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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 10 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:40

YandT HRHIt was the morning after the night before, but there was barely time to recover from the first evening’s storming performances, especially by Dee Snider, before the UR team and the rest of the assembled HRH horde stormed straight back into the heart of the rock ‘n’ roll action… It turned out to be an eventful day, where the music wasn’t always to the forefront of our thoughts, as you can find out by clicking the link that allows you to do exactly what it says:

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My Vitriol/Magic Mountain – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:20

My Vitriol tour posterSixteen years after producing what Ben Hughes regards as a seminal album that married angular guitars and lazy harmonies that combined the sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Posies, My Vitriol are back out on the road promoting a new, albeit fan-only, album. So, when the tour pulled into his favourite local venue, where was our man gonna be but front and central?

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The King Is Blind – ‘We Are The Parasite We Are The Cancer’ (Calva Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:00

The King Is Blind artworkapproved small 2013It may have taken Nick Russell a while to get around to reviewing the second album from East Anglian noise makers TKIB, but he reckons it’s worth the wait, as he draws comparisons with genre-defining metal albums such as Behemoth’s ‘The Satanist’ and Gojira’s ‘Magma’. Click the link to find out more about a release which the big man reckons is “insightful, interesting and thought-provoking”:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:40

Dee Snider HRHAs the Hard Rock Hell franchise plants its feet very firmly in its second generation of operation, it is extremely clear that its popularity has not in any waned – in fact, if anything it continues to grow, which brings in itself problems. With this year’s attendance figures breaking all previous records, the main arena, as the weekend progressed, suffered severe problems with over-crowding… but, we’ll address that issue in due course. In the meantime, Monk and DQ look back on the events of the first evening:

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Witterquick – ‘Fire & Ice’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:20

Witterquick Fire Ice artworkIt was the morning after the Friday night before, and UR supremo Monk didn’t want something too heavy too early, so he slipped this little shiny disc into ye olde deck of death to see if it would help wake him up gently… Did it do the trick? Click the link to find out:

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Divide – ‘Embers’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:00

Divide EmbersHaving recently undergone both a line-up change and a slight shortening of their name, Glaswegian alt-rockers Divide are just about to release their latest EP, before heading out on a headlining tour early in the New Year. Would said mini-opus ignite Allan Maxwell’s inner fire? Click the link to find out:

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Y&T/Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:40

YandT BelfastY&T’s end of year UK tours have become something of a ritual. This year, their annual visit included a return to the Hard Rock Hall festival: but, two days beforehand, they made an overdue visit to one city, and one venue, which has really taken the band to their buxom… and URHQ’s management team were down the front, soaking up the sweat before boarding an early morning flight to the wilds of the Welsh coast to do it all over again:

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Vice – ‘Veni Vidi Vice’ (Pride and Joy Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:20

Vice artworkIt has been almost 30 years since German hard rockers Vice last bothered the charts with a new release – but, now they’re back in action and attempting to pick up where they left off… Have they succeeded? Well, click the click and find out why Phil Cooper reckons they haven’t quite risen to the challenge:

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Anti-Flag - ‘American Fall’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:00

Anti Flag artworkGerald Stansbury first came across Anti-Flag when he heard the title track of ‘Die For Your Government’ on a compliation album (remember those?) back when it was first released, which sent him right back to the record store to buy the album. He hasn’t looked back since… so, how would he react to their latest album, the appropriately titled ‘American Fall’? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that’s click the distinctly Trump-disapproved link:

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Damnation Defaced – ‘Invader From Beyond’ (Apostasy Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:20

Damnation Defaced artworkAt first glance, their name may not reveal it, but the album title should! While thoroughly ploughing the traditional death metal route, Damnation Defaced are not content to pursue the genre’s traditional themes of destruction and gore, but instead use their music, albeit brutally, to reflect their mutual love of a genre that, in itself, can often be seen to one of the campest around. Click the link to find out more:

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Aetherian – ‘The Untamed Wilderness’ (Lifeforce Records) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 04:00

aetherian artworkWith their debut full-length album, Phil Cooper reckons that not only have Greek melodic death metallers Aetherian produced something fresh and exciting, but also have laid down a powerful statement of intent in regards to taking on some of their more famous Scandinavian cousins who have dominated the genre for so long. Click the link to find out why:

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Last In Line/NI Music Awards – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:40

Vivian Campbell Belfast November 2017This past Saturday evening, Sweet Savage/Def Leppard/Dio/Whitesnake/Last In Line guitarslinger Vivian Campbell was deservedly presented with a lifetime achievement gong at the annual Northern Ireland Music Awards… but, this was no stuffed-shirt affair, with artists getting up and performing in between a hearty round of backslapping, as it was followed by a full-blown performance by the man and his band. Our resident shredder was front and centre and brings us this inside scoop on what went down on the night:

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Theory Of A Deadman – ‘Wake Up Call’ (Roadrunner Records/604 Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:20

Theory sleeve loresJonni D recently returned from a jaunt around central America, and so we thought we’d welcome him home with something really special – the sixth studio album from the band once dubbed ‘Nickeleback-lite’ because of their closeness to their Canadian countrymen. Have they finally managed to shake off that tag, or is our lad wishing he was back in a wifi-less jungle? Click the link to find out.

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Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Ain’t No Pussy’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 13 November 2017 04:00

Pussycat JohnsonsAfter falling headfirst last year for their ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ album, and having previously enjoyed ‘Exercise Your Demons’, Martin Haslam had high expectations for the new release from Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons. Were his expectations fulfilled? To find out, you know what to do:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Martin Barre Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:30

Martin BarreIt is not every day that you get the chance to interview someone who not only has been working as a professional musician for longer than you yourself have been on the planet, but even less so when it's someone who has been a major influence on subsequent generations of musicians. But, that was just the experience DJ Astrocreep had the other week, when he was offered the opportunity to sit down for an in-depth chat with the legendary guitarist, Martin Barre:

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MOANLOAD 2018 – What The Fuck Are You Lot Complaining About? Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:00

Download 2018 HeadlinersWith the winter chill well and truly set in and the finishing line for ‘best release list of 2017’ within spitting distance, the time is high to get stuck in with announcements for the bands that will grace our shores come festival season 2018. With that in mind, this past week Download Festival announced its headline line-up for next June. Running from 8 to 10 June at Donington Park, Download Festival is indisputably the biggest out and out rock and metal fest in the UK, challenged only by specialist fests like Bloodstock and Rebellion in terms of sheer excitement. Yet, even with the announcement of three of the biggest names in the game, inevitably the moaners have come out in force to complain because, after all this is the same crowd that started the #whynotDyingFetus campaign in earnest. With that (and a pithy pun) in mind, Rich Hobson presents a round-up of the acts announced for Download Festival 2018 so far, looking at exactly who they are, what you should check out if you don’t already know them (having just emerged from your pre-historic cave) and exactly why they are a great booking for Download Festival and the greater rock community…

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