the recording was diverted ...

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Michael Schenker and the Temple of Rock — Live at the Robin 2 Bilston

The “Blonde Bomber” burst onto the Robin 2 Bilston stage last night (20 January 2016) to impress and excite fans on the first leg of his “Spirit” mission in the UK. He’s a modern evangelical white-priest … Armed only with his trusty flying V and a superlative talent … He is spreading the joy of music (through pure expression) from ...

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Thundermother – “We are five feisty, energetic, fun-loving girls!”

Stockholm’s premier all-girl rock ‘n’ roll outfit Thundermother are firing on all cylinders! Their album ‘Road Fever’ is selling well and they have been nominated for “Hard rock album of the year” and “Group of the year” by GAFFA. Although they have no dates yet confirmed, we can expect a visit to the UK soon from this terrific rocking 5 ...

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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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