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: Existance – Steel Alive

Existance revolve around Julian Izard, son of Didier Izard who was lead vocalist with French speed metal band H–Bomb and brought out a single album and EP during the eighties. His son’s presumably inherited his father’s vocal chords and also plays guitar here alongside co-founder Tom Drouin on bass and vocals, Alexandre Revillon on drums and Antoine Poiret duelling gamefully ...

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Wolflight – New 2015 Steve Hackett Spring Album & Autumn Tour

Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this “wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.” The former Genesis and GTR  guitarist’s first original solo studio album since 2011’s Beyond The Shrouded Horizon is said to be both “primal ...

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Raise a Little Hell with The Answer

March 9th 2015 is a long wait to Raise A Little Hell but The Answer promise it will be worth it when their new album is released, just a few days into their first tour dates for next year. The Northern Ireland rock band have teamed up with PledgeMusic  for special pre-order versions of Raise A Little Hell,  including CD, deluxe ...

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Seven Days to Steal Your Heart in May

Following her performance at London’s BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2014, Grammy nominated singer-songriter Beth Hart will embark on a seven date UK tour in May 2015. The dates are: Bristol Colston Hall (Friday 1 May), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Sunday 3 May), Glasgow O2 ABC (Wednesday 6 May), London Barbican (Friday 8 May), Leeds O2 Academy (Saturday ...

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Review: Factor Hate – The Watcher (EP)

Available in limited numbered collector editions, French heavy metal act Factor Hate have brought out a four track EP, prior to a full length album in development. Formerly operating as Mainkind, Pascal and Olivier Landais (drums and guitar/backing vocals respectively), Hubert Treynel (guitar/backing vocals) and Kevin Obron (bass/backing vocals eventually recruited Thierry Grimiaux as lead vocalist and to play the role ...

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Review: Now Or Never – Now Or Never

Featuring former Pretty Maids members in guitarist Ricky Marx and bass player Kenn Jackson, Now Or Never’s line up is completed by Fabian Ranzo on drums and vocalist Jo Amore who himself started off as a drummer in French metal band Nightmare, and it’s rather a drum-centric album they’ve recorded. Ranzo has co-written many of the numbers with Marx and ...

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Feel the H.E.A.T… Live In London

Photo by Gustav Sandholm Andersson. At the time of writing, Swedish rock band H.E.A.T. will be finishing up on a mini-UK Winter tour, having already played here earlier in the year, with the results of those “energetic and passionate” shows captured on the forthcoming release Live In London. Mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell, the live album includes 15 ...

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Pre-Yes Group Mabel Greer’s Toyshop Reform

Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, the late 60s psychedelic progressive rock group (four of whom went on to form the original Yes) have reunited with a new album entitled New Way Of Life, due to be released on 9th March 2015 through RSK Entertainment. New Way Of Life is said to be about “authenticity without compromise” and while distinctly different from Yes ...

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Review: Kirk – Masquerade

Swiss melodic metal rockers Kirk got off to a good start with their debut album The Final Dance back in 2003, but drummer Vito Cecere had health problems and they laid the band to rest, deciding to concentrate on side projects, notably guitarist Sammy Lasagni who went on to success with Godiva. Lasagni, fellow founding member vocalist Thomi Rauch, bass ...

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Review: Exorcism – I Am God

“I am God, I am the master, I am your God, Raised from Hell” sings ex-Killing Machine vocalist Csaba Zvekan as he, guitarist Joe Stump and bass player Lucio Manca swop the dark fantasy of Raven Lord for the doom demonology of Exorcism, bringing in drummer Garry King (Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Beck) for the quartet’s debut album, I Am ...

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