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Josh Todd & The Conflict – ‘Year Of The Tiger’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:30

Josh Todd Conflict artworkFollowing the surprise departure of guitarist Keith Nelson earlier this year, Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd decided to go solo – well, sort of, as he brought rhythm guitarist Steve Dacanay and drummer Sean Winchester along for the ride as well.  Our man Double D gets his claws into the project’s debut album and finds himself slightly conflicted by what he hears:

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Kickin Valentina – ‘Imaginary Creatures’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:00

imgcreaturesalbum1UR boss Mark Ashby came across the name Kickin Valentina a few years back when he got a friend request on ye olde social media from a guy who turned out not only to have a connection to his past but also to be the drummer in said band… Click the link to find out why, a little way down the timeline, the fates once again aligned and da Monk man found that he wasn’t imagining things when their new album arrived on his doorstep:

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Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:30

Trucker Diablo - FFEYou sort of know what to expect from a new Trucker Diablo album: big riffs, big hooks, big choruses – everything big, in fact. And their fourth album delivers just that – and more, as it is their heaviest, and also their most personal to date. Click the link as David O’Neill explains just what keeps the big truck rollin’:

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Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:00

MIDNITE CITY 3000x3000pxHaving team up with the workaholic and Brit AOR guru that is Pete Newdeck, Rob Wylde is about to deliver a new album which is quite possible career-defining. Certainly, it is one he has always threatened, and wanted to make – and one which our very own ‘Prince Of Parp’ has been eagerly anticipating. Get ready to mop up the drool as he takes a stroll through the streets of Midnite City, right on the other side of this link:

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The Singles Club - Sensational September Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:30

Mick JaggerIn all the time he’s done the Singles Club, Dom Daley has come across some fantastic singles. It’s a format he can't get enough of and, whilst it might now come in many guises and formats, he still loves hearing a great single by a band or singer. But even he reckons that his month’s batch, without exception, is the strongest and finest selection to date. Click the link to find out why:

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Black Sabbath – ‘The End Of The End’ Premiere – London, Soho Screening Rooms – 6 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:00

black-sabbath-the-end-of-the-end-posterEarlier this year, the founding fathers of heavy metal declared that is was indeed ‘The End’, at least as far as touring is concerned.  Events around their last ever live appearance, in their home town of Birmingham, were recorded for posterity, with the resulting film due to be shown in cinemas at the end of this month.  Our man Jim Rowland was very lucky to be among the invited audience at a very special preview, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Role Models/The Loyalties /Shush/Billy Liar – Camden, The Black Heart - 2 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:30

Role Models - CamdenWhat else would any self-respecting music writer be doing on a Saturday night than heading into the black heart of London Town to revel in the joys of sharing a sweaty room with hundreds of like-minded folk enjoying a four-band rock ‘n roll ride? Nothing, right? Well, that’s exactly what Double D did the other weekend, when he joined in the fun for the launch of the Role Models’ latest album:

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The Dowling Poole – Bedford, Esquires, 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:00

Dowling Poole - Bedford 3There is a corner of Martin Haslam’s heart that shall belong forever to the music of Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, be it the two albums they have produced together, or through their work with the likes of The Grip, The Wildhearts, Honeycrack, Cardiacs, and God Damn Whores… so, when they played one of only three gigs this year down his local, he really had to be front and centre, didn’t he?

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HRH Sleaze – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 3 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:00

Tyla - HRH SleazeSheffield may be best known as Steel City, but earlier this month it was transformed into Sleaze City when the Hard Rock Roll team unveiled their latest themed weekender. Always proud of the fact that they were born in the gutter, looking at the stars and revelling in their reflected light, the UR team headed braved the hairspray laden air to see what the second day of this bespoke festival had to offer:

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Moonlight Desires – ‘Just The Hits: 1981-1985’ (Infamous Butcher Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 15 September 2017 05:00

Moonlight Desires coverThere are those who would say that, like most of the UR crüe, our ‘Prince Of Parp’ is still living in the Eighties! If that is the case, then he may well have found the soundtrack to his life. Will he resist those moonlight desires or will he strut his funky stuff to just the hits of the era? Click the link to find out:

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Eagles Of Death Metal – ‘I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris’ (Eagle Vision) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:30

EODM-Love-You-All-The-Time-CD-cover-lrNo one should need reminded of the significance of the date 13 November 2015. It was the night gunmen burst into Paris’ Bataclan Theatre and massacred 89 music fans at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig. Three months later, the band returned to the French capital to complete the gig, with the result being captured for posterity on this new DVD/CD package.  Mark Ashby shares his thoughts:

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Black Stone Cherry – ‘Black To Blues’ (Mascot Group) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:00

Black Stone Cherry - Black To BluesYou could say that David O’Neil is a bit of a fan of Black Stone Cherry. Well, he’s seen them at least once on every tour, and probably owns multiple copies, in every available format, of everything they’ve ever released. So, when this wee EP of blues covers was offered up for review, his email was the first in the UR inbox. Click the link to what he thought of the ‘Cherry-fication’ of these classic tracks:

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Blackmore’s Night – ‘To The Moon And Back’ (Minstrel Hall Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:30

Blackmores Night artworkAlways believing that honesty is the best policy, UR boss Mark Ashby freely admits that he’s never paid much attention to Blackmore’s Night, the husband-and-wife project that saw the former Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist more or less turn his back on rock music and abandoning his electric guitar for lutes, mandolins and the like. Now, with the release of a two CD retrospective, our editor-in-chief finds himself somewhat less than impressed with his exploration of the man in black’s back catalogue:

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Jag Panzer – ‘The Deviant Chord’ – (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:00

jagpanzerdeviantcdUR’s resident shredder has been busy this week: this is his fourth review in as many days – and this time he is stepping back in time to hook up with a band who trace their roots back to the heady days of 1980s metal. But, have they managed to re-discover the deviant chord and remain relevant 30 years later? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and that’s by clicking this link thing and reading on:

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Damn Freaks – ‘Damn Freaks’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:30

Damn Freaks artworkItalian hard rockers are on a mission… to recreate the Eighties, and evoke the spirit of acts like White Lion, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Dokken and David Lee Roth. With their recently released debut album, UR editor-in-chief Mark Ashby reckons they might just about have fulfilled their ambition. Click the link to find out how and why:

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Ctulu – ‘Cultus In Tenebris’ (Static Tension Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:00

Ctulu artworkMarc L is a busy boy this week, and this morning he checks into the Über Rock coffee house for a rather tasty slice of black metal all the way from the dark heart of northern Germany. Click the link to find out what happened when he entered the weird and wonderful world of Lovecraft, brought to light by three leather clad brutes who take their name from one of the products of his fervid imagination:

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