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.
Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen March UK Tour

Following concerts last November, European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen returns to the UK in March for a 12 date tour. Tickets for all dates are available at Solid Entertainments and from the Box Office (no booking fee) by calling 01472 349 222 (Mon-Fr: 9am-5pm). Lyytinen’s new studio album will be released on Tuohi Records later in the year. It has been preceded by ...

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Healthy Junkies

Healthy Junkies’ Delerious Dream

Running away from Paris in search of a rock ‘n’ roll rite of passage, glamorous rebel Nina Courson ended up in London where she met up with Phil-Honey-Jones, guitarist in psychedelic rock outfit Nurotica, and they ended up forming Healthy Junkies, a name taken as a reaction to the proliferation of pharmaceutical medications such as Prozac being over-proscribed by doctors. ...

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The Curse of Lono

The Curse of Lono

Taking their name from a book by Hunter S. Thompson, London-based five piece rock band Curse of Lono have a sound that’s been described as “harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock”. Two albums into a career, and fronted by former Hey Negrita vocalist/guitarist Felix Bechtolsheimer, they are also the stars of their own multi-award nominated documentary Somewhere In Their Heads, their songs ...

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Iron Savior

Iron Savior – On a Mission!

Hamburg power metal band Iron Savior will release their new album Kill Or Get Killed on 8th March. Available through AFM Records, it will be  the 10th album founded by vocalist/guitarist Piet Sielck back in 1996, and now featuring Joachim ‘Piesel’ Küstner (guitars), Jan S. Eckert (bass) and Patrick Klose (drums), Kill Or Get Killed sees something of a departure ...

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Stahlmann

Stahlmann – Kinder Den Sehnsucht

Germany’s Stahlmann release their new album Kinder Den Sehnsucht on 22nd March through AFM Records that’s said break open some “traditional genre borders.” Stoic guitars, chilling electro-parts and brutal lyrics mix with punk rock and Deutschrock elements throughout. Stahlmann frontman Mart Soer claims the band are confronting a modern society with their own portrait on the record: “Our society is more ...

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A New Revenge

A New Revenge!

A New Revenge might be what’s termed a super group of the heavy metal variety, featuring four well known talents who’ve come together to deliver their debut album, Enemies & Lovers out on 29th March and single ‘The Way’ that’s available right now. Fronted by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, who’s previously sung with Judas Priest, Iced Earth and the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, with Keri ...

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Rebecca Downes

Rebecca Downes- More Sinner Than Saint

Black Country singer Rebecca Downes releases her eagerly awaited third album, More Sinner Than Saint, through Mad Hat Records on 24th May, and it features some very special guest performances. Voted Female Vocalist of the Year at the FORM UK Blues Awards, this latest offering sees her in rockier mode, though long time fans are unlikely to be disappointed. Consulting with ...

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Flight Brigade – Fury Road

Flight Brigade – Fury Road

By playing it the old school way of touring extensively and performing at major UK festivals, alternative indie-rock band Flight Brigade caught the ear of producer Chris Porter (George Michael, Elton John, Bowie) who invited the band to record their forthcoming second album at The Visconti Studio. The results of that will be their second album Chase By Wolves, but it’s not ...

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iemusic

ie:music Diversify “Doubling down on rock and metal”

Global artist management company, ie:music is expanding its horizons and looking beyond the likes of Robbie Williams and Passenger to invest in rock acts. To that end they have brought on board, Leander Gloversmith, a specialist in rock and metal artist management. The past 12 years have found Gloversmith helping sign and develop the likes of Architects, Lower Than Atlantis ...

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Bloodbound

Bloodbound’s Rise Of The Dragon Empire

Continuing in the manner of their last two albums with a more bombastic, orchestral and symphonic direction, Swedish power metal band Bloodhound release their latest full length epic, Rise Of The Dragon Empire on 22nd March through AFM Records. Said to feature a clearer Nordic folk music influence mixed in with their trademark sound, it is the band’s eight album ...

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