October CD
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - ‘Keep It Greasy!’ (Rise Above Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 31 October 2016 04:00

Admiral frontHaving been knocked out by their support slot with Giuda at Camden Underworld this spring, Martin Haslam volunteered to review the new album by 70s-influenced power trio Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. So keen was he in fact that I bought said CD before UR hooked him up with a review copy. But, as our man rightly asserts, that’s as it should be: if you love a band’s work, you should pay for it.   Click the link to find out what he thought…

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Thirsty - ‘Albatross’ (Thirsty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:00

AlbatrossNext week, founding member of The Quireboys Guy Bailey releases the second album from his latest project, Thirsty.  Today, at Uber Rock, we declare today 'Albatross' day... and, to accompany our extensive interview with the project's progenitor, we present to you Martin Haslam's verdict on said opus.  Click the link to find out his judgement...

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Cadaver Club – ‘Why Is It Always The Quiet Ones’ (Pirate Heart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 03:00

CC - Its Always The Quiet Ones - Front CoverWith Halloween now looming large on the horizon, who better to provide the soundtrack for this year's ghoulish antics than Northern Irish horror punks The Cadaver Club, who have chosen this time of year to release their second album?  Uber Rock's Dom Daley is the man chosen to don his best vampire cape and fangs and go hunting for fresh blood...

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Touche Amore – ‘Stage Four’ (Epitaph Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Melanie Brehaut   
Monday, 24 October 2016 03:00

Touche Amore albumEvery artist draws on what they know, see and feel in order to create. From painters to sculptors to musicians, all will utilise their experiences, good and bad. Musicians who also write lyrics are often the artists who bare their souls in the most unadorned manner, and it's often a single, devastating event, such as the loss of a loved one, that prompts an outpouring of heartfelt lyrics. In the case of California's Touche Amore, it was frontman Jeremy Bolm's mother tragically passing away from the cancer she had successfully fought twenty years prior.  Guest Uber Rock reviewer Melanie Brehaut gets under the skin of this extremely personal and emotional album…

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Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard – Y Proffwyd Dwyll (New Heavy Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 21 October 2016 03:00

Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard NHSLP019 1024x1024Welsh doomsters Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard possess one of the best band names Uber Rock has come across this year.  And apparently listening to them is something akin to "looking a tsunami in the eye".  Doing just that, all the name of bringing our readers all the shizz on the hottest underground bands around, is our resident storm chaser Rich Hobson...

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Quake The Earth – ‘Declaration Of War’ (Inverse Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:00

Quake The EarthIt’s Finnish metal Jim, but not as we know it… So declares Uber Rock's Rich Hobson after having listened to the new album from Quake The Earth.  But, is the planet in danger of being shaken to it's foundations by said opus?  Well, you know what to do if you want to find out..

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Blackberry Smoke - 'Like An Arrow' (Earache Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:00

Blackberry Smoke artworkUber Rock's Ben Hughes reckons that Georgia's Blackberry Smoke could well be "the missing link between The Allman Brothers and The Black Crowes".  So, when their new album landed at URHQ, there was only man we could possibly task to review it, and so we fired it in his direction like, well, an arrow...

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Airbourne – 'Breakin’ Outta Hell' (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 15 October 2016 03:00

airbournehellcover550Initially dismissed by many as AC/DC copycats - and, to be honest, it's not hard to see why - Aussie party animals Airbourne have slowly established themselves as a rock 'n' roll force in their own right, mainly thanks to their high energy stage shows and the unstoppable charismatic force that is frontman Joel O'Keeffe.  With album number four now released, Uber Rock's Rich Hobson answers the question as to whether they can continue the momentum of breakin' outta their countrymen's shadow...

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The Answer – ‘Solas’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 03:00

681 TheAnswer RGBIf there's one man on the Uber Rock team who knows practically everything there is to know about The Answer, it's Mark Ashby.  Well, he is from Northern Ireland, after all!  But, even his close knowledge of the band has been tested by the change in direction the band have undertaken on their new album, 'Solas'.  Will he see the light, or will the darkness of confusion consume him?  Click the link to find out...

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Helstar – ‘Vampiro’ (EMP Label Group) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 03:00

HelstarVampiroWith Hallowe'en just around the corner, Uber Rock sent our resident vampire Nick Russell into the dark underbelly of the Texan thrash scene to explore a dark and twisted tale, delivered to us by veterans Helstar.  Click on the link to find out how the story unfolds...

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Opeth – ‘Sorceress’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 08 October 2016 03:00

opsorc550Over the past decade, Opeth have transformed themselves from one of the most innovative death metal bands of their era to one of the leading proponents of the modern prog genre... But, will their latest album find Uber Rock's Rich Hobson falling under the spell of their 'Sorceress'?  We know the answer already, and you can find out by clicking the ubiquitous link...

