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.

Icefire – Drink Me In!

Describing themselves as “a band that blows hot and cold”, Icefire began wreaking havoc live across the UK but a few short months ago, having only got together as a band earlier in the year. A female fronted rock band featuring former members of Agincourt, Scarab and Nightblade, they were no strangers to the recording studio and already have an ...

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John Taglieri Releases True Believer

Singer/songwriter John Taglieri has just issued his new EP, True Believer – his first release of full-on hard rock material since his debut full length album, Leap Of Faith back in 2000. True Believer brings Taglieri full circle around to his melodic rock roots, a route he’s resisted going back down since that first release at the beginning of the century. “I’ve ...

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Jared James Nichols – Highway Man EP, New Single & UK Tour Slot

Young American blues rock guitarist Jared James Nichols is set to release the Highwayman EP via Listenable Records/ Swing House on CD and digital download in mid-September. The EP’s release dovetails his live appearance as special guest on Glenn Hughes’ forthcoming UK tour. The Highwayman EP  features Nichols on guitar and vocals alongside his regular band, Erik Sandin on bass ...

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Review: Thundermother – Road Fever

With a Chuck Berry lick giving us the come-on Thundermother are off and running with the hard rocking coy-rhyming reverse-sexism couplets of ‘It’s Just A Tease’. It’s high on youthful energy as is the whole of this album, one that frequently gives a saucy nod and a wink to Bon Scott-era AC/DC. ‘FFWF’ most assuredly goes that route as Clare ...

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MORSEFEST LIVE!

Out soon is Neal Morse – Morsefest 2014 Testimony and One Live featuring over five hours of live performances of solo material by the singer/multi-instrumentalist alongside modern classics from his times with Spock’s Beard and Transatlantic. Recorded live in Nashville on November 14-15th 2014 and available as two Blu-Ray or special edition two DVD/four CD editions, it features long-time collaborators ...

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Review: Backyard Babies – Four By Four

So, the drugs kick in like this: I’m picturing ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trucking on down, practising laying out p-funk chords on his way to audition for James Brown only to be stopped in his tracks by Animal (The Muppets or Motorhead’s version, you take your pick) who calls double-time on his cowbell whereupon ragged guitars slash away mercilessly. The ...

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Chantel McGregor Talks New Album & UK Tour

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, on Friday 9th October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music. The new album is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut solo album, Like No Other, after a subsequent four years of touring and festival appearances Chantel McGregor was jamming in her ...

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Chris Norman’s Crossover

40 years after launching his career with former band Smokie, Chris Norman returns with a brand new solo album: Covering a wide range of influences, genres and styles, Crossover will be released on September 18th through Solo Sound Records (and distributed by Absolute). “The title just seemed appropriate because of the variety of styles of the songs, which cross from ...

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Steve Hackett Rehearsal Videos

Intent on causing prog rock fans to drool incessantly or at the least shed a tear nostalgically, Steve Hackett has been releasing some short video clips of early rehearsals for his forthcoming Acolyte To Wolflight with Genesis Revisited Tour. The tour will feature songs from his latest top forty album Wolflight alongside solo classics to be featured on the Premonitions ...

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Better Late Than Never – Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty

Yes co-founder Jon Anderson and virtuoso violinist Jean Luc Ponty come together as the AndersonPonty Band to release Better Late Than Never through earMUSIC on 25th September. Featuring a live performance enhanced with studio production Better Late Than Never includes new compositions, rearrangements of Yes classics like ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Wonderous Stories’, as well as some ...

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