RAMzine Classics

David Coverdale - Northwinds

RAMzine Classic | David Coverdale – Northwinds

David Coverdale needs no introduction. His ‘rags to riches’ story has been told many times. What we have here, however, is a totally undervalued, true classic from his period after Deep Purple disintegrated and before the birth of Whitesnake. His first post-Purple solo album had a curious mix of styles and very few fans were ready for the prophetically titled ...

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Morbid Angel - Covenant

RAMzine Classic: Morbid Angel – Covenant

With the release of their latest album, Kingdoms Disdained, it is important to look back at the early career of Morbid Angel instead of focusing on the legendary misstep released in 2011 and remember why the band was considered one of the original death metal bands with their landmark 1993 album, Covenant. Covenant opens with ‘Rapture’ and never before has ...

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RAMzine Classic: Budgie's 1971 Debut

RAMzine Classic: Budgie’s 1971 Debut

One of the most underrated bands in the history of heavy rock, Budgie. They formed in 1967 in South Wales and used various names including Ten Ton Budgie, before settling on just Budgie. According to founding member Burke Shelley this was because he “loved the idea of playing noisy, heavy rock” however calling themselves “after something diametrically opposed to that”. Shelley ...

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Ministry - Sphinctour

RAMzine Classic Album: Ministry – Sphinctour

Did you know that Ministry were once a new wave synth pop outfit driven by Al Jourgenson in 1981? The 80’s were a time for synthesisers and saw Ministry change their style to become one of the leading industrial metal bands of the 80’s. Their success was made paramount in the early naughty nineties when they released their fifth studio ...

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Girlschool Reissues

RAMzine Classic: Girlschool — Demolition, Hit And Run + Screaming Blue Murder

Girlschool, formed in the intoxicating years of the NWOBHM movement, and are the longest serving New Wave rock band in the world, comprising all women. The band remains active today after more than 35 years. Formed from the remains of a Wandsworth, South London school cover-band — they called themselves “Painted Lady” — Girlschool enjoyed the strong media exposure and ...

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RAMzine Classic: Judas Priest - Sin after Sin

RAMzine Classic: Judas Priest – Sin After Sin

Judas Priest Sin after Sin was released 8th April 1977 through CBS Records. Who would have thought that Judas Priest started their incredible journey in 1969. Their first album was brought out in 1974 and entitled Rocka Rolla. My favourite album from Priest is without doubt Sin after Sin released in 1977 mainly due to the fact it brings back memories spending my time ...

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Lone Star - Firing on all Six

RAMzine Classic: Lone Star – Firing on all Six

Lone Star are an underrated band, from Cardiff, forming in 1975 and swapping various members of the band for the line-up they had in 1977. I first spotted them on The BBC in Concert in December ’77, introduced by Pete Drummond. Their remarkable album Firing on all Six (which was the band’s second album, Lone Star being the band’s first and released ...

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Grand Funk by Grand Funk Railroad

RAMzine Classic: Grand Funk by Grand Funk Railroad, released 1969

Grand Funk aka The Red Album was Grand Funk Railroad’s second studio album and was, according to bass player Mel Schacher, his favourite album. The band were also known as GFR or Grand Funk, the original name being taken from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad that passed through Michigan, the band’s home state. The band started out as a power ...

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Review: Tyrannosaurus Rex – Albums Re-released

The first three albums by Tyrannosaurus Rex, that characterized the music of original duo of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrin Took, have been released as deluxe editions for the first time by Polydor / Universal Music Catalogue. These newly re-mastered versions generously update any previously released material. Long before Marc was a Jackie magazine teenage heartthrob and a fully-fledged Metal ...

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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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