Album Reviews


Phandrom – Victims of the Sea

Norway’s Phandrom are firmly rooted in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70’s and 80’s, spiced up, so they say, with traces of Baroque music, opera and raw elements of jazz. Leader and guitar player, Hallgeir Pedersen, co-founded Phandrom along with drummer Bjørn Ivar Aslaksen, bass player Odd Erling Simensen and vocalist Terje Storvig. Their 6-track album, Victim of ...

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Blind River

Blind River set to release new album

Back early last year, I found myself strolling into the Underworld to cover a show of one of my favourite bands, Grand Magus with support from the fantastic Planet of Zeus. Now at RAMzine, we like to pride ourselves on trying to showcase the new and upcoming bands, so getting in early and checking out those opening acts is a ...

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Burn The Priest – Legion: XX

There is so much that can be said about nostalgia, looking back on life in all its good, and bad glory. One thing that is for certain though, when you have managed to do something that gets you known, it doesn’t hurt to remember where you come from and what got you there. Legion: XX is in a way like ...

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Godsmack – When Legends Rise

Godsmack are one of those dirty little secrets, a band I grew up with back in the late 90’s. I remember being a teen and in some store with second hand albums, extremely little in the way of rock or metal, but I did find the self titled release along with something else. Sitting down at home with a mate ...

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Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree

First time I heard of Black Stone Cherry, they were being brought over as support for a little known guy and his band, Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society. Immediately peaking my interest, I checked them out and heard Lonely Train from their debut, a new musical love affair was born and I was straight down the record shop to ...

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Perfect Plan

Melodic rock band Perfect Plan release All Rise

Sweden has been the land of AOR and Melodic Rock for quite a while now and have now produced another band of that ilk (or should that be elk?!) in the guise of Perfect Plan. Formed in late 2014, they have now signed to Frontiers, who were attracted by the mixture of classic Scandinavian AOR (a la Work of Art, ...

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Norwegian melodic rock queen Issa releases Run With The Pack

Norwegian melodic rock doyenne Issa Oversveen, to give her full name, is back with her fifth studio album Run With The Pack. On this new release, Issa is joined by the ever-productive Alessandro Del Vecchio along with Simone Mularoni of Italian prog band DGM on guitar with bass, and drums provided by Andrea ToWer Torricini (Vision Divine) and Marco Di ...

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Doomsday Outlaw Hard Times

Doomsday Outlaw release hard rock blues-tinged album Hard Times

Doomsday Outlaw is a 5-piece hard rock, blues-tinged band based in Derbyshire. Members Steve Broughton (guitar), Indy Chanda (bass), Gavin Mills (guitar), Phil Poole (vocals) and John Willis (drums), are set to release a new album called Hard Times. This is their third album and the first on a major label and they keep on getting better. The first two showed ...

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SheZoo’s Agony of Doubt

The multi-national band Shezoo consisting of Natacha Starke (Vocals), Micha Jennissen (Guitar), Ralf Luz (Bass) and Jerry Getler (Drums) are Dutch, German, Swiss and Swiss. They’ve been together in this form since 2014 and state their influences as Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Queensryche, Dio, Kingdom Come and 80’s metal. Agony of Doubt, is their latest release and features 10 tracks of ...

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Altamadum’s A Monument to Time

A Monument to Time is the 3rd full-length CD by Altamadum and features 12 tracks, varying from heavy rock pieces to slower not quite ballads. Band members Brendan Byers (Drums/Percussions), James Cole (Bass Guitar), Sam Mucha (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar) and Cam Thomas (Lead Guitar) hail from Thunder Bay (that’s in Canada) and have been together since 2007. Listening to these ...

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