December CD
Grave Digger – ‘Healed By Metal’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:00

696 GraveDigger CMYKMarc Leach may not believe in all that there ‘new year new me bullshit’, but he does believe in keeping busy… and, of course, in the power of good old fashioned heavy metal to cure all life’s ills – as he found out when he wrapped his ears around this, the 18th studio album from German thrash legends Grave Digger:

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Meshuggah – ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:00

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of ReasonAs 2016 winds its way to its inevitable conclusion, Nick Russell once again casts his eye over his shoulder to another “one that got away”… with late always being better than never, our man finds that Swedish “techno gods” Meshuggah once again have set the bar extremely high. Click the link to find how much so:

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Testament – ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 04:30

Testament - The Brotherhood of the Snake 2016As Uber Rock prepares for the inevitable end-of-year round up of round ups, Nick Russell takes a wee step back in time to appraise an album which somehow we mysteriously missed out first time around… the latest offering from the thrash band that didn’t quite make it into that elite group known as ‘The Big Four’ but in many fans’ opinions are right up there with them… Click the link to join the brotherhood of Testament:

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Kurt Baker Combo – ‘In Orbit’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:00

kurtbakercomboinorbitdigitalcovervinylandcdUber Rock’s Dom Daley reckons that Kurt Baker is the epitome of power pop. And he should know. Our man invites you to “fire up the old stereo and turn the dial up to a decent wall shaking level then hit play” and get lost in an album which he reckons is simply “out of this world”… Click the link to join in this particular extra-terrestrial experience:

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Elf – ‘Carolina County Ball’/’Trying To Burn The Sun’ (Cherry Red Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:30

Elf-CarolinaCountyBallJonathan Kardasz loves nothing better than pottering about in rock n roll’s archives and rediscovering long lost classics… and some not so classic re-releases. Here, he goes right back to the beginning of the career of one Ronnie James Dio and appraises the re-issued versions of two albums from his first band… are they worthy of further investigation, though? Click the link and follow our man’s breadcrumb trail…

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:00

Cross Eyed MaryFor many years, the EP – or ‘Extended Player’, to give it its full title – was a criminally overlooked format. But, of late, it has made something of a deserved comeback, as bands face the challenge of continually producing new material but often not being able to commit to the cost (or time) of recording full-length albums. It’s a format which Über Rock has championed and, so, in the first of a new (ir)regular feature, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby bends his ears around some of the EPs that have crossed his desk in recent weeks…

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Valensole – ‘Where We Should Be’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 16 December 2016 04:40

Valensole coverFormed this year and coming at you from Southampton, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic, crafting and recording their forthcoming debut EP at their very own music space. The result left Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks positively foaming at the mouth – so much he felt the need to use CAPITAL letters in his review, which you can read right here:

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Bowling For Soup - ‘Drunk Dynasty’ (Brando Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:00

BFS - Drunk DynastyIt’s not been a bad time to be a Bowling For Soup fan recently. New tours, including a welcome return to UK shores, a new DVD of acoustic performances - and a new album in the form of the crowd-funded ‘Drunk Dynasty’. So, what better time, and way, to welcome one Phil Cooper back to the Uber Rock fold after his recent sightseeing trip around the world than by asking him to appraise said release?  Click the link to find out what he thought:

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Steven Battelle - 'Exit Brain Left' (Suffer For My Art) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 09 December 2016 06:00

exit-brain-left-coverWhile mourning the demise of LostAlone, Uber Rock’s Ben Hughes rejoices in the return of frontman Steven Batelle after a lengthy absence of… two years! Seemingly not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes long enough for fans to forget what went before… but, our man has the memory of an elephant and here gives us the lowdown on this totally independently-released solo debut:

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Detective – ‘It Takes One To Know One’/’Live from Atlantic Studio’ (Cherry Red) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:00

Detective - It Takes OneIn the humble but well-versed opinion of Jonathan Kardasz, Seventies supergroup Detective – who featured Michael Des Barres and Tony Kaye in their short-lived career – were one of “those great shoulda-been-but-weren’t-quite massive bands” of years gone by. So, imagine our man’s delight when those lovely people at Cherry Red sent him across two new re-issues from the peak of their almost-success… well, you can find out for yourself by clicking the link:

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John Monday – ‘Six Drugs and Rock and Roll’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 05 December 2016 03:00

