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Asking Alexandria – ‘Asking Alexandria’ (Sumerian Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:40

Asking Alex artworkFollowing what could best be described as a “difficult” couple of years for the York metalcore combo – characterized by the departure of and subsequent reunion with frontman Danny Worsnop – AA returned at the end of last year with their fifth, self-titled album.  But, was it a triumphant return to form, or would its “sharp deviation” away from their established sound leave our man Jonni D scratching his head in confusion? Click the link to find out:

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Flash House – ‘Brown Sauce’ (Gods Candy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:20

Flash House artworkEveryone knows real men prefer ‘Brown Sauce’, especially on their bacon butties! Double D loves his on his rock ‘n’ roll as well, and reckons that the recipe served up by noisy bastards Flash House is particularly delicious. Click the link to taste some more of this venomous punk rock racket – but turn that amp up to ten before you do so:

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Lydia Lunch & Rowland S Howard – ‘Siberia’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:20

Lydia Lunch artworkapproved smallWhat a gem our maestro of all things punk 'n' roll has unearthed for you, oh lucky readers, to help see in the new year right here on Über Rock… This recently unearthed live recording from way back in 1993, featuring a band that includes a member of Sonic Youth and The Cramps, as well as two bonafide legends, which our man describes, quite simply, as “inspired”. Click the link to find out a little more:

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Nikki Sudden & Rowland S Howard – ‘Johnny Smiled Slowly’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:20

Nikki Sudden artworkAnyone for a live album featuring the sadly departed Nikki Sudden and Rowland S Howard playing nothing but Jacobite's numbers?  Well, of course Dom D is the first with his arm in the air, as he kicks off 2018 in the same way he finished off 2017 – by diving headlong into the punk ‘n’ roll archives and coming up with another recently unearthed live gem, this time a unique recording from what seems hard to believe is now more than 40 years ago:

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As December Falls – ‘Live at the Rescue Rooms’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:20

As December Falls coverAs the year hurtles towards its inevitable conclusion, and December once again prepares to fall of the end of the calendar for another descent into history, Allan Maxwell keeps things as short as the nights and as to the point as a scalpel when he tells us about the debut live album from Nottingham pop punks ADF:

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Hooded Priest – ‘The Hour Be None’ (I Hate) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:00

Hooded Priest artworkAlthough staples of the Dutch and Flemish, and wider European, doom scene for a little more than a decade now, Hooded Priest have taken a full seven years to follow up their debut album, ‘Devil Worship Reckoning’ – which beggars the question of what they’ve been doing in the intervening period… Well, you can find out on the other side of this link, as our very own Monk in darkly garb casts his verdict on their just-released second album:

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Satanic Warmaster - 'We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel' (Werewolf Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:40

Satanic Warmaster artworkAfter 20 years of churning out some sickeningly blasphemous music, one of Finland’s most prolific black metal bands have chosen the Christmas season to release this wonderfully titled retrospective compilation… which also seems a good time to introduce our very own newly appointed Satanic warmaster, Cronohn Pipror, who delivers his verdict on the other side of this link:

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Fear The Fallen – ‘The Order’ (Sound House Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:00

Fear The Fallen artworkWe all know of albums that have left an immediate impression on us, be that for better or worse.  Then we have the growers; those gems who patiently reveal their intricacies to us layer by layer.  And, of course, there is that unenviable category of a record that no matter how many times you listen to it will fail to leave any kind of indelible mark, or elicit much emotion whatsoever from the listener.  Which will it be in the case of Jonni D and his experience with Fear The Fallen’s debut effort? Click the link to find out:

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Still Living – ‘YmmiJ’ (Rock Company) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 15 December 2017 04:20

Still Living artworkAn AOR concept album with an unpronounceable title? OK, hold it against a mirror and you’ll get a clue as to the story behind this gem of a discovery from Brazil (via bespoke Dutch label Rock Company)… hold on: Brazil? Doesn’t it just produce black and death metal bands? Apparently not, as Monk found out – and you can do by follow the instruction on the link:

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First Wave – ‘Toxic Rock and Roll’ (The Honey Label) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:20

First Wave artworkBig Nick Russell may like his music slightly more muscular, and darker in tone, but even likes to dabble in other arts and move out of his comfort zone, which is why we find him entering Dom Daley's bailiwick by exploring the British punk scene and endeavouring to find out if it indeed can produce some ‘Toxic Rock and Roll’… You can find out if he did on the other side of the link:

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Trust – ‘Hellfest 2017’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:20

Trust Live at Hellfest coverThere is no doubt that Trust’s place in the canon of heavy metal is assured.  For two reasons.  One to do with a certain drummer once of their parish, and the other to do with a certain song made famous by one of the Big Four… having officially split up more than three decades ago, they occasionally return for live performances, one of the most recent of which was captured on this shiny little silver disc for which our Monk slipped on his Cloak of Reviewing Doom to evaluate:

