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Glam Skanks – ‘Glitter City’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 24 April 2017 04:30

Glam SkanksIn these days of high speed broadband connections, new albums, no matter where they emanate from, can be transmitted across the Überverse at the speed of light… but, even in these hi tech times, it can take a while for a release to find its way the relatively short distance from Los Angeles to URHQ. Thankfully, our newest recruit, Gerald Stansbury, intercepted this debut full-lengther from Glam Skanks before it even left his North America:

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The King Blues – ‘The Gospel Truth’ (Cooking Vinyl) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 24 April 2017 04:00

THE KING BLUES COVER web  1492087054 94.1.129.45Dom Daley is down on his knees and praising the gods of rock ‘n’ roll, ‘cos The King Blues have come out of retirement and are preaching their particular brand of punk gospel to the masses with a brand new album. Click the link and prepare to see the light, brothers and sisters:

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Bite The Bullet – ‘Can Be Anything’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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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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Holy Martyr – ‘Darkness Shall Prevail' (Dragonheart Records) Print E-mail
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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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In Death – ‘The Devil Speaks’ (Plastic Head) Print E-mail
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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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Grumpynators – ‘City Of Sin’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 17 April 2017 04:00

Grumpynators - City Of Sin artworkThe wonderfully Grumpynators are the latest in a string of Danish bands who have been enjoying the rock and metal spotlight being cast on their little archipelago in recent years. Their second album features a guest appearance by Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano – which, as Mark Ashby discovers – draws inevitable comparisons. But, will they be heading back to Copenhagen living up to the first part of their name when they read his review?

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Screamer – ‘Hell Machine’ (High Roller) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 April 2017 04:00

Screamer - Hell MachineFour years after their last recorded outing, Screamer return with a new line-up and their “difficult third album” – and, as Mark Ashby discovers, it is indeed a difficult listen. Click the link to find out how a potentially decent heavy metal album doesn’t quite scream from the rooftops:

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The Darkhorse – ‘The Carcass Of The Sun Will Sleep’ (Attic Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:00

The Darkhorse artworkDoom foursome The Darkhorse describe themselves as hailing from “the muddy fields and pig sheds of Northamptonshire”, and certainly this debut eight-track 36-minute debut has plenty of grime and sludge on its boots – although its more the sort that emanates from the deep south of the Louisiana swamps than the green fields of dear ol’ Engerland… as Mark Ashby found out:

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American Standards – ‘Anti-Melody’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:30

ArtworkThe most defining feature of hardcore, aside from the pure aggression of the music, is arguably how commonly it has been used by many of the bands within the genre as a vehicle to get across a particular message that’s important to the artist. It’s for this reason that the best hardcore bands are generally the ones who actually have something to say. This is very much the case for American Standards and their upcoming album ‘Anti-Melody’, as our man Jonni D found out:

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Dan Hunter – ‘Angels And Dust’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 03:30

Dan Hunter artworkDan Hunter is a German guitar player by the name of Daniel Hinte, who has obviously anglicized his name in the quest for greater international acceptability – not that he needs to on the strength of this hugely impressive album, which punches you right on the nose right from the very first note, as Mark Ashby found out when he stuck the needle in the groove:

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Gloson – ‘Grimen’ (Art Of Propaganda) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 03:30

Gloson artworkSpring may have sprung and summer is supposedly on its merry way… but nobody has told Swedish doom dealers Gloson, who have emerged from the long Scandinavian winter with one of the grimmest, most blackened albums we, or you, are likely to hear this year. Click the link as Mark Ashby unravels its dark tale:

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Fifteen Years – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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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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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics - 'The Man With Stars On His Knees' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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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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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – ‘Bad Habit’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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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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Vain - 'Rolling With The Punches' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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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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Hellbound Hearts - 'Film Noir' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 14 April 2017 04:30

FILM-NOIR-HELLBOUND-HEARTSIt’s taken them a while, but after scrapping the original recordings and undergoing several line-up changes, Hellbound Hearts have finally gotten around to releasing their debut album. But, did our man Ben H find himself dying of a broken heart, or was he breaking out the popcorn to celebrate a modern-day classic? Click the link to find out:

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Black Heart Breakers – ‘Wasted’ (Cottonmouth Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 14 April 2017 03:30

Front-Cover-600x600Dom Daley goes off on his travels once again as he continues his never-ending quest to find the best rock 'n' roll records on the planet and bring them to a wider audience... today, he's preparing to get his black heart broken and wasted as he enjoys a slab of power poppin' punk all the way from the land down under:

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Maxdmyz – ‘Alchemical Metal’ (Renegade Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 13 April 2017 03:30

Maxdmyz CoverEver since the mid Noughties, genre classification has gotten insanely out of hand. With every genre now breeding a myriad of sub-genres, each in turn branching off into further subdivisions, the pigeon-holing of bands has become an intrusive and claustrophobic aspect of music fandom. You can now add the phrase ‘Alchemical Metal’ to this list of descriptions, thanks to the release of this new four-tracker from the London quintet:

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Jacobites – ‘Heart Of Hearts’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 04:00

Jacobites - HOH artworkDom Daley is still rooting about in the rock ‘n’ roll archives, and this time he has dug up one of the finest albums of its type.  Previously only released, in limited quantities, in Spain, and now unearthed for a whole new generation of listeners, Messrs Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth truly did put their hearts on their, well, hearts, with this resurrected classic:

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The Gun Club – ‘In My Room’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 05:00

The Gun Club - In My RoomDom Daley has been digging around in the archives so much recently that he’s emerged from the Über Rock basement covered in about 40 layers of dust.  The latest gem he has unearthed is one of those holy grails of rock 'n' roll - this long lost final album from the late, great Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s Gun Club, now given a dusting down, but not much of a makeover for a long-overdue release:

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Skulled – ‘Eat Thrash’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 10 April 2017 03:30

Skulled - Eat ThrashOne thing Über Rock boss Mark Ashby always admired about German metal bands is that they don’t fuck about. They tend to get straight to the point… which tends to be to cave your head in as quickly as fucking possibly. Click the link as our man undergoes yet another skull-breaking experience and eats some serious old-school thrash:

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