Bloodstock 2017 will be known as the year the festival cast its net much wider. As well as having headliners Ghost and main stage acts such as Skindred, a lot of bands playing this year are not usually part of the ‘extreme metal’ circle that BOA is known for. One great example of this is London based four-piece Courtesans. Who ...Read More »
From signing with Frontiers Records to joining Night Ranger and Skid Row on tour, Toseland seems to be unstoppable. James is definitely proving any do...
Bristol, UK rock band TAX THE HEAT love creating sounds that bridge the gap between the raw energy of classic British 1960s R&B bands [think Kinks...
Chris Corner AKA IAMX has just released his newest LP Alive In New Light (AINL) on the 2nd of February. In his brand new work he captures a sense of m...
There’re some sounds that feel like they’ve been in slumber for thousands of years, that are only now starting to stir; biding its time until the hour...
Wisconsin-born guitarist Jared James Nichols has been flying into the UK with increasing regularity these last few years, playing gigs up and down the...
Lips talks about Anvil: “Making a living doing what I love with the band… this is all I ever wanted”
Forty years later, after all the sweat, the accomplishments, the tears, the bad and the good times Anvil are still rocking out with original members L...
Michael Keene of The Faceless “My goal was to make a metal record that someone who doesn’t listen to Metal might like!”
Few bands can boast the incredible talent that The Faceless have. Having released multiple classic albums in the Technical Death Metal genre, the band...
Apparently, when Michigan native Leigh Kakaty formed POP EVIL in 2001, he chose the name for a reason: He loved hard rock, played with a good melody b...
At Ramblin’ Man Fair we met up with the hard-working 4-piece hard rock band from Walsall — Stone Broken — who have just been announced they will act as support for rock legends Living Colour this autumn. They’ve already been on tour, this Spring, with Glenn Hughes and it seems the breakthrough UK hard rock act is going from strength-to-strength at ...Read More »
Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and red-hot blues guitarist, Jared James Nichols returns this October with a new album Black Magic. He fronts a “power-trio” under his own name, with sounds based around the raw vision of late 1960s & early 1970s hard-rocking blues outfits such as Cream and Mountain. Over the last four years, Jared James has shared stages with ...Read More »
Connecticut five-piece Hatebreed have been spanning the genres of hardcore punk and metal since their formation in 1994. After their 2016 album The Concrete Confessional received a great reception from fans and critics alike, Hatebreed were a welcome addition to the line up of Bloodstock, as well as The Warped Tour and many other festivals around the world this year. ...Read More »
Welsh nu-metal/ ragga-punk heroes Skindred raised a few eyebrows when they were announced for Bloodstock, which is traditionally an ‘extreme metal’ festival. For most: this was a great addition to the line-up being part of the metal family, and being festival favourites from Boomtown to Download and everywhere in between. Some Bloodstock purists weren’t sure of their place between Hell ...Read More »
Making a name for herself as a slide guitarist with a unique sound all her own and moving from a solid blues rock base to a mainstream classic rock sound with her latest album Stolen Hearts, Finland’s Erja Lyytinen is someone to keep your eye on. With a September UK tour imminent that shouldn’t be hard, but to discover what’s ...Read More »
Interview: Megadeth “American Festivals are copying what you have been doing for years” Bloodstock 2017
One of the biggest names announced early on for Bloodstock 2017 was one of the big four, thrash metal legends Megadeth. Through ups and downs over the years they are still coming out strong, the best evidence of this is their 2016 album Dystopia, which got a huge critical and commercial success. We were lucky enough to sit down with seasoned ...Read More »
BLACK STAR RIDERS were formed in 2012 by four members of Thin Lizzy – Scott Gorham, Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson and bassist Marco Mendoza – plus former Megadeth and Alice Cooper drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. The band’s debut album All Hell Breaks Loose” was released in 2013, and attained universal approval with a follow-up album, The Killer Instinct released in February ...Read More »
Sadly it’s another year over for Bloodstock Open Air 2017, but we can relive the weekend over-and-over again with our hightlights, many interviews, and full coverage in the next issue of RAMzine. First up is an audio interview with Havok lead guitarist Reece Scruggs. Reece talks about their Bloodstock set compared to other European festivals, as well as his badge ...Read More »
Following a premature end to his World Superbike career, James Toseland decided to focus on his first true love – music. After parting company with his first band, Crash, he embarked on a band project known, simply, as TOSELAND. The band’s first single ‘Life is Beautiful’ was released in April 2013 and later it was announced that they had been ...Read More »