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Hammerfall – ‘Glory To The Brave’ 20th Anniversary Edition (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:00

Hammerfall Glory artworkIn case you’ve failed to notice, we’ve kicked off a rockin’ new year here at URHQ – and today we’re keeping the momentum going with the debut offering from the newest recruit to our growing band of talented and knowledgeable writers, as Tim Bolitho-Jones wraps his ears around a commemorative anniversary set that proves glory does indeed come to the brave:

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Joe Satriani – ‘What Happens Next’ (Sony Music/Legacy) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:00

Joe Satriani artworkWhen it comes to contenders for the title of king of guitar wankery, there will many who will argue that there is one man way ahead of the rest of the field – and, that of, course, is ‘The Satch’. His 15th studio album is released less than two weeks into the new Über Rockin’ year and sees him collaborating with none other than Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. Will it keep him in contention for that coveted crown? David O’Neill is the man with the answer:

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The Dogs - ‘The Grief Manual’ (Drabant Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:00

The Dogs The Grief Manualapproved smallAnd, so, a new year dawns and with the promise of plenty more glorious rock ‘n’ roll moments to come our way over the coming 12 months.  Already, the albums, EPs, singles and tour dates are piling up and our team are positively salivating like rabid dogs to bring the best of the best, and the best of the rest… first out of the traps on this first day of the first month is Gerald S, with his thoughts on an album that in fact sees the light this very morn…

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Deathgod Messiah - 'Abomination Chants from Beyond the Grave' (Ascension Monuments) Print E-mail
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Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:00

Deathgod Messiah artworkIt may be fast approaching the day of present exchanging but the black metal community, and especially America’s Deathgod Messiah, have a very special gift for us – a compilation album designed to ensure that all those not of a kvlt persuasion choke on their turkey and reach for the holy water, as our newly appointed prince of all things extreme, Cronohn Pipror explains on the other side of this link.

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Tragik – ‘Tainted’ (Rock Company) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:00

Tragik Tainted front500They say that you shouldn’t judge a book, or an album, by its cover. But, in the case of this particular offering, it is very hard not to do so. I mean, take a look at the fucking thing. Ripped straight from the tackiest Eighties playbook of gratuitous titillation, what lurks behind it turns out to be a half decent, if somewhat erratic AOR album from one of the hardest working names in the business, as the boss man explains on the other side of this link:

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Pretty Boy Floyd – ‘Public Enemies’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:00

PRETTY BOY FLOYD pe CoverBe honest, how many of you would have expected, that, in 2017, there would be new music from Pretty Boy Floyd? Well, we didn’t, but that is exactly what we've got - and our very own Prince of Parp, for one, is more than happy with it. Click the link to find out why he reckons PBF are not only a band reborn but have come up with a mighty impressive set of hair metal earworms:

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Crazy Squeeze – ‘Savior Of The Street’ (Wanda Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 15 December 2017 04:20

Crazy Squeeze artworkWe reckon that, before this year is out, our man Dom D is gonna have a heart attack, so excited does he get about the constant stream of quality rock ‘n’ roll, or punk rock 'n' roll, or whatever you want to label it, that keeps coming across his radar.  Here’s another bunch he reckons should most definitely be on your radar this present exchanging season:

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American Glutton – ‘Dish Served Cold’ (From The Ashes Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:40

American Glutton record coverOur big boss man just loves a good old-fashioned power trio. Just bass, drums and guitar, with one of ‘em doubling up on vocals. Bands like Cream, classic Motorhead, ZZ Top, Rabid Bitch Of The North… straightforward and honest, with nowhere to hide: just music presented at its rawest and most visceral. And it’s that tried and tested formula which this new band busting out of Jacksonville, Florida follow, as you can find out by clicking this ‘ere link:

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16 Ton Rockers – ‘Limited Edition DeLuxe’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:00

16 Ton Rockers logoAlthough only formed in 2016, the members of 16 Ton Rockers have been kicking around the Stockholm punk scene since ’77, and therefore know a thing or three about rock ‘n’f’n’ roll – probably nearly as much as our Double D, who always has thoroughly enjoyed everything he has heard from the band. Does that enjoyment remain uncontained with this, their latest platter? Click the link and do what it tells you to find out:

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The Cowboys – ‘Volume 4’ (Drunken Sailor Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:00

The Cowboys Vol 4 artworkDom D reckons that if there’s ever an album that earns the epithet of being a punk 'n' roll mess then it is this fourth (how’d we guess?) offering from The Cowboys.  Our man who knows about such things reckons it’s a real “mind fuck”, as schizophrenic offering that straddles the ‘70s, 80s and embraces pop to alternative to punk to create a great record. You know what to do to find out more:

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