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Prong/Spoil Engine – Belfast, Voodoo – 19 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:00

Tommy VictorTommy Victor is undoubtedly one of the hardest working men in heavy metal today. Since Prong reformed in 2012, they have released five albums and toured almost incessantly. Throw in the fact that he also slings his guitar in support of Glenn Danzig and you have to admit that his work ethic is pretty impressive and laudable. The UR team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with TV and his bandmates when they did their level best to destroy Belfast’s Voodoo club on the second night of their just-about-to-end run of dates in the UK and Ireland:

Cursed Sun/Words That Burn/Munro – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 15 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

JonesBelfast’s historic Limelight club is virtually your Uber Rock Belfast team’s second home, and it had been too long since, for various reasons, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen had darkened it’s hallowed doorstep. But, did it feel good? Did it feel like they had never been away? Click the link to find out:

EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Morsels Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Dave Prince   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:00

Black Cat Bones Cover ArtworkIt’s been a while since we’ve had a collection of EPs delivered to Über Rock HQ which is diverse and as eclectic as the batch we have chosen for this latest celebration of the short form format… so, whether your taste is for classic rock, NWOBHM, grindcore, pop punk or blackened death metal, crack open a beer and click the link to see what tickles your fancy:

GospelbeacH – ‘Another Summer Of Love’ (Alive Naturalsound Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Kornelius   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:30

Gospelbeach Another SummerWith so many artists reacting to the state of the world by venting anger and spleen and raging against the machine, our man Jerry K reckons that we sometimes just need a bit of chilled-out summer escapism, which helps you to kick back and dream about better days.  And, in this new project from Brent Rademaker, he reckons he might just have found your soundtrack:

Rabid Bitch Of The North – ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:00

RBOTN artworkThey may not be bitches, but they’re definitely rabid and from the north… RBOTN have been championed by UR’s management team for a while now – hell, we even shared a tour van with them for an hysterical 400-mile round trip to a gig last year!  Now, after years of releasing demos and EPs, they have their first “proper” album on the way, and a short run of gigs following later in the year, one of which David O’Neill volunteered to cover on our behalf… but did it leave a bitter metallic taste in his mouth?

Ed Stones & The BD3 - 'Overdosed On Hate' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:30

Ed Stones artworkapproved small 2013While our man Ben Hughes may bemoan the fact that the new EP from “Bradford's very own Peaky Blinders” is only available via digital download and limited edition cassette, he can’t argue on the quality of the politically-charged rock ‘n’ roll it contains and the value for money it represents.  No doubt he’ll have the mp3 on repeat play until the buggers can afford to issue it on CD:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – ‘Lay It On Down’ (Provogue/Mascot Label Group) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:00

KWS - Lay It On DownWith an array of awards and accolades under his belt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has delivered another round of his southern-honed blues with ‘Lay It On Down’ his eighth solo album.  But, does it do that as far as our man from the deep south of the good ol’ Uber Kingdom of Rock is concerned?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s by clicking the link:

Kaz Hawkins (featuring Sam York) – ‘Don’t You Know’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:00

Kaz Hawkins Dont You Knowapproved small 2013Music at its best is personal, reflecting the good times and the bad times we all enjoy and endure in life.  With her new album, Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins has stripped everything back, to just her voice and a piano, for what is her most personal album to date… it’s an album which reached out of the singer’s soul and into that of our very own queen of darkness, as herself now explains:

Diamond Head - ‘Death and Progress’/‘Evil Live’ (Dissonance) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:00

Diamond Head - Death And ProgressGerald Stansbury jumps into his heavy metal time machine and travels back to the days when cassettes were the preferred medium for many fans, and especially for those who wanted to listen to their music on the move.  Now, it the days of iPods and Spofity playlists, he revisits two classic re-issues from one of the bands who not only defined the NWOBHM sound but also have remained on the era’s most creative and relevant forces:

Dave Ronald - So Alive (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:30

Dave-Ronald-So-Alive-2017Here at Über Rock, we like to throw our writers the occasional curve ball; give them something completely out of the blue, by an artist with whom they’re totally unfamiliar. So, when Marc Leach called into URHQ the other weekend, we did exactly that, handing him a shiny new copy of the third album from Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Ronald. Click the link to find out what he made of this diverse offering:

Silverstein – ‘Dead Reflection’ (Rise Records/New Damage Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:30

Silverstein coverapproved small 2013Ontario’s Silverstein have been a reliable fixture of the emo/post-hardcore scene, retaining a creative vitality while many of their contemporaries have faded into obscurity.  Does their new album see them continuing to move forward and break new ground, or is it a reflection of a dead sub-genre?  Click the link to find out Jonni D’s verdict:

Stereo Nasty – ‘Twisting The Blade’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:00

Stereo Nasty - Twisting The Bladeapproved small 2013Something very nasty has been oozing from the speakers of Marc Leach’s stereo over the few week, and twisting a blade into his cerebral cortex with a collection of infections heavy metal songs delivered straight from the heart of the Emerald Isle.  Click the link to find out more about this second album from one of the best bands Ireland has produced in recent years:

The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Hobgoblin New Blood Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareOver the past two days, we’ve hopefully given you plenty of food for thought (and fuel for debate) with our Über Rockin’ guide to this year’s Bloodstock, which takes place in exactly four weekend’s time. On Friday, we guided you through the bill on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and yesterday we picked out our highlights from the main Ronnie James Dio stage… today, we turn our attention to the New Blood and the 12 bands that we think are most worth checking out:

Gogol Bordello- Cardiff, Tramshed – 3 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:30

Gogol Bordello livePlaying four gigs in 72 hours – three of them in three different countries – you would have thought gypsy punks Gogol Bordello would have nothing left by the time their bandwagon rolled into south Wales… but, nothing could have been further from the truth, as our man Neville Brooks reports:

The Tragically Hip awarded the Order of Canada Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:00

The Order Of CanadaFollowing on from the announcement that frontman Gordon Downie - Canada's "patron saint of cool" - had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, The Tragically Hip took their final bow in front of a sold-out arena crowd in their hometown, as well as a national TV audience.  Subsequently, last month, the band were awarded their country's highest honour, in recognition of their contribution to the Canadian music scene, as our man in Toronto reports:

Slugfest – Abertillery, Doll’s House – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

Slugfest squareIt’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first ever Slugfest was staged in the tiny Valleys pub that used to serve as Über Rock’s local (until we upped sticks and moved the site across the Irish Sea)!  But, here we are… ten years in, and it’s still going strong, if not getting stronger – which leaves the gigging machine that is Neville Brooks wondering where it goes from here:


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