Album Reviews

KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Kansas made their name as one of the mainstays of the 70’s and 80’s AOR genre, alongside bands like REO Speedwagon and Foreigner. They’re classed as a classic rock band but the music they play is far too complex for such a description, as the music on this album stands testament. Largely unknown in the UK outside of the rock ...

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Michael Crimson - Weeping Window

Review: Michael Crimson – Medusa

Medusa is a new release by Swedish born Michael Crimson. He is a new name to me and his website assures us he is “a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who makes mind-bending music shaped by everyday life, literature and his own imagination. Inspired by elements of classic rock, glam and pop, he tells character-driven stories through powerhouse guitar passages and ...

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Whitesnake 1987 - 30th Anniversary Edition

Review: Whitesnake 1987 – 30th Anniversary Edition

It is 30 years since Whitesnake graced us with the album that became known as 1987 (or, in Japan as Serpens Albus). To celebrate, Mr Coverdale has helped put together a luxury box set of 4CDs and a DVD! Reasonably priced at £40 it does include a poster, a lyric book and a 60 page hardback book with new pictures ...

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Electric Eye - From the Poisonous Tree

Review: Electric Eye – From the Poisonous Tree

Electric Eye are a Norwegian band and From The Poisonous Tree is their third album. Formed in 2012 by Øystein Braut, Njål Clementsen, Anders Bjelland and Øyvind Hegg-Lunde they are influenced by blues, rock with some nice Eastern undertones. Their website doesn’t reveal much other than they are touring in their homeland; this and previous releases are available via their site or ...

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Review: Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upsidedown

As a massive Manson fan I have become slightly jaded by the hype that surrounds every album he has released since Holywood and even more so after the balls up that was the release date of the then titled album ‘Say 10′ on valentines day this year. With less than a good albums worth of collective songs from any outing ...

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Converge - The Dusk In Us

Review: Converge – The Dusk In Us

Trying to capture the power of Converge in mere words is a tough task. They are a million different things, and nearly every single one of them is challenging and complex. They’re extreme and yet beautiful. Heavy and yet light. And while many of their peers struggle to deal with old age they have nailed their evolution. They’re adapting to ...

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Wu Tang - The Saga Continues

Wu Tang – The Saga Continues – Review

“What’s this…a hip-hop record being reviewed in RAMzine?!”. Your eyes do not deceive you my fellow reader! But every now and again, it is nice to take a little step outside of the brand’s comfort zone. So it gives me great pleasure in being able to be the first to give you this review! The album in question is The Saga Continues by ...

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LA Guns – The Missing Peace

Review: LA Guns – The Missing Peace

If you’re a jobbing Los Angeles musician who hasn’t yet managed to secure a spell in one of the many LA Guns line-up, you should probably pack it all in. After a period of stability between the mid-80s and mid-90s when these West Coast sleaze-merchants gave us their most notable output, it’s been a revolving door of personnel. Singer Phil ...

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Dragonhammer - Obscurity

Review: Dragonhammer – Obscurity

Dragonhammer is a five-piece Italian band who’ve been around for fifteen years and have become one of Italy’s unsung power metal heroes. They’ve released several albums in their time together and, according to their label Magic Kingdom, “Obscurity is the album that will be the band’s definitive consecration into the international scene”.  Even allowing for the very odd usage of ...

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Ne Obliviscaris - Urn

Review: Ne Obliviscaris – Urn

Australia’s Ne Obliviscaris have always stood in a field of one, even within the progressive metal scene which has many diverse acts. Their brand of techy, classical influenced metal is unlike any other band, so it has been interesting to see how their sound has developed over their last two albums. Their first, Portal Of I, was a vibrant and ...

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