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Scalpel – ‘Methods To Delusion’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:00

Scalpel artworkDon’t you just love it when music brings you visions of a deranged Dr Mengele character ripping victims’ guts out? No? Well, our blood-splattered queen of extreme certainly does, and she didn’t hesitate in reaching for the nearest surgical instrument and joining in the fun when this latest slice of gore-fuelled death metal found its way into her inbox:

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CJ Wildheart – ‘Blood’ (Devilspit Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:30

CJ Wildheart - Blood artworkCJ’s post Wildhearts projects have always embraced the poppier side of his influences. From CJ And The Satellites to The Jellies and on to Honeycrack, those albums were more of a sugar buzz than a brutal assault on the ears. So, when the man warned fans that his upcoming third solo album ‘Blood’ was taking a heavier direction, fans of The Wildhearts rejoiced.  Among them, of course, of man Ben H, who recommends that you serve it with a dose of hot sauce!

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Youngblood Supercult - ‘The Great American Death Rattle’ (DHU Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 28 August 2017 04:30

Youngblood Supercult artworkapproved small 2013There are some who would argue that certain recent events on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean are a signal that the good ol’ corporeal body of the United States of America is sounding its death rattle… but, we don’t do politics here on Über Rock: all we’re interested in is the state of the rock ‘n’ roll industry – and, as far as our man in Texas is concerned, this third album from a band he discovered via the joys of YouTube shows that it is in very rude health indeed:

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24 Hour Punks - ‘Why We Fight’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 25 August 2017 04:30

24 Hour Punks artworkapproved small 2013Following the death of his father-in-law earlier this year from cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and very aggressive cancer, Call Me Malcolm guitarist Lucias came up with the idea of gathering together some of his favourite punk musicians and challenging them to write, rehearse and record an EP within just 24 hours… Click the link to find out what happened next:

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The Idol Dead – ‘Tension & Release’ (Raaa! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:30

The Idol Dead artworkapproved small 2013Sometimes you don’t have to venture too far from home to discover great rock ‘n’ roll music – and that certainly is the case when it comes to Ben Hughes and DIY underdogs The Idol Dead, who have just issued their fourth full-length album via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign. Click the link to find out why the album may not have grabbed our man immediately but found himself lulled into a false sense of security:

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Dream Awake – ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:30

Dream Awake artworkapproved small 2013Having cut their creative teeth on their debut EP, ‘Pathfinder’, Dream Awake look set to cause quite a stir in their local Belfast scene – and hopefully further afield - with their second release, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath.’  Click the link to find out why Jonni D is quick to make sure that he doesn’t pigeonhole the band as simply a metalcore act and didn’t hold his breath to get into the groove of this tasty little EP:

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Casket Robbery – ‘The Ascension’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 03:30

Casket Robbery 2017 EP CoverFollowing on from last year’s debut album, ‘Evolution of Evil’, Wisconsin death metallers Casket Robbery have unveiled their new line-up via a three-track EP, which recently dropped into the inbox of the returning Nick Russell. Click the link to find out why he thinks this is a band who have a promising future in the normally unforgiving world of extreme music:

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Necrosis – ‘Mythogenesis’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:00

Necrosis artworkIt has taken Danish death metal trio Necrosis a full decade to release their debut album.  Has it been worth the wait?  Well, who better to answer that question than Uber Rock’s very own Scandinavian “queen of extreme”, the otherwise demure-sounding Stephanie Rose?  Click the link to find out why she thinks it is missing one or two key ingredients needed to melt her blackened metal heart:

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Thy Art Is Murder –‘Dear Desolation’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 21 August 2017 04:00

Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation - ArtworkAccording to our man with the same initials as our favourite tipple, it’s been a funny old year when it comes to deathcore, with the likes of Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy splitting their fanbases by experimenting with both their own and the genre’s sounds. Now it seems that it’s up to Thy Art Is Murder to restore the balance… have they succeeded or did they leave Jonni D feeling even more desolate than before? Click the link to find out:

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The Lurkers – ‘The Lurkers’ Box Set (Beggars Banquet) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:30

The LurkersCan you imagine Double D’s delight when he woke up this morning and found five disc career spanning box set containing some 86 tunes from one of the defining bands of punk ‘n’ roll lurking on his doorstep?  We heard the whoops of delight all the way from south Wales to URHQ in Belfast! Click the link to find out more about a tasty little release that has had our man smiling from pleasured ear to pleasured ear ever since:

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Sister Switchblade – ‘Best Served Cold’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 14 August 2017 04:30

Sister SwitchbladeÜber Rock, like every other music website, receives hundreds of review submissions every week. This one arrived from the other side of the world – but all the envelope contained was a CD… nothing else. It very nearly went in the bin… but the big boss was intrigued enough by the band’s name to give it a listen. Click the link to find out why sometimes not selling yourself can reap unexpected dividends:

