January CD
Anvil – ‘Pounding The Pavement’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:20

Anvil Pounding The Pavement 1500x1500There are certain bands from whom you know exactly what to expect before you slip their latest album onto your deathdeck. AC/DC, Motorhead, Status Quo, ZZ Top… they don’t tend to stray too far from the musical formula which established their reputations. You can, of course, add Anvil to that illustrious list: they have been delivering their particular brand of straightforward, no nonsense, balls to the wall heavy fuckin’ metal for more than three decades now – and, this, their 17th album, is absolutely no exception to the rule which they have set themselves. To adapt one of the songs titles, ‘Pounding…’ sees the Canadian trio still doing what they want, as Mark Ashby found out:

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Magnum – ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:00

Magnum artworkDespite a career spanning 40 years, Magnum’s significant contributions to British rock music are all too often understated.  They may not have enjoyed the same commercial success as some of their peers, but the consistent quality of their output has garnered an intensely loyal following among fans in the know.  ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ is the 20 full-length album from the Birmingham rockers, and continues Magnum’s recent streak of late-career successes from a creative standpoint, as Jonni D discovered:

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Corrosion Of Conformity – ‘No Cross No Crown’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:20

Corrosion Of Conformity artworkTwelve years. Twelve long fucking years. Twelve dry, arid, desert-like years. Twelve years too fucking many. What the fuck is Über boss Monk talking about? Well, that’s the length of time we’ve had to wait for a new album from the classic line-up of the muthafuckin’ godfathers of the modern southern blues-meets-doom/sludge sound, Corrosion of Fuckin’ Conformity, that’s what! Find out if it has been worth the wait on the other side of this link:

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Bloodshot Dawn – ‘Reanimation’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:40

Bloodshot Dawn ReanimationA lot has happened in the Bloodshot Dawn camp in the three-and-a-bit years since the release of their second album, the titanic ‘Demons’ – not the least of which has been a complete change of line-up, with only frontman Josh McMorran left… But, lo, here we are on the cusp of both a new year and a new era for BD, with the imminent landing of the band’s third album, completed and supported by a new line-up, which sees the band ready to take things to the next level, as Mark Ashby found out when he let it invade his ears:

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Deuce – ‘Invincible’ (Better Noise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:00

Deuce Invincible AlbumCover 1First known as one of the founding members of Hollywood Undead before being kicked out of / leaving the band in early 2010, Portland-based LA raised Deuce has since been making a name for himself alongside his crew 9lives. Last month saw the release of his second full-length album ‘Invincible’. As his former bandmates prepare to return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Allan Maxwell turned his baseball cap backwards and got into Deuce’s groove:

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Armortura – ‘Armortura’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:20

Armortura artworkHailing from the north-east of England and with a nod towards old school thrash, Armortura are set to release their self-titled debut album.  And it is a release which has left our man Phil C hoping for a lot more to come from the five-piece, as he breaks this year’s reviewing duck – along with a few neck muscles in the process:

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Mississippi Bones – ‘2600 A.D. And Other Astonishing Tales’ (Kozmik Artifactz) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:20

MISSISSIPPI BONES coverA glimpse at both the title and the artwork of this damn fine album may initially suggest the expectation of some B-movie style low-brow sci-fi concept from a bunch of nerdy post-graduate progsters… but, what Mark Ashby found lurking in its grooves was indeed a beast of a most different hue, as you can find out by clicking the link:

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Various Artists – ‘Smacked! A Tribute To Llara 'Claude' Peltola’ (Alive And Kickin’ Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:20

Smacked artworkTwo decades after his untimely demise comes this tribute to the former Smack/The Fishfaces/Fellow Reptiles singer and songwriter, curated with love by a bunch of contemporaries, friends and some of today’s finest young up-and-coming glunksters, to prove that his music is still very much alive and kickin’, as Dom Daley elaborates on the other side of this link:

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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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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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Freerock Saints - ‘Electric Passion’ (Grooveyard Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:40

Freerock Saints artworkapproved small 2013Hard rock with genuine flashes of southern rock is not the first thing Gerald S – never mind most other right-minded people - think about when they, er, think about Greek music. But, that’s exactly what is on offer from this little gem, which somehow winged its way from the Mediterranean shores to the vastness of Texas and into our man’s ears and heart, as you’ll find out when you do what the link says:

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I Fight Bears – ‘I Fight Bears’ (Lost Generation Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:00

I Fight Bears artworkapproved small 2013Formed a little over two years ago, Bridgend's I Fight Bears have been noted as drawing upon influence from the likes of Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God. Next month sees the release of their self-titled debut album following a healthy buzz around singles ‘State’, ‘Believe in Me’ and most recently ‘Hammers’ and ‘Lost the Fight’. So, with weighty anticipation already in place and an ever growing fanbase courtesy of live performances, what does the debut have in store? Phil C is the man with the answer:

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Trespass – ‘Footprints In The Rock’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 04:20

Trespass artworkFollowing a brief but bright start in the late Seventies into the early Eighties, when they released a string of singles and EPs in their early career and featured on the compilation ‘Metal for Muthas, Vol. II’, NWOBHM flag bearers Trespass sank without trace, re-emerging briefly in the early Nineties, and again five years ago with an album of re-recordings of their early material. Now, they’re back to give it another go… Phil C wraps his ears around their first original material more than three decades:

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The Atomic Bitchwax – ‘Force Field’ (Tee Pee Records) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:40

TAB largeThere's something to be said for a band releasing their seventh full album, without it being the main project for most of its members. Featuring over half of Monster Magnet at different points in their career, The Atomic Bitchwax have released another quality album, as our resident DJ explains on the other side of thon wee link:

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Avatar – ‘Avatar Country’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Monday, 08 January 2018 04:00

Avatar Country artworkDespite having threatened to go nuclear for quite some time now, Sweden’s Avatar somehow haven’t fully cracked the big time and seem destined to remain a cult band rather than rock superstars… At least, that’s how UR new recruit Tim Bolitho-Jones assesses their career to date – and he reckons that their latest album may go some way to explaining why the painted ones find themselves in the position they do.  So, click the link to find out:

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Doll Hazard – ‘Transatlantic Meltdown’ (TrainWreckords) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:00

Doll Hazard artworkapproved small 2013The name of the latest band to attract our Ben H’s attention isn’t some post present-swapping health and safety warning – although it contains a collection of songs so infuriatingly infectious it should probably come with one of its own!  Click the link to find out what happened when a member of the Dirtbag Republic and a self-proclaimed Suicide Bomber met head-on on a glunk-fuelled collision course:

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Trono Alem Morte - 'O Olhar Atento da Escuridão' (Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex) Print E-mail
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Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:00

Trono Alem Morte artworkapproved small 2013Portuguese black metallers Trono Alem Morte are so secretive they don’t have an online presence… but our resident expert in all things supremely extreme and sublimely evil has got these dark overlords sussed, reckoning they spend most of their time in blood-soaked basements, summoning demons to consume both themselves and unsuspecting listeners who manage to track down this malevolent masterpiece:

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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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