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.

The Answer?… Go Samba!

Irish hard rockers The Answer have just released a new World Cup Samba mix of Spectacular, as originally featured on their latest album, New Horizon. Massive footie fans the idea to produce a rock ‘n’ acoustic version of the song was inspired by the 2014 Brazil world cup, as the promotional video produced clearly shows. The track is available digitally ...

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Review: Donnie Vie – Goodbye Enough Z’nuff

Armed with an acoustic six string, in 2013 former Enuff Z’nuff singer/songwriter Donnie Vie headed out with tongue-firmly-in-cheek for what he called the Magical History Tour. Ostensibly, a way for him to bid farewell to his past, giving many of those band songs a final airing, and offering his more devoted fans a chance to see him close-up solo in ...

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No Sinner Here to… Save Your Soul!

No Sinner, the Canadian powerhouse blues rock band from Vancouver, have hit the UK, playing the Dot To Dot Festival from Friday 23rd May through to Sunday 25th (taking in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham), they then take in two more dates under their own steam to conclude a short-but-sweet Save Your Soul UK tour. The remaining dates are Leeds Brudenell ...

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Darkyra Black – Dragon Tears

Lands of ice and snow are where we typically think female fronted symphonic gothic metal music is spawn, but it’s to sunnier climes we must cast our ears for Darkyra Black’s debut ‘Dragon Tears’. Darkyra herself is based in Australia, while the nucleus of her band appear to be from Greece, for after connecting with Garry King who’s drummed for ...

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James LaBrie – I Will Not Break EP

Recorded music has come such a long way in such a relatively short time: where it ensures quality sound reproduction that’s great, when it enters the marketing minefield it all becomes a lot more subjective. Once upon a time a single was a 7” piece of vinyl played on a gramophone at 45 revolutions per minute (rpm) with a song ...

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Epica – The Quantum Enigma

Fifth album in from Epica the symphonic metal band who hail from Holland, but the first I’ve had the opportunity to listen to. Increasingly I’m hearing bands, and predominantly European ones, whose albums tend to be what you might term concept orientated, that is to say there’s an overall story or theme behind them. Each of the five digi-pak versions ...

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Doro – Powerful Passionate Favorites

Celebrating German metal siren Doro Pesch’s career with the Raise Your Fist 30Years Anniversary-Edition, record label Nuclear Blast have included a bonus CD of rare, new and previously unreleased material under the title ‘Powerful Passionate Favorites’ and much as the American misspelling of Favourites aggravates me endlessly, I find quite a few guilty pleasures to be heard on the actual ...

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Foreigner, Europe & FM Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Tuesday 15th April

Review by Paul H Birch, Photos by Lisa Billingham Tonight there’s a good vibe in Wolverhampton and inside its Civic Theatre FM kick off promptly, giving us the one-two punch of Tough Love and I Belong To the Night as Steve Overland’s voice echoes outside to be heard by those yet to be let in. Don’t Stop rocks out with ...

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No Sinner – Work Song

Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ blues quartet, No Sinner, have released a brand new single from their debut album Boo Hoo Hoo, a version of Nina Simone’s Work Song. Boo Hoo Hoo has already caused a stir in Europe, bolstered by the video to its title track, and is set for release on June 24th in North America via Noisey/Vice. Fronted by ...

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DVD Review: The Rise And Fall of The Clash

Documentary showing the moving story of The Clash “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Thus with a quote from Shakespeare this DVD begins giving way to the sound of helicopters hovering over a huge auditorium in the States, then cutting to ground level as The Clash stroll ...

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