Author Archives: Paul H Birch

RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

The Ugly Kings – Promised Land Video

Melbourne rockers The Ugly Kings are a powerhouse blues rock band from Melbourne, Australia who have just released a video for ‘Promised Land‘ taken from their forthcoming debut album Darkness Is My Home due for release on 13th April from the Kozmik Artifactz label. Featuring Russel Clark on vocals, Christos Athanasias on guitar, Nicolas Dumont on bass and Andy Alkemade on drums, The Ugly ...

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The Kids Get School

Remember being 16? When it was you against the world because, well, the world was against you? Being a kid today is harder than ever: Social and family pressures, the expectations of teachers and peers, the fallout from a selfie gone wrong…It’s a jungle out there and only the young really understand. So enter teenage punks The Kids from Sydney, Australia, who’ve ...

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Jared James Nichols Talks…Black Magic!

Wisconsin-born guitarist Jared James Nichols has been flying into the UK with increasing regularity these last few years, playing gigs up and down the country and making fans along the way. His latest album, Black Magic, delivers a brace of hard rocking tunes some of which we’ll no doubt get to hear live very soon. Paul H Birch caught up ...

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Glenn Hughes Promises Deep Purple Exclusivity on Tour

Fresh from blowing the rafters off UK concert halls with his January appearances as part of rock super group Black Country Communion, bass player and vocalist Glenn Hughes will be putting his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted credentials to a nationwide UK tour where he will playing only classic Deep Purple material. Turning back the clock for a two hour ...

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Outlaws & Moonshine – The Devil In The Moonshine

Sounding like someone’s banging on a dustbin lid while a hoary old voice calls out, I’m expecting something avant garde here but then a regular rhythm section gets going with electrics and acoustics settling in some licks for Outlaws & Moonshine’s statement of intent that is opening track ‘Devil in The Moonshine’. There are sing-along lyrics of the countrified sort ...

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Drive – IDEFI, A Tribute to Rick Chavez and David Earl Taylor

Drive were a five-piece progressive, power metal band formed on the north side of Houston, Texas by guitarist Rick Chavez. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992). The band’s original members were barely out of high school back in the early 80s as they began making a name for themselves. Moving out to California, and inevitably the Sunset Strip , where they signed ...

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The Bad Flowers + Support- The Ayslum 2, Birmingham, 17/2/2018

Tonight’s the launch party for The Bad Flowers debut album Starting Gun. The Asylum 2 is sold out; we’re packed in like sardines and the heat is sweltering. These Wicked Rivers start the evening off, then it’s time for Those Damn Crows who are brutal with a hardcore groove while offering a modern US rock vocal approach that swings between Shinedown ...

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Black Magic – Jared James Nichols

Wisconsin-born guitar-slinger Jared James Nichols is a throwback to when rock was wild, young and free. His latest album is a collection of song that hit you wham, bam, in and out, with most tracks coming in under the three minute mark. Do they get you under their spell? Let’s find out. A whirring echoing guitar stretches through your speakers, ...

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Saxon Re-Release Classic Albums!

Heavy metal legends Saxon seal their reputation by reissuing their first three albums – Saxon, Wheels of Steel and Strong Arm Of The Law on May 30th. They will be available both on vinyl (coloured splatter/swirl vinyl) and CD versions that will feature 24 page media books containing original lyrics, rare photos and memorabilia. Changing their name from Son Of A ...

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New Black Country Communion Video – The Cove

Setting the bar high for all other major live bands this year, following their storming UK shows in January, Black Country Communion, have released a brand new video for ‘The Cove’, that appears on their latest album album, BCCIV, available through Mascot Records. Following a several year hiatus Anglo-American rock supergroup Black Country Communion returned with all founding members intact: Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), ...

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