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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 11 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:00

Amon Amarth - Bloodstock 2017Located in a normally quiet and secluded corner of south Derbyshire, Catton Hall holds a special place in the hearts of many metallers, as once a year it explodes into life as 15,000-plus people descend upon for the annual extravaganza that is the mighty Bloodstock festival.  Among those making the annual pilgrimage were your trusty Über Rock team, who now deliver their verdict on what went down on the first full day:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Whitechapel Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:30

Alex Wade - WhitechapelFollowing their stunning early afternoon set on Bloodstock’s main Ronnie James Dio stage, Linzi A caught up with Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade for an impromptu chat about their set, the growth of the US festival scene, their desire to tour the Middle East – and fans’ body art! Click the link to find out more:

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The Dogs D'Amour – ‘Swinging The Bottles: The BBC Radio Sessions’ (Cargo) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:00

Dogs Damour Swingin The Bottle cover300dpi 1024x1024Back in the day, Dom Daley couldn’t get enough of those dastardly rock ‘n’ roll pirates The Dogs D’Amour.  And all these years he still can’t – which is why this recently issued set of recordings made for dear old Aunty Beeb could not have had a more timely release, as they catapult Double D back to the days of the youth to recall a time when these four reprobates were once the most untouchable band in the country:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Dendera Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 03:30

Dendera artworkWe didn’t give poor Linzi A much time to breathe when she broke her Bloodstock duck earlier this month… hardly had she pitched her tent and we had her diving into the thick of the action, with a list of interviews as long as her arm to conduct.  Her first victim, sorry subject, was Ashley Edison, vocalist with Dendera, who also turned out to be a BOA virgin; but, as you’ll see, the conversation quickly turned to Harry Potter:

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The Lurkers – ‘The Lurkers’ Box Set (Beggars Banquet) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:30

The LurkersCan you imagine Double D’s delight when he woke up this morning and found five disc career spanning box set containing some 86 tunes from one of the defining bands of punk ‘n’ roll lurking on his doorstep?  We heard the whoops of delight all the way from south Wales to URHQ in Belfast! Click the link to find out more about a tasty little release that has had our man smiling from pleasured ear to pleasured ear ever since:

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Neon Animal - ‘Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From the Dead’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:00

Neon Animal artworkHang on a second… there’s a band trying to tell us that we need to ‘Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From the Dead’… are they fucking kidding? As far as we at Über Rock are concerned, it’s very much alive and well and, if we’ve anything to do with it, it will be for a very long time indeed… so, what are these London upstarts on about? Click the link to find out:

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Sister Switchblade – ‘Best Served Cold’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 14 August 2017 04:30

Sister SwitchbladeÜber Rock, like every other music website, receives hundreds of review submissions every week. This one arrived from the other side of the world – but all the envelope contained was a CD… nothing else. It very nearly went in the bin… but the big boss was intrigued enough by the band’s name to give it a listen. Click the link to find out why sometimes not selling yourself can reap unexpected dividends:

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Next To None – ‘Phases’ (Inside Out Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 14 August 2017 04:00

Next To None Phases Cover 2017With a father who is regarded as one of the finest drummers of the progressive metal genre, it’s no great surprise that Max Portnoy has followed in his dad’s footsteps in the same genre. With ‘Phases’, the second album from Pennsylvania quartet Next To None, the band are looking to break into new territory within the progressive metal genre – as Jim Rowland discovered when we sent it his way:

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The Über Rock Singles Club Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:30

Charlie HarperIt may be Bloodstock weekend, but there’s not a sniff of heavy metal in the air as Dom Daley re-opens the doors of the Singles Club with another mixed bag of seven-inchers and downloads covering everything from country blues to basement boogie-woogie through to lo-fi punk and retro-Gothiness:

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The Über Rock Interview: Timmy Rough (The New Roses) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:00

The New Roses PR picThe New Roses play what our man Allan Maxwell describes as the sort of “hard-hitting, alcohol-fuelled rock and roll you would expect from your typical dirty dive bar in down town LA... not from the sleepy Rheingua region in Germany”. They have built up a substantial following since the release of 2016’s breakthrough album, ‘Dead Man's Chest’, by racking up the miles via the old school method of playing show after show all across Europe – as frontman Timmy Rough attested when Über Rock caught up with him ahead of the release of forthcoming new album, ‘One More For The Road’:

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Blaze Bayley/Screaming Eagles - Banbridge, Linenfields Festival - 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:30

Blaze Bayley - BanbridgeNorthern Ireland’s newest festival, Linenfields, got off to an impressive start last weekend, attracting no less than Blaze Bayley to headline the opening night.  Down the front (quite literally) to record the action first had for your favourite website was our man Marc L, who headed down the motorway to stand in a field and revel in some heavy metal nostalgia… oh, and it didn’t rain!

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Everyday Heroes – Newbridge, The Rhyswg – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:00

Everyday Heroes EP launchLike everyone else on the Über Rock team, David O’Neill really doesn’t need an excuse to go out and enjoy a good live gig.  But, the fact that it’s the launch of a new EP from one of his favourite up-and-coming young bands is just that added little incentive to head down the pub and revel in a night of southern blues-tinged rock ‘n’f’n’ roll:

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 11 August 2017 04:30

Ramblin Man sigilLast weekend, guest contributor Luke Appleton shared his thoughts on the recent Ramblin’ Man Fair. Today, in the second part of our massive retrospective, Ben Hughes presents his view on proceedings, and gives us a tiny insight into the life of a working journalist covering such a massive event:

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Reckless Intentions – ‘Lights’ Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Reckless-Intentions-Lights-1019x1024Jonni D reckons that Brighton four-piece Reckless Intentions are “very much indicative of the current crop of bands on the pop-punk scene”, and that their debut EP is “a microcosm of the issues plaguing the genre as a whole”… To have more light shed on why he thinks so, click the link:

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Lionize/Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 7 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Lionize - BelfastWhen Lionize take to the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock tomorrow evening, it will the last of a run of 12 dates across the UK and Ireland in support of their forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, which is being released on 8 September. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the Maryland quartet when they pulled into Belfast this past Monday to make some noise on an otherwise relatively quiet night:

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Wraith – ‘Revelation’ (Ice Rain Records/Cargo Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:30

Wraith artworkIf you had told a young Dave Prince back in 1993, when he saw Wraith in the old Tonypandy Naval Club, that 20-odd years later he would be reviewing a new album by them, he would have laughed at you. But, here he is, doing just that.  But, is it a revelation that the band can still cut it?  Click the link to find out why our man found himself totally blindsided by this killer comeback:

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