October CD
Gothminister – ‘The Other Side’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:00

Gothminister artwork‘Tis All Hallow’s Eve, the season for darkness and delight, and our man with the same initials as our favourite tipple reckons that he has found the one record that you owe it to yourself to soundtrack any ghoulish festivities! Click the link and let him lead you into a world filled with camp abundance and an album that marries pop sensibilities with an impressive array of stylistically diverse electronic-tinged hard rock:

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Wolf Wolf – ‘The Cryptid Zoo’ (Lux Noise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:00

Wolf Wolf artworkThink Tom Waits meets The Cramps meets Muddy Waters meets a whole bunch of hallucinogenic mind-bending drugs and you might be on the same astral trajectory as the latest bunch of twisted blues playing honchos to cross Double D’s stylus. Click on that old-fashioned link to discover why our man of highly discerning tastes is wolf (wolf)ing this particular opus down:

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The Von Hertzen Brothers – ‘VII: War Is Over’ (Musical Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:20

Von Hertzen Brothers War Is Over artworkFinnish cross-over proggies Von Hertzen Brothers are declaring of that ‘War Is Over’ with the release, next week, of their seventh studio album, which comes just a few days before they return to the Uber Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll for an impressive run of 12 back-to-back (well, vitually) dates. David O’Neill delves deep into its grooves to reveal why albums like this first got him into prog into bands like Genesis and Yes in his youth:

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Grande Royale – ‘Breaking News’ (The Sign Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:00

Grande Royale artworkAnyone for some mighty fine Scandi rock ‘n’ roll a la Hellacopters? Then step right up folks, because Double D reckons Grande Royale have the chops a plenty and are following in the footsteps of their peers and giving them a damn fine run for their money on this impressive record. Click the link to find out more:

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Electric Street Queens - ‘Queen Sized’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:00

Electric Street Queens artworkWhen Gerald Stansbury got to the end of this, the second album from the self-described “female response to Al Bundy's No Ma’am Club", he flipped it straight back over and put it on heavy repeat, so enraptured was he by their “raw, primal music that taps into the wild, debauchery filled spirit of rock n roll and darkness”. To find out what’s he’s raving about, click the link and read the lowdown from the sleazy side of the sidewalk:

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Lost Without Cause – ‘Revival’ EP(Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Hannah Reid   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:00

Lost Without Cause Revival Cover ArtWith their latest EP, pop punk trio LWC have produced a collection of what Hannah Reid reckons are “four catchy and upbeat songs that have you nodding and wanting to move around your seat from the beginning”. Click the link to find out why:

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Limbonic Art – ‘Spectre Absym’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:20

LimbonicArt SpectreAbysm CoverNorway’s Limbonic Art were amongst those first pioneering bands to emerge from the fjords on the so-called second wave of black metal. Whilst not being as renowned as the more household names like Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Nick Russell believes they still hold a vital place in the history of the genre. But, will their eighth album have the big lad reaching for his corpse paint? Click the link to find out:

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Revolution Saints – ‘Light In The Dark’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:20

REVOLUTION-SAINTS-litd-COVER-ltd 600x600‘Light In The Dark’ is the second album from the “super group” made up of Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich.  But, does it offer just that?  Well, our very own king of all things melodic, Dave Prince, is a big fan, and you can find out why by clicking this link:

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The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:30

The Haunted ArtworkIt’s been a good – no, make that a great – year for metal albums, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum… and it looks like it’s not quite over yet, as Nick Russell discovered when he wrapped his ears around the ninth album from The Haunted and found that there is indeed ‘Strength In Numbers’. You can too, when you click the link:

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The Fright – ‘Canto V’ (Steamhammer) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:40

The Fright Canto VNot only is it Friday the 13th, but it’s fast approaching Halloween – our favourite time of year here at URHQ – and what better time for a bit of a fright? Correction, what better time for The Fright? Mark Ashby dives deep into the first level of hell to appraise this latest opus from the German band who combine Gothicism, sleaze and socio-political aware lyrics into one unhold cauldron of musical monstrousness. Click the link to find out more:

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Deadsmoke – ‘Mountain Legacy’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:20

