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.

Exorcism Unveil In Sin!

Exorcism will release their new EP, World In Sin on June 1, 2015, via Dream Records on CD and digital formats. The limited edition EP of 666 copies will be made exclusively available through the band’s website and can be pre-ordered. Masterminded by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Csaba  Zvekan who wrote, produced, mixed and mastered the EP wiith the help of Dominus at Total Master Sound in Spain, it features cover artwork by Gragoth and features Joe Stump and Biggie ...

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South Africa’s Dan Patlansky – New Album & UK Tours

Award-winning South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, is set to release his new album Dear Silence Thieves in the UK on Monday April 27th.  The album will coincide with a special London album launch showcase concert at London’s Borderline venue on the same day, plus selected solo dates around the UK taking him through to May before he returns ...

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Whitesnake Return with The Purple Album

Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL.  The Purple Album is a reimagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark ...

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Album Review: Robin Trower – Something’s About To Change

70s stadium super-stardom in the USA was not a manufactured thing. You could get on a major touring bill, pay payola to get a local chart hit, but you survived and made your reputation by standing on that stage, blowing the opposition away and turning on a stoned partying blue collar audience to the music you played. Armed with his ...

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Save Me Now – New Billy Idol Single & Tour Due

Billy Idol releases his new single ‘Save Me Now’, taken from his recent new album Kings & Queens of The Underground on 13th April. He has also announced new UK tour and European tours following the success of those held in the latter part of 2014. Beginning with shows at the UK’s Isle of Wight and Download Festivals, the tour also includes ...

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TOTO XIV – First Studio Album in Ten Years!

TOTO XIV will be released in the UK on 23rd March through Frontiers Music Srl, following a mainland European release and prior to it becoming available worldwide in various formats including a deluxe “making of” documentary DVD and expanded books, on CD, and as 2 album vinyl editions etc TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since ...

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Review: TOTO – TOTO XIV

If we’re to believe the press spiel, TOTO XIV is the album that guitarist Steve Lukather, keyboard players David Paich and Steve Porcaro, and bass player David Hungate (returning to the fold, and one of several four stringers featured on the record) consider the one they should have followed their worldwide vinyl hit TOTO IV with. If that’s the unmitigated ...

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Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock – New Video Single & Album Release

Award-winning guitarist Michael Schenker releases a new studio album entitled Spirit On A Mission in the UK on Monday March 23rd, a video for the new single ‘Live & Let Live’ is out now. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band on 12 rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar ...

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Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera

Progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced six dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March. Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera honours that 18th Century English agriculturalist after whom the band was named back in 1968. The shows tell the ...

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Flower Kings’ Roine Stolt Joins Hackett Band

Swedish guitarist Roine Stolt, leading light of Norway’s The Flower Kings and member of modern day prog rock super group Transatlantic is to join Steve Hackett for his forthcoming tour to promote his new studio album, Wolflight. Stolt will be taking Nick Beggs role in the band, plus occasional extra duties, as the legendary ex-Genesis guitarist revealed: “I’m really pleased that ...

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