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Detective – ‘It Takes One To Know One’/’Live from Atlantic Studio’ (Cherry Red) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:00

Detective - It Takes OneIn the humble but well-versed opinion of Jonathan Kardasz, Seventies supergroup Detective – who featured Michael Des Barres and Tony Kaye in their short-lived career – were one of “those great shoulda-been-but-weren’t-quite massive bands” of years gone by. So, imagine our man’s delight when those lovely people at Cherry Red sent him across two new re-issues from the peak of their almost-success… well, you can find out for yourself by clicking the link:

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Andy Bennett – ‘Thinkin Drinkin Singin’ (Swan Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Palmer   
Monday, 05 December 2016 03:30

Andy Bennett - Cover ArtJason Palmer is the one guy who, when we’re assigning music to the team, literally screams “no metal please”… so, we went in totally the opposite direction and sent him the new album by former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Andy Bennett to wrap his lugs around… click the link to find out why our man found the experience a tad on the bland side:

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The Ghosts Of Lovers – ‘The Ghosts Of Lovers’ (Angels In Exile Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 02 December 2016 03:00

The-Ghots-Of-Lovers-album-coverEighties also rans who wanted in on a scene that was a thriving underground or genuine contenders, The Ghosts Of Lovers shone briefly, but blink or sleep and you'd have missed them. It might have taken way too many years to release these songs, but it's better late than never and after many plays Dom Daley is glad adventurous new label Angels In Exile have finally got this long overdue collection out there, as you’ll find out when you click the link…

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Dee Snider – ‘We Are The Ones’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:00

Dee Snider We Are The OnesWith the demise of Twisted Sister, frontman Dee Snider recently released his third solo album.  Uber Rock boss Mark Ashby felt he was the only one who could take on the task of getting under the skin of one of rock n roll’s true original characters and behind the drama of this ten song collection.  Click the link to discover the story behind one of our editor-in-chief's most ear-opening experiences of the year to date...

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Electric Six – ‘Fresh Blood For Tired Vampyres’ (Metropolis Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:00

Electric Six - Fresh BloodNick Russell’s knowledge and experience with Detroit’s Electric Six is probably pretty much the same as the majority of people: the band that did those fucking annoying hit singles ‘Danger!High Voltage’ and ‘Gay Bar’ that are still on heavy rotation down your local club every Saturday night. But, as our man finds out, that is to do does a huge dis-service to a band with history that spans 20 years and, now, 12 albums. Buckle up, folks, ‘cos the review is on the side of the link…

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Tyla J Pallas Band – ‘The Extraordinarily Fine Line Between Love & Hate’ (King Outlaw Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 28 November 2016 03:00

Tyla J Pallas Band artworkWhat better way to kick off the new week than with a dose of the inimitable Mr Tyla J Pallas and his latest double CD offering? Yes, you read that right – double CD!! The man does nothing else but offer value for money, as Uber Rock’s Dom Daley found out when he gave his considered listening time to said opus from one of British rock n roll’s most prolific talents…

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Narnia - 'Narnia' (Narnia Songs) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 25 November 2016 03:00

Narnia album coverAh, Narnia. The mythical land created by Belfast-born author and theologian C.S. Lewis, who in fact this very week was commemorated in his native city with the opening of a beautiful new civic square, populated with statues from his series of books detailing the adventures of the Pevensie children beyond their wardrobe door… It’s a literary masterpiece which also inspired a Swedish Christian neoclassical progressive power metal band of whom our newest recruit Marc Leach has long been a fan. But, would he find their latest, self-titled opus equally inspiring, or would it be a case of the Black Friday blues?

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Juliette Lewis - 'Future Deep' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:30

Juliette Lewis - Future DeepFollowing the reformation of Juliette & The Licks for a successful run of shows over the summer months, Juliette Lewis now returns with her first new music in nearly a decade. 'Future Deep' is a seven-track solo EP, a collaboration with Cage The Elephant's Brad Schultz, Jared Champion and Matthan Minster.  Uber Rock's Ben Hughes wouldn't reveal if he spent as much time ogling the arse rather prominently displayed on the cover as he did listening to the opus... but he must have done a fair bit of the latter, as clicking the link will reveal:

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Baby Scream – ‘Life's A Trap’ (Baby Scream Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 03:00

Baby ScreamYesterday it was Germany. Today, Uber Rock's continuing quest for the best new underground music takes us to South America - Argentina, in fact, where Dom Daley discovered the joys of the one-man power pop machine that is Juan Pablo Mazzola and his Baby Scream project - and an album that has our man quoting Frankie Miller, Marc Bolan and the mighty Trigger Mcpoopshute in the same review... Click the link to find out what he's on about:

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The Varukers – ‘How Do You Sleep?’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:00

Varukers WW0089CDThe Varukers were a band that pretty much passed Uber Rock's Nick Russell by when they first exploded on to the UK punk scene some quarter of a century ago (well, he was but a pup back then, wasn't he?).  Now, 26 years later, he acquaints himself with the re-issue of their ‘How Do You Sleep?’ album.  Will he find it still sounding "fresh, vital and angry"?  There's only one way to find out...

