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.

Review: Assignment – Inside Of The Machine

Formed by guitarist Goran Panic, Assignment have released two albums previously; Inside Of The Machine (available on Mausoleum Records) offers around 70 minutes of what they refer to as “art metal” but, to a low-life like me, it’s progressive metal that tips its hat to the likes of Queensryche and Ayreon. The band line-up is comprised of keyboard player Gert Sprick, bass ...

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Review: Furyon – Lost Salvation

After a series of EPs and singles, Brighton’s Furyon are now on their third album, produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy) and it’s a corker of modern metal, shimmering guitar fills and vocals that one moment cry out in anguish, the next in euphoria. ‘All That I Have’ is epic, grand and monstrous from the outset. Its throbbing, pulsating rhythm ...

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A Mixed Episode… From The Secret VI

Not to be confused with the ‘60s cult comic published by DC, The Secret VI are a Southern California metal band whose Mixed Episode EP is released September 11th through Vanity Digital Music/Vanity Music Group. Comprising three tracks, ‘Plastic Smile’, ‘You’re All Bark’ and ‘Driven’, Mixed Episodes takes the band away from the death metal leanings of their 2012 demos ...

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This Oceanic Feeling reveal video for ‘Radio’

This Oceanic Feeling, the band formed by Chris Braide, Ash Soan and Lee Pomeroy, have released a video single for ‘Radio’ from their debut album Universal Mind, now available on Cherry Red Records. Seasoned musicians who’ve worked as diverse a range of artists as Rick Wakeman, Trevor Horn, ELO and Cher, there’s a prog meet big pop sound much in ...

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Blackmore’s Night premiere video for ‘The Other Side’

Blackmore’s Night, the band fronted by former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore with vocalist Candice Night have premièred ‘The Other Side’ a track from the forthcoming album All Our Yesterdays. RAMzine readers can play the video below to hear this brand new song.   Following our previous report, featuring full track listings and personal comments by Night, Blackmore’s ...

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Review: Whitesnake – The Purple Album

I was the first one on the phone ranting about this album to friends. Kindred spirits, some of us old enough to be granddads, who’d been both Whitesnake connoisseurs and naysayers since the band first uncoiled its way onto vinyl, and even a couple who we look at dubiously when they say they’ve seen David Coverdale live with Deep Purple. ...

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Canadian Rockers Old James Launch Indiegogo Campaign

After kicking off 2015 with two successful North American tours as part of the XG Guitar package with Vinnie Moore, Uli Jon Roth and Craig Goldy and opening the recent Girlschool/Crucified Barbara tour, Toronto  based rockers Old James have decided that it’s time to step up and record their debut full length album. And this is where they are reaching ...

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Behind the Scenes of Jethro Tull the Rock Opera

As previously reported by RAMzine, Ian Anderson will be touring the UK this September, telling the story of the original Jethro Tull’s Life reimagined in the near future  and illustrated with some of the best known material from his classic Jethro Tull repertoire. Anderson has made a brief promotional video to promote the tour with a full listing of dates. ...

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From Worlds Beyond… Masters Of Metal!

Master Of Metal recently signed to the German label Metalville Records for the release of their debut From Worlds Beyond. Featuring Juan Garcia (guitars), Bernie Versailles (guitars & vocals), Robert Cardenas (bass & backing vocals) and Rigo Amezcua (drums), all members of Agent Steel, the Los Angeles based four-piece released an independent self-titled EP in April 2013, recorded by Bill ...

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Steve Hackett Box Set Charisma Collection & More…

Photo: Tina Kohoren Prog rock pioneer Steve Hackett has announced the release Premonitions – The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983, a comprehensive reissue project that includes his first six albums on the Charisma label, together with a wealth of previously unavailable recordings as well as remixes by Steven Wilson.  Premonitions will be released on 16th October by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin. Premonitions will ...

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