Reviews

Laurence Jones Band

Previously on record Laurence Jones songs have been slick and aimed at your mainstream music listener but not captured the vibrant groove of his live band. That latter aspect has been addressed with this eponymous new album, not just by the fact of its title and their being collectively present on the cover and promotional material but in that the ...

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Download 2019: The Highlights – Saturday – SlipKnot, Halestorm, Skindred, and more

So here we are the ‘middle’ day of DL19: For some the best day, the show-stealer. Yet, for some, this is a stepping stone to the grand finale. Last night we came for Def Leppard, but the real headliner was Mud (apologies for that awful joke). Tonight, SlipKnot close the festival, yet there’s still a Puddle Of Mudd (again, sorry). ...

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Download 2019: The Highlights – Friday – Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Rob Zombie and more.

As you may have read from our previous instalment. It was kind of muddy, but don’t believe the news reports that everyone left before the festival began: I can honestly say this was one of the busiest Downloads in memory. So here it is, the first ‘proper’ day of the festival.  Looking at the line-up this seems to be the ...

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Download 2019 blog: Drownload year 2? – Wednesday and Thursday

Downloaders don’t do things by halves, and this year just proves it as a huge number of campers are already settled into the mud at the iconic Castle Donington site. As you probably know, the rain has been relentless but maybe not as bad as the infamous ‘drownload’ of 2016. There is mud, yes, but guess what: this is a ...

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Download 2019: Bands you MUST check out – Recommended by RAMzine

You may remember the bands as recommended by fans of Download and readers of RAMzine alike. A list by the fans, for the fans. Great. Here at RAMzine, we have some more bands in mind that you need to see at the extremely stacked festival this weekend. As you can imagine the people who put together RAMzine day-to-day have very ...

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Half-Life show no signs of decay on EP ‘I’ve Got To Survive’.

Many bands earn their spurs playing covers in venues of, shall we say, questionable suitability. Been there, done that back in ’79 at Tudhoe Working Men’s Club. A similar path, but in Italy, was the starting point for Half-Life except for this band: formed in 2015 by Andrea Lippi (vocals), Guerrino Mattioni (guitar) and Manolo Cogoni (drums) and Gianluca Olraitz ...

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Hank Marvin strikes ‘Gold’ in this new collection

The UK has consistently punched above its weight when it comes to producing the world’s stellar rock guitarists down the years, with many of them going on to sustain long, illustrious and influential careers. Few of these players, though, can truly be described as having been seminal, in the sense they’ve inspired a whole generation to want to learn how ...

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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics – The Man With Stars On His Knees (Special Edition)

“Think Soundgarden. Think Muse,” was the suggestion offered when former Heaven’s Basement vocalist Aaron Buchanan began describing this his new band. More some Faustian pact between The Manic Street Preachers and The Darkness possibly; to be more specific let’s accept the initial flamboyant outrage that latter act presented the mainstream listener with and suggest their intent to be to go ...

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D-A-D show they are more than ‘Dad Rock’ with ‘A Prayer For The Loud’.

D-A-D began playing together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, under their original band name Disneyland After Dark, although it was quickly abbreviated in the face of the wrath emanating from the land of Walt. I kind of agree with the sentiment though. Mickey was always hiding a malevolent streak. They released their first EP in 1985 and are in ...

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Calamity deliver well rounded return with ‘Kairos’

Originally formed as a Metallica cover band, Peurto Rico’s Calamity is far more than you may think at first, having evolved into a totally new beast over the course of their first two original full-length albums. Kairos is the second of these albums and comes out of the gate like a starved wolverine. Dealing out tight thrash riffs at warp speed ...

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