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Black Magic – Jared James Nichols

Wisconsin-born guitar-slinger Jared James Nichols is a throwback to when rock was wild, young and free. His latest album is a collection of song that hit you wham, bam, in and out, with most tracks coming in under the three minute mark. Do they get you under their spell? Let’s find out. A whirring echoing guitar stretches through your speakers, ...

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DON BROCO — The most adjustable scenester try-hards & pop-survivalists of the 21st century.

British rock four piece DON BROCO released their third album Technology this month. The new album finds the band filtering their post-hardcore rock through the percolation filter of a 1980s pop-machine, and then finger-testing the results before adding a swirl-or-two of clotty cream: these twists come in the form of metal, funk and electronics. This album ends-up lip-puckering strong and ...

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Rose Tattoo -Tatts Live In Brunswick 1982

36 years back an Australian radio station played this live show from the Bombay Bicycle Club across the Antipodean airwaves. It’s hard to believe. Hard to conceive that it happened so long ago, and incomprehensible that something so raw and savage – with language not for the faint-hearted – would get played in that format. So what is it? A ...

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Bowling For Soup prove there is no stopping them after decades of touring – Live Review

Venue: Academy, Newcastle. Support: Army Of Freshmen, The Aquabats. Way back in 2013, Bowling For Soup announced they were calling it a day in terms of touring the UK. Yet it’s 2018 and they have toured almost every year since. I guess these guys just love playing live. The packed out venue also says we all love them playing live ...

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We Are All Born Evil

Review: Lechery – We Are All Born Evil

Lechery were formed in 2006 by Martin Bengtsson (former Arch Enemy bass player). After a couple of years of playing small clubs and festivals, Lechery recorded their debut album Violator in 2008. A second album ‘In Fire’ followed in 2011. The new album ‘We Are All born Evil’ is their latest release and continues the twin guitar led heavy approach of ...

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Review: East Texas Adrenaline – Built to Last

East Texas Adrenaline are from err, East Texas. Members Caleb Colton on vocals, Darrell Olbrych on guitar, Troy Dean on bass and backing vocals, and Scott Credeur on drums and backing vocals are about to release a follow up to their first, self-titled album. It’s called Built to Last and (if you believe their PR), “packs plenty of the metal/punk/rock ...

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Review: Crossfaith – Wipeout

We used to live in a world where 90% of the music you heard was from the USA or the UK. Now, thanks to the internet, we’re able to listen to and enjoy music from all over the world. Japan’s music scene in particular has had quite an impact on Western audiences in recent years, and among those bands absolutely ...

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Tiny Moving Parts

Review: Tiny Moving Parts – Swell

Ever wondered what it would sound like if a six-string wizard like Joe Satriani joined Sunny Day Real Estate to add some tasty, technical licks to the wall of post-teen angst rock music more commonly known as emo? Honestly, neither had we in the RAMzine offices until we had the pleasure of hearing ‘Celebrate’, the 2016 album from Minnesota trio, ...

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Cold Years

Review: Cold Years – Northern Blues

Britrock has had a tough couple of decades. In the nineties, we were producing bands like The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and The Manic Street Preachers. Sadly, recent years have seen that section of British music struggle to gain any traction. The occasional bright spot aside, we haven’t had big rock bands. Or at least we didn’t. Because the rock is beginning ...

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TWILIGHT'S EMBRACE

TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE reveal Penance, with highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression

The British doom metallers Twilight’s Embrace are an interesting outfit with a highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression that perfectly encapsulates what gloom and melancholy are all about. Slow, bone-crushing riffs interwoven with haunting melodies and heartfelt vocals are the order of the day here. The four compositions that constitute Penance have a natural and organic flow to them ...

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