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Dirkschneider – ‘Live: Back To The Roots’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 27 October 2016 03:00

Dirschneider liveEarlier this year, Uber Rock's Jim Rowland went to a gig which he describes as nothing more or less than "a veritable feast of traditional, old school metal".  It was German heavy metal legend Udo Dirkschneider's farewell to his time in Accept, at which he was performing their songs for one of the last times.  Now, our man looks back on that "gig to remember" as the tour is captured forever on the diminutive Teutonic knight's latest live CD package...

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Born Loose – ‘Death From Above’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 03:00

Born LooseLadeez and germz, lock up your petz, 'cos the one and only Larry Mays is back in the house and bothering anything with fur on it... as Uber Rock's resident RSPCA inspector Dom Daley finds out when he finds Born Loose's latesty EP getting under his skin...

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Those Damn Crows – ‘Murder And The Motive’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 21 October 2016 03:20

IMG 6245Uber Rock's Mark Ashby may be a city dweller, and live on the other side of the Irish Sea, but he reckons that the green valleys of south Wales are breeding quality bands more prolifically than they are sheep at the moment!  Now, as much as our head honcho loves his mutton chops, he loves his rock 'n' roll even more - and so he was delighted when the debut opus from Bridgend bumkickers Those Damn Crows dropped into his inbox... Click the link to find out why he reckons these Welsh lads may be among the best of the new breed of British revivalists:

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Kenneths - 'Double N' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 October 2016 03:00

Kenneths - Double NHands up if you like late 90s power pop? Do the likes of Lit, Fountains Of Wayne and American Hi-Fi float your boat? And do you like to mix it up with the classic sounds of Elvis Costello and Squeeze?  Uber Rock's Ben Hughes most definitely does - and that's why he found himself in seventh heaven after hearing the latest EP from London's Kenneths...

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Angels Or Kings – ‘Go Ask The Moon’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:20

ANGELS OR KINGS - GATMIn the late Eighties, a little band called AOK tried to follow in the footsteps of fellow Mancunians Dare and carve out a name for themselves on the UK AOR scene, only to hit the bricks and call it a day. Five years ago, however, they returned, with the slightly longer name of Angels Or Kings, and are about to release their second album. Uber Rock didn’t ask the moon if it’s any good: no sir, we asked editor-in-chief Mark Ashby…

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Grim Reaper – ‘Walking In The Shadows’ (Dissonance Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 17 October 2016 03:20

grimreapercover550As Halloween approaches ever nearer, Uber Rock's Nick Russell finds himself walking in the shadow of the Grim Reaper... the NWOBHM heavy metal legends, that is, not the boy in the hood with the big sickle thing. But, will he find the band in turn walking in the shadows of their own past glories?  There's only one way to find out... click the link (if you dare):

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Before Victoria – Carry On Up The Chartists (Self Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 03:00

Before VictoriaBefore Victoria is the new time-travelling project from Marc Burrows of steampunk gurus The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, and 'Carry On Up The Chartists' is their debut EP.  There's not really much else we can say - apart from the fact the Rich Hobson was the man assigned to dissect this particular release and pass judgement thereon...

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Komatsu – ‘Recipe For Murder One’ (Argonauta Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 03:20

komatsu coverUber Rock boss Mark Ashby first came across Dutch stoners Komatsu when they opened for Mondo Generator on the latter's UK tour last year. It's taken quite a while for the combo's new album to emerge, so is it worth the wait?  Our head honcho certainly thinks so, believing that big things could well be around the corner.  Click the link to find out why...

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Tyketto – ‘Reach’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 10 October 2016 03:00

TykettoMention the name Danny Vaughn around Uber Rock HQ and The Dark Queen comes over all funny... but, we didn't know that bossman Mark Ashby was quite partial to a bit of Tyketto... well, we did, 'cos he's seen them live twice in the past 18 months (which is once more than his gorgeous missus) - and he's been getting positively excited about their new album to boot!  Click the link and bring the tissues...

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Stojar – ‘At Twilight of Battles By The Hammer Of Thunderstorms’ (Stygian Crypt Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Saturday, 08 October 2016 02:40

Cover-296x300Heavy metal truly is a universal language, as is evinced by the hundreds of albums submitted to Uber Rock from all over the world... among the most recent batch sent this way was this wonderfully titled album from the mother country of Russia.  We assigned Nick Russell to translation duties on an album with one of the best titles of the year: but, would he find himself wondering just what the absolute folk is going on here?  You know what to do...

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