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.

Above Aurora – Path to Ruin

Black metal trio Above Aurora will release a new mini-album, Path to Ruin, on 6th April. Path to Ruin follows Above Aurora’s 2016 debut album Onwards Desolation, and features the singularly lettered V on vocals and guitars, D on bass, and O on drums. It features three tracks: ‘Delusional Disorder’, ‘Abyssal Hades’, and ‘Path to Ruin’. The record was recorded at Studio Emissary ...

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Bob Kulick – Skeletons In The Closet

Having spent 50 years in the music business, playing with the likes of Kiss, Meat Loaf, Lou Reed and W.A.S.P; Bob Kulick remains an in demand guitarist, and sometime producer. Little wonder then it took him until 2015 to start putting together his first solo album, Skeletons In The Closet, available through Vanity Music. Skeletons in the Closet features ten ...

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Icefire – The Nature Of Evil

Featuring former members of Scarab, Midlands-based female-fronted heavy metal band Icefire offer with Nature Of Evil a list of suitably hell-baiting song titles to sum up where they’re coming from.  However, toss your black metal habits aside; ditch your emo-heroin chic posturing and think Goth metal of the kind birthed by the unholy union of folk brought up on the ...

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MORDOR

After 21 years Mordor returns to bring us Darkness… 

One of the precursors of Polish doom metal, Mordor are back after a 21-year absence with new album Darkness... Mordor formed in Częstochowa, back in 1990, two years later releasing their demo Nothing and following it the year after with full-length debut album Prayer to… Comeback album Darkness… is said to be a return to the band’s roots, and that ...

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Scardust – Sands Of Time

Israel’s leading progressive metal band Scardust have made their album Sands Of Time available worldwide. They have also released ‘Arrowhead’, the first of several videos planned. Scardust ScardusScaScconsist of vocalist Noa Gruman, drummer Yoav Weinberg, guitarist Yadin Moyal, bassist Yanai Avnet, and keyboardist Itai Portugaly. Sands of Time was released last year in their homeland, following an epic launch concert in ...

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Rainbow

Rainbow rising on Memories In Rock II

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore surprised the rock world by reforming Rainbow for a series of European and UK concerts. Most people thought this a one-off and all they were left with was Memories In Rock I – Live In Germany as an audio memento. Only the man in black did it again and now Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow  rise once more and not ...

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Without You – New Erja Lyytinen Single

Finnish slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Erja Lyytinen has released a brand new single ahead of her next album that’s due this Autumn. Written and composed by Lyytinen and recorded with her brand new band including Kasperi Kallio (keyboards), Tatu Back (bass) and Iiro Laitinen (drums) it is titled ‘Without You’. “I started writing ‘Without You’ a few years back, but ...

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Seething Akira – I Am The Devil 

Described as “Brilliant as it is bonkers” and also “a little spicy” Seething Akira have released a video to accompany their new single ‘I Am The Devil‘ and you can watch it here at Ramzine. “Releasing our latest single is a huge step as it symbolises the coming of our debut album,” commented the band. “It’s been a long hard ...

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Ektomorf – Fury

Hungary’s Ektomorf have released their new album Fury on AFM Records. Featuring Zoltán Farkas (Vocals, guitar), Szebasztián Simon (Guitar), Attila Asztalos (Bass) and Dániel Szabó (Drums), Farkas is chief songwriter and the only remaining founder member of this group that first got together in 1993 in Mezökovacsháza, Hungary, a small city near the Romanian border. Being from a gypsy background, ...

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Asenblut – Legenden

German pagan metal band Asenblut have released Legenden a new EP available that includes the title track, four re-recordings of early material, plus a bonus cover. Based in Göttingen, the band formed ten years ago and released their debut album Aufbruch in 2009, embracing black metal, thrash, melodic death metal and traditional heavy metal within their sound, followed it with ...

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