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Napalm Death/Warpath/War Iron/Black Skies Burn – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 19 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:00

Napalm Death Belfast posterIt was the first night of a week which would see no fewer than five of the heaviest heavy metal gigs bring together a collection of the heaviest heavy metal bands in an attempt to level Belfast’s most historic club venue.  First into the fray were grind pioneers Napalm Death, making a welcome return to the Northern Ireland capital.  Down the front headbanging like crazy on Über Rock’s behalf were Mel B and Darren McVeigh of MetalPlanet, who have kindly shared their tale of the evening's ferocious aural assault with us:

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ARW – Hammersmith, Eventim Apollo – 19 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:00

ARW-Artwork-170217Although the current tour featuring a re-united Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman was officially billed as ‘ARW’, in common with hundreds of other fans Jim Rowland turned up for the second of two shows at his beloved Hammersmith Odeon (as once was) to find the band billed as ‘Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman’. Mm, interesting he thought… Was what actually went down on stage just as interesting? Click the link to find out:

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The Dollyrots - 'Whiplash Splash' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:30

The Dollyrots - Whiplash Smileapproved small 2013When Ben Hughes was half way through reviewing these 13 tracks of radio-friendly three minute bursts of sunshine from Californian pop punks The Dollyrots, his son walked in and asked him why he was listening to Avril Lavigne… But, hey ho (let’s go), our man reckons this slice of instantly recognizable day-glo power pop is the perfect antidote to the winter time blues now hopefully disappearing rapidly into our rearview mirrors:

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Peter Murphy – ‘Bare Boned And Sacred’ (Metropolis Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:00

Pete Murphy BBS artworkGreat music endures, as Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has been proving consistently over and over again over the course of the past few years. Dom Daley got under the bare bones of this latest live album, recorded live in Noo Yawk City, to enjoy the sacred songs reinvented and then bring you his autopsy:

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Armored Saint/Sinocence – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 21 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:00

Armored Saint - John Bush 1Just shy of 11 years after their previous, and so far only, appearance in this part of the Überverse, LA metal diehards Armored Saint returned to Belfast for the second night of a short run of dates built around their appearance at this weekend’s Hammerfest… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured ‘round to the historic Limelight to see if the band would win hands down in laying down their particular brand of heavy metal law:

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CJ Ramone – ‘American Beauty’ (Fat Wreck Chords) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:30

American BeautyWith his third solo album – which the man claims to have written in just two weeks - CJ Ramone has produced an opus which Dom Daley reckons not only continues to uphold the legacy of Da Bruddas but will also leave listeners with a broad grin of punk rock pleasure on their faces… Click the link to find out why:

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Happyness - ‘Write In’ (Moshi Moshi) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:00

Happyness - Write InHaving picked up an NME award for 2015’s debut ‘Weird Little Birthday’, Happyness are back with the follow up. Our man Jonni D wrapped his ears around it and reckons the Londoners haven’t quite written it in but rather, possibly, set the bar pretty high for every other alternative rock album this year:

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The Mighty Wraith/The Face Of Ruin/Remnant – Birmingham, Hammer And Anvil – 10 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:30

Mighty Wraith 2From Black Sabbath to Judas Priest, Napalm Death to Cathedral, Birmingham has spawned some of the most iconic metal bands on the planet. And yet, as the decades have waned on in the 47 years since the release of Black Sabbath’s monumental eponymous debut, the number of metal bands making it big from the region has steadily declined. But, while the scene no longer produces stadium-filling metal gods, that doesn’t mean it can’t still dream. Rich Hobson enjoyed a throwback to the heavy metal glory days when he took up the invitation to do just that with The Mighy Wraith:

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Bullet Proof Lovers – ‘Shot Through The Heart’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:00

BPL coverCall an ambulance folks, ‘cos our power punk expert Dom Daley reckons that our good friend Malibu Lou over the pond at Rum Bar Records is trying to kill him with the high quality of material he just keeps on releasing. Here, at URHQ, we reckon Double D would be better pouring himself a large one, with or without the coke and rocks, and chilling out in his Kevlar jacket… at least until the new RBR bomb drops:

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John 5 And The Creatures – ‘Season Of The Witch’ (60 Cycle Hum) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:30

John 5UR’s resident shredder Marc Leach quite understandably enjoys a bit of guitar wankery (you’d probably have to ask his beautiful wife about that of any other kind… and we’ll stop there before we get slapped). So, who better placed to wrap their ears around the eighth solo album for Rob Zombie’s resident six string maestro? Well, we couldn’t find anyone else, so here’s what yer man reckoned:

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The Urban Voodoo Machine/Slaughterhouse Cats - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 11 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:00

Photo 11-03-2017 23 37 20"We are The Urban Voodoo Machine and we play bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop 'n' stroll music and we will be doing it for a very long time!" So proclaimed Paul-Ronney Angel from the stage at the climax to the band's triumphant return to the best venue in the north -The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to find the men in red and black in resurgent form:

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Lesli Sanders – ‘My Eyes Are Greener On The Other Side’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:30

With his second solo release, Prophets Of Addiction frontman Lesli Sanders has once again eschewed the band’s punk ‘n’ roll sound for a collection of tunes stripped back to their barest, most heartfelt bones. Dom Daley gets all emotional as he explores this EP’s deeply personal grooves:

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Them Dead Beats – ‘Hang On A Second’ EP (Bywyd Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:00

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 12.37.44Returning to Über Rocking action with a bang, Dean Glyn Morris reckons there is no better time to be a fan of good old-fashioned blues rock.  he also reckons he might hang around for more than a second to check out a band who are anything but a bunch of dead beat rock 'n' roll bums.  Click the link to find out what he means:

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HRH AOR: Sordid Lies Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 04:30

URTV thmbWe're like to tell the truth here on the website to excite.  We don't believe in lies.  And especially not of the sordid kind.  Well, we didn't... until we met up with Valen Vain, the charismatic and colourful frontman of the Hull-based sleazesters by the name of - well, Sordid Lies.  Click the link to find out why mint green skintight leggings are now the de rigeur fashion accessory at UR headquarters this coming season:

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HRH AOR: Kane'd Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 03:30

KanedValley gals, and guys, Kane'd were one of a number of bands to play two sets at last weekend's HRH AOR fest - one on the second stage on the Friday afternoon, and a second, stripped down one, on the acoustic stage the following day.  Mark Ashby caught up with the three sisters, and two of the fellas, to get the lowdown on the band... once they'd got the small matter of a certain rugby match out of the way:

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Monster Truck/The Picturebooks – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 13 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:30

Monster Truck tour posterHaving just returned from the wilds of north Wales, where they had spent the weekend in the company of thousands of like-minded individuals at the HRH AOR festival, Über Rock’s Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen jumped straight back in at the deep end of the rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ‘round at their local pub, as Canucks Monster Truck made a super speedy return to the Northern Ireland capital.  However, as they found, it was a gig which did not come without its issues, not least in the audio-visual department:

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