John MondayIt’s Monday morning, and what better way to blow away the post-weekend cobwebs than with a bit of new generation rock and roll from a band called – well, John Monday? Our man Nev Brooks has become quite a fan of this German combo over the past few months… so, click the link to find out what he thinks of their latest recorded offering:

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Derek Davis - 'Revolutionary Soul' (Apocalypse Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:00

dd rev soul cd cover 11 17Most people will have heard of Derek Davis as the main man from Babylon A.D. and the Robocop 2 track ‘Kid Goes Wild’. But here in 2016 we find Derek releasing a new soul/funk/rock–inspired solo album in the form of ‘Revolutionary Soul’.  Dave Prince was the man tasked with checking it out:

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Theme from Alex - Part Ghost (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:30

Theme From Alex - Part GhostsThere’s taking a break – and there’s taking a certain chocolate bar-style break… The Rhondda Valley’s own Theme From Alex have just released their second album – a mere 13 years after they made their debut! Our man Dave Prince dives into its aural pleasures to discover a “modern yet soulful slab of rock music that sounds immense”. Click the link to find out more:

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The Darts (US) – ‘The Darts’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:00

15350606 1625994964368600 2209346127284004181 nThe Darts may be on the telly at the moment, but they’re also all over Dom Daley’s stereo system… the difference is that, naturally, what is getting our man all excited is not a bunch of sweaty fat blokes chucking tiny arrows at a small round board, but a rather exciting little garage beat combo who have him getting in a lather about their just-released debut album. Click the link to find out why:

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Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ (Death Or Glory Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:00

Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons artworkEver since he caught a glimpse of the band on YouTube, Martin Haslam has been like the proverbial feline licking the cream of his whiskers. One song was all it took for our man to fall for the charms of Ms Puss Johnson: so much so that he immediately rushed out and bought the limited edition rand and black vinyl version of this, their new album – and then, just as quickly committed his thoughts on same to the t’interweb…

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Alter Bridge – ‘The Last Hero’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 06:00

Alter Bridge - The Last HeroMusic is an entity born from emotion, and hopefully its creators can only but hope that its birth can evoke similar emotions in the recipient.  Both creating it and listening to it is a deeply personal, and often cathartic, experience.  The Dark Queen is a massive Alter Bridge fan, and their fifth album struck a massive chord with her… hence the reason it has taken a while for her to put her thoughts on the record.  Click the link for this truly honest appraisal:

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Witchdoktors – ‘Voodoo Eye’ (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:00

UXB031 Witchdoktors Voodoo Eye CD Front Cover Bomber MusicAs the year comes to a screaming halt, it seemed fair for Dom Daley to end his year with a big fat glunk rock full stop. And he was provided with the means to do so when this rock and roll dozen song collection landed on his doorstep, courtesy of the Witchdoktors. Click the link to find out why our man reckons ‘Voodoo Eye’ kicks up a merry shit storm from top to bottom and start to finish:

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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – ‘The Devil’s In The Detail’ (Fanny Pack Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 12 December 2016 06:30

Ryan Hamilton Devil artworkWhen Dave Prince first listened to this, the second album from Mr Hamilton and his traitorous sidekicks, he was on his way to a funeral.  Click the link to find out why said release filled our man’s heart with warm, despite the circumstances of his introduction to it, and why it has continued to do so:

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Urban Dogs – ‘Attack’ (T&M Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 06:00

T M026LPSCover2Our man Dom Daley was so busy immersing himself in all the latest punk releases that a new album from the legendary Urban Dogs wasn’t even on his radar until it landed, rather aggressively, on his doormat… click the link to find out why he’s been trying to lick his own dangly bits ever since:

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Andy Bennett – ‘Thinkin Drinkin Singin’ (Swan Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Palmer   
Monday, 05 December 2016 03:30

Andy Bennett - Cover ArtJason Palmer is the one guy who, when we’re assigning music to the team, literally screams “no metal please”… so, we went in totally the opposite direction and sent him the new album by former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Andy Bennett to wrap his lugs around… click the link to find out why our man found the experience a tad on the bland side:

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The Ghosts Of Lovers – ‘The Ghosts Of Lovers’ (Angels In Exile Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 02 December 2016 03:00

The-Ghots-Of-Lovers-album-coverEighties also rans who wanted in on a scene that was a thriving underground or genuine contenders, The Ghosts Of Lovers shone briefly, but blink or sleep and you'd have missed them. It might have taken way too many years to release these songs, but it's better late than never and after many plays Dom Daley is glad adventurous new label Angels In Exile have finally got this long overdue collection out there, as you’ll find out when you click the link…

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