August CD
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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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 Über Rock Singles Club Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:30

Charlie HarperIt may be Bloodstock weekend, but there’s not a sniff of heavy metal in the air as Dom Daley re-opens the doors of the Singles Club with another mixed bag of seven-inchers and downloads covering everything from country blues to basement boogie-woogie through to lo-fi punk and retro-Gothiness:

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Wraith – ‘Revelation’ (Ice Rain Records/Cargo Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:30

Wraith artworkIf you had told a young Dave Prince back in 1993, when he saw Wraith in the old Tonypandy Naval Club, that 20-odd years later he would be reviewing a new album by them, he would have laughed at you. But, here he is, doing just that.  But, is it a revelation that the band can still cut it?  Click the link to find out why our man found himself totally blindsided by this killer comeback:

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Barb Wire Dolls – ‘Rub My Mind’ (Motörhead Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:30

Barb Wire Dolls - Rub My MindDave Prince is smitten.  Yes, our resident Prince Of Parp has fallen love – with a bunch of riot-grrl punkettes who have come his way from the sunny island of Crete (via Los Angeles, where they were discovered by the late Lemmy Kilmister) and an album which has him positively drooling in his praise… and raiding his piggy bank to get more, more, more of those Barb Wire Dolls:

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7HY – ‘For the Record’ (Lion's Pride Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:30

7HY artwork7HY’s logo looks remarkably like that of Shy – but, that’s hardly surprising, as it’s the latest project from former Shy drummer Alan Kelly… but what will our resident prince of parp be placing on the record?  Will it be a massive thumbs up? Or a reluctant “thanks but no thanks”?  Actually, he’s in two minds about it, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Overoth – ‘The Forgotten Tome’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:00

Overoth artworkShe may sound sweet and charming, but Über Rock’s latest recruit, Stephanie Rose, knows a thing or two about extreme music… now living in Belfast, she grew up in Bergen, one of the birthplaces of the Scandinavian black metal scene, so the stuff virtually flows through her veins!  She makes her UR debut by passing judgement on an album that has been four years in the making, and that is the second full-lengther from her adopted hometown’s Overoth:

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Wintersun – ‘Live At Tuska 2013’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 04:30

Wintersun - Wintersun live at Tuska Festival 2013 - ArtworkFive years on from seeing them on their first, and so far only, visit to Belfast, UR’s resident shredder Marc Leach found himself faced with not just one but two new albums – one studio, one live - from Finnish power metallers Wintersun. Having already delivered his verdict on the studio offering, does our man reckon that the latter captures the energy of their live shows? There’s only one way to find out:

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Soto - ‘Divak’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 03:20

Soto-Divak‘Divak’ is the second album from Soto (the band) the latest musical venture from Jeff Scott Soto (the world renowned melodic rock singer). We asked Uber Rock’s Dave Prince to check this one out for us even though it’s a little heavy for Da Prince, yet still he managed to like the ballad best. Hit the link to find out what the hell it is we are on about.

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Running Wild - 'Rapid Foray' (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Phelps   
Saturday, 27 August 2016 04:00

running-wild-rapid-forayapproved small 2013With his write-up of 'Rapid Foray', the sixteenth studio album from German legends, Running Wild, Matt Phelps waves goodbye to Uber Rock duties, the first to walk the plank... but who will follow?

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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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Reckless Intentions – ‘Lights’ Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Reckless-Intentions-Lights-1019x1024Jonni D reckons that Brighton four-piece Reckless Intentions are “very much indicative of the current crop of bands on the pop-punk scene”, and that their debut EP is “a microcosm of the issues plaguing the genre as a whole”… To have more light shed on why he thinks so, click the link:

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Decapitated – ‘Anticult’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:00

Decapitated - Anticult - ArtworkWith Polish death dealers Decapitated about to head over to the UK to play the main stage at Bloodstock this weekend, Mark Ashby trawled his emails to find the band’s recently released seventh studio album. If you want to find out if it ripped his head off, all you have to do is click the link:

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Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions – ‘Not Wired Up Right’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:00

Spunk Volcano - Not Wired UpAs co-owner and editor-in-chief of this esteemed site for little under a year now, Mark Ashby of course is extremely familiar with the name of Spunk Volcano. After all, Über Rock has a been a big supporter of the man and his various projects – including, of course, those punk rock anarchists Dirt Box Disco – since virtually day one. So, he decided to see for himself what all the fuss has been about… is he not wired up right? Click the link to find out:

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The Lurking Fear – ‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Rose   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:00

The Lurking Fear coverFeaturing members of At The Gates, God Macabre, Disfear and Skitsystem, The Lurking Fear is a new death metal super group who seek to “bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene” and who want their music to be “ugly, twisted and possessed”. Have they succeeded?  We could think of only one person to answer that question, and that is our newly recruited “queen of extreme”, Stephanie Rose:

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Gentle Knife – ‘Clock Unwound’ (Bajkal Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 04:00

Cover photo -  Gentle Knife II - Clock UnwoundIn the band’s own words, this second album “delves into lives overshadowed by longing and disappointment” where “plans go askew, lovers betray and dreams fade” yet “as a sense of resignation descends upon a dystopic inner landscape, moments of beauty remain”. Yep, it was obviously going to be a full on prog assault then, wasn’t it? Our very own caped crusader, Jim Rowland, went exploring:

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Karmakanic - ‘DOT’ (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Anthony   
Wednesday, 31 August 2016 03:40

KarmakanicWho says we don’t love our prog here at Uber Rock? As Michael Anthony returns with a little poof - well prog hardly goes “bang!” now does it - to check out ‘DOT’ the recently released fifth studio record from the mind bending Karmakanic. Hit the ‘Read more’ link to do just that.

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Lordi - ‘Monstereophonic (Theaterror vs. Demonarchy)’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 03:00

Lordi16cover550In their seven albums to date, Lordi have followed a tried and tested formula, of what Uber Rock's new editor-in-chief Mark Ashby describes as "big riffs, big hooks and big, fuck-off catchy melodies".  But, with their new offering, they've gone and experimented with the recipe and produced something of a surprise package which sees them explore unfamiliar terrortory... Will their fans like it? Will our closet glam rock fan? Click the link to unravel this particular mystery...

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Lacuna Coil - ‘Delirium’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Saturday, 27 August 2016 03:20

Lacuna CoilWith the release of ‘Delirium’ their 8th studio album back in May the Italian Gothfathers Lacuna Coil decided it was time to up the ante and switch into full on heavy mode. Uber Rock’s Dave prince having been a fan of the band for some time now initially found it all a bit of shock, but right here he wants to tell you all why it’s possibly the band’s best album yet.

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