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.

Merryweather Stark – Carved In Rock

Merryweather Stark is the uniting of Canadian bassist/vocalist Neil Merryweather and Swedish guitarist Janne Stark.  The pair having nearly one hundred combined years in the music industry playing with an assortment of diverse artists. With Carved in Rock, their debut album from GMR Music, they deliver a no-frills, straightforward slab of 70s influenced hard rock. Merryweather has a long career ...

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Grand Design’s Viva La Paradise

Swedish melodic rockers Grand Design have released their fourth album, Viva La Paradise. The band, featuring Pelle Saether (Lead vocals), Janne Stark and Dennis Vestman (Guitars), Stefan Westerlund (Bass) and Joakim Jonsson (Drums), began working on the album back in June 2017. Whereas their first two records were written solely Saether other members became involved with their third album, Thrill ...

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Therion’s Linnea Vikstrom, Quantum Field Theory… And Aliens!

The big bang, space travel, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of the universe…  This is what you can expect from Therion lead singer Linnea Vikström’s new solo project, Quantum Field Theory (QFT). The Swedish symphonic metal siren already has a worldwide fanbase. But her solo debut is said to reveal a completely new side to Linnéa ...

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Kingdom Come Celebrates 30 Year anniversary

Kingdom Come will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of their eponymous hit debut album by putting in a series of live appearances. The band will feature James Kottak (who went on to drum for The Scorpions) along with fellow original guitarists Danny Stag, Rick Steier and bass player Johnny B. Frank. While original singer Lenny Wolf declined to participate ...

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Wicked Witch Released by 20th Century

Continuing their quest to unleash unreleased music from hard rock bands of note across the globe, 20th Century Music have released Wicked Witch‘s Wicked Witch of Boston. Wicked Witch featured members that went on to join and form bands such as Savatage, Metal Church, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle. The band formed when Zak Stevens and guitarist Matt Leff ...

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Emperors Of The Wasteland See You Again

Derby based hard rock band Emperors Of The Wasteland have released their debut single ‘See You Again‘ ahead of their full length album Begin that will be out later this year. Formed in 2016, Emperors Of The Wasteland features Al Rhodes (Vocals), Sid Thindal (Guitars), Nick Ward (Bass) and Frazer Knight (Drums). They’re a groove-oriented, blues-based rock band with a ...

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Dynazty’s Firesign

Swedish modern melodic metal band Dynazty return with Firesign, said to be “The band’s most creative, dynamic and inspired album to date.” The record is set for release on 28th September through AFM Records. It follows 2016’s Titanic Mass by the band featuring Nils Molin (Vocals), Love Magnusson and Mike Lavér (Guitars), Jonathan Olsson (Bass) and George Egg (drums), and sees the ...

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Onslaught Unveil New Line-up for Bloodstock 

UK thrash metal act Onslaught will unveil their new line up on the main stage at Bloodstock Festival Bloodstock Festival on 10th August, as longstanding members Nige Rockett, Sy Keeler & Jeff Williams are joined by James Perry (drums) and Wayne Dorman (guitar). “The band is genuinely sounding more powerful and aggressively focused than ever before! “ Rockett announced. “James has ...

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Last Night On Earth by Celldweller

FreqGen has remixed ‘Last Night on Earth’, released last year on Offworld by Celldweller and it is available now through FiXT. Celldweller create a fusion of digital and organic textures: intricately designed soundscapes constructed from drum & bass, electro and modular synths, woven together with aggressive rock, metal and orchestral elements. For this remix FreqGen have fused a down tempo ...

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Martin Barre Goes Down Roads Less Travelled

Martin Barre, best-known as guitarist in Jethro Tull – releases his new solo album Roads Less Travelled through Garage Records on 31st August 2018. Having developed his own distinctive style within the framework of Jethro Tull, Barre’s instantly recognisable and original sound prove the foundation for the record, with Roads Less Travelled said to reflect the last 50 years of his ...

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