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.

Alignments: Neutral a Double Experience?

Canadian nerd/alternative rockers Double Experience has a new EP Alignments: Neutral, having just signed to Drakkar Entertainment Alignments: Neutral has been described as “a prog-rock concept album for the ADD generation; a voyage into real-world examples of morality and beliefs according to a certain alignment chart.” “Nerd Rock should be more than sweater vests and big glasses, it should be about ...

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It’s All a State of Mine for Cherry Dolls

All fuzzed up & out now on Bread & Butter Records is ‘State Of Mine’ from Melbourne’s The Cherry Dolls on Bread & Butter Records. Word has it The Cherry Dolls have been making waves nationally filling sweat-soaked venues all over Australia with a DIY-or-Die attitude, and an album and two critically acclaimed EPs under their belt already. The band ...

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A Life Divided By Echoes?

Imagine if you could send your latest favourite rock record on a journey through time and into the past – what would it sound like? That’s what A Life Divided had in mind when creating their new album Echoes that’s out on January 31st through AFM Records. “It was during the 80s when we first came into contact with music. ...

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Flickertail Play Contact Sport

Irish-Australian guitar-fuelled rock and rollers Flickertail went and wrote a song in a rehearsal room bathroom in Salford, Manchester. Out now as a new single, somewhat ironically it goes by the handle of ‘Contact Sport’. “I wrote all my sad songs in Aussie summer – it took a week of Mancunian rain to finally get something more hopeful out of ...

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Metalite Social Butterflies

Swedish melodic metal band Metalite’s new album Biomechanicals was recently released and the band has lifted ‘Social Butterflies’ from it as their latest single, out now on AFM Records. Guitarist Edwin Premberg said of the song: “Social media steals more and more of our time, everyday. It is all about the addiction of being online and connected to the world ...

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Rosk’s Remnants

Folk/acoustic post-metal band Rosk has released a new album called Remnants available on the Pagan Records label. All the music and lyrics were written by the band at Nebula Studio, with the addition of violin being recorded by Julianna Grzeszek. Formed from the pressing need to create art that would be personal, honest and sad. Rosk started on one cold ...

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DBA Add Extra Show

The Downes Braide Association (DBA) has announced a second show at Trading Boundaries on 15th February as the 14th February event is nearly sold out. This means the collective featuring Yes keyboard player Geoff Downes and singer/songwriter Chris Braide will literally double their annual number of live performances in one go. The event itself is ostensibly taking place to mark ...

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Anvil are Legal at Last!

Since their 2009 documentary film The Story Of Anvil revealed the unvarnished truth about the music industry, the world has been aware that the day-to-day life of most musicians doesn’t consist of MTV Awards, Grammy ceremonies, red carpets, champagne and caviar but mainly of energy-sapping tours with little sleep, junk food and meagre earnings. Yet these difficult conditions have made Anvil ...

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Brothers Of Metal in Emblas Saga

With 2010 debut Prophecy Of Ragnarök having become a bestseller alongside some 25 million streams of their songs, the eight strong line-up that is Brothers Of Metal are armed and ready with winter releases either side of the new year. First out the tracks is ‘Njord’ a new single out now and taken from their forthcoming new album Emblas Saga ...

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Hackett Warm in the Afterglow

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett is half way through his current UK tour where he has found a warm reception from fans, so much so that they can continue to feel the love with the video release of ‘Afterglow’ from his recent CD/DVD live release Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra: Live. “The huge team with band and orchestra adds a rich ...

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