Author Archives: Tom Dixon

North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to be semi retired & I can now take full advantage of the 40 years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!
Nazareth - Razamanaz

RAMzine Classic: Nazareth – Razamanaz

As a mere boy of 14, I remember with alarming clarity the night of February 27th, 1973. I was off to my first ever concert in Newcastle City Hall to see my heroes, Deep Purple perform. Even queuing up was exciting: I had made my own badge of Purple by cutting out their picture from Sounds, pasting it onto some cardboard ...

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Fargo - Constellation

Fargo – Constellation

Thirty odd years ago Fargo, led by bassist Peter Knorn made significant ripples in 80s rock scene and then seemingly faded away – Knorn went on to manage some luminaries in rock including Glenn Hughes apparently. Fast-forward to the present day and Fargo are reborn, still with Knorn at the helm, along with Arndt Schulz (Guitars), Nikolas Fritz (Drums) and ...

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James Christian - Craving

James Christian’s Craving

Away from his day job, House of Lords singer James Christian has built a reputation as a fine solo artist, having released 3 albums prior to this one. The first was back in 1994 and the third in 2013. His latest, Craving, includes co-writes and guest appearances from such luminaries of the Melodic Rock world as Tommy Denander, Chris Pelcer, ...

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blanket

blanket ‘How To Let Go’ is out now via Music For Nations

Labelling themselves as a cinematic rock band, Blackpool’s blanket (always a lower case ‘b’ apparently) release their debut, full-length album entitled How To Let Go. They’ve been together since 2016 and have a previous EP to their name but, now signed to a major record label (Music For Nations) they should gain more exposure. The band is Bobby Pook guitar/keys/vocalist, ...

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Phandrom

Phandrom – Victims of the Sea

Norway’s Phandrom are firmly rooted in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70’s and 80’s, spiced up, so they say, with traces of Baroque music, opera and raw elements of jazz. Leader and guitar player, Hallgeir Pedersen, co-founded Phandrom along with drummer Bjørn Ivar Aslaksen, bass player Odd Erling Simensen and vocalist Terje Storvig. Their 6-track album, Victim of ...

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finecreatures

Brighton’s FINE CREATURES to release Electric La, La Land!

Fine Creatures are a Brighton based 4-piece who met through university and a shared love of  ‘60’s pop and ‘90’s alt-rock. “When we first started, I always said that I wanted to be ‘the dirty Beatles’, says front man, James Hall. Not a bad summary actually, as this 5-track release, Electric La, La Land, is ripe with pop sensibilities scattered with echoes of ...

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Perfect Plan

Melodic rock band Perfect Plan release All Rise

Sweden has been the land of AOR and Melodic Rock for quite a while now and have now produced another band of that ilk (or should that be elk?!) in the guise of Perfect Plan. Formed in late 2014, they have now signed to Frontiers, who were attracted by the mixture of classic Scandinavian AOR (a la Work of Art, ...

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ISSA

Norwegian melodic rock queen Issa releases Run With The Pack

Norwegian melodic rock doyenne Issa Oversveen, to give her full name, is back with her fifth studio album Run With The Pack. On this new release, Issa is joined by the ever-productive Alessandro Del Vecchio along with Simone Mularoni of Italian prog band DGM on guitar with bass, and drums provided by Andrea ToWer Torricini (Vision Divine) and Marco Di ...

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Doomsday Outlaw Hard Times

Doomsday Outlaw release hard rock blues-tinged album Hard Times

Doomsday Outlaw is a 5-piece hard rock, blues-tinged band based in Derbyshire. Members Steve Broughton (guitar), Indy Chanda (bass), Gavin Mills (guitar), Phil Poole (vocals) and John Willis (drums), are set to release a new album called Hard Times. This is their third album and the first on a major label and they keep on getting better. The first two showed ...

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SHEZOO

SheZoo’s Agony of Doubt

The multi-national band Shezoo consisting of Natacha Starke (Vocals), Micha Jennissen (Guitar), Ralf Luz (Bass) and Jerry Getler (Drums) are Dutch, German, Swiss and Swiss. They’ve been together in this form since 2014 and state their influences as Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Queensryche, Dio, Kingdom Come and 80’s metal. Agony of Doubt, is their latest release and features 10 tracks of ...

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