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The Murder Of My Sweet – ‘Echoes of the Aftermath’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:30

The Murder Of My Sweet ArtworkThe last few albums from Swedish cinematic metallers TMOMS have been concept affairs, but on this latest offering, Dave Prince finds them returning to the format of standalone songs.  Will his ears be echoing with the aftermath of this particular aural experience? You know what to do to find out:

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The Connection – ‘Just For Fun’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:00

The Connection - Just For FunHow about an album full to bursting with other people’s songs? Not the most original idea… but when it’s this much fun, our man Dom Daley reckons it could well be bordering on illegal.  Click the link to make the connection between The Rolling Stones, The Dictators, Cheap Trick and Buddy Holly to name just a few...

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JOANovARC – ‘Ride of Your Life’ (Red Vixen Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:00

Joanovarc-810x810One of Über Rock’s genuinely most exciting discoveries of last year was a feisty little quartet from London by the name of JOANovARC.  They blew our very own Dark Queen away when they ripped up the second stage at Hard Rock Hell in November.  Now, Rich Hobson delivers his verdict on their debut album, which was released at the same time as that breakthrough appearance.  Have the girls taken our man on the ride of his life?  Click the link to find out:

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Gone Is Gone – ‘Echolocation’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
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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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Popa Chubby – ‘The Catfish’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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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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Accept – ‘Restless And Live’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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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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Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders – ‘The Outskirts Of Your Heart’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
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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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Dropkick Murphys – ’11 Stories About Pain & Glory’ (Born & Bred Records) Print E-mail
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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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Syron Vanes – ‘Chaos From A Distance’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 09 January 2017 04:00

Syron-Vanes-Chaos-From-A-Distancealbum-cover1Between 1986 and 2003, Swedish heavyweights Syron Vanes disappeared off the face of the Überverse, before returning to the fray.  Another 14 years of sporadic activity down the line, they’ve come out fighting once again with this, their sixth album.  Our man Marc Leach takes his life in his hands as he steps into the ring for what proves to be a bruising encounter:

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Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove- ‘Spirit Animal Superstar Signals From The Electric Boneyard’ (Deaf Crow Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 06 January 2017 04:00

Johnny Cage avatarIt may be less than a week into January, but not only has Nev Brooks presented us with a band with one of the coolest names we’re likely to come across but also possessing quite possibly by far the best album we’ll print all year. Don your best Cuban heels, crack open the bourbon, mosey up to the bar and prepare to get lost in the voodoo groove:

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Conjuring Fate – ‘Valley Of Shadows’ (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:00

Conjuring Fate - Valley of ShadowsIt takes a lot to make Uber Rock’s very own Dark Queen cry and sing simultaneously… but there’s a track on the debut album by Northern Ireland’s Conjuring Fate – which was voted #5 in our ‘Album of the Year’ writers’ poll – which does that. Click the link to find out why this otherwise horror-themed heavy metal album, has such an effect:

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Pride of Lions – ‘Fearless’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:30

Pride Of Lions artworkWhat happens when two prodigious talents such as Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock team up?  Something pretty fearless, right?  Dave Prince enters the lions’ den to find out if this fifth album from the pair sees them still roaring as loud as ever?

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Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 03:30

Sepultura - Machine MessiahWith a whole raft of old school bands showing that they can still make great music, Nick Russell reckons the pressure was well and truly on Sepultura to produce the goods with this, their 14th album. Did they fold under the burden being placed upon them, or did they rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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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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Mutation – ‘Dark Black’ (Round Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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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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The Godfathers - ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ (Godfathers Recordings) Print E-mail
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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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Magnum – ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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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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Halestorm – ‘ReAniMate 3.0: The Covers EP’ – (Atlantic Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:00

Halestorm ReAniMate 3In between establishing a global reputation for delivering kick ass rock ‘n’’ roll anthems, Halestorm have been producing a series of covers EPs taking on artists as diverse as Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. In this latest instalment, they tackle classic tracks by the likes of Whitesnake, Sophie B Hawkins, Joan Jett and, er, Metallica! Uber Rock’s muso-in-residence, Marc Leach, was the man tasked with checking to see if it’s any good:

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Talisman – ‘Don’t Play With Fyah’ (Sugarshack Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 09 January 2017 03:30

talisman-dontplaywithfyahReggae on a rock site? Are you serious Monk man? Yep, I feckin’ am… if it’s good enough for the Stones and Strummer, then it’s sure as fuck good enough for Über Rock! Besides, have you heard ‘In Another Life’ from the new Thunder album? Of course you haven’t! So, shut up and revel in the sussed-out sounds of the Über Kingdom’s finest proponents of the artform, courtesy of brother Nev Brooks:

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Whores – Gold (SPV Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 06 January 2017 03:00

Whores - GoldFor a year so tarnished with losses and atrocities, 2016 was excellent for new music releases. So much so in fact, that even in 2017 we’re still sifting through enormous piles and finding gems aplenty, like a musical gold rush. Speaking of which, Rich Hobson looks forward to the forthcoming UK tour by US noiseniks Whores by looking back on the genius of their debut album, released in the latter quarter of last year:

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Frontback – ‘Heart Of A Lion’ (Dead End Exit Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 00:40

Frontback-Heart-Of-A-Lion-Album-Cover-3000x3000-RGBAs we said yesterday, Marc Leach has been a busy little boy at the start of the year… and today we run his third review in as many days. This time he checks out an act who describe themselves as “Sweden's coolest rock band, which also happens to have the coolest frontwoman on the planet”. Big words! But, can they back it up? Our man reckons he can, estimating that, only three days into the year, he may well have discovered an early contender for “the album of 2017”!

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