RAMzine Classics

Judas Priest – Painkiller

Faster than a bullet. A terrifying scream. These may be the opening lyrics to this album’s ferocious title track, but it also very accurately describes the band involved. With one of the most varied and consistent sounds in metal, Judas Priest have been pioneering heavy metal since the 1970’s. However, with this album, they stormed to new, heavier, faster heights ...

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Metallica – Load

Metallica. The single most successful heavy metal band of all time. There’s just no disputing their commercial success while staying as true to their metal values as they could. Formed in California in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, the heavy metal juggernaut known as Metallica began turning heads as they moved to San Francisco to join what became ...

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Def Leppard ‘Hysteria’

When I was deciding which album to review for this fourth instalment of the RAMZine Classics series, I enlisted the help of my friend “Thimbal”. For him there was only one choice. He assured me with great gusto that this band were not only the “BEST BAND EVER” but that this was also the “BEST ALBUM EVER”. The band was ...

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Iron Maiden ‘Piece of Mind’

Iron Maiden are ‘that’ band for me. They’re my absolute favourite band in the world, and have become so important to me. They have released a plethora of classic albums, all of which will end up being covered in this RAMZine classics series. Today I’ll be analysing their 1983 masterpiece “Piece of Mind.” This album has become one of the ...

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Ugly Kid Joe ‘America’s Least Wanted’

“Are you the guys on the beach that hate everything?” asks the old woman at the start of Ugly Kid Joe’s biggest song. Judging by this album, they certainly didn’t. When you talk about underrated bands, Ugly Kid’s name often crops up. Their funk influenced classic rock seemed to go almost unnoticed through time in the early 90s, which is ...

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Van Halen ‘1984’

Picture the scene. It’s 1984 in Hollywood, California. It’s 7pm on a Saturday night on the Sunset Strip. Queues are starting to form around such legendary venues as The Roxy, The Troubadour and the Whiskey–A-Go-Go. A band has just released their fifth album, and there’s a buzz around Sunset Boulevard that this could be one of the great albums of ...

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