October CD
The Plastic Tones - ‘Wash Me With Love’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00


The Plastic Tones artworkGerald Stansbury’s plans to review this new offering from Finnish DIY pop punks The Plastic Tones a little while back went somewhat awry, when Hurricane Harvey decided to rip itself through his home state of Texas.  However, with the situation somewhat calmer, he found time to revisit the album, and found himself awash with love for the result:

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36 Crazyfists – ‘Lanterns’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:00

36crazyfistslanternscdTo Rich Hobson, Alaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists’ latest opus is all about triumph, at both personal and professional levels. With 2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ being a powerful and moving release which dealt with heavy themes of loss and bereavement, and rightly hailed by many as the band’s best release to date, our many reckons they’ve more than stepped up to plate with its follow up, exceeding all expectations in the process:

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Vultures United – ‘I Still Feel Cold’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:40

Vultures United artworkDouble D first came across West Coast punks when they released a cassette a few years back.  Now, they have returned with an epic double album’s worth of new material which our man reckons is just rammed to the gills with more than an hour’s worth of “hardcore off-kilter punk rock”… Click the link to find out more:

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business - ‘Destroyers Of The Soft Life’ (ATO Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:20

JRoddyCover 72 400Gerald Stansbury reckons that with this, their fourth studio outing, JRW and his bandmates have definitely done the business to produce a timeless rock album that, given a few breaks, could become huge in the mainstream, where people will mistakenly think they are an “overnight success” – when, in fact, they’ve spent years honing their craft and, indeed, this release. Click the link to find out more:

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Suspect Parts – ‘Suspect Parts’ (Taken By Surprise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:00

Suspect Parts artworkFeaturing ex and current members of bands like The Briefs, Clorox Girls, Maniac, Ripchord, Radio Dead Ones and Red Dons, Suspect Parts, combine ‘60s pop and bubblegum with late ‘70s California beach punk and powerpop. After releasing four singles, their self-titled full-length debut album is finally here. Recorded straight to analog tape in the negative 15 degree cold of a January in east Berlin, Our man Double D records in ten tracks in 24 minutes make up one of the best albums of the year and the antidote to the pending winter darkness:

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The Darkness – ‘Pinewood Smile’ (Cooking Vinyl) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:00

The Darkness - Pinewood SmileThe Darkness are most definitely one of those Marmite bands – you either love ‘em… or you adore ‘em! Über Rock’s very own prince of parp most definitely falls into the latter category, and he reckons their fifth studio album contains some of their best work to date. Click the link to find out why:

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Vanity – ‘Perspective//Empathy’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:00

Vanity artworkAnyone who knows UR big boss Monk, and has read some of his reviews on here, will know that he generally has little, if any, time for the genre that has become known as “metalcore” over the past few years. As with any deviation from the mainstream, he initially found it an interesting and innovative diversion, but equally quickly felt it had become as stale as much of what had preceded it… but, would this new EP give him a new perspective and find him empathizing with the genre once again? You know how to find out:

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Voodoo Six – ‘Make Way For The King’ (Cadiz Music/White Knuckle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 02 October 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six - Make Way For The KingThere can be no doubt about it: for the past couple of decades, the British rock and metal scene has been dominated by a handful of bands who, quite justifiably, could be regarded as the closest the genre has to royalty. But, it is inevitable that we soon are going to face a dilemma, and it is that of succession. Are Voodoo Six about to live up to their claim on their new album? Click the link to find out why Mark Ashby reckons not quite yet:

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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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The Bloody Beetroots – ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ (Last Gang Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 09 October 2017 04:00

The Bloody Beetroots artworkElectronic dance music is something that UR, naturally, would never touch with a million ten-foot long subways, but when an album drops that features collaborations with the likes of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as well as former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever, Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam and the Gallows guys, then the intrigue level went through the ceiling. Click the link to find out what happened when Mark Ashby ventured into the mysterious world of the man by the name of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo:

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Never Found – ‘The Human Condition’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:40

Never Found artworkWhen is an EP not an EP but virtually an album?  And when are seven songs actually only six? Or maybe they're seven after all? Is it a condition of being human that such things are sent to confuse us?  Maybe.  Well, you can find some of the answers to these particular conumdrums on the other side of the link... But, then again, maybe they'll never be found!

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Deathtraps - ‘Justice For The Risca One’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:20

Deathtraps artworkThe downside of this reviewing malarkey is that you often stumble across an amazing band, only for them to implode/disband while your enthusiasm is white-hot. Such was the case with The Sick Livers. The plus side is that this can, if you’re lucky, lead to several bands rising, phoenix-like from said ashes. So, we – or rather Martin Haslam - present Deathtraps:

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Gypsy Roller – ‘Gypsy Roller’ (Alive And Kicking) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:20

Gypsy RollerGrab your stack boots and smear some of that glitter grease on your pretty little boat race, ‘cos Dom Daley has stepped back in time and straight back into the Bolan era with a dose of (T-R)exstacy that delivers a foot-stomping glam slammin' shandybanging romp that he reckons you should wrap your ears, and your hard-earned cash around asap. Click the link to find out more:

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The Volcanics – ‘Oh, Crash…’ (Citadel Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:20

Volcanics artworkYou want some full tilt bullshit free rock ‘n’ roll with a whole heap of attitude and plenty of bollocks? Well, of course you do – otherwise you wouldn’t be reading Über Rock every day, now would you?  So, while you’re hear, pull up a pew and scan your eyes over Dom Daley’s verdict on the latest batch of snotty-nosed action to wing its way into his inbox, this time all the way from the land down under where the men… well, play full tilt bullshit free rock ‘n’ roll with – yep, you get the picture:

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Jo Dog & The Desperados – ‘King For A Day’/’Every Star’ EP (Basement Boy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 02 October 2017 04:20

Jo Dog Desperados artworkYeah. You know the name Jo Almeida. Just as well as you know the name Steve James. And Bam. Yep, the three guys that provided the musical backbone of the mighty Dogs D’Amour back in the day. Well, guess what? They’re back together and writing more great rock ‘n’f’n’ roll music, as Dom Daley will assert on the other side of this link:

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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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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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