Reviews

Epica – The Quantum Enigma

Fifth album in from Epica the symphonic metal band who hail from Holland, but the first I’ve had the opportunity to listen to. Increasingly I’m hearing bands, and predominantly European ones, whose albums tend to be what you might term concept orientated, that is to say there’s an overall story or theme behind them. Each of the five digi-pak versions ...

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Doro – Powerful Passionate Favorites

Celebrating German metal siren Doro Pesch’s career with the Raise Your Fist 30Years Anniversary-Edition, record label Nuclear Blast have included a bonus CD of rare, new and previously unreleased material under the title ‘Powerful Passionate Favorites’ and much as the American misspelling of Favourites aggravates me endlessly, I find quite a few guilty pleasures to be heard on the actual ...

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Avatar – Hail The Apocalypse

Avatar – words cannot describe how nuts and awesome they are live! Avenged Sevenfold personally picked Avatar as their support act across their European tour in late 2013. Due to this massive break for the band they have now received loads of bookings for major festivals such as Download, Bloodstock and Rock On The Range, for late 2014. If your ...

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Alkaline Trio @ The Forum, London

Alkaline Trio have been knocking around a while now – their debut album ‘Goddamnit’ was released in 1998, and their most recent ‘My Shame Is True’ just last year. The crowd on this Saturday night at The Forum reflects their ranging appeal and long-term growing fanbase, with a mix of older and younger fans packing out the sold-out standing section ...

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Review: Hit The Deck Festival 2014

Hit The Deck Festival takes place yearly, playing a day each in Bristol and Nottingham. RAMzine were at the Nottingham leg of the festival, and here are our selected highlights… Hit The Deck always proves to have an interesting and diverse line-up, with a mixture of big name bands and up-and-comers, 2014’s festival proved no different. First off the bat, ...

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Foreigner, Europe & FM Live at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Tuesday 15th April

Review by Paul H Birch, Photos by Lisa Billingham Tonight there’s a good vibe in Wolverhampton and inside its Civic Theatre FM kick off promptly, giving us the one-two punch of Tough Love and I Belong To the Night as Steve Overland’s voice echoes outside to be heard by those yet to be let in. Don’t Stop rocks out with ...

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The Used – Imaginary Enemy

It’s been ten years since The Used released their much-loved album In Love And Death, and even longer since one of their best know tracks ‘The Taste Of Ink’ was released. ‘The Taste of Ink’ wormed its way into the ears and hearts of many a teenage alternative kid. Moving towards the more recent past, 2012’s Vulnerable didn’t make much of ...

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DVD Review: The Rise And Fall of The Clash

Documentary showing the moving story of The Clash “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Thus with a quote from Shakespeare this DVD begins giving way to the sound of helicopters hovering over a huge auditorium in the States, then cutting to ground level as The Clash stroll ...

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Ronnie James Dio – ‘This Is Your Life’

What an amazing tribute to a gone but never forgotten hero – Ronnie James Dio, who I am sure, would be very proud of this. Biography Ronnie James Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire under the name Ronald James Padavona on the 10th July 1942.  It was a very sad day for all metal heads, as Ronnie bid his ...

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Devil You Know – The Beauty of Destruction

“It’s a different style of music for me,” says Jones of Devil You Know. “It’s heavy as anything any of us are known for but I get to do some different things people won’t expect. I’ve been singing almost all my life. Being around good songwriters and musicians in my former bands really helped mould me into who I am ...

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