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.

U.D.O.’s One Heart One Soul

Germanic metal merchants U.D.O. have released the rocking ‘One Heart One Soul’ as their new single. ‘One Heart One Soul’ is taken from their forthcoming album Steelfactory and is set for release worldwide on 31st August. For information on the album at Ramzine click here. In the meantime check out the accompanying video to ‘One Heart One Soul’ right here.   ...

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Steve Hackett  Announces Limited Edition 6 CD/2 DVD Collection

Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett has announced the release of a special six CD & two DVD collection titled Broken Skies – Outspread Wings (1984-2006) due for release on the 5th October 2018 through InsideOutMusic. Commenting on the forthcoming release Hackett said: “I’m excited to announce the release of a special bumper retrospective 1984 – 2006 box set. This will include ...

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Bonamassa Announces Royal Albert Hall Concerts

Joe Bonamassa will return to London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall in April 2019. The three concerts follow news that the blues rock guitarist’s new studio album Redemption will be released on Friday 21st September through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group in Europe, ahead of his October dates in the UK, as previously revealed at Ramzine here. The Royal Albert Hall shows will feature Bonamassa performing alongside ...

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The Riot Grrrl Sessions

An all-female gathering took place in Sweden where a dozen band members – ranging from pop to metal to punk and indie rock bands – including musicians from Crucified Barbara, The Heard and Heavy Tiger got together for The Riot Grrrl Sessions. Initiated by Stockholm punk rocker Canan Rosén, Riot Grrrls is a fusion of females from all walks of ...

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Merryweather Stark – Carved In Rock

Merryweather Stark is the uniting of Canadian bassist/vocalist Neil Merryweather and Swedish guitarist Janne Stark.  The pair having nearly one hundred combined years in the music industry playing with an assortment of diverse artists. With Carved in Rock, their debut album from GMR Music, they deliver a no-frills, straightforward slab of 70s influenced hard rock. Merryweather has a long career ...

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Grand Design’s Viva La Paradise

Swedish melodic rockers Grand Design have released their fourth album, Viva La Paradise. The band, featuring Pelle Saether (Lead vocals), Janne Stark and Dennis Vestman (Guitars), Stefan Westerlund (Bass) and Joakim Jonsson (Drums), began working on the album back in June 2017. Whereas their first two records were written solely Saether other members became involved with their third album, Thrill ...

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Therion’s Linnea Vikstrom, Quantum Field Theory… And Aliens!

The big bang, space travel, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of the universe…  This is what you can expect from Therion lead singer Linnea Vikström’s new solo project, Quantum Field Theory (QFT). The Swedish symphonic metal siren already has a worldwide fanbase. But her solo debut is said to reveal a completely new side to Linnéa ...

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Kingdom Come Celebrates 30 Year anniversary

Kingdom Come will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their eponymous hit debut album by putting in a series of live appearances. The band will feature James Kottak (who went on to drum for The Scorpions) along with fellow original guitarists Danny Stag, Rick Steier and bass player Johnny B. Frank. While original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate ...

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Wicked Witch Released by 20th Century

Continuing their quest to unleash unreleased music from hard rock bands of note across the globe, 20th Century Music have released Wicked Witch‘s Wicked Witch of Boston. Wicked Witch featured members that went on to join and form bands such as Savatage, Metal Church, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle. The band formed when Zak Stevens and guitarist Matt Leff ...

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Emperors Of The Wasteland See You Again

Derby based hard rock band Emperors Of The Wasteland have released their debut single ‘See You Again‘ ahead of their full length album Begin that will be out later this year. Formed in 2016, Emperors Of The Wasteland features Al Rhodes (Vocals), Sid Thindal (Guitars), Nick Ward (Bass) and Frazer Knight (Drums). They’re a groove-oriented, blues-based rock band with a ...

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