September CD
Northern Horizon – ‘You Let Me Down’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:40

Northern HorizonIt’s quite appropriate that a band called Northern Horizon should hail from the northern part of good ol’ Shit Island.  The young quartet bearing that name draw take inspiration from the likes of Green Day, Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy – influences Hannah Reid can hear loud and clear on this, their debut EP… but, will she feel let down by the end result? Click the link to find out:

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L.A. Guns – ‘The Missing Peace’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:20

LA-GUNS-tmp-CoverLike most bands of their generation, there was actually more than one version of L.A. Guns doing the rounds of the retro live circuit for a time.  But, with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns finally having put their differences aside in order to kick up dust together, there would appear to be little argument as to who offers the “definitive” version of the band – especially following the release of a new album which Ben Hughes reckons sees them harking back to their glory daze:

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Travelin Jack – ‘Commencing Countdown’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:40

Travelin-Jack Commencing-Countdown webSo, there was Über Rock boss Monk sitting minding his own business, sorting through hundreds of emails, when there came a knock at his door and a mysterious woman, nearly tripping over because of the height of her platform boots, bowed her head, doffed her hat to reveal her Starchild make-up and introduced herself as Traveling Jack… she was there to take him back in time. Find out how far by clicking the old-fashioned link thing:

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Kadavar – ‘Rough Times’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:00

Kadavar - Rough Times - Artworkapproved small 2013On the eve of their return to the UK, which culminates with an appearance at this weekend’s HRH Doom vs Stoner shindig in Sheffield, Berlin-based psych rockers Kadavar have unveiled their fourth studio album… But, will it find ‘Rough Times’ at the hands of our latest recruit, the mysterious DJ Astrocreep? Well, there’s only one way to find out what he made of the bastard children of Black Sabbath and Jefferson Airplane:

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Patrik Jansson Band – ‘So Far To Go’ (Sneaky Foot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:00

PJB artworkMusically, over the years Sweden has brought us some of the most innovative and influential metal bands of their generation and some damn fine sleaze rock acts, as well as its fair share of shitty Europop trash… but, it’s not particularly known as a haven for the blues. Well, that’s something that Patrik Jansson is seeking to rectify with this, his third album (and his first in three years). But, does he succeed? Mark Ashby has the answer:

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Sully Erna – ‘Hometown Life’ (BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:20

Sully Erna - Hometown Lifeapproved small 2013In 2010, Godsmack frontman, Sully Erna, surprised the mainstream rock world with the release of his captivating solo debut, ‘Avalon’, which showed a totally different side of the man, lyrically, musically and spiritually. Now, seven years down the line, he’s gone and done it again, delivering an album which Jonni D not only reckons more than delivers on the promise of the first but also reckons could lead to his main band taking more frequently occurring breaks:

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Propagandhi – ‘Victory Lap’ - (Epitaph) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 25 September 2017 04:00

Propaghandiapproved small 2013Phil Cooper reckons that, in a world where political leanings and cultural climate appear to be in a turbulent mixing pot poised to boil over, the time is certainly right for a punk/politically edged rock sound to take charge of the airwaves once again to provide a social commentary complimented by distorted guitar. In other words, after a five year silence, the time is right for the latest album from ferociously charged political commentators Propagandhi:

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Ice War – ‘Ice War’ (Shadow Kingdom Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:20

Ice War artworkIce War – or, rather, Jo Capitalicide – believes in keeping his metal simple, taking it back to its roots and eschewing all the fancy modern trickery and sub-categories which have made their way into the genre… Looking to deliver a hard-hitting metal album that has its roots firmly entrenched in the early days of metal with a rounded sound that owes nothing to the more modern stylings, can Ice War provide a fresh delivery to a classic sound? Phil Cooper has the answers on the other side of this link:

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The Darts ‘Me.Ow’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:40

The Darts artworkWith one half of the band – drummer Nicole Laurenne and bassist Christina Nunez – previously having been members of The Love Me Nots, The Darts had already gone a long way towards winning over Gerald Stansbury to their new project… so, would he find that their debut album would indeed be the cat’s whiskers?  Click the link to find out:

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Dyscarnate – ‘With All Their Might’ (Unique Leader Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00

Dyscarnate - With All Their Might ArtworkQuite how UK death metal trio Dyscarnate have been so shamefully underappreciated by the metal community, both on their home turf and abroad, is something of a mystery to our man Jonni D, as he reckons that, with three albums under their belt and over a decade into their career, these lads have been the most consistent purveyors of death metal on this side of the Atlantic. Click the link to find out why he reckons they might be just about to break through with all their might:

