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.
Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays

Review: Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays

Two years since Blackmore’s Night released their Dancer And The Moon album their latest release may be getting lost in the furore concerning Ritchie Blackmore getting ready to plug in and play a short set of rock gigs next summer; the interest level heightened with promotion for them now going under the totemic Rainbow banner. Impressive as those shows hopefully ...

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Review: Secret VI – Mixed Episode

Released through Vanity Digital Music/Vanity Music Group and now available on iTunes the three tracks featured on Secret VI’s Mixed Episode EP feature a melange of modern rock and metal sounds, held together by the frustrated anger expressed in their lead vocalist Marc Padgett’s lyrics. That he is bi-polar is offered in way of explanation, and while our sympathies may ...

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Kari Rueslåtten – To The North

Review: Kari Rueslåtten – To The North

Soprano singer, songwriter and keyboardist Kari Rueslåtten was lead vocalist with Norwegian doom metal/experimental band The 3rd And The Mortal, inspiring future female-lead bands such as The Gathering, Flowing Tears and Nightwish. After leaving in 1995 she has collaborated with fellow female vocalists Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and Liv Kristine (Theatre of Tragedy) as The Sirens, alongside developed her own solo career, with ...

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Mistkatonic Graffiti for Halloween Time

Swedish melodic rock band Casablanca have released a special version of their Miskatonic Graffiti album to celebrate Halloween. Dubbed The Golden Void version, it features Casablanca frontman, Anders Ljung (aka The Phantom), giving a spooky narrative of a story inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology, and revolves around The Originals, who ruled the Earth prior to the horror author’s Old Ones. The ...

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Zierler… A Multinational Prog Metal Powerhouse?

Zierler is a transatlantic progression metal conglomerate featuring current and former members of Fates Warning, Halford, Firewind Scar Symmetry, Circus Maximus and Beyond Twilight. That latter named band featured Danish keyboard wizard Finn Zierler from whom this new one takes its name, with a debut album going by the name of ESC now available on the US based Vanity Music Group. Voted one ...

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Downes Braide Association reveal ‘Machinery of Fate’

The Downes Braide Association has released a lyric video to Machinery Of Fate from their forthcoming album, Suburban Ghosts due out on 6th November. Further to news previously revealed about the album at RAMzine, Chris Braide has said: “Geoff and I both play all the keyboards 50/50 and we decided not to use a real drummer as we love the aesthetic ...

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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock announce 2016 UK Tour

Armed and ready, legendary guitarist Michael Schenker returns to the UK for a nationwide tour in January 2016, hitting the stage of The Robin 2 in Wolverhampton on Wednesday January 20th and heading out to all points in between throughout the month, with tickets available now. Schenker will again be performing with his Temple of Rock band, playing highlights from ...

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Red Tide Rising Band

Red Tide Rising – Cold Video

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, USA, Red Tide Rising have released a new video single, ‘Cold’ taken from their latest album The Rising, now out via Vanity Music Group. “‘Cold’ is the type of person I am,” said frontman Matthew Whiteman. “I see a lot of wasted talent out in the world and I try my best to better them.  That’s ...

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Review: Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live

Recent Whitesnake addition Joel Hoekstra has released an album under his new 13 side project, albeit that it was instigated prior to his joining Coverdale’s band and so presumably while he was still a guitarist in Night Ranger. A melodic hard rock album, and released on the Frontiers label, comparisons to the guitarist he replaced in the ‘Snake, Doug Aldrich, ...

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Monster Truck Release New Video

Juno Award-winning hard hitting rockers Monster Truck have released ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’, a video track that will appear on their forthcoming sophomore album due out in early 2016 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. Championed by the likes of Slash and Mike Inez, Monster Truck have toured extensively in Canada, the U.S, Europe and the UK alongside such iconic acts as ...

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