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.

Blackberry Smoke European Exclusives…

Atlanta, Georgia southern rockers Blackberry Smoke are releasing their latest album, The Whippoorwill, in Europe with three exclusive bonus tracks that will not be available anywhere else. Described as “Southern rock with a taste of outlaw country” The Whippoorwill (3 Bonus Track UK/EU Edition) can be pre-ordered on digipak CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.  Plus, for those super-fans ...

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Get Ready for the Rock ’n’ Roll Tour of 2014

Foreigner with special guests Europe and FM will be performing nine dates across the UK throughout April this year, with it all kicking off on Thursday 3rd of that month at the O2 Apollo in Manchester. “I’m thrilled to be coming back home to England and touring with Europe and FM,” says Foreigner’s founding British member and lead guitarist, Mick ...

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Enter the Catacombs of the Black Vatican with Zakk Wylde!

Zakk Wylde has announced that Catacombs of the Black Vatican, a brand new album from Black Label Society, will be released in Europe on April 7th 2014 via the Mascot Label Group. Formed in the ‘90s by Wylde, during his own 20 year run serving as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, Black Label Society’s taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has ...

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Exorcism Preview

Exorcism, fronted by former Killing Machine vocalist Csaba Zvekan, have released Zero G a brand new video/song teaser for their forthcoming full-length debut album coming your way soon via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. Zvekan is joined in Exorcism by guitarist Joe Stump and bass player Lucio Manca, fellow members of Raven Lord the European heavy metal band who played shows in ...

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Mike Oldfield – Crises and Five Miles Out – Collectors Edition

When Mike Oldfield played live at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics Games in London, the obvious assumption was that canny businessmen would tap into all that free marketing to promote his back catalogue effortlessly, and for considerable financial gain. If they did I missed it. Rather, it has been business as usual since Mercury/Universal took over the creator ...

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Foreigner’s Love Lives…

Photo Credit: © Bill Bernstein Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Foreigner will embrace over thirty years of award-winning music by releasing I Want To Know What Love Is: The Ballads, 14 tracks previously never released on one album of the band’s best and most timeless ballads. I Want To Know What Love Is: The Ballads will be released in the UK ...

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King’s Call – Lion’s Den

Opening with Mother Nature, a track that pours out the gates loudly with the rhythm section prowling and pounding about, a keyboard in support while a mean guitar shakes and shrills the lion’s share of the song into tasty morsels, vocalist Mike Freeland giving it some and a little bit more on the old throat delivery quota, screaming out: “Mother ...

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Keen Eyed – Reflection

Keen Eyed hail from Trieste in Italy and began life as a club band in 1985 covering classic songs from the 70s onwards. As the line-up changed they began to write their own material and play nationally, breaking up in 1991 after having established themselves at what’s gone down in Mediterranean metal circles as a “memorable concert” at the Valentinis ...

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Marc Bolan at the BBC – 6 CD Box Set

Marc Bolan, what a chancer. He played the fame game time and time again, but once he’d struck gold stayed too close to a formula that worked and it proved to be his creative downfall. The fact that he actually had talent wrapped up in his precocious elfin frame would have made him the envy of today’s X-Factor wannabes. A ...

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John Martyn ‘The Island Years’ Limited Edition Box Set

John Martyn was a walking contradiction, even when he lost a leg. That he made music so beautiful and so full of anger, sometimes in the same song, proved this. What we thought we knew about him changed somewhat after he died: he wasn’t born in Scotland, the name he sang under wasn’t his real one, and pretty much everything ...

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