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Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:20

Paradise Lost - MedusaOn a constant path of reinvention, Paradise Lost have never been a band to shy away from taking musical left turns whenever the mood took them. The only consistent throughout their career has been a dogged adherence to reinventing the wheel in expanding the boundaries of what a band could achieve within doom metal. without alienating their fanbase. So why should ‘Medusa’, the band’s 15th studio album, be any different? Rich Hobson has the answers:

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Code Red – ‘Incendiary’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:00

Code Red - IncendiaryCode Red is a new melodic rock project featuring former Sahara vocalist Ulrik Lönnqvist and a host of other highly Scandinavian musos, who have come together to produce a well-crafted AOR album very much in the style of vintage Foreigner or Journey… well, that’s the view of our man David O’Neill, and you can find out why on the other side of this link:

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Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:20

Satyricon Deep calleth upon Deep main artwork 1500 1500pTrve kvlt purists beware: Satyricon have continued to progress their sound! Not that the band are likely to care one iota, mind. Nor are they likely to care one iota what Jonni D thinks of their ninth album, which he reckons is a reinvigoration of a duo “flexing their melodic muscles in the context of an album much more palatable to the average heavy metal fan”. Find out why on the other side of this link:

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Bloodclot – ‘Up In Arms’ (Metal Blade Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:20

Bloodclot - Up In Arms artworkJust when Double D thought the hardcore genre had more to offer and anything good has already been done, along comes this all-star project featuring members of Murphy's Law, Cro Mags, Dwarves and Bronx, with result that he finds himself running through brick walls with his earphones turned up brain exploding volume.  Click the link to find out why our very own bad boy is ‘Up In Arms’ in celebration of a masterclass of the genre:

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Role Models – ‘Dance Moves’ (Glunk Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:40

Role Models Dance MovesStaying true to their word, Rich Rags and the boys are back in town to deliver their third long player in as many years. As Ben Hughes found, it is another cracking handful of tunes full of sentiment, romanticism and low slung rock ‘n’ roll riffs for you to devour. Find out why you should do just that on the other side of the link:

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Phantom Of The Black Hills – ‘Scalped’ (Ratchet Blade Records/Cockroach Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 25 September 2017 04:30

Phantom Of The Black Hills ScalpedFancy going on a ghost hunt? UR boss Monk recently heard that there was a phantom lurking in the blackness of the hills, and, being the inquisitive type, he went on a quest to find out more… OK, it wasn’t difficult, ‘cos the answer landed right on his doorstep, in the form of a shiny little silver disc thing. Click the link to find out more about this mysterious bunch of hellbillies and their blend of bluegrass, country, NOLA-style doom and traditional rock ‘n’ roll:

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Cradle Of Filth - ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:40

COF CryptoriaGerald Stansbury admits that, over the past 20-odd years, not all of Cradle Of Filth’s albums have connected with him.  So, what would he think of the band’s 12th studio album, unleashed upon an unsuspecting Überverse this very day?  Well, there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there? And to click the link and get lost in it’s dark embrace:

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Belphegor – ‘Totenritual’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:00

Belphegor - Totenritual - Artworkapproved small 2013Some people might have thought UR boss Mark Ashby is mellowing in his old age, what with all the country and blues albums he has been reviewing of late… nothing could be further from the truth, as now proves by turning up the speakers and thrashing like a maniac to some good old-fashioned black metal. Click the link to find out why he reckons that this, the 11th album from Austrian blasphemers, is a masterpiece of the genre:

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real’ (Fantasy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:20

LukasNelsonTPOTR rgbLukas Nelson is the son of one musical legend and a close collaborator with another – but does that stop him ploughing his own furrow as, ten years into his career, he finally gets around to releasing his debut album? Click the link to find out all about his famous connections and whether or not these have had any bearing on his own sound:

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The Gun Club – ‘Elvis From Hell’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:40

The Gun Club artworkIt seems like only yesterday that Dom Daley was mulling over some plundering of bedroom demos and recordings from The Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.  Now, he’s delving back into the JLP archive with this newly unearthed double dose of more gems and rareties, and revelling in the experience. Click the link to find out more:

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Bigfoot – ‘Bigfoot’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:00

Bigfoot artworkapproved small 2013What’s that we here stomping its way out of Wigan and into big bad rock ‘n’ roll Überverse?  Is it the Abominable Snowman? Or a Yeti? No, it’s five lads on a mission, to rock your world to its foundations with their particular brand of riffage. Click the link to find out why David O’Neill is already converted to their cause:

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