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.

Thundermother Get Road Fever…

In 2010 guitarist Filippa Nassil wanted to play rock n roll so with the melody to a song and a barrel full of dreams and vision, she put together the band Thundermother, moving to Stockholm in Sweden to make the dream a reality. Finding her first partner in crime in the form of Italian ex-pat  and fellow guitarist Giorgia Carteri ...

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Review: John Lodge – 10,000 Light Years Ago

Beginning with a single Fender Precision bass note that becomes a rhythmic heartbeat, electric guitars break out, envelope, search, then cry despairingly during ‘In My Mind’, the opening number from John Lodge’s 10,000 Light Years Ago, only his second solo album since 1977’s Natural Avenue. While reminiscent of Pink Floyd musically, this features the kind of harmonies long associated with ...

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New Blackmore’s Night Album Due – All Our Yesterdays!

Blackmore’s Night, the world’s number one renaissance act and one of the most popular folk-rock bands in the world today will release their tenth studio album, All Our Yesterdays, on September 18th. Blackmore’s Night has been described as “a true musical and spiritual collaboration” between vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Candice Night and her husband, the legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, co-founder of both Deep Purple ...

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Gone Too Long – The Answer New Single Out July 31st!

Come the end of July  Irish rock band The Answer release poignant new single ‘Gone Too Long’ courtesy of Napalm Records.  Already previewed on Alex Lester’s BBC2 radio show After Midnight, the single will feature a special bonus acoustic version, and they have just released a promotional video. Currently promoting their Raise A Little Hell album over in the USA ...

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Review: Steve Hackett – Wolflight

I’ve lived with Wolflight quite a while now. Played it a lot. No surprises that it became Steve Hackett’s eighth top 40 album; the guitarist’s fans have revelled watching him re-evoke his Genesis music live in recent years, but it has also whet their appetite for new material and this album has proved the creative well has not run dry. ...

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Tad Morose – Your Own Demise Video

Swedish metal veterans Tad Morose have released ‘Your Own Demise’, their second video from their upcoming album, St. Demonius. Directed and filmed by Richard Harryson and edited by ProVid Films, ‘Your Own Demise’ was shot at the Trash Mansion in Bolinas, Sweden. “It was originally supposed to be recorded at another location with some grand ideas by the director, but although ...

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Waves of Approval for…This Oceanic Feeling

This Oceanic Feeling, are a new three piece band fronted by singer/songwriter & producer Chris Braide, drummer Ash Soan, and bass & guitar specialist Lee Pomeroy, all of whose reputations precede them as they prepare to release  their debut album Universal Mind on 17th July 2015 through Cherry Red Records. Braide and Soan had been founder members of The Producers ...

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Review: Girlschool – Propaganda EP

Currently on their first US tour in over 20 years, the longest-running female heavy metal band in history have a new EP out that’s being sold exclusively at live gigs. Something of an aperitif with a familiar flavour it features two tracks previously available on Girlschool’s 80s hit album Hit And Run (‘Kick It Down’ and ‘Watch Your Step’) that were rerecorded for the band’s Hit And ...

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Crucified Barbara Go Lunatic – New Video & Single!

Swedish female heavy metal band Crucified Barbara have a new single ‘Lunatic #1’, out as of May 19th that’s taken from their new album, In the Red, available on Despotz Records. The frantically paced track has an accompanying video, directed by Magnus Ewald, featuring the girls running through a pasture intercut with live shots taken from a special performance for select ...

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Review: Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – Spirit On A Mission

Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock are shaping up into the kind of tight, hot combo MSG never quite were.  We can argue how much ‘Lost Horizons’ would influence the epic nature of Iron Maiden’s music, and in hindsight see that  ‘Captain Nemo’  helped birth all those guitar shredders that littered the 90s music scene, but cohesively, as a band, the ...

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