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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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Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions – ‘Ram Raid’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 28 April 2017 05:00

Spunk Volcano - Ram Raid coverLead guitarist with Dirtbox Disco, Spunk Volcano erupted back into action in March, with both a new album from his “main” band and this new EP from his side project. It’s taken our man Rich Hobson all this time to wipe off the volcanic ash of the resultant aural explosion – and acquire himself a new laptop – to share his thoughts on this slice of punk rock lunacy:

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Freddy And The Phantoms – ‘Decline Of The West’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 28 April 2017 04:00

FreddyATP artworkFreddy And The Phantoms come slip sliding out of the smoky back street bars of Copenhagen with this hugely impressive fourth album, which easily metamorphoses the boundaries between blues, jazz, swing and rock ‘n’ roll with an assured aplomb. Mark Ashby slipped into its grooves to find a release he finds “a joyous album which somehow manages not to sound happy, but at the same time is far from depressing”:

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Wolfpakk – ‘Wolves Reign’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 04:00

Wolfpakk artworkWith a host of well-known names once again lending their talents to this latest offering from the project fronted by metal legends Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney, it promised much… But, is its bark worse than its bite, or is the Wolfpakk snapping and snarling with intent? Phil Copper entered the cage and took his life in his hands:

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Sons of Death Valley – ‘Fathers Of The Free’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:00

Sons Of Death Valley artworkPhil Cooper takes a trip into the deserts of Scandinavia (yeah, we know) to search out the mix of gritty blues and break neck paced rock and roll that is the latest offering from Danish psyche stoner mob Sons Of Death Valley. Check out their tales of cowboys and the search for inner freedom by clicking on the link:

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Los Pepes – ‘Let’s Go!’ (Wanda Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:00

16711733 1217394184964678 128110899340099488 nFancy a little bit of something that sounds like The Who fighting the Buzzcocks in a deathmatch! A slice of rapid loud power pop from the band that Dom Daley reckons are the kings of the genre? And, he should, shouldn’t he? Well, Über Rockers, look no further than the other side of this here link:

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The King Blues – ‘The Gospel Truth’ (Cooking Vinyl) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 24 April 2017 04:00

THE KING BLUES COVER web  1492087054 94.1.129.45Dom Daley is down on his knees and praising the gods of rock ‘n’ roll, ‘cos The King Blues have come out of retirement and are preaching their particular brand of punk gospel to the masses with a brand new album. Click the link and prepare to see the light, brothers and sisters:

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Bite The Bullet – ‘Can Be Anything’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 21 April 2017 03:30

Bite The Bullet artworkIn the third album from Denmark’s BTB, Mark Ashby finds a release which combines a weird mix of styles, quoting Seventies-style retro acid pop, Eighties electronica, house music and whacked out psychedelia and finding references to Roxy Music, Primal Scream and, er, Human League! But, is there any rock ‘n’ roll in there? Or is our boss buckling under the strain of running one of the UK’s fastest growing independent websites? Click the link to find out:

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Holy Martyr – ‘Darkness Shall Prevail' (Dragonheart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:30

Holy Martyr - DSP artworkÜber Rock editor-in-chief Monk loves a bit of Tolkien. He’s worn out multiple copies of the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ series, initially in book form and subsequently on DVD… so, how would he react to the latest take on the master’s work, in the form of this new concept album from Italian power metallers Holy Martyr? There’s only one way to find out, ain’t there:

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In Death – ‘The Devil Speaks’ (Plastic Head) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:00

In Death artworkAccording to our man Jonni D, the devil doth indeed speak volumes through the grooves of the debut album from Australia’s In Death, who live up to their name by inflicting death-dealing metal of the most brutal kind, yet deftly so. Click the link to find out why JD reckons this release will flatten you like a charging elephant:

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Grumpynators – ‘City Of Sin’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 17 April 2017 04:00

Grumpynators - City Of Sin artworkThe wonderfully Grumpynators are the latest in a string of Danish bands who have been enjoying the rock and metal spotlight being cast on their little archipelago in recent years. Their second album features a guest appearance by Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano – which, as Mark Ashby discovers – draws inevitable comparisons. But, will they be heading back to Copenhagen living up to the first part of their name when they read his review?

