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.

Review: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the Underground

Almost a decade’s been and gone, in the cheeky wink of an eye, since Billy Idol last released an album, and while the fistful of hit singles like ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Dancing With Myself’ that made him a global hit still sound as fresh today as ever, surely the lad born William Michael Albert Broad is now himself haggard and ...

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flying colours

Review: Flying Colors – Second Nature

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has a thing about extra-curricular activities come side projects and bands (The Winery Dogs being his latest). With former Spock’s Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse he formed Transatlantic, and that pairing have gone on as Flying Colors (USA spelling not mine), adding the non-related current Deep Purple/Ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse and his former Dixie Dregs ...

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jimmy barnes promo

Free Jimmy Barnes Download from New Hindsight Album!

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of former Cold Chisel lead vocalist Jimmy Barnes’ debut as a solo performer and to celebrate this extraordinary milestone, he has recorded Hindsight, his 15th studio album, now available in the UK from Provogue Records. Hindsight recently debuted at the top of the Australian album charts, firmly cementing the Scottish-born singer’s place in Australia’s rock music ...

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akins may project

Review: Atkins May Project – Empire of Destruction (CD & DVD)

Put the thought inside your mind of a grim-faced army, be they a time-forgotten Teutonic race or the latest despots roaming the Middle East, then imagine them marching through time, picking up the pace and charging, even as missiles begin to scream out overhead steering us towards a near-future apocalyptic war. That’s the theme for ‘World at War’ and indeed ...

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jimmy barnes

Review: Jimmy Barnes – Hindsight

Hardly a household name in the UK, Scottish-born singer Jimmy Barnes has clocked up 14 number one albums in Australia, four of them fronting rock band Cold Chisel. To those who’ve heard the name but not the voice he’s the guy AC/DC considered as a replacement for Bon Scott; but then decided another drinker with an even wilder reputation might ...

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Review: Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

Blues rock’s not been the sole exclusivity for those with receding hairlines reminiscing over Cream reunions and Rory Gallagher reissues for some time. The last ten years or so have found resurgence in the form with young gunslingers playing at venues and festivals to sizeable crowds, not least in the form of female admirers. The way they gather in groups ...

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Joe Bonamassa

Review: Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Grammy-nominated Joe Bonamassa gets my vote for the most over-hyped guitarist out there today. Not because the guy can’t play because he sure as hell can, but the fact that if you so much as blink at some online feature by him your email box gets spam from his website literally every other day. Thus, my apologies in advance for ...

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the dirty truth

Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Dirty Truth

Four studio albums in and this time round were getting The Dirty Truth. So what’s the rap sheet say so far about Joanne Shaw Taylor? She claims to be a Black Country schoolgirl who went mooching through her daddy’s blues collection and found gold. That’s suspect, so we’ll come back to him later.  “Guitars were always lying around the house,” ...

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Martin Barre

No Last Orders At This Barre

Martin Barre, lead guitarist for over 40 years with the Grammy award-winning Jethro Tull, is releasing ‘Order of Play’, a new album featuring classic material. Highly respected and an inspiration to a host of other guitarists, Barre’s signature sound is recognised as a major factor in Jethro Tull moving beyond the British 60s blues scene to become an international band ...

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billy idol

Billy Idol – You Can’t Break Him Down!

October sees the release of ‘Kings & Queens Of The Underground’, the first new album by Billy Idol in almost a decade.  Released on Idol’s own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services, it is produced by Trevor Horn, with two tracks by Greg Kurstin, and including the debut single, ‘Can’t Break Me Down’. From punk pioneer to global superstar, William Michael ...

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