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.

Byline Festival for Bad Boys & Girls

Mercury prize winner (2000) and NME’s Best Solo Artist (2001) Badly Drawn Boy  headlines The Byline Festival on Friday 24th August. Appearing in the Media Circus tent, the English indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be performing an intimate set encompassing his eclectic career. His appearance at the festival is part of his highly anticipated comeback tour. Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot will ...

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Bad Touch Shake A Leg 

Bad Touch have signed a worldwide album deal with Marshall Records. Their new album, Shake A Leg, will be released on Friday 5th October 2018, after which they will head off on an 18 date UK headline tour. Planet Rock will start a 48-hour ticket pre-sale for the tour on Wednesday 20th June that you can access by clicking here. Tickets will then go on sale to ...

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Death-grind Veterans Reinfection Are Back!

Following years of silence, brutal death-grind veterans Reinfection are back. The band has signed a deal with Deformeathing Production, that has begun with the reissuing of their now hard-to-find debut album, They Die for Nothing that will be out on 29th June. Polish band Reinfection formed in 1994, self-releasing their debut The Edge of Her Existence four years later on cassette.  It ...

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More Saxon Classics Due 

Innocence Is No Excuse, Rock The Nations and Destiny are the latest Saxon albums to be given some impressive deluxe reissue status as of 27th July through BMG. The CDs will feature 24-page media books containing original lyrics, rare photos and memorabilia, alongside bonus tracks including a selection of early demos – Some that didn’t even make final track listings ...

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Velvet Viper Bites Back

German singer Jutta Weinhold has reformed Velvet Viper, a band she put together back in 1990 to continue her continuing love affair with what she terms “dramatic metal”. Now signed with Swedish record label GMR Music they have a new album due going by the handle of Respice Finem. The seeds of Weinhold’s dramatic metal themes go back to 1985 ...

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The Music Of Cream – 50th Anniversary World Tour

Paying homage to the music and legacy that was rock’s first super group Cream, the sons of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, along with the nephew of Eric Clapton celebrate 50 years since that band’s farewell UK concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on November 26, 1968 with a four date UK tour, starting at the Glasgow O2 Academy on Friday 23rd November. Having already ...

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Jack Bruce Sunshine Of Your Love Tribute Screening

On the 14th May 2018, Jack Bruce would have been 75. As it was family, friends and fans gathered in London that evening to celebrate the man and his music. One of the world’s greatest bass players, his influences extended from folk to world music and all points in between, though he will always remembered foremost as part of the ...

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Keith Emerson & Robert Berry Collaboration Comes to Light

Prior to his untimely untimely death keyboard legend Keith Emerson was collaborating on a new album with singer and multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry. Several months after his passing Berry decided to go ahead and make the album they should have recorded together. The result is 3.2  with The Rules Have Changed out on 10th August through Frontiers Music s.r.l. Emerson and Berry ...

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Bad Flowers & Federal Charm Co-headline Planet Rock Tour

Midlands based hard rock band, The Bad Flowers and Stockport-based blues rockers Federal Charm will co-headline a Planet Rock Presents UK tour this September. Tickets go on sale today at 9am from Planet Rock and both The Bad Flowers and Federal Charm’s own websites. The Bad Flowers feature Tom Leighton (vocals, guitar), Dale Bollard Tonks (bass) and Karl Selickis (drums). They were named as one of Planet Rock Radio’s “Ones To Watch” with heavy radio airplay ...

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Bottom Release Mini-album Epidemo

Polish grindcore/death metal pioneers Bottom have released a brand new mini-album, entitled Epidemo, through Deformeathing Production that is available both on CD and digitally.  Epidemo follows on from the well-received Psychofilia full album and includes six brand new tracks, a lock-up cover and one re-recorded song from the band’s 2003 demo, ‘Hateful Music Terrorism’. Around for over 20 years, Bottom work as a ...

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