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: Downes Braide Association – Suburban Ghosts

With Suburban Ghosts, a follow up to their original collaboration Pictures of You, Chris Braide and Geoff Downes have produced a song cycle of sometimes haunting tunes regarding what many consider the birth of modern facile consumerism, ie. the eighties. While the Downes Braide Association has certainly picked up and ran with some of the synth pop sounds of those ...

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Original DIO members reunite as Last In Line – Heavy Crown

When this band was first announced it sounded like an odd kind of cash-in, although Frontiers subsequently picking up the recording tab isn’t that unusual; after all they do go in for 80s heritage acts. If you shared similar doubts don’t rush off, the results are far better than expected. Debut single ‘Devil In Me’ opens proceedings, defining a statement ...

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Review: Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Delivering an album almost annually, this is Danny Bryant’s third offering produced by Richard Hammerton, and will come out on Friday 29th January 2016 via the Jazzhaus Records label. This persistence, in both recording and touring, is paying off for the big guy, as his fan base and reputation are growing. As we established in our review of his previous release, Temperature ...

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Jared James Nichols: Highwayman EP – A mix of vintage covers and self-penned songs!

“He reminds me of a young Ted Nugent,” said a voice to my left as I watched Jared James Nichols deliver an impressive support slot during Glenn Hughes’ recent UK tour. From a distance, visually perhaps, but with bigger biceps, and more akin to Joe Walsh if you ask me; especially the way he handles slide guitar. Actually, the fact ...

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Crucified Barbara produce 11 raucous tracks of high energy rock and roll!

Making a pretty damned good noise on record since 2004, Crucified Barbara have been one of those bands whose singles I’ve always enjoyed hearing but never got round to sitting down and properly listening to a whole set of tunes; however, with their latest album In The Red, out on Despotz Records, we rectify that matter. A screaming guitar rages ...

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Last In Line release single ‘Devil In Me’

Last In Line, the band formed by original Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar, of Def Leppard), Jimmy Bain (bass, ex-Rainbow) and Vinny Appice (drums, ex-Black Sabbath) with Andrew Freeman on vocals have released their debut single, ‘Devil In Me’  on Frontiers Music SRL prior to their debut album Heavy Crown due out in 2016. ‘Devil in Me’ is available instantly with digital ...

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Michael Schenker & Me…

On Friday 13th October 1307 in Paris, France those of the order of the Knights Templars were arrested and later hanged, under the connivance of a cash-hungry King Phillip and his papal puppet, Pope Clement V. On Friday 13th November 2015 in Paris, France around twice as many people have been killed; gunned down and bombed, this time terrorists have ...

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Review: Hellcats – Warrior Princess

With song titles like ‘Viking’, ‘Proud To Be Loud’, ‘Demon Dreams’ and indeed ‘Heavy Metal’ itself you know this is rawk writ large with every lyric a mantra to some pagan guitar shredding deity or other. Full of clichés, you mean? Well, yeah, but – By the power of Greyskull – they hit the right spot, more often than not. ...

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Review: John Taglieri – True Believer EP

New Jersey born John Taglieri was raised on everything from The Beatles to Black Sabbath. He made his debut with the full length Leap of Faith, and has issued 14 records over a 15 year independent career, topping the Amazon charts and hitting Billboard’s with rock, pop and country records. True Believer is a six track EP that finds him ...

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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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