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Heath Green And The Makeshifters – ‘Heath Green And The Makeshifters’ (Alive Natural Sound Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Friday, 28 April 2017 04:30

Heath Green artworkHeath Green has been recording and performing in the Deep South for some 15 years and despite his undoubted talent as both a singer, keys man and songwriter he’s relatively unknown. Given the right breaks that might all change with this self-titled debut album from his new outfit, The Makeshifters, as Jonathan Kardasz explains:

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Barrio Tiger – ‘Ave Maria’ (Ghost Highway Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 04:30

Barrio Tiger - Ave MariaRight from its opening salvo, Dom Daley knew this new album was gonna be a hold on tight, hard rockin' ride of stunning calibre, coming out with its fist flying and ready to fight, rock and roll style. Click the link to find out why its subsequently busts his ass from pillar to post:

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Body Count - ‘Bloodlust’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Bunting   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:30

Body Count - BloodlustWhen Body Count, the metal crossover project fronted by rap superstar Ice T, released their self-titled first album back in 1982, it was so controversial that it was quickly withdrawn from sale, before being subsequently being re-issued with a revised tracklisting. Almost three decades later, is the multi-talented movie star and producer still as pissed off as he was back then? Click the link for find out Matt Bunting’s verdict:

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Kill For Eden – ‘Petty Crimes’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:30

Kill For EdenNow and again an album pops through the letterbox here at URHQ which, when popped into the massive stereo on the top floor of our penthouse office, gets Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby truly go “what the absolute fuck is going on here?”. Click the link to find out what went on when he finally got past the front cover of this newbie from Kill For Eden:

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Glam Skanks – ‘Glitter City’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 24 April 2017 04:30

Glam SkanksIn these days of high speed broadband connections, new albums, no matter where they emanate from, can be transmitted across the Überverse at the speed of light… but, even in these hi tech times, it can take a while for a release to find its way the relatively short distance from Los Angeles to URHQ. Thankfully, our newest recruit, Gerald Stansbury, intercepted this debut full-lengther from Glam Skanks before it even left his North America:

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Fifteen Years – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 21 April 2017 04:00

a2781813121 16Skater punk may not be Dom Daley’s favourite take on the genre, but he is our resident expert and outstanding in his field (especially when he farts), so who better to wrap their ears around the debut offering from Bristolian upstarts Fifteen Years. But, did he go to hell in a handcart or take the highway to heaven? Click the link to find out:

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Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics - 'The Man With Stars On His Knees' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:30

Aaron Buchanan artworkAfter leaving Heaven's Basement in 2015, Aaron Buchanan has relaunched his career with a new band and a new album. But, did it leave our man Ben Hughes with stars in his eyes, or down on his knees begging for rock ‘n’ roll forgiveness? There’s only one way to find out:

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Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters – ‘Bad Habit’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:30

Bad Habit ArtworkRock ‘n’ roll, like most aspects of life, is a difficult business for women. Too often they are judged solely on their looks and not on their ability to get the job done. However, time and again, artists like Beth Blades consistently prove have more balls than all of their male counterparts put together, as Mark Ashby found when he wrapped his ears around this debut album:

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Vain - 'Rolling With The Punches' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 17 April 2017 04:30

Vain - Rolling artworkAlmost a year after it was originally intended to be released, the new album from hair metal legends Vain has finally seen the light of day. Uber Rock’s Ben Hughes went into battle, armed only with his trusty can of L’Oreal (‘cos he’s worth it) and comb, and prepared to roll with the punches as he found out if Davy and co can still cut the mustard three decades into their career:

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Hellbound Hearts - 'Film Noir' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 14 April 2017 04:30

FILM-NOIR-HELLBOUND-HEARTSIt’s taken them a while, but after scrapping the original recordings and undergoing several line-up changes, Hellbound Hearts have finally gotten around to releasing their debut album. But, did our man Ben H find himself dying of a broken heart, or was he breaking out the popcorn to celebrate a modern-day classic? Click the link to find out:

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