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Leaves Eyes

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Leaves Eyes

Leaves Eyes are the masters of Symphonic Metal and their new album is a masterclass in musicianship and storytelling. Each album has a Nordic theme and this one is no different. ‘Sign Of The Dragon’ highlights the power and beauty of Elina Siirala’s vocals as she takes to the helm from Liv Kistine and steers the ship in a more energetic ...

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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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voodoo circle .. raised on rock

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Voodoo Circle

Hard Rock is sounding great in 2018 and leading the charge are Voodoo Circle with their fifth release Raised On Rock which as you can imagine with a title like that is full of energy and gusto. This is the first album with new vocalist Herbie Langhan, who’s name you might know if you’re a fan of Avantasia. He met ...

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Anvil Pounding The Pavement

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Anvil

As fresh in 2018 as they have ever been Canadian rock giants Anvil return with their 17th album Pounding The Pavement. The band seem to have taken on board comments from fans saying they want a return to the sounds Anvil are known for and this album will not disappoint those fans. The musicianship, as always is on point, but for ...

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David Shankle Manowar

One man’s journey to Maniacs Metal Meeting in Brazil

It’s Thursday 7th December and I´m in the heart of Patagonia. It´s early in the morning and time to start a full extreme metal weekend. The first step is to get a plane from Comodoro (Patagonia) to Buenos Aires, then get a connection to Brazil. There’re already some people wearing black leather, they’re Mortuorial Eclipse, a symphonic blackened-death metal band. They ...

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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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Five Finger Death Punch Wembley

Five Finger Death Punch + In Flames | London

Ending our 2017, absolutely and quite frankly gloriously we head to Wembley Arena to see Five Finger Death Punch on their co-headline tour with In Flames, supported by Of Mice & Men. In Flames start with a familiar opening, ‘Drained’ the first track off their latest album, Battles. They take us back and forth through nostalgic teen-metal-hood going back to 2004’s ...

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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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Mastodon

Prog Metal legends, Mastodon return to Manchester with an entirely sold out show

Topping album of the year polls for almost two decades and seemingly reinventing their sound with every subsequent album, Atlanta Prog Metal legends, Mastodon return to Manchester with an entirely sold out show along with Chicago based post-metal outfit, Russian Circles, and Mastodon’s ever familiar support band, Red Fang. Russian Circles started the show and it feels like their set ...

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Greenleaf

The Underworld became “tonehenge” courtesy of Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax and Steak.

Christmas came early this month, for those of the stoner scene in London. The Underworld was set to become “tonehenge” for the evening with a trio of bands providing the finest desert rock/stoner/psychedelic musicianship you could wish for, courtesy of Greenleaf, The Atomic Bitchwax, and Steak. Kicking off the show was Londons very own Steak, my love for this band ...

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