Author Archives: Jay Brown

Assistant Editor of RAMzine - Raised on Motown and Rock, now with a deep love for all things metal and heavy rock. Veteran gig goer, favorite bands include Slayer, Mastodon, Dopelord & Power Trip among many others. Explorer of subgenres, collector of whiskey.

Phoxjaw display grace and grit on Royal Swan

Bristol-based noise crew Phoxjaw are set to release their first full-length title, Royal Swan on July 3rd via Hassle Records, following on from their two successful EP’s, Goodbye Dinosaur and A Playground For Sad Adults. This new record spans the range from angsty alternative noise to distorted indie and more in between as it traverses its steller eleven-track length. Each track offers a ...

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Melvins - Houdini

RAMzine Classics: Melvins – Houdini

Not only are Melvins a criminally overlooked band in most senses but they also have some of the most underrated albums that have not only helped define genres but wildly experiment with them as well.  The album under the microscope here is the quintessential Houdini, released in September of 1993. Houdini is the fifth studio album in what is now a long line of releases as ...

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Game Zero “We want to feel the energy of the fans with these new songs”

We were recently awarded the chance to speak with Italy’s rising hard rock outfit Game Zero, having released an album (find our review here) on the eve of the global crisis we wanted to see how much of an impact this had on the band, their promotion of the new album and what’s in store for the future. Your second album ...

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Firewind deliver the power on new self-titled release

Firewind, the Greek power metal band created and led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, has returned with a brand new album via AFM Records and a brand new vocalist in Herbie Langhans (Avantasia, ex- Sinbreed). Langhans was recruited and sent the band’s music for the new release as well as the entire back catalogue to study and asked to pick ...

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Havok reach new heights on fifth album

Thrash fans rejoice, for the new Havok album is here, “V” released May 1st via Candlelight Records is the band’s fifth studio album, which you may have guessed from the title. The old school riff dealers have put a lot of time and energy into this release and have ensured they carry the energy and evolution of their sound onto it, ...

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Machine Head reschedule UK legs of Burn My Eyes tour

Machine Head are among the newest wave of bands to officially reschedule tour dates after the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. The Burn My Eyes 25th Anniversary tour continues the ‘Evening With…’ format, which has proved popular with fans, essentially a three-hour music marathon made up of two parts, opening with modern classics from across the bands back catalogue and ...

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Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley

RAMzine Classic: Kyuss – Welcome To Sky Valley

With current global events seeing most of humanity confined to our homes, we have a lot of time on our hands, while the circumstances we are all facing at the time of writing are far from ideal and can be downright scary, for millions of people music will be helping ease the pressure of this unprecedented struggle. That’s exactly why ...

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Battle Born cross swords on self titled release

Power metal or battle metal is one sub-genre you can rely on always having certain tropes, there is a distinct sound, imagery and lyrical makeup to be found within it and Battle Born have leaned heavily into this on their new self titled release. Weighing in at five tracks, this plucky underground release dishes out power metal cliche’s by the ...

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League Of Corruption stir up something in the water

If you’re in the mood for some dive bar, dirty yet intelligent, Southern-tinged, groove metal then League of Corruption from British Columbia have you covered with their new release Something In The Water. This is very much a no-nonsense album that deals with real-life and offers unapologetic social commentary, few subjects are unscathed from society’s reliance on technology on second ...

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1000mods ignite the youth of dissent on new record

In their own words, 1000mods describe themselves as psychedelic, trippy, hauntingly melodic and dangerously addictive. A fairly accurate description and but would it not be? Incredibly energetic and catchy, 1000mods latest release Youth Of Dissent is a welcome distraction in these trying times. Containing a hint of early grunge, tripped out grooves and more than a few crunchy riffs, it’s an album ...

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