Reviews

  • Keitzer - Ascension

    Review: Keitzer – Ascension

    Well there is nothing that feeds the blood more than good old metal grind and hardcore. It’s punishing and brutal and you can feel your whole body sha...

  • Lita Ford

    Lita Ford’s comeback, even better than we could expect.

    English-born American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 70’s before embarking on a...

  • Der Weg Einer - Freiheit Finnisterre

    Review: Der Weg Einer – Freiheit Finnisterre

    Oh the awesome German accent comes from the speakers along with a strange doomy sound and then simply explodes into a head decapitating savagery! Livi...

  • Review: Hammerjack – EP Two

    For those who do not know who Hammerjack are, (much like myself before this EP):They are a quartet of good mates with the sole purpose of playing rock...

  • Savoy Brown – City Night

    I’ve no idea how old Kim Simmonds is but he’s spent over 50 years rocking the blues and doesn’t appear to be letting up with this Savoy Brown’s 40th a...

  • In Flames - Battles

    Review: In Flames – Battles

    Considering that In Flames are a band that have been writing and producing music for 26 years you may be forgiven for wondering how they would keep fr...

  • Malnàtt ‘Principia Discordia’ Album Review

    Formed in Bologna, Italy in 1999, Malnàtt has moved away from the folk approach of the early albums to focus on much more extreme and experimental sou...

  • Live Review: Robin Trower, The Sage, Gateshead

    The word ‘legend’ is overused at times in the press to describe fairly recent acts. Well think of it this way: Have they been compared to ...

Saxon

SAXON – The Eagle has Landed 40 ‘live’

Since their inception in the late 1970’s, Saxon have gone from being one of the forerunners of the awkwardly titled New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) to become one of the standard bearers of rock, and whilst they’ve never achieved the iconic status of other NWOBHM bands like Maiden and Leppard, nonetheless they’ve become one of the most successful ...

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SUPERSONIC BLUES MACHINE - Road Chronicles

Supersonic Blues Machine play some solid bluesy rock on Road Chronicles ‘live’

Supersonic Blues Machine (SBM) are claimed by their fan base to be ‘the ultimate rock, blues and soul’ jam band. All the musicians involved have been around the block more than once and they came together in 2015 to form SBM. Since then they’ve released two studio albums and this, their first ‘live’ album, Road Chronicles, was recorded in Italy ...

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UK TechFest 2019

If ever there was a festival that the phrase ‘For us, by us’ could fit, UK Techfest would be it. It now calls Newark Showground home after the idea first came about in 2011 in order to give the bands of technical and progressive metal a platform to share, both the up and coming and the established artists of the ...

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NEIL YOUNG

Neil Young live at Hyde Park

There can be few other artists who’ve pursued their own muse to such a singular extent as Neil Young, whether it’s walking out on bands… he missed playing the legendary Monterey Festival in 1967 by walking out on Buffalo Springfield, making albums to spite label boss David Geffen or walking out on his friends during a tour; just ask Stephen ...

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King Diamond

Dokk´em Open Air in Netherlanders headlined by King Diamond and Cradle of Filth

Dokkum is a magic place, where you don’t need to close your eyes to travel many centuries ago, elegant style, typical Netherlanders landscapes from chaotic Amsterdam to this pacific town, perfect if you are interested in really good beers; and the metal festival is the best excuse to visit it, a tiny festival, with 300 volunteers giving all they have ...

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Hellfest 2019

Review: Hellfest Open Air Festival 2019 (France)

Through the years we’ve seen a lot of great bands headlining at international festivals, every new season there are less bands able to properly head the next editions without repeating or having to lower the level and hire secondary bands. Just a few chosen can reach Hall of Fame status, and they show several reasons for this… with Kiss, we ...

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Hands Off Gretel prove all the haters wrong, live in Newcastle.

“Female-fronted band”, “chick rock”, “girls who rock” – a few terms that need to be wiped from the vocabulary of fans and music journos alike. This is 2019: your gender, sexuality, disability, race or religion do NOT define who you are and should not be who you are identified as. So why did Hands Off Gretel vocalist Lauren Tate have ...

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Download 2019: The Highlights -Sunday – Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Slayer and more.

Ahead of our full coverage in the next issue of RAMzine, we conclude our festival highlights for another year. Sunday can be the best day: you have had a great time and you get to have a proper sleep tomorrow. Or the worst: it’s the last day and you have to leave. This has been an interesting Download – Friday ...

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Last in Line

Last in Line and Diamond Head play a special London show

A night for the books, Last In Line are playing a special show with legendary special guests, and friends, Diamond Head. There isn’t much that can be said that hasn’t been said before about these line-ups. Diamond Head, the classic NWOBHM band that made their mark on a few bands that became known as the big four; And Last in ...

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Rebecca Downes

Rebecca Downes – More Sinner than Saint  

Following on from her last album, 2016’s Believe, Rebecca Downes has released the follow-up, putting it out on her own label, Mad Hat Records. The title track ‘Believe’ won the accolade of Song of the Year at the 2016 British Blues Awards, so she’s set her own bar high for the follow-up. Rebecca Downes is an artist said to be a ...

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