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.

Neuronspoiler – Emergence

With collective feet grounded in the New Wave of Heavy Metal sounds of the 80s and their guitarists’ fingers itching to play out the neo-classical power metal game, Neuronspoiler are a multi-national UK-based band whose debut album has been produced Guillermo Maya (The Answer, Adrian Smith etc). In this day and age you have to dazzle from the outset to ...

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Code of Silence – Dark Skies Over Babylon

Torn flag held firm in hand a crusader reaches towards what could well be the fabled sword Excalibur in a classy comic book styled cover for Code of Silence’s debut album Dark Skies Over Babylon – it offers a suitable foretaste for the melodic metal offered aurally by this promising new rock band. Formed in Scotland by the band’s main ...

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Awaken – Awaken

“One of the quintessential metal bands of our time” was how Kerrang! magazine once described American band Lazarus, before they were finally laid to rest, but three members have risen from their ashes under the name of Awaken: Glenn DaGrossa (vocals/guitar), Nick D’Alessandro (drums) and Freddy Villano (who also played bass with Quiet Riot and Widowmaker) form the core of ...

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Corsair ‘Ghosts of Proxima Centauri’

Somewhere out in space a dwarf star implodes, crumbling witlessly into oblivion while a million light years away a wolf howls at an unearthly moon: From this scuzzed-out barrage of sound two guitars surface, emitting acid-tinged phrases that call out to each other, begin to dance side by side then argue; shrieking in emotive stoner-blues rock fury. ‘Wolfrider’ is the ...

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Avantasia ‘The Mystery of Time’

“So take the time to follow me into a small old English town during the Victorian era and join a young agnostic scientist by the name of Aaron Blackwell as he is forced to explore the coherencies of time, God and science; torn between beliefs in his professional conviction, his spiritual intuition, love and a lodge of scientific occultists.” Thus ...

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Wardruna – Yggdrasil

In 2003 three Norwegians began the musical collective that is Wardruna to produce music derived from the elder futhark (an ancient runic alphabet the meanings to which were only rediscovered in the 19th century). Wardruna features the voices of Einar Kvitrafn Selvik, Kristian Espedal and Lindy-Fay Hella, with Selvik also taking on the roles of writer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. On ...

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Voodoo Vegas – The Rise of Johnny Silver

News reaches us that Bournemouth has handed in its notice as a town for retired old folk, due to the noisy barrage of hard rock issuing forth from local young dogs Voodoo Vegas. We are currently looking into the evidence presented to us on their debut album, The Rise of Johnny Silver. There’s a bit of a synthesiser type sound ...

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Heimdall ‘Aeneid’ Album Review

Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Aeneid’ was the conspiracy theory of its day. Aeneas (a trojan) went from, a walk in Homer’s The Iliad, to then being pushed into the limelight, as Virgil joined the dots of popular folklore which present his fanciful tale. Trojans were cast adrift at sea, then landed in Italy, they fought the savages they found and ...

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The Von Hertzen Brothers ‘Nine Lives’ Album Review

A garage band guitar riff crashes out over a classic rock cow bell beat then within a single breath starts bobbing and weaving like a madcap alliance between the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Gong playing Led Zeppelin. You don’t need the vocals to tell you the name of this song is Insomniac because there are those who will find ...

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