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Gone Is Gone – ‘Echolocation’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 January 2017 04:30

EcholocationIf there was one genre that ruled the roost in 2016, it was prog – at least according to our man Rich Hobson. And it’s not hard to see his point when you take into account the likes of Ihsahn tilling the frozen fields of post-black metal, Opeth recounting the hazy ‘70s glory days of the likes of Yes and Pink Floyd or Gojira doing a near clean sweep of ‘Album of The Year’ lists in major publications with their stunning ‘Magma’. The good news is that 2017 seems have kicked off in the same vein, thanks to Gone Is Gone, a band featuring members of Mastodon, QOTSA and At The Drive In…

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Borealis – ‘World Of Silence MMXVII’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 16 January 2017 04:00

Borealis artworkNamed after one of the most spectacular sights in the natural world, Canadian metallers Borealis recently decided to completely re-record their debut album, just eight years after it was originally released.  Marc Leach put his photographer’s eye to the lens of appraisal to see if this was just a mere touch up job or offered a completely different prospect from the original:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Me And That Man Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 12:00

approved image lrg 2013It’s back… after a lengthy break, we’re resurrecting our ‘Video Of The Week’ feature for 2017 – and our first choice is one that sees a dark master of the black metal art take a totally different road to ruin while at the same not sacrificing his noir soul… to find out who it is and what he’s up to, click the link:

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Tom Spencer (Hired Gun And All Round Nice Guy) Print E-mail
Written by Tom Spencer   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:30

Tom SpencerIf you're a regular reader of Über Rock you must surely have heard the name Tom Spencer mentioned once or twice… In case you haven’t or it hasn’t clicked, just check out some of the bands he’s involved with: The Loyalties, The Yo-Yos, The Professionals, The Urban Voodoo Machine… ahh, now you’ve got him! Here he presents his mixtape of songs that have influenced and inspired him – although he had a helluva job whittling it down to just 13 tracks, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Festival Fever: 17 for ’17 (See What We Did There?) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 15 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013It used to be that the “great British summer” was “festival season”. But, while the over-commercialized wallet-busting big name events tend to be confined to the summer months, there are literally hundreds of smaller, independently organised festivals up and down the land virtually all the year round, with something to suit all tastes. With that in mind, Über Rock presents our tips for the 17 festivals, covering all genres and sub-genres, taking place all over the Über Kingdom of Rock n Roll over the coming year, that should be on your radar. So, credit cards at the ready:

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:54

Ketos - RiseContinuing our championing of the EP format with our round up of the most recent releases, we have seven very different sounds for you this time around. Mark Ashby wraps his ears around a set of releases that covers pop punk, melodic thrash, blues rock to an arena-filling potential discovery of the year… click the link to check them out:

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The Boys/The Vulz – London, 100 Club London – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:30

It takes something pretty darn special to make Dom Daley spend ten hours in a car on a 400 mile round trip… but, then, there’s nothing really more special than a 40th anniversary gig, is there?  Our man headed to London Town’s famed 100 Club – one of the last of the city’s legendary rock n roll venues – to party the night away with one of his favourite bands, who put on a blinder of show, even if one member only had one wing… to find out what we mean, click on the link:

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Trevor’s Head – The Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:00

Trevors HeadLast year was an important one for Surrey stoner punks Trevor’s Head, as, after six years together, a change in personnel and direction, it saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tricolossus’. Über Rock’s newest team member Lindsey Appleton hooked up with drummer (and flautist) Matt ‘Beats’ Ainsworth to talk about said release, drinking on set, nearly breaking his back while recording and what 2017 holds for the band:

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Popa Chubby – ‘The Catfish’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 13 January 2017 05:00

Popa Chubby - The Catfish artwork‘The Catfish’ is something like the 19th studio album from new York blues rocker Ted Horowitz – better known by his stage name of Popa Chubby (which, apparently, is US slang for an erection). It also contains a song which has wrapped itself around Mark Ashby’s memory cortex and just won’t let go… to find out more, just click the link:

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Mutation – ‘Dark Black’ (Round Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 January 2017 04:30

mutation-dark-blackMutation is a Ginger Wildheart project which has divided the opinions of even the staunchest of this prolific artist’s fans. It’s loud, it’s brash and it explores the darkest recesses of the man’s mind and talent. Uber Rock could think of only one man to face up to what he describes as this “pure unyielding aural warfare” – and that was Rich Hobson. Click the link to read his in-depth appraisal of this slice of extreme noise terror:

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Accept – ‘Restless And Live’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 13 January 2017 04:00

Accept - Restless And Live artworkIt’s Friday the 13th… what better date to release a heavy metal album? Accept-ing the challenge – or maybe even his fate - Marc Leach steps up to the plate to give the new live opus, recorded at the Bang Your Head festival two years ago, from the Teutonic gods the once over and see how what was then the band’s new line-up had gelled:

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The Godfathers - ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ (Godfathers Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:30

Godfathers BBBNFor Martin Haslam, there’s two types of album review. The one that you listen to several times, let settle in your mind, ferment and expand. And the ones that you know on first listen are a stone, cold classic that you will be playing for years to come. So, which category does the new offering from The Godfathers fall into? Well, put it this way... with 353 days left of 2017, our man reckons he’s found a contender for his album of the year:

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Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders – ‘The Outskirts Of Your Heart’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:00

Pat Todd album coverA decade after it originally appeared, the debut album by former Lazy Cowgirls frontman Pat Todd and his current project has finally been given a long-awaited vinyl release… Dom Daley slipped the record from its gatefold sleeve, and put the needle in the groove (who gets that reference?) to re-evaluate this slice of “good time honest, punk rock and roll with a country edge”:

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Magnum – ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:30

Magnum - Valley Of TearsIn between the gestation of this latest Magnum opus – a collection of reworked, and some re-recorded ballads – the band underwent something of a turning point, with long-serving keyboard player Mark Stanway suddenly upping and quitting. What the impact of such a key member will be remains to be seen… but, in the meantime, Mark Ashby delves into the Magnum back catalogue to ascertain if this is more than just giving a few old songs a fresh lick of paint:

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The Crawling/Scimitar/Neamhní – Belfast, Voodoo – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:00

The Crawling - Voodoo Belfast 3Things were getting seriously bad for Über Rock head honcho Mark Ashby. It had just been TOO long. The withdrawal symptoms were all there, for all to see: the hot sweats were getting worse and the shakes were extremely noticeable. It had been three weeks since his last fix and if he didn’t get another soon – very soon… imagine his relief then when our resident gigaholic got his first live hit of the new year. Click the link to find out if this evening of black metal, thrash and doomish deathliness satisfied his needs:

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Dropkick Murphys – ’11 Stories About Pain & Glory’ (Born & Bred Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:30

Dropkick Murphys artworkTwenty-one years into their history and the Dropkick Murphys are somewhat of an institution. Their Celtic infused punk has hit a chord with many a rocker, loud and snotty at times but equally tuneful, and above all, very uplifting. Yes, the lyrics can sometimes be hard hitting and meaningful, especially here, but you’ll always enjoy and feel better after listening to them. You know what you’re going to get with a Murphys record, and very rarely do they disappoint, as Uber Rock’s Nick Russell found out:

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