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Will Varley – ‘Spirit of Minnie’ (Xtra Mile Records) Print E-mail
Written by Lizzi Maxwell   
Monday, 22 January 2018 04:20

Will Varley Spirit artworkFollowing on from the success of his album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ and tours with the likes of Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and The Proclaimers, British folk singer Will Varley returns with his upcoming fifth album, ‘Spirit Of Minnie’ – one which Lizzi Maxwell says marks a change in direction for the artist. Find out what she means on the other side of this link:

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The Xcerts - ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ (Raygun Records) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Monday, 22 January 2018 04:00

The Xcerts artworkAllan Maxwell reckons that 2018 could be the year that The Xcerts become a household name, aided by extensive tour and abetted by a fourth album “more polished than Vin Diesel’s scalp”. Click the link to find out why our man is getting excited by “something that could come straight out of a ‘Breakfast Club’-style soundtrack”:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bitch Queens Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:20

approved image lrg 2013A certain "rock star" once declared that rock is dead - only to find himself consistently contradicted and disproved in his assertion, as Über Rock demonstrates each and every single day, by bringing the hottest breaking bands and the coolest rock 'n'f'n' roll sounds around... And we've done it again, as we present to your of 'Video Of The Week' choice, here at the Über Kingdom of Rock 'n' Roll - and it's from a band who are firm favourites of ours, who are declaring that it is, in fact, another form of so-called "music" that is extinct and buried... so, what are you waiting for? Get clicking that little link and enjoy the latest audio-visual feast from the luverly Bitch Queens:

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MIDNITE MIXTAPE MASSACRE – Paul Barrow (Death Blooms) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:00

Death Blooms 2017Another once popular Über Rock feature which sees itself getting a new breath of life this new year is the Midnite Mixtape Massacre, in which musos pick a selection of songs which have shaped the person they are today, and to which they still listen with the same enthusiasm as when they first heard the tunes in question… Click on the link to find out what earworms provide continuing aural pleasure for Death Blooms frontman Paul Barrow:

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The Über Rock Interview – Dan Lovett-Horn and Steve Graham (Promethium) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:40

Promethium album coverFive years on from their last effort, Lancaster metallians Promethium are about to release a new album, ‘Faces Of War’. So, what better time for one of UR’s shield maidens to catch up with two of the guys from the band to find out about the forthcoming release, what they’ve been up to in recent years and what 2018 holds for them – and you can do just that on the other side of this link:

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Watain/Degial – London, The Dome – 12 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:20

Watain sigilIt had been a quiet couple of weeks for our resident gigaholic, and it took him a bit longer than some other members of the UR team to break his 2018 live duck – and also a 500+ mile round trip from Liverpool to London and back. But, was it worth it? As ever, you can find out on the other side of the link:

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My ‘Gig From Hell’ – Shane Gann (Hail The Sun) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:00

Hail The Sun GlasgowRecently seen in the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll supporting Silverstein, Hail The Sun are a Cailfornian progressive post-hardcore quartet who met when they were all studying music technology at college. Like most bands, they have endured their fair share of “gigs from hell” – but there is one that sticks out as particularly memorable, as guitarist Shane Gann recalled when Allan Maxwell caught up with him after the Glasgow leg of the recent tour:

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HELLO GOODBYE: SpeedTheory return for farewell show Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 19 January 2018 11:02

SpeedthoryWolverhampton heavy metallers SpeedTheory are to return for a one-off farewell show, and you can get all the gen on the other side of this link:

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Walking Papers – ‘WP2’ (Loud & Proud Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:40

Walking Papers artworkHang on a minute… this is 2018, right?  Just about? Good, Jonni D is just checking… just as he’s also checking out the brand new second album from the “supergroup” comprising the talents of The Missionary Position’s Jeff Angell and Benjamin Anderson,Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin and G’nR’s Duff McKagan. You can find out if his ears were attuned to their retro rock vibes on the other side of this ‘ere link:

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Trampolene – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (Mi7 Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:20

Trampolene artworkOur resident punk ‘n’ roller Double D loves himself a bit of poetry, especially when it comes coupled with a bunch of kick ass songs that range from ugly ballads to beautiful hard rockers… and he reckons that a forthcoming tour supporting thon super gob front bloke from Oasis can’t do anything but boost the profile of Swansea's swaggering hoodlums Trampolene and this superb debut album, about which you can read more on the other side of the link:

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Black Moth – Anatomical Venus (Candlelight Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 19 January 2018 04:00

Black Moth artworkIntentionally or not, the spirit of 2017 looms large on the third Black Moth record. Between its themes of femininity and objectification and the band’s established doom-with-a-twist inclinations, ‘Anatomical Venus’ could very well have slotted in nicely with the similarly themed and sonically-inclined 2017 releases by King Woman and Chelsea Wolfe, as Rich H explains on the other side of this link:

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Machine Head – ‘Catharsis’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:40

Machine Head CatharsisJonni D reckons that the declarative statement of “fuck the world” that opens Machine Head’s new record may be more telling than it initially appears, and wouldn’t be at all surprised if said album does not turn out to be incredibly polarizing among their fans. You can find out why on the other side of this link:

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Kane’d - ‘Show Me Your Skeleton’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:20

Kaned artworkapproved small 2013Welsh rockers Kane’d offer quite a unique proposition, in that they are front not by one, not by two but by no less than three vocalists, all of them sisters… they first came to Gerald S’s attention at the end of last year, when the title track to this, their latest album, became his current earworm.  But, would the entire opus have the same effect as its lead single? Well, you know where the answer is:

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Mean Motor Scooter – ‘Hindu Flying Machine’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:20

Mean Motor Scooter artworkDom Daley reckons that it doesn't seem fair that one label should be responsible for churning out great record after great record, again and again. But, when they are as consistently good as this latest bunch of garage rock ‘n’ rollers, is he complaining? Is he heckers like?  Click the link to find out why getting the shit kicked out of his speakers put a smile on his grizzled fizzog:

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White Wizzard – ‘Infernal Overdrive’ (M-Theory Audio) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:40

White Wizzard artworkIt’s been nearly five years since LA metallians White Wizzard last bothered the eardrums of Uber boss Monk with their brand of Maiden-meets-Manowar metal, but now they’re back on the aural attack with an epic new album, which has our main man seeking out his spandex and reaching for a box of badgers… To find out what we’re one about, click that link and shift your reading gears to (infernal) overdrive:

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Ammouri – ‘Dare To Be Happy’ (Pride And Joy Music) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:20

Ammouri artworkIn certain corners of the music industry, Swedish singer Marina Ammouri is already being spoken of as the second coming of Doro Pesch. But does she have the voice, the presence and the charisma – never mind the songs and the album – to live up to such high levels of expectation? Tim Bolitho-Jones gives his detailed assessment on the other side of this link:

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