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The Electric Shakes – ‘Electrohypnosis’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:30

The Electric Shakes artworkIf it wasn’t for the fact that he has two left feet (and The Dark Queen will testify to that), then Über Rockin’ chief Monk would love nothin’ more than a good old-fashioned boogie… and if Mrs A would allow him to do so, without stomping his brand new size 11 New Rocks all over her nice designer heels, he probably wouldn’t stop dancin’ as the result of a dose of ‘Electrohypnosis’. Click the link to find out why our editor-in-chief has caught himself a dose of the electric shakes:

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Melvins – ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ (Ipecac Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 28 August 2017 04:00

Melvins artworkLike UR boss Monk a while back, Nick Russell has a confession to make: before he took ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ he had never listened to a single Melvins album… That all changed when we sent him this new part opus magnus to wrap his ears around and subsequently pen a few words about. Did he find that confession is good for the soul? Click the link to find out how his bank balance is going to suffer by correcting his sins of yesteryear:

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The SoapGirls – ‘Society’s Rejects’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 25 August 2017 04:00

SoapgirlscoverFrench-born rock ‘n’ roll sistas Ca(Mille) and Noe(Mie) Debray grew up in Cape Town, where they spent part of their formative years selling soap on the city’s streets… it was an experience which not only inspired the band name but also fuelled their aspirations to lift their middle fingers as high as possible and deliver a huge “fuck you” to the world, as our man Ben Hughes found out:

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Eden’s Curse – ‘Revisited’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:00

Edens Curse RevisitedTen years (and one day) after they released their self-titled debut album, Eden’s Curse have, erm, ‘Revisited’ same with this remastered – and, in the case of the vocals, re-recorded – deluxe edition, which comes complete with a live DVD. Tasked with listening to both versions back to back, David O’Neill found himself praising the genius of URHQ in constantly finding him new music to explore and enjoy:

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Hexenklad – ‘Spirit Of The Stone’ (CDN Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:00

Hexenklad artworkConceived in the darkened forests of Ontario, ‘Spirit Of The Stone’ is the debut album from Canadian blackened folk metallers Hexenklad, and features the combined talents of some of the country’s finest practitioners of the art. But, does it speak to our Scandinavian “queen of extreme”, or did it fall on deaf ears? Click the link to find out:

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Obey The Brave – ‘Mad Season’ (Epitaph) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:30

Obey The Brave artworkAccording our man Jonni D, Obey The Brave may have had a bit of a false start, creatively speaking, with their earlier material, but with third album ‘Mad Season’ they finally have found their stride with a significant step forward with an offering that “demonstrates a surprising level of experimentation”… Click the link to find out more:

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The Dukes Of Bordello – ‘Lowdown 'n' Dirty’ (Death Or Glory Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 21 August 2017 04:30

Dukes Of Bordello artworkEverything Dom Daley does, he does 'All In The Name Of Rock And Roll', which is why he was only too happy to get ‘Lowdown 'n' Dirty’ with this second album from self-styled “Rock n Roll trashcan troubadors from the seedy side of town…” The Dukes Of Bordello.  The result was that he found himself having to break the habit of a lifetime and turn the volume on his stereo down!  Click the link to find out why DD is proud to be 'Down In The Gutter' after spinning this particular platter:

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The Dogs D'Amour – ‘Swinging The Bottles: The BBC Radio Sessions’ (Cargo) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:00

Dogs Damour Swingin The Bottle cover300dpi 1024x1024Back in the day, Dom Daley couldn’t get enough of those dastardly rock ‘n’ roll pirates The Dogs D’Amour.  And all these years he still can’t – which is why this recently issued set of recordings made for dear old Aunty Beeb could not have had a more timely release, as they catapult Double D back to the days of the youth to recall a time when these four reprobates were once the most untouchable band in the country:

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Neon Animal - ‘Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From the Dead’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:00

Neon Animal artworkHang on a second… there’s a band trying to tell us that we need to ‘Bring Back Rock ‘n’ Roll From the Dead’… are they fucking kidding? As far as we at Über Rock are concerned, it’s very much alive and well and, if we’ve anything to do with it, it will be for a very long time indeed… so, what are these London upstarts on about? Click the link to find out:

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Next To None – ‘Phases’ (Inside Out Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 14 August 2017 04:00

Next To None Phases Cover 2017With a father who is regarded as one of the finest drummers of the progressive metal genre, it’s no great surprise that Max Portnoy has followed in his dad’s footsteps in the same genre. With ‘Phases’, the second album from Pennsylvania quartet Next To None, the band are looking to break into new territory within the progressive metal genre – as Jim Rowland discovered when we sent it his way:

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