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.

Army of Three Coming Your Way –Young Blues Rock Sensations Virgil & The Accelerators’ New Album & Tour

Photo by by Will Ireland Virgil & The Accelerators are set to release a brand new studio album ‘Army of Three’ on Monday 6th October via Mystic Records that will dovetail alongside the band’s nationwide tour.  The band will also support the release of the album with a single and accompanying promotional video ‘All Night Long’. ‘Army of Three’ is ...

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Blackberry Smoke – Live!

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are renowned road dogs, playing up to 250 shows a year and now they’re delivering a show you can watch in your very own living room… and listen to until the cows come home by releasing ‘Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina‘ on August 18th. The album is available to pre-order now on double CD, ...

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Review: Peter Frampton – Hummingbird in a Box

In April 2013, as part of its spring production, the Cincinnati Ballet performed a series of dances accompanied by Peter Frampton and his band at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. Most were classics from his extensive repertoire but one section featured new material composed by the guitarist, along with producer Gordon Kennedy who he had previously worked with on the ...

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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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