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.

Collateral & Piston, Friday 20th September 2019: The Asylum 2, Birmingham

The members of Collateral obviously listened to their granddads talk about how back-in-the-day Deep Purple began their live act with the aural equivalent of a train crash; Blackmore screeching notes out to emphasis the metal behemoth scraping loose from its tracks.  These young lads like the idea so much they not only deliver their opening number in this manner but ...

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Burnt Out Wreck’s Hell

Burnt Out Wreck will release their sophomore album, This Is Hell, on 11th October through Burnt Out Wreckords/Cherry Red Records “The title says it all. It’s a hard hitting, fast paced and more focused album,” said front man Gary Moat. Having traded in his drum stool with Heavy Pettin’ to stand in front of the microphone, moved onto Mother’s Ruin then took ...

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Deaf Rat Hail The End Of Days

Swedish band Deaf Rat has just released ‘Hail The End Of Days’ as the second single from their forthcoming debut album. ‘Hail The End Of Days‘ is said to be “a dark and sinister hymn for the lost and forsaken that breathes the spirit of rock ’n roll and hard rock legends.  We offer you the opportunity to watch the video ...

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Anchor Lane’s Fame Shame

Glasgow rock band Anchor Lane will be playing The Garage 2 in their hometown as part of the celebrations for the release of their new single ‘Fame Shame’ on Friday 11th October. Following the release of their New Beginning EP in 2017, singer Conor Gaffney, guitarist Lawrence O’ Brien, bass player Matthew Quigley and drummer Scott Hanlon as Anchor Lane ...

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 Female Metal Voices Tour 2019

Leaves’ Eyes headline the annual Female Metal Voices Tour that heads out through Europe soon, with dates in the UK scheduled for late November. Joining Norwegian/German Viking symphonic rockers Leaves’ Eyes are Norway’s Sirenia, Denmark’s Forever Still, Finland’s Lost In Grey, Switzerland’s Kassogtha and Italy’s Asphodelia. The complete tour runs from November through to December courtesy of The Flaming Arts Agency, with ...

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Metalite

Two years after their Heroes In Time debut, Sweden’s Metalite has signed to AFM for the release of new album Biomechanicals due out on 25th October. As the name suggests the band offer melodic metal, as influenced by bands like Within Temptation, and in their endeavours to move forward musically have brought in new vocalist Erica Ohlsson. “We knew that ...

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Hawk Eyes Leading Ways

Fourth album in,Hawk Eyes release their fourth single from their but recently released long player. Out now on Drakkar Entertainment, Advice is what the band is offering across eleven tracks, and it’s all based on the “weird and absurd” world they see before them. New single ‘Never Lead Me’ may have something to say on that subject, but we’re putting on bets ...

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 Piston Blow It Away

Cranking it up to 11, Piston release ‘Blow It Away’ a new single from their just released self-titled full length debut album that was launched last night when they played live in their hometown at The Station, in Cannock. “Blow It Away is an intense rock anthem,” said Piston guitarist Jack Edwards of the single. While singer Rob Angelico explained of the work ...

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Non Opus Dei’s Eighth

Deep within that bottomless black metal pit over in Poland, Non Opus Dei  prepare to release their eighth studio album Głód on 23rd September through Pagan Records. “The concept of Głód (Famine) was inspired by some ritual practises from the territory of Poland, especially Warmia,” according to guitarist, vocalist and lyricist Klimorh. “The practises survived in spoken folklore until today. They can also ...

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Narrenwind – Ja, Dago

Narrenwind, featuring multi-instrumentalist Ævil and vocalist Klimørh, only got together last summer, by the end of the year their debut album was released. Wasting no time, they’re back with second album Ja, Dago. And, to paraphrase Lord Coverdale, on behalf of our Polish black metal cousins, here’s a story for ya… “Eons ago, before the oceans drank Atlantis, the race of ...

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