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.
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Alive And Dangerous… In London!

Following their successful concerts at Nell’s Jazz & Blues last November, Thin Lizzy drumming legend Brian Downey and his new band Alive And Dangerous will be  returning to perform there as part of the London Fleadh week. The concert will take place on Saturday 10th February, and aside from Downey the band features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for ...

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GTR Classic – When the Heart Rules the Mind Reimagined

In 1985 progressive rock guitarists Steve Hackett and Steve Howe – of Genesis and Yes/Asia fame respectively – formed the AOR rock band GTR, who went on to record one album that hit No. 11 in the alubm charts and  went gold, tour North America and Europe in 1986, and a hit single in ‘When the Heart Rules the Mind’ ...

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Cool Britannia This Summer!

This summer sees the launch of a brand new music festival Cool Britannia — that will take place at Knebworth — the stately home of rock. Cool Britannia will feature some of the best of British rock and dance music. The Main Stage will be headlined by The Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene while support artists includeWelsh rock band ...

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Thaurorod – Coast of Gold

Finnish power metal band Thaurorod release their latest album Coast Of Gold on 16th February through Drakkar Entertainment. Musically, Finland’s town of Hyvinkää where they hail from is best known as a hotbed for black metal, so an act like Thaurorod practically get viewed as deviants. The band is used to overcoming obstacles though, operating a revolving door of members ...

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Marillion Add Tour Dates

Three new dates have been added to the forthcoming tour by Marillion this April. Tickets are now on sale for new shows in Belfast, Dublin and York.  The band’s recent show at The Royal Albert Hall, sold out in just four minutes, and previous dates announced for April means the tour is already almost sold out. After nearly 40 years, progressive rock band Marillion continue to ...

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Letzte Instanz – Morgenland

Going strong for two decades now, German rock band Letzte Instanz release their new album Morgenland on February 16th through AFM Records. Described as one of Germany’s “most important ambassadors for ambitious artistic impression” Holly Loose (vocals), Bernie Geef (guitar), M. Stolz (violin), Benni Cellini (cello), Michael Ende (bass) and Andy Horst (drums) are said to give the listener food ...

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This Year’s Revelation from Danny Bryant

Blues rock guitarist/singer Danny Bryant has announced the release of his new studio album Revelation for Friday 20th April 2018 on be released by Jazzhaus Records. ‘Sister Decline’, the first track taken from the album, is now available as an instant gratis track on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. Revelation is the fourth studio album to be produced by Richard Hammerton ...

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Armored Dawn – Barbarians In Black

Brazil’s Armored Dawn release their new album Barbarians In Black on 23rd February. In 2016, their debut album Power Of Warrior  a major stir in South America, where they also played shows with Megadeth, Symphony X, Rhapsody, Fates Warning and Sabaton and received an enthusiastic response. Internationally the group began to be acknowledged for their homogeneous stylistic mix of Iron ...

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H.E.A.T – Into The Great Unknown

A returning guitarist, a new record label and the intent to make an album with a new creative spirit expanding upon the melodic rock template that’s served these young Swedes well is what led to creating H.E.A.T ’s latest album. And is it different? Yes, and no. Dave Malone (or Sky Davis to give him a nom de plume) on ...

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Steve Hill – Solo Recordings Volume 3

One man band Steve Hill hails from Canada, but you may have caught him supporting Wishbone Ash’s Martin Turner late last year. If you missed him, he’ll be back this way again in May as special guest on King King’s latest round of concerts and selected dates with Danny Bryant. It’s most likely a sight worth seeing: multi-tasking by playing guitar, ...

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