Author Archives: Martin durrant

Review: Mastodon – Once More ’Round The Sun

Since Mastodon released the amazing ‘The Hunter’ in 2012, their stock has been rising higher and higher. ‘The Hunter’ entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in at the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. So, the release of new album ...

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JETTBLACK Interview

RAMzine caught up with Tom Wright bassiest of Jettblack following their release of Black Gold. Black Gold is a 13-track collection that includes covers of three hard rock anthems (originally recorded by Motorhead, Heart and AC/DC), and unreleased material. RAMzine: Black Gold, the new unreleased material collection is out no via Spinefarm Records. What was the thinking behind releasing a collection of studio ...

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With One Last Breath/theFallen/On The Ropes @Fibbers, York, 22/07/2013

Grand homecoming shows are often cause for celebration. That was certainly the case on Monday 22nd July, when York metalcore quintet With One Last Breath were scheduled to play Fibbers in York. Opening this veritable feast of all things loud was new local band On The Ropes. Fronted by York acoustic guitar journeyman Jonny Gill, the band put a hell ...

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Interview with Heaven’s Basement

Before Heaven’s Basement blew the roof off The Duchess in York on Saturday 6th July, RAMzine’s Martin Durrant sat down with front man, Aaron Buchanan, and after some fantastic food in the beer garden of Gibson’s on Micklegate, they discussed touring, festivals, and just how far Aaron would go to entertain his audience. First of all, “Filthy Empire” released earlier ...

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Heaven’s Basement/Buffalo Summer/Skarlett Riot @ The Duchess York

As the crowed packed into The Duchess in York on a sweltering Saturday evening, there was a palpable sense of tension in the air. Heaven’s Basement have been enjoying a meteoric rise over the past year, and it seems the opportunity to see them in an intimate environment was too good to pass up for this eager crowd. First up ...

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Anthrax – Among The Living

Underrated, under appreciated, yet one of the best metal bands of the last 30 years. Anthrax are a band that everyone knows, everyone loves, yet not enough people truly love. With the marriage of heavy riffs and high sweeping vocals, they set the template for melodic thrash metal. No better was this shown than on their 1987 masterpiece ‘Among the ...

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Alice in Chains – Dirt

I always thought that grunge was an interesting concept. Plenty of bands came out of that Seattle hotbed in the early 90s, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. However, one band had that crossover appeal into metal and with their dark, brooding lyrics and melodies, became the thinking man’s grunge band. With their seminal album “Dirt”, the band bridged that ...

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Skid Row: United World Rebellion – Chapter One

I’m glad Skid Row are still going. They were one of the most underrated bands that came out of that famous LA metal scene. Singer Johnny Solinger has been in the band since 1999, and has really put his own stamp on the band. Along with original members Dave “Snake” Sabo, Rachel Bolan and Scotti Hill, as well as new ...

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Metallica – Metallica

This is probably one of the most well known heavy metal albums in history. It catapulted thrash metal into the mainstream, with Metallica’s more commercially minded sound shining through. Affectionately referred to as “The Black Album”, to do with its predominately black artwork, this is the album the band are best known for. Released in 1991, it features James Hetfield ...

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KISS – Destroyer

You wanted the best, you got the best. As the announcer proclaims over the PA before every KISS concert, I figured I’d paraphrase him at the start of this week’s RAMzine Classic. The subject this week being KISS’ seminal 1976 release ‘Destroyer’. This album included the band’s classic lineup, Paul Stanley (The Starchild) on guitar/vocals, Gene Simmons (The Demon) on ...

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