Author Archives: Stephen stanford

Freelance Journalist. Music reviewer. Quavers aficionado. Spent several years playing in bands and touring, and now enjoying discovering new music. Would achieve a lot more if it wasn`t for my Xbox.

The most rock and metal moments from Eurovision 2018

Vikings, outlaw country, and a band playing Waken – who said Eurovision didn’t rock last weekend? Eurovision. The song contest responsible for helping launch the careers of some of the biggest pop acts to ever take the stage. Be it ABBA (Sweden, 1974), Bucks Fizz (UK, 1981) or Celine Dion (Switzerland, 1988 … even though she is Canadian), the competition ...

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We Were Sharks

Canadian pop-punkers We Were Sharks release Lost Touch

We Were Shark, the Canadian six-piece pop-punkers have recently released their second album Lost Touch and more apt an album name they could not have picked, as this release, while enjoyable, does feel as though it has lost touch with the bands earlier, more hard-hitting releases, 2012’s debut LP Highways and 2015’s EP  Not A Chance. There appears to have been little ...

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Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard returns with his honest brand of acoustic led rock

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard returns with his honest brand of acoustic led rock on new album Between Two Shores.  For those unfamiliar with Hansard think Frank Turner meets Idlewild vocalist Roddy Woomble’s solo work. A blend of folk, rock and alternative rock, a slight break in pace for us here at RAMzine, but certainly a welcome one. There is a ...

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Long Distance Calling - Boundless

German post-rockers Long Distance Calling release Boundless

I’m sure there are many words German post-rockers Long Distance Calling would hope to have their album described as, ‘pleasant’, I imagine was not one of them. Yet that is the best word to describe Boundless. It in no way challenges the boundaries of musical achievement. It just trundles along at a steady, if unremarkable pace, never really gathering enough ...

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Brian Fallon

Brian Fallon set to release a stunning collection of blues, rock and punk

Former guitarist/vocalist of The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon, returns with his second solo album; a stunning collection of blues, rock and punk that flow in a beautiful narrative that is impossible not to be caught up in. It could be argued that there is perhaps little by way of growth from the days of The Gaslight Anthem, but this is ...

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Listener - being empty: being filled

Listener carve a niche for themselves that has rarely been attempted before.

Listener, the moniker of Dan Smith that has since evolved into a full band, have used 8 albums over 15 years to carve a niche for themselves in a way that has rarely been attempted before. The combination of spoken word, hip-hop, indie and rock may, on paper, sound like an unusual and incompatible mix, yet through Listener they become ...

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(D)juret

Review: (D)juret – Sök Din Sekt

Surprisingly little information could be found online about Swedish punk outfit (D)juret (Lit. Trans. The Animal), and so gathering anything that may help add context to new release Sök Din Sekt (Lit. Search Your Sect), or the band in general, was difficult. Sök Din Sekt is a three-track EP, which attempts to cross an entire spectrum of genres, but instead falls so ...

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DEFECTO

DEFECTO seamlessly blend beautiful melodic parts with the more aggressive elements

Fast-paced, hard-hitting, anthemic and in some ways, slightly haunting are all ways to describe Defecto’s new album, Nemesis Prime Collective. The Danish four-piece (a remarkable fact given the absolute wall of noise this album gives off) have produced something rather incredible here. As someone who is unfamiliar with this band, it was really a surprise at not only how quickly ...

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cardiant

Review: Cardiant – Mirrors

Finnish power-metal outfit Cardiant, released their new album Mirrors last month, and well, for a band with almost 20 years experience, I would have expected a lot better. The simple fact is, and with no malice intended, this album is just boring, mundane, completely unmemorable, the positives can be measured in seconds as opposed to minutes, with only the faintest ...

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AUGUST BURNS RED PHANTOM ANTHEM

August Burns Red return with a refreshed heaviness on Phantom Anthem

The seventh album from August Burns Red is undoubtedly their most ambitious to date. The 11 tracks that make up Phantom Anthem are unlike anything they have produced before, and while overall that offers something new and shows intent to play around and attempt to remould their genre, it does have its flaws. The positives are immediate. There is a ...

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