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Life Of Agony – ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:30

LoA artworkIt’s been 12 long years since Life Of Agony’s last album, ‘Broken Valley’.  To say that the intervening years have been traumatic would be a severe understatement – but, now they’re back, and with a kick ass new release… ahead of the publication of his massive interview with LoA bassist Alan Robert, Jonni D gets into the album’s groove:

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Days Of Jupiter – ‘New Awakening’ (Metalville) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:00

Days Of Jupiter coverOne of the new generation of hard rock bands following in the footsteps of fellow Scandinavians Volbeat in an attempt to bring big, arena-sounding anthems to the masses, this third album from Sweden’s Days Of Jupiter lives up to all the superlatives hurled at in the press release which accompanied it to URHQ, as Mark Ashby found out:

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Jon Lord – ‘Windows’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:30

Cover Jon Lord WindowsThere can be no doubt that the late Jon Lord was one of the most ground breaking musicians of his generation. Not only was he the stalwart keyboard player with first Deep Purple and then Whitesnake – inspiring a legion of copycats with his trademark Hammond-organ led style of playing – but he was also an immensely talented composer in his own right, and was one of the first musicians to break down the boundaries between the classical form in which he was trained and the hard rock mien in which he made his name. Now, five years after the maestro’s death, Mark Ashby opens his aural windows and wraps his ears around the latest re-issue of one of his long lost crossover projects:

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Astral Doors – ‘Black Eyed Children’ (Metalville) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:00

Astral Doors artworkFor their past seven albums, Swedish power metal crew Astral Doors have been flying the flag for the legacy of bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow… hang on a second, is Mark Ashby seeing a common thread in there? Indeed, he is… click the link to find out how he reckons AD frontman Nils Patrik Johansson could well have had a certain other ’s vocal chords transplanted:

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Seether – ‘Poison The Parish’ (Spinefarm/Canine Riot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 08 May 2017 04:00

Seether - PTP artWhile our man Jonni D has been a long-time fan of Seether, he has always had one niggly little problem with their recorded output – and that has been that it has tended to be too polished in its radio-friendly production. However, as he has been finding out, all that has changed now that frontman Shaun Morgan has taken over the helm, resulting in an album that “represents the band in all of their sonic and emotional rawness”:

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The Rumours – ‘Hot Bang!’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 05 May 2017 05:00

The Rumours - Hot Bang artworkÜber Rock’s new American correspondent is of a generation who remembers a pre-internet era, when albums were often bought on the strength of an article – or even just a photograph – or a band in a magazine. And, we’re glad to report, that that spirit of experimentation still excites him even in the days of readily-available streaming services… click the link to find out how:

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The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (Partisan Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 05 May 2017 04:00

The Black Angels artworkThe first album in a little more than four years from Texas psych rockers The Black Angels was written and recorded in large part during the US election campaigns in the latter half of last year. The music it contains is described by the band themselves as “part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease”. Click the link to find out if they’ve captured the trauma of its backdrop:

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Pussywhips – ‘Pussywhips’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:30

Pussywhips artThe first thing Dom Daley did after he had finished listening to this new album from Pussywhips – and we all know he loves being whipped by a bit of pussy – was press repeat and turn it up even louder. Click the link to find out why he reckons this no holds barred offering sounds like The Cramps on a really (good) bad trip or Ron Asheton playing with the Jesus & Mary Chain:

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The Vibrators – ‘Past, Present And Into The Future’ (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:30

The Vibrators artAs its title suggests, this new crowd-funded album from punk royals The Vibrators features no fewer than all seven members from various incarnations of the band over the years. Dom Daley dug deep in his pockets, made his pledge of allegiance and now delivers his verdict:

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Fischer-Z – ‘Building Bridges’ (BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:30

Fischer-Z-Inlay-01-360x360The name Fischer-Z is synonymous with founder, guitarist and vocalist John Watts, who has presided over numerous incarnations of the band on and off for the past 40 years. This year, BMG will be bringing together the entire back catalogue of Fischer-Z to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band, but ‘Building Bridges’ is an all new offering, on which long-time fan Jim Rowland delivers his verdict:

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The Fuzztones – ‘Gonn Primitive With Craig Moore’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:30