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The Sword – ‘Low Country’ (Razor & Tie Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:00

The Sword - Low CountryWhen Atlanta’s The Sword released their excellent ‘High Country’ album last year, there was a slight change to their musical style. The doom stoner aspect was toned down for a more southern rock tinged sound.  Now, they've gone one step further, with a totally stripped back acoustic reworking of ten of the tracks from said release.  Uber Rock's Nick Russell invites you to "sip some good ol’ whiskey and kick back in the ‘Low Country’....":

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John Monday – ‘Six Drugs and Rock and Roll’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 05 December 2016 03:00

John MondayIt’s Monday morning, and what better way to blow away the post-weekend cobwebs than with a bit of new generation rock and roll from a band called – well, John Monday? Our man Nev Brooks has become quite a fan of this German combo over the past few months… so, click the link to find out what he thinks of their latest recorded offering:

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Teenage Casket Company – ‘Left For Dead’ (Trashpit) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 03:30

TCC - Left For DeadUber Rock’s Dave Prince has been shedding more than his fair share of tears in recent weeks, following the demise of a band who served as the soundtrack to a large portion of his life for the past decade – Teenage Casket Company. Here, he takes a trip down a lane filled with countless happy memories as he delivers his verdict on their farewell album:

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Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – ‘Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons’ EP (Motorhead Music/UDR Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:30

Phil Campbell ATBHaving spent the majority of his adult life guitar slinging alongside the legendary Lemmy, Phil Campbell now emerges from the late metal maestro's towering shadow with his own project. And, as the band name suggests, he's brought his family along for the ride!  Uber Rock's very own 'Prince Of Parp' Dave Prince decides to get down and heavy for a change as he wraps his ears around the debut EP from Mr Campbell and his Bastard Sons...

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Brujeria – ‘Pocho Aztlan’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 28 November 2016 03:30

Brujcover550When metal luchadors Brujeria first emerged with their debut album, ‘Matando Gueros’, back in 1993, there was a bit of mystique and intrigue about them. Twenty-three years on and we know exactly who they are: any number of luminaries from the death/grind scene, some more obvious than others. Now back with their first album in 16 years – and an appearance at Bloodstock on the horizon for next summer – Nick Russell is the man tasked with lifting the bandana and exploring the music behind it…

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Tigercub – ‘Abstract Figures In The Dark’ (Alcopop Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 25 November 2016 03:30

Tigercub - AbstractCausing something of a stir down in bohemian Brighton, our man Dom Daley reckons south coast upstarts Tigercub have the chops and now an album of big – no, make that BIG – songs with which to make you sit up and pay attention… so, click the link and do just that…

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Black Peaks – Statues (Sony Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 04:00

Black Peaks StatuesDrawing sonic comparisons with acts as diverse as Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones, it’s fair to say that Black Peaks are most definitely not your average hardcore bruisers.  And with Uber Rock's Rich Hobson throwing phrases like "prog" and "alt-rock" and comparisons to Shellac into the mix, there certainly has to be a lot going on sonically with this crew from the south of England.  Click the link to find out more...

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Datura 4 – ‘Hairy Mountain’ (Alive Naturalsound Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 03:30

Datura 4Embarking on our global travels once again, we also welcome back Jonathan Kardasz, who travels geopgraphically and temporally - to the other side of the globe and back in time to the Seventies - as he surveys the psychedelic landscape of the 'Hairy Mountain', the second album from the latest Aussie combo to tickle UR's fancy, Datura 4.  Click the link to find out more...

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Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales - 'Everything Boom!' (Off Label Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:20

Alex Maiorano - Everything BoomAlways on the search for new and exciting sounds, Uber Rock's Ben Hughes' quest took him to the back streets of Berlin, where he uncovered rather classy "roots-based rock 'n' roll with a good dose of funk and soul", which really got him in the party mood... To find out all about his latest discovery, click on the intriguing little link thing...

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GBH – ‘Ha Ha’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:20

GBH WW0088CDDIn the second of a double header of reviews today, Nick Russell takes a step back in time and gets a gob full of the re-issue of GBH's 2002 album, 'Ha Ha'.  Does our man think it has stood the test of time?  Or is he laughing in the face of punk rock doom?  Click the link to find out...

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Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’ (Blackened Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 18 November 2016 19:54

HardwiredThere are very few bands who, when you hear there is a new album on the horizon, generate almost exceptional levels of expectation - much of it to be disappointed as much as anything else... Metallica fall very much into that category.  But, after 25 years of what many regard as patchy output, to say the least, many people are arguing that their long-awaited new magnum opus - and it is an epic beast, that has to be said - is perhaps the best thing they have produced in the post-'Black' era.  Does Uber Rock's Rich Hobson agree?  Click the link to find out...

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