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.

MORSEFEST LIVE!

Out soon is Neal Morse – Morsefest 2014 Testimony and One Live featuring over five hours of live performances of solo material by the singer/multi-instrumentalist alongside modern classics from his times with Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic. Recorded live in Nashville on November 14-15th 2014 and available as two Blu-Ray or special edition two DVD/four CD editions, it features long-time collaborators ...

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Review: Backyard Babies – Four By Four

So, the drugs kick in like this: I’m picturing ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trucking on down, practising laying out p-funk chords on his way to audition for James Brown only to be stopped in his tracks by Animal (The Muppets or Motorhead’s version, you take your pick) who calls double-time on his cowbell whereupon ragged guitars slash away mercilessly. The ...

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Chantel McGregor Talks New Album & UK Tour

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, on Friday 9th October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music. The new album is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut solo album, Like No Other, after a subsequent four years of touring and festival appearances Chantel McGregor was jamming in her ...

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Chris Norman’s Crossover

40 years after launching his career with former band Smokie, Chris Norman returns with a brand new solo album: Covering a wide range of influences, genres and styles, Crossover will be released on September 18th through Solo Sound Records (and distributed by Absolute). “The title just seemed appropriate because of the variety of styles of the songs, which cross from ...

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Steve Hackett Rehearsal Videos

Intent on causing prog rock fans to drool incessantly or at the least shed a tear nostalgically, Steve Hackett has been releasing some short video clips of early rehearsals for his forthcoming Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour. The tour will feature songs from his latest top forty album Wolflight alongside solo classics to be featured on the Premonitions ...

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Better Late Than Never – Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty

Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and virtuoso violinist Jean Luc Ponty come together as the AndersonPonty Band to release Better Late Than Never through earMUSIC on 25th September. Featuring a live performance enhanced with studio production Better Late Than Never includes new compositions, rearrangements of Yes classics like ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Wonderous Stories’, as well as some ...

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Review: King King – Reaching For The Light

Should someone play you a number like ‘Crazy’ or ‘Stranger To Love’ from King King’s Reaching For The Light you might understandably mistake them for lost tracks recorded by Bad Company somewhere between the making of Burning Sky and Desolation Angels. They have that assured fire power and restrained testosterone quality that Rogers and co applied to win the blue ...

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Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays Video

In the wake of Blackmore’s Night forthcoming album All Our Yesterdays, the band has released a new video single, featuring the title track. The video single follows swiftly on from the previous ‘The Other Side’ lyric video previously featured at RAMzine. This time round the video features the band and followers of the man in black who is Ritchie Blackmore ...

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Review: Shatter Messiah – Hail The New Cross

Founded by two former members of Annihilator, drummer Robert Falzano and guitarist Curran Murphy (who also played in Nevermore), this is the third outing for the Akron, Ohio heavy metal band Shatter Messiah who on Hail The New Cross introduce new members Mike Duncan (POWND), additional guitarist Pat Gibson and bass player Jim Lewis. Produced by Curran, who’s apparently something ...

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Review: Assignment – Inside Of The Machine

Formed by guitarist Goran Panic, Assignment have released two albums previously; Inside Of The Machine (available on Mausoleum Records) offers around 70 minutes of what they refer to as “art metal” but, to a low-life like me, it’s progressive metal that tips its hat to the likes of Queensryche and Ayreon. The band line-up is comprised of keyboard player Gert Sprick, bass ...

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