The Fuzztones - Gonn PrimitiveDom Daley gets all primitive with this new live album from the kings of garage fuzz, released via the excellent Spanish Bang! Records label and featuring the king of the genre himself, Mr Craig Moore.  Click the link to find out what he made of this double elpee listening package:

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The Ghost Wolves – ‘Texas Platinum’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:00

The Ghost Wolves artWhen he reviewed the debut album from the Texas duo that is Carley and Jonathan Wolf back in August 201, Dom Daley was slightly underwhelmed, but could bucket loads of potential. Two and a half years down the line, and he finds himself totally enraptured by their brand of punk rock blues – as will you when you click the link:

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Bitch Queens – ‘L-O-V-E’ (Lux Noise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:30

Bitch Queens coverÜber Rock’s Dom Daley has always had his finger – even if it’s just his pinkie – on the pulse and been in on the ground floor of helping to uncover many fantastic bands… Bitch Queens are one band he has championed from the beginning and watched grow before his eyes into the potential world-beaters he reckons they are today. Click the link as Double D spreads some rock ‘n’ roll L-O-V-E:

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Baz Francis – ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks’ (Magic Cat Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 08 May 2017 04:30

Baz Francis coverIt’s no secret that Über Rock have been big fans of the Baz Francis, the man with a power pop plan, since day one, and we are always excited to receive the happy go lucky tunes that the Magic Eight Ball singer/songwriter sends our way. Now, following a limited release live venture last year, he launched his first solo album into the potentially stormy tides of the rock ‘n’ roll ocean. Our man Ben Hughes charts his progress:

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The Über Rock Singles Club – Post-Record Store Day Evaluation Edition Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013Dom Daley wanted to wait for the 2017 edition of Record Store Day to pass before opening the doors of the Singles Club for the month of May, because he knew it would throw a few corkers his way. And, that indeed it deed, as you can find out by clicking the link and joining the rock ‘n’ roll party (bringing you own beverage of choosing is optional):

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Motionless In White – ‘Graveyard Shift’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 05 May 2017 04:30

Motionless In White - Graveyard ShiftWhen Motionless In White’s third full-length ‘Reincarnate’ was released in 2014, it was well received by their targeted demographic.  However, many of those outside their fan-base were fairly critical of how the band were wearing their influences a little too blatantly.  Have they moved on anything with this, their fourth full-length offering, released today (Friday)?  Click the link to find out what Jonni D thinks:

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Night Demon – ‘Darkness Remains’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:00

Night Demon artworkÜber boss Mark Ashby recently watched ‘Back To The Future’ for the umpteenth time. When he got up the next morning, he opened a barrack buster of his favourite cheap cider and listened to the second album from Californian metallians Night Demon – and admits to having experienced a severe sense of déjà vu, which you can share by sharing this here link.

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Chris Catalyst – ‘Life is Often Brilliant’ (Wrath Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:00

Chris Catalyst - Life artMusic is one of the most universally sought forms of healing, helping most of us through some of the toughest times in our lives, as well as acting as a constant companion through the good times. It’s something our man Rich Hobson himself recently has been all too aware of, which is why he was delighted to stumble across “an album which takes all that life can throw at you and churns it into brilliantly sunny rock-via-britpop anthems”:

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Unbowed – ‘Through Endless Tides’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:00

Unbowed artworkIf you’re a fan of sweeping, grandiose music, mostly comprised of symphonic infused extreme metal, Über Rock’s Jonni D reckons he may just have found you a new favourite band, in the form of Unbowed. Click the link to find out why our young buck is raving about the epic soundscapes this Canadian mob are weaving on this self-released new album which he is delighted found its way across the Atlantic to UR’s Belfast HQ:

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Turbulent Hearts – ‘Foolish’ (Headcheck Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:00

Turbulent Hearts logoWhile this may be billed as their debut album, this full-lengther form LA punks Turbulent Hearts is actually a compilation of their first three self-released EPs rolled into one big package for international consumption. Would they get Dom Daley all a flutterby butterfly, or has it proven to be a foolish move? Click the link to find out:

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Axel Rudi Pell – ‘The Ballads V’ (Steamhammer) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:00

ARP VWhen it comes to activity there is no one busier than Germany’s own Axel Rudi Pell, who after the success of his seventeenth release ‘Game Of Sins’ is back with extremely talented band to slow things down with his fifth instalment in ‘The Ballads’ collection. Who else would Über Rock assign to check it out than our very own resident shredder:

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