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: Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Harmony lead guitars signal their defiant historic rock lineage with the opening notes of The Killer Instinct but they’re taut and defying middle-aged spread, not content to cruise on past glories. Throughout this album the twin six strings bite and attack, and where once you heard fat chorded riffs you’re now as likely to hear a mighty modern thwack. It’s ...

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Mabel Greer’s Toyshop New Video Footage

 Pre-Yes psychedelic-prog outfit Mabel Greer’s Toyshop have released new footage for ‘Electric Funeral’, the opening track of their upcoming reunion album New Way Of Life out on 9th March. The video shows founding members Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger meeting after 45 years and jamming in a bar in Nice, France, leading to a reunion of the band as signified ...

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Night Ranger Play London March 12!

San Francisco hard rockin’ band Night Ranger will play a rare concert at the London Islington O2 Academy on Thursday 12th March. Featuring bassist and vocalist Jack Blades, plus Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards), Night Ranger have sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed over ...

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Review: Foreigner – The Best of 4 And More

Foreigner haven’t been shy about putting live CDS out since Mick Jones rebuilt the band from the ground up a couple of years into this millennium. Choosing the choicest cuts from the 75 million record sales made since their debut in 1976, there was a hard rocking release featuring Jason Bonham on drums that got offered free with The Mail ...

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King King February/March 2015 UK Tour

Multi-award winning British blues band King King have confirmed a nationwide 18 date UK tour beginning in February 2015 with special guest Laurence Jones. The tour will feature new songs from their forthcoming new album ‘Reaching For The Light‘ that is being released on May 5th through Manhaton Records. It follows in the wake of what has been a highly successful 2014 for ...

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Saxon Rescheduled UK Dates

NWOBHM legends Saxon have announced the rescheduled dates for their recently postponed UK shows. The tail end of the UK tour, originally planned for December 2014, had to be delayed due to Nigel Glocker’s sudden health problems. The drummer, who was taken to hospital with a brain aneurysm, is now back home and on the mend after two surgical procedures. ...

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Review: Existance – Steel Alive

Existance revolve around Julian Izard, son of Didier Izard who was lead vocalist with French speed metal band H–Bomb and brought out a single album and EP during the eighties. His son’s presumably inherited his father’s vocal chords and also plays guitar here alongside co-founder Tom Drouin on bass and vocals, Alexandre Revillon on drums and Antoine Poiret duelling gamefully ...

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Wolflight – New 2015 Steve Hackett Spring Album & Autumn Tour

Steve Hackett has announced the release of his new solo album Wolflight. According to the man himself, this “wild pack of tracks – starting with a wolf cry – will be unleashed on the unsuspecting on 30th March 2015.” The former Genesis and GTR  guitarist’s first original solo studio album since 2011’s Beyond The Shrouded Horizon is said to be both “primal ...

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Raise a Little Hell with The Answer

March 9th 2015 is a long wait to Raise A Little Hell but The Answer promise it will be worth it when their new album is released, just a few days into their first tour dates for next year. The Northern Ireland rock band have teamed up with PledgeMusic  for special pre-order versions of Raise A Little Hell,  including CD, deluxe ...

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Seven Days to Steal Your Heart in May

Following her performance at London’s BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2014, Grammy nominated singer-songriter Beth Hart will embark on a seven date UK tour in May 2015. The dates are: Bristol Colston Hall (Friday 1 May), Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Sunday 3 May), Glasgow O2 ABC (Wednesday 6 May), London Barbican (Friday 8 May), Leeds O2 Academy (Saturday ...

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