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.

Last In Line release single ‘Devil In Me’

Last In Line, the band formed by original Dio members Vivian Campbell (guitar, of Def Leppard), Jimmy Bain (bass, ex-Rainbow) and Vinny Appice (drums, ex-Black Sabbath) with Andrew Freeman on vocals have released their debut single, ‘Devil In Me’  on Frontiers Music SRL prior to their debut album Heavy Crown due out in 2016. ‘Devil in Me’ is available instantly with digital ...

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Michael Schenker & Me…

On Friday 13th October 1307 in Paris, France those of the order of the Knights Templars were arrested and later hanged, under the connivance of a cash-hungry King Phillip and his papal puppet, Pope Clement V. On Friday 13th November 2015 in Paris, France around twice as many people have been killed; gunned down and bombed, this time terrorists have ...

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Review: Hellcats – Warrior Princess

With song titles like ‘Viking’, ‘Proud To Be Loud’, ‘Demon Dreams’ and indeed ‘Heavy Metal’ itself you know this is rawk writ large with every lyric a mantra to some pagan guitar shredding deity or other. Full of clichés, you mean? Well, yeah, but – By the power of Greyskull – they hit the right spot, more often than not. ...

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Review: John Taglieri – True Believer EP

New Jersey born John Taglieri was raised on everything from The Beatles to Black Sabbath. He made his debut with the full length Leap of Faith, and has issued 14 records over a 15 year independent career, topping the Amazon charts and hitting Billboard’s with rock, pop and country records. True Believer is a six track EP that finds him ...

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Review: Blackmore’s Night – All Our Yesterdays

Two years since Blackmore’s Night released their Dancer And The Moon album their latest release may be getting lost in the furore concerning Ritchie Blackmore getting ready to plug in and play a short set of rock gigs next summer; the interest level heightened with promotion for them now going under the totemic Rainbow banner. Impressive as those shows hopefully ...

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Review: Secret VI – Mixed Episode

Released through Vanity Digital Music/Vanity Music Group and now available on iTunes the three tracks featured on Secret VI’s Mixed Episode EP feature a melange of modern rock and metal sounds, held together by the frustrated anger expressed in their lead vocalist Marc Padgett’s lyrics. That he is bi-polar is offered in way of explanation, and while our sympathies may ...

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Review: Kari Rueslåtten – To The North

Soprano singer, songwriter and keyboardist Kari Rueslåtten was lead vocalist with Norwegian doom metal/experimental band The 3rd And The Mortal, inspiring future female-lead bands such as The Gathering, Flowing Tears and Nightwish. After leaving in 1995 she has collaborated with fellow female vocalists Anneke van Giersbergen (The Gathering) and Liv Kristine (Theatre of Tragedy) as The Sirens, alongside developed her own solo career, with ...

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Mistkatonic Graffiti for Halloween Time

Swedish melodic rock band Casablanca have released a special version of their Miskatonic Graffiti album to celebrate Halloween. Dubbed The Golden Void version, it features Casablanca frontman, Anders Ljung (aka The Phantom), giving a spooky narrative of a story inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythology, and revolves around The Originals, who ruled the Earth prior to the horror author’s Old Ones. The ...

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Zierler… A Multinational Prog Metal Powerhouse?

Zierler is a transatlantic progression metal conglomerate featuring current and former members of Fates Warning, Halford, Firewind Scar Symmetry, Circus Maximus and Beyond Twilight. That latter named band featured Danish keyboard wizard Finn Zierler from whom this new one takes its name, with a debut album going by the name of ESC now available on the US based Vanity Music Group. Voted one ...

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Downes Braide Association reveal ‘Machinery of Fate’

The Downes Braide Association has released a lyric video to Machinery Of Fate from their forthcoming album, Suburban Ghosts due out on 6th November. Further to news previously revealed about the album at RAMzine, Chris Braide has said: “Geoff and I both play all the keyboards 50/50 and we decided not to use a real drummer as we love the aesthetic ...

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