Top Ten Items of Band Merchandise

Every band has t-shirts, albums, records, patches and maybe the occasional book after a few years. Then After a while, most fans will get used to the continuous production of most generic items of band merchandise. However, once in a while, a band will break the mould and explore new territory to offer fans something completely different with often very ...

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Black Sabbath – Paranoid

We’ve been through this all before. Black Sabbath were the first heavy metal band. Working the “diminished 5th” chord, or “tri-tone”, they created a sound that was simply more evil and heavy than their predecessors on their self titled 1970 debut release. However, it was with October 1970’s “Paranoid” that the band began to explore more commercial avenues, while still ...

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RAMzine Introduces… A Joker’s Rage

“This is not in vain, close your eyes,” quotes A Joker’s Rage singer Zakk Taylor at the start of their excellent 2012 EP “The Masquerade”. It may be a lyric, however it also aptly sums up what this band stand for. It’s not a vanity project by any means; it’s five down to earth guys making catchy rock music for ...

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Top Ten Beards in Rock & Metal

Top Ten Beards in Rock & Metal As we all know, beards are the consummate symbol of manliness. To other men, a beard states you are rugged and tough, but also a deep thinker, and also a fantastic guy to share a beer with; to women it says that you are a gentleman and extremely sexually proficient. In rock and metal ...

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Scorpions – Love At First Sting

Sometimes, we all wish music was like it was in the 80s again. Some of the most important music of the last century came out of that decade, in all genres. This was particularly evident in rock and metal. One band, hailing from Germany, typifies this. With their technical twin guitar attack and collective ear for what makes a song ...

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RAMzine Introduces… Griever

Those of you who have got your sh*t together and know what’s up may have caught Griever on their recent tour with Being As An Ocean and Napoleon. I’m going to be honest, that’s where I was first made aware of them. I had never heard of them before Saturday night; now I cannot stop listening to them. The strength ...

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RAMzine Top Ten Gone Before Their Time

It’s a common debate and topic; the phrase ‘gone before their time’ can be focused on all manner of things, from sports, to writing and then of course, to music. It’s easy to drag up the old clichés of a list of heroes that through their choice or through tragedy have died before they really explored their genius, and then ...

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Iron Maiden – Brave New World

The year 2000 was a strange time for rock and metal. Nu-metal was really catching on and the classic guard seemed to be becoming irrelevant. All of that changed with the release of Iron Maiden’s “Brave New World”. Singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith returned to the fold, and along with bassist Steve Harris, guitarists Dave Murray and Janick ...

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Hammerfest V: In Fear of the Dragon Festival Review

In the fantastical world of Heavy Metal music, sights such as massive armour-clad Bushido warriors – rising like phantoms from icy mists- are not unusual. These demonic samurai figures, along with a number of other lurking ghosts, gruesome blood soaked zombies, evil vampires and associated monsters … made up the crowd at this year’s Hammerfest – Episode V “In Fear ...

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RAMzine Introduces… The Unkindness of Ravens

The Introducing feature this week is a guest contribution from Robyn Lees, Editor-in-chief of Fit4Talent. This week, I would like to introduce to you the London/Berlin-based electro-rock band The Unkindness of Ravens. Their music is a mind-blowing symphony of deep electro beats, grumbling vocals and gripping sounds that totally absorb you into the music. Their lyrics mostly revolve around a passion ...

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