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: Night By Night – NxN

Featuring a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a former vocalist from Voodoo Six, such a résumé may lead the reader to presume Night By Night are ones for the Goth zombie rock shtick, whereas they’re something of a throwback AOR band but playing some meaty modern riffs and hinting that there’s an area of instrumental experimentation they’re currently reining ...

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Saxon’s British Invasion Postponed

Saxon have been forced to postpone the remaining tour dates of their UK tour, following band member Nigel Glocker suffering health issues, and the drummer being rushed to hospital on the night of Monday 8th December. Lead singer Biff Byford said: “Devastating news that our friend and drummer Nigel has been taken ill. We have to postpone all shows until ...

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Review: Whitesnake – Live in ’84 / Back To The Bone

Available in a deluxe version and with a DVD courtesy of Frontiers Records the latest live offering from the Whitesnake franchise digs deep, taking us back to what is in hindsight a transitory period. The photos capture five men who’ve had their first proper haircut since they left school, all decked out in black leather. It doesn’t look right, and ...

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Review: Billy Idol – Kings & Queens of the Underground

Almost a decade’s been and gone, in the cheeky wink of an eye, since Billy Idol last released an album, and while the fistful of hit singles like ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Dancing With Myself’ that made him a global hit still sound as fresh today as ever, surely the lad born William Michael Albert Broad is now himself haggard and ...

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Review: Flying Colors – Second Nature

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has a thing about extra-curricular activities come side projects and bands (The Winery Dogs being his latest). With former Spock’s Beard keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse he formed Transatlantic, and that pairing have gone on as Flying Colors (USA spelling not mine), adding the non-related current Deep Purple/Ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse and his former Dixie Dregs ...

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Free Jimmy Barnes Download from New Hindsight Album!

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of former Cold Chisel lead vocalist Jimmy Barnes’ debut as a solo performer and to celebrate this extraordinary milestone, he has recorded Hindsight, his 15th studio album, now available in the UK from Provogue Records. Hindsight recently debuted at the top of the Australian album charts, firmly cementing the Scottish-born singer’s place in Australia’s rock music ...

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Review: Atkins May Project – Empire of Destruction (CD & DVD)

Put the thought inside your mind of a grim-faced army, be they a time-forgotten Teutonic race or the latest despots roaming the Middle East, then imagine them marching through time, picking up the pace and charging, even as missiles begin to scream out overhead steering us towards a near-future apocalyptic war. That’s the theme for ‘World at War’ and indeed ...

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Review: Jimmy Barnes – Hindsight

Hardly a household name in the UK, Scottish-born singer Jimmy Barnes has clocked up 14 number one albums in Australia, four of them fronting rock band Cold Chisel. To those who’ve heard the name but not the voice he’s the guy AC/DC considered as a replacement for Bon Scott; but then decided another drinker with an even wilder reputation might ...

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Review: Virgil & The Accelerators – Army of Three

Blues rock’s not been the sole exclusivity for those with receding hairlines reminiscing over Cream reunions and Rory Gallagher reissues for some time. The last ten years or so have found resurgence in the form with young gunslingers playing at venues and festivals to sizeable crowds, not least in the form of female admirers. The way they gather in groups ...

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Review: Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue

Grammy-nominated Joe Bonamassa gets my vote for the most over-hyped guitarist out there today. Not because the guy can’t play because he sure as hell can, but the fact that if you so much as blink at some online feature by him your email box gets spam from his website literally every other day. Thus, my apologies in advance for ...

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