HPS058 Deadsmoke-MountainLegacyapproved small 2013‘Mountain Legacy’ is what DJ Astrocreep openly admits to is his “goblin moment”. Find out he means as he descends into a very dark, dank and dismal place on a journey he won’t easily forget, and looks forwarding to repeating again, and again, and as soon possible, by doing what you’re just to and clicking this wee link thing:

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Leather Leaf – ‘Desecrated Minds’ (Self- Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 27 October 2017 04:00

Leather Leaf artworkWhen a band switches musical styles, it is a brave, and often dangerous move: so, when Leather Leaf switched from a more straight ahead hard rock style to a symphonic rock mien, did it open up our resident shredder’s ears, or did it desecrate his mind? To find out, click the link:

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Märvel – ‘At The Sunshine Factory’ (The Sign Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:00

Stu Marvel At The Sunshine Factory CoverDom Daley can't help but smile when he presses play on this brand new Märvel opus - not because he thinks there is anything funny about these masked rockers, but because they take him to a happy place when the needle drops into the groove and the rock begins. Find out why on the other side of the link:

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Venom Inc. – ‘Avé’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:20

Venom Inc artworkResponsible for three of the most defining and influential albums in the history of the modern era of heavy metal, Venom, like many bands of their era, in later years have been split into two camps… while Cronos has held on to the original name and continued to record, relatively regularly, the slightly modified incarnation featuring his two fellow founding members have only just released their debut offering. Nick Russell takes a somewhat anticlimactic stroll down memory lane:

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Grave Pleasures – ‘Motherblood’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:30

Grave Pleasures MotherbloodRich Hobson has recently found himself wondering where all the goths went… A little over a decade and goth was haute couture in alternative subcultures, the success of the likes of Cradle of Filth, Evanescence and HIM emboldening bands everywhere to take the black and explore the worlds of dark occultism and Lovecraftian horror in the pursuit of the blackest arts. Then came emo and ruined it all… until now, as he reckons that, thanks to the likes of this, the new album from Grave Pleasures, black in back in vogue… Click the link to find out more:

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Ace Frehley – ‘Anomaly - Deluxe’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:00

acefrehleyanomalydeluxecdBy far the most successful of the Kiss members in terms of their solo output, Ace Frehley has just re-issued his first album to be released following his second stint in the band. It was an album that took him a full seven years to produce, highlighting what Über boss Mark Ashby describes as the sporadic nature of the former Star Child’s output, especially in recent years. But, looking back, was it indeed an ‘Anomaly’? Click the link to find out:

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The Bronx –‘Bronx V’ (White Drugs) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:00

Bronx V artworkapproved small 2013Dom Daley reckons that hardcore purists might just fall out with the guys in The Bronx, because this long awaited fifth album contains melody aplenty – and even the odd pop song thrown in for good measure!  But, then, they were never ones for standing still – and they certainly aren’t doing that just yet, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Pänzer – ‘The Fatal Command’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:00

Panzer - Fatal Command artworkSchmier, frontman with German bruisers Pänzer reckons that “contemporary heavy metal sounds like kindergarten”. Does he now? So, what has he done to rectify the situation, or move the genre to the next level of its education?  Click the link to find out if Jonni D finds the answer in the grooves of their second album:

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Unsane – ‘Sterilize’ (Southern Lord Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:00

Unsane artworkRich Hobson reckons that bands who are more than 20 years into their career have three options musically – double down on the sound that brought them adoration in first place, evolve and experiment or chase every passing trend in a bid to win new fans.  Which option have Noo Yawk noiseniks Unsane gone for on their eighth studio album? The answer is on the other side of this link:

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William Patrick Corgan – ‘Ogilala’ (Martha’s Music/BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:00

WPC Ogilala coverapproved small 2013A full 12 years after last doing so, William Patrick Corgan, the visionary (and only core member) behind Smashing Pumpkins, today releases only his second solo album. As Rich Hobson found, in between avoiding questions about reunions of one shape or another, he doing what he always has: he is writing; he is performing and he is excelling, sharpening his pen for the day he will once again inhabit the seat of crown-prince of alternative music. Click the link to find out more:

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Mother Engine – ‘Hangar’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:20

Mother Engine artworkDJ Astrocreep delves deep into the world of the concept album with this spaced-out epic third album from psyched-out progsters Mother Engine and their tale of rebuild both a mythical spacecraft and their own sound. Wondering what madness we’re on about? Well, click the link to find out more:

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