February CD
The Über Rock Singles Club: February Fever Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Never let it be said that Double D’s sack (of singles that is, you dirty minded rock 'n' rollers) isn't bulging.  Its only February and boy have we been treated to a top-notch bunch of 45s.  This cluster is no exception with a lot of diversity for sure but no drop in the quality of bands still making singles and videos which is great when you have the attention span of a goldfish.  Click on the links and share the love folks. They do it for the likes of you, dear loyal reader, and long may it continue:

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Razorbats – ‘II’ (Rob Mules Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:20

Razorbats artworkAlbum number two from Norwegian rock ‘n’ rollers Razorbats has been a long time a comin’, and wasn’t helped by both line-up and label changes… but, click the link to find out how, rather that falter and flounder in a sea of broken spirits, the band have picked them up, dusted themselves down and produced 12 tracks which have Double D positively salivating and proclaiming the release as a strong contender for album of the year:

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Thuum – ‘Through Smoke Comes Fire’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:40

Thuum artworkThe second track on this four-track EP by Bournemouth-based doom troop Thuum hit our resident DJ like a hammer in the chest, immediately causing him to think of Pantera with today's production values, and if Phil Anselmo was not a raging tit with a fucked voice… Intrigued? Well, you can find out more on the other side of this link:

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Heavatar – ‘Opus II – The Annihilation’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:00

Heavatar artworkAs far as UR boss Monk is concerned, there is one thing – apart from it being total shite – that can ruin an album for him, and that’s an awful production. Over the years, it has spoiled his enjoyment of what could otherwise have been many a fine album, confining them to the dustbin of heavy metal history. Click the link to find out why this project fronted by Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt is, sadly, another such example:

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Suicide Bombers – ‘Suicide Idols’ (Suicide Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:40

Suicide Bombers Idols artworkThis latest album from Norwegian sleazesters Suicide Bombers first arrived at URHQ quite a while back – in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, in fact. At the time, we took the conscious decision not to review it, and explained our reasons to frontman Chris Damien Doll. Being the gentleman that he is, Chris graciously accepted our reasons for putting this review on the long finger. But, things change with the passing of time, and so Double D gets stuck into this rather impressive slice of glunk at its sleaziest:

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Holophonics – ‘Fast Forward’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:00

Holophonics artworkAccording to Wikipedia, holophonics is… something with loads of big words in it that try to describe how we listen to music. UR boss Monk knows how he listens to his music – LOUD! And, as far as he’s concerned the the only aspect of holophonics’ role in our beloved artform that we’re interested in, at this particular moment in time, is this third album from a French alt-rock combo, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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Donum Dei – ‘Contribute To Chaos’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:20

Donum Dei artworkapproved small 2013One of the good things about being a music journalist working in a relatively tight geographic area, but one with an equally tight music community, is watching a young band start out, take their first steps and then grow, develop and, hopefully, blossom and mature. Über editor Monk has had the good fortune, in his 30+ years of writing shit about this beloved rock ‘n’f’n’ roll of ours, of seeing this happen to a fair few acts… and he’s about to launch another one into the Überverse, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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Delta Deep – ‘West Coast Live’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:40

DELTA DEEP LOW cover artThree years ago, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen released an album of what he described as “extreme blues”… well, it certainly was extremely different from what he plays in the band which affords him the opportunity to undertake side projects such as this, a live re-interpretation of said opus, played to a select audience in the front room of one of his mates’ houses… click the link as David O’Neill elaborates:

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Counterpoint – ‘If Not Now, When?’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:00

Counterpoint artworkÜber boss Monk just loves it when a song hits him right in the chest, right from the off. No warning, no apology. It just whacks him with a defiant “take that muthafucka” attitude and impact. Click the link to find out why the opening track on this debut EP not only did that but revealed a collection of tunes which he reckons could very quickly garner their creators the attention of some certain mainstream publications (but remember where you read it first):

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Vantablack Warship – ‘Abrasive Pulmonic Speak’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:20

Vantablack WarshipWhen you think of Canada, most people think of things like ice hockey, skiing, maple syrup, fishing and *cough* Nickelback. Metalheads think of Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, Kittie and Anvil. Then there is a band from Montreal, Quebec. Vantablack Warship have just dropped their first full length album in the form of ‘Abrasive Pulmonic Speak’, which, at its core addresses the issue of heavy metal as a legitimate culture. Have they converted Allan M to their thinking? Click the link to find out:

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Nebula – ‘Let It Burn’ (Heavy Psyche Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:20

Nebula Let It BurnNebula formed in 1997 when guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano they left the mighty Fu Manchu. With the addition of bassist Mark Abshire, they went on to create a number of stoner space rock psychedelia albums and EPs. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut EP, they are re-releasing same, as well as its two follow up offerings. Big Nick gets lost in space as he steps back in time on the other side of this link:

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Jute Gyte/Spectral Lore – ‘Helian’ (I, Voidhanger) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:00

Helian EP artworkThis split EP features two 20+ minute interpretations of a poem written in 1912/1913 by Georg Trakl, which the poet himself described as “the most precious and painful I have ever written”. So, how would our resident gigaholic feel when he downloaded it for one of his many road-trips? Would he regard it as a gem of a release, or find the aural experience to painful to endure? Click the link to find out:

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Valensole – ‘Make Pace’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Lizzi Maxwell   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:20

Valensole artworkWhen Valensole released their debut EP in March 2017, Nev Brooks was moved to describe it as “classic music in the making”, acclaiming it for stretching itself beyond the boundaries of its initial punk descriptive. Almost two years further on, how far have the Southampton trio moved forward, if at all? Click the link and Lizzi M will reveal all:

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An Evening With Knives – ‘Serrated’ (Argonauta) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:40

An Evening With Knives artwork‘Serrated’ is the debut album from Eindhoven-based doomsters, An Evening With Knives. Having a quick look at their social media as he first started to play the album, undoubtedly on one of his many journeys up and down the motorways of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, our resident doom meister clocked the fact that they consider themselves to be doom/sludge outfit. But, on listening to said opus, he found himself disagreeing with their own assertion, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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The Wizards Of Delight – ‘The Wizards Of Delight’ (APF Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:20

The Wizards Of Delight artworkYou know that embarrassing dance your dad does at parties to try and look cool in front of your friends? Well, according to Tim Belitho-Jones, you can now say hello to the musical equivalent of that, as he reckons that the debut EP by The Wizards Of Delight is retro-rock worship at its most shameless; heavily in-debt to the likes of Deep Purple and The Stooges and revelling in how massively un-hip it is. It should be loads of fun, but instead it’s… well, you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Dream Troll – ‘The Witch’s Curse’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:40

Dream Troll artworkLeeds-based five-piece Dream Troll were the subject of a bizarre news story last April. When their childhood friend Richard Burgon (who happens to be a Labour MP) made a guest appearance on one of their songs, they were pounced upon by the tabloid press who mistakenly believed them to be a white power band. The allegation was quickly dismissed as nonsense by anyone with a modicum of sense and listening to this EP, you have to wonder exactly what anyone could find threatening about them, as Tim Bolitho-Jones explains on the other side of this link:

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Barren Womb – ‘Old Money/New Lows’ (Spartan Records/Loyal Blood Records) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:00

Barren Womb artworkWith a mixture of hardcore and noise rock that sees them reference Mike Patton just as easily as they do Kvelertak or Kadavar, Barren Womb create a big racket for a duo, and are about to drop their fourth studio album in just a few days. But, is it big enough to impress our own big man? Well, there’s only one way to find out and you know what it is:

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Chasing Ghosts – ‘These Hollow Gods’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:20

Chasing Ghosts artworkWe all know what happens when you sit on the fence… just ask a certain children’s nursery rhyme character! Well, it’s that uncomfortable feeling that our resident DJ found himself “enjoying” when he sat down to listen to this debut album from Milton Keynes doom mongers Chasing Ghosts. Click the link to find out why it was more a case of chasing shadows:

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Michael Schenker – ‘A Decade Of The Mad Axeman’ (Inakustik) Print E-mail
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Written by Lee Grace   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:40

Michael Schenker A Decade of the Mad Axeman CoverWhen it comes to guitar legends, there are few who have enjoyed a more storied, and often controversial, career than the original mad axeman himself, Herr Schenker. With almost five decades in the business, from the formative days of da Scorpions to the heady success of UFO to his current Michael Schenker Fest, he has fought his demons and critics alike to prove that he’s one of rock’s survivors, as UR’s latest recruit found out on this latest retrospective collection:

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Imperial State Electric – ‘Anywhere Loud’ (Psychout Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:40

IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC Anywhere Loud DLP BLACKThe double live album should be a high point of any rock band’s career. Indeed, for many bands, they are a pinnacle, and it has been argued that many bands never reach such dizzy highs again or release albums of any worth after releasing their classic live album. So, how does ISE’s contribution to the format rank alongside, say, Kiss’ Alive albums or Maiden’s ‘Live After Death’? Well, click the link and Ben H gladly will tell you that the double live album is far from dead:

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Brian Fallon - ‘Sleepwalkers’ (Island Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:00

Brian Fallon artworkSince the Gaslight Anthem went on hiatus, main man Brian Fallon has not been idle. Over the last few years he has continued to be actively involved in music from being one half of The Horrible Crowes duo as well as releasing solo albums, including this latest offering, released at the end of this week. Phil C delves deep into its grooves, and you find out his verdict on the other side of this link:

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