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HRH Blues – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 15/16 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:00

simon-mcbride-at-hrh-blues 33779864790 oLast weekend, the Hard Rock Hell team ramped up the volume with their dedicated HRH Blues festival, moving it from an adjunct to the HRH United event to a full-blown weekend shebang with its own dedicated venue. Faced with the prospect of not being able to get a drink, never mind not see a band, in their home town, UR’s Mark Ashby and Dark Queen hotfooted it over to Sheffield to check out some of the onstage action:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Seether Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:30

SeetherFor last 15 years, Seether have been a staple of the alternative rock scene in America, consistent in both popularity and their creative output. According to our man Jonni D, their upcoming album, ‘Poison The Parish’, sees the trio taking some bold steps in terms of adopting a more unpolished sound, as they take advantage of a newfound, greater creative control over their music. JD recently took the opportunity to chat with primary songwriter Shaun Morgan about this fertile stage in the band’s career:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: The Raven Age Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:00

The Raven Age - Facebook profile picHaving supported some of the biggest and most prestigious names in the metal world over the past three years, The Raven Age have had the finest tutelage that our world can offer. Be it the gauntlet of fire of supporting Iron Maiden at international stadium shows, or a master-class of thrash in supporting Anthrax across the UK and Europe, this band has had to earn their stripes fast. Rich Hobson caught up with guitarist George Harris at the recent Hammerfest to find out everything he possibly could about them:

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The Quireboys/Last Great Dreamers – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 7 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:00

the-quireboys-10 33610496030 oA couple of weekends back, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen once again hopped on the beer bus in the centre of Belfast and headed to the hills – quite literally – to catch up with one of the hottest rock ‘n’ roll tours so far this year, in the shape of the pairing of the inimitable Quireboys and the renascent Last Great Dreamers. Click the link to read what went down in the normally quiet village on the outskirts of Ballymena (hey):

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‘Women Of Rock Tour’ – Abertillery, The Dragonffli – 8 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:30

Jade-Ball Dan-Fry Digital-CriminalsProving not only that the live music scene is definitely kicking ass in southern Wales, but that the women of rock ‘n’ roll can do so with equal measure to their male companions, David O’Neill once again headed into the valleys to catch this four band bill of diverse bands which well and truly got his weekend off to the best possible start:

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Duncan Reid & The Big Heads/Spizzenergi/Role Models – Camden, The Black Heart – 11 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:00

Duncan Reid Facebook photoIt was a warm humid night in London, so it must be something special to get Dom Daley up to the big smoke on a school night.  We guess Duncan Reid playing a show to preview his brand new studio album was a good enough reason and having those Role Models on board is the cherry on the icing on the cake, our man reckons. Click the link to get all the punk rock biz:

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Fifteen Years – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:00

a2781813121 16Skater punk may not be Dom Daley’s favourite take on the genre, but he is our resident expert and outstanding in his field (especially when he farts), so who better to wrap their ears around the debut offering from Bristolian upstarts Fifteen Years. But, did he go to hell in a handcart or take the highway to heaven? Click the link to find out:

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Bite The Bullet – ‘Can Be Anything’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:30

Bite The Bullet artworkIn the third album from Denmark’s BTB, Mark Ashby finds a release which combines a weird mix of styles, quoting Seventies-style retro acid pop, Eighties electronica, house music and whacked out psychedelia and finding references to Roxy Music, Primal Scream and, er, Human League! But, is there any rock ‘n’ roll in there? Or is our boss buckling under the strain of running one of the UK’s fastest growing independent websites? Click the link to find out:

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Overoth/Strangle Wire/By Any Means/Lawfucker – Belfast, Voodoo - 15 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:00

Overoth - Voodoo 2Northern Ireland’s arcane licensing laws mean that the city virtually closes down over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with only a few hardy souls venturing forth to track down the limited amount of entertainment available. One such individual was the brave Jonni D, who managed to find one of a very small handful of gigs which went ahead:

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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics - 'The Man With Stars On His Knees' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:30

Aaron Buchanan artworkAfter leaving Heaven's Basement in 2015, Aaron Buchanan has relaunched his career with a new band and a new album. But, did it leave our man Ben Hughes with stars in his eyes, or down on his knees begging for rock ‘n’ roll forgiveness? There’s only one way to find out:

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The Hip Priests/Bitch Queens/Scumbag Millionaire/Flash House - Abertillery, Doll’s House – 15 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:00

Hip Priests - Dolls HouseIt was Easter Saturday and where was our man Nev Brooks? Certainly not sitting with his feet up getting fat on chocolate eggs, that’s for sure! No, like any self-respecting rock ‘n’ roller he was down the pub catching a damn fine line up of some of the hottest underground talents around. And at a fiver for four bands, he even had enough dosh left over for a can of a certain brand of lager:

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Holy Martyr – ‘Darkness Shall Prevail' (Dragonheart Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:30

Holy Martyr - DSP artworkÜber Rock editor-in-chief Monk loves a bit of Tolkien. He’s worn out multiple copies of the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ series, initially in book form and subsequently on DVD… so, how would he react to the latest take on the master’s work, in the form of this new concept album from Italian power metallers Holy Martyr? There’s only one way to find out, ain’t there:

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Hunter & The Bear – London, British Grove Studios – 12 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:00

hunter3Up-and-coming London rockers Hunter & The Bear chose the historic surroundings of the city’s British Grove Studios - owned by none other than Mark Knopfler and housing the desk on which The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ was recorded – to officially launch their forthcoming debut album. Über Rock’s Jim Rowland was privileged to be among the select few present to witness this historic occasion:

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – ‘Bad Habit’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:30

Bad Habit ArtworkRock ‘n’ roll, like most aspects of life, is a difficult business for women. Too often they are judged solely on their looks and not on their ability to get the job done. However, time and again, artists like Beth Blades consistently prove have more balls than all of their male counterparts put together, as Mark Ashby found when he wrapped his ears around this debut album:

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In Death – ‘The Devil Speaks’ (Plastic Head) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:00

In Death artworkAccording to our man Jonni D, the devil doth indeed speak volumes through the grooves of the debut album from Australia’s In Death, who live up to their name by inflicting death-dealing metal of the most brutal kind, yet deftly so. Click the link to find out why JD reckons this release will flatten you like a charging elephant:

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Vain - 'Rolling With The Punches' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 17 April 2017 04:30

Vain - Rolling artworkAlmost a year after it was originally intended to be released, the new album from hair metal legends Vain has finally seen the light of day. Uber Rock’s Ben Hughes went into battle, armed only with his trusty can of L’Oreal (‘cos he’s worth it) and comb, and prepared to roll with the punches as he found out if Davy and co can still cut the mustard three decades into their career:

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