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: TOTO – TOTO XIV

If we’re to believe the press spiel, TOTO XIV is the album that guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, and bass player David Hungate (returning to the fold, and one of several four stringers featured on the record) consider the one they should have followed their worldwide vinyl hit TOTO IV with. If that’s the unmitigated ...

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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – New Video Single & Album Release

Award-winning guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled Spirit On A Mission in the UK on Monday March 23rd, a video for the new single ‘Live & Let Live’ is out now. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band on 12 rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar ...

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Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera

Progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced six dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March. Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after whom the band was named back in 1968. The shows tell the ...

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Flower Kings’ Roine Stolt Joins Hackett Band

Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt, leading light of Norway’s The Flower Kings and member of modern day prog rock super group Transatlantic is to join Steve Hackett for his forthcoming tour to promote his new studio album, Wolflight. Stolt will be taking Nick Beggs role in the band, plus occasional extra duties, as the legendary ex-Genesis guitarist revealed: “I’m really pleased that ...

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Moody Blues’ John Lodge New Solo Album – 10,000 Light Years

Esoteric Antenna, an imprint of the Cherry Red Records Group label has announced the release of 10,000 Light Years Ago, the new studio album by legendary Moody Blues member John Lodge on May 4th in the UK and the rest of the word, with the exception of the U.S.A. and Canada where it will be released on the 5th May with distribution via MVD Entertainment. ...

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Review: H.E.A.T. – Live In London

From over the PA comes a movie voice-over quote so old it has barely escaped the silent era, but it’s entirely fitting for these youths: “The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Jona Tee’s keyboards ...

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Review: Savage Machine – Through The Iron Forest

Savage Machine hail from Denmark and fly the colours of heavy metal’s flag as distinguished during it ‘80s rise to world domination, though here on this mini-album it’s given a clean  modern crisp guitar sound with a good clear production.  Founded by former Momentum guitarist and drummer Jacob Bruun and Martin Helbo, respectively; this newer group features vocalist Troels Rasmussen, ...

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Joe Satriani November 2015 UK Tour

Following the success of his 2013 Unstoppable Momentum tour, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani will be returning to the UK for a nine date tour this November, in support of Shockwave, his new studio album that is due this July. The biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date, Joe Satriani has ...

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Steve Hackett’s Wolflight Music Previews

Following the successes of his recent Genesis Revisited and Genesis Extended tours, the band’s former guitarist Steve Hackett recently reflected on those solo tours and thanked all those involved while talking about his new album Wolflight and forthcoming tour later in the year. You can view a short video message regarding here: Wolflight is Hackett’s first original solo studio album ...

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Review: Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Harmony lead guitars signal their defiant historic rock lineage with the opening notes of The Killer Instinct but they’re taut and defying middle-aged spread, not content to cruise on past glories. Throughout this album the twin six strings bite and attack, and where once you heard fat chorded riffs you’re now as likely to hear a mighty modern thwack. It’s ...

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