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The BIG Über Rock Exclusive: Luke Appleton talks (and plays) Iced Earth, Absolva and more… Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:15

Iced Earth - IncorruptibleHow’s this for an exclusive, you bad-ass bitches? Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton recently sat himself down in front of a camera and recorded a short film, just for Über Rock and you, all our lovely readers. In it, he talks about Iced Earth and their brand new album, ‘Incorruptible’. But, wait, there’s more… but, to find out what it is, you’ll have to click this link thing:

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Baz Francis: ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 21 May 2017 04:30

Skopje gig poster 1st April 2017 Photo by Tom ODonoghueEver wondered what life is like on the road for a travelling troubadour? Well, wonder no more, as, writing exclusively for Uber Rock, the inimitable Baz Francis reveals what it is like to face up to new challenges and explore new frontiers as a solo artist. The first part of this exclusive tour diary sees him travelling the highways and by-ways from Macedonia to Helskinki:

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‘Mike & Jules - While We Still Have Time’ Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 May 2017 14:17

Mike and Jules PetersThis coming Monday (29 May), BBC One Wales is to screen a documentary following a year in the life of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters and his wife Jules.  It was a year during which saw both of them literally fighting the fights of their lives, against cancer.  Dom Daley was privileged to be in the audience at a special advance screening.  Click the link to find out more about what promises to be a very moving film, and Dom’s thoughts on both the programme and the people involved:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Two (Saturday 10 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 improvementsSo, in exactly four weeks’ time, we’re gonna be into the second day of the first festival of the summer season, and everyone will have checked out all the bands that our Über expert Rich Hobson on the Friday, right? OK, maybe some of you thought otherwise, but here we have his personal guide to the must see acts on the various stages in what hopefully won’t be a mud-filled field in the east Midlands:

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From Monsters of Rock to Drownload… 36 years in the mud of Donington Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017It’s coming to that time of year… the summer festival season! And while most people are looking forward to what’s coming up – and, yes, we’ll be doing that in due course - Über Rock’s Nev Brooks casts a roving eye over his shoulder to the very beginning of the grand-daddy of them all, at least in the UK, as he looks back on his highlights of the festival that became Download as we know it today:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part One) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 16:47

Handmade 2017 logoAs the May Bank Holiday draws near, Leicester is set to go off with Handmade Festival returning to the city for its fourth year. Pulling together a line-up culled from the very best British bands and artists currently on the circuit, the 2017 iteration of the festival has many a great act to get you in the summer spirit ahead of Festival Season. But, where to start? With a handy Über Rock guide, of course:

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The Return Of The Dead End Drive-In: ‘Danny Says: The Life & Times Of Danny Fields’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00


Danny Says artworkapproved small 2013Never heard of Danny Fields?  Where have you been hiding for the past 50 years or so?  From The Beatles to the Warhol scene through to The Ramones, Fields has been there, done that in terms of the New York and East Coast USA music scene, as this new movie documents in stunning and brutally honest detail.  Dom Daley broke out the popcorn and the vino to get all Mark Kermode on our collective asses:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:21

approved image lrg 2013It's Sunday and that means only one thing here at Über Rock HQ - time for our esteemed Editor-in-Chief's pick of his favourite video of the week... and, being a big fan of corny superhero movies and partial to a bit of ye olde voodoo juju juice (and we think he might have overdone it a wee bit last night, but that's just between you and us), there really was only one choice he could make this week:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Ex Deo Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:00

Über Rock Editor-in-Chief has been a lifelong student of classical history, and so, when it came to selecting the one video which had grabbed him by the balls this past week, there really was only contender. Yep, he’s getting truly epic on you this week, with the gargantuan ‘Rome’, the second single from the new concept album by Ex Deo:

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The Über Rock DVD Review: Iggy, Sid and some Portuguese punks called Parkinson… Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 29 January 2017 05:00

Gimme DangerOur man Dom Daly lives, eats, breathes – and probably shits – punk rock. So much so that, when he’s not hunting down the finest underground sounds to bring to the attention of the wider world via these very pages, he’s watching movies – or, more exactly, documentaries about some of the genre’s most influential figures… as well as some who feel through the cracks. Click the link to see what’s been flickering across his silver screen of late:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Charm The Fury Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Ever woken up on a Sunday morning with the hangover from hell and wondered exactly what the fuck you got up to the night before? This week's chosen video probably will explain exactly what happened… oh, but don't eat your bacon buttie before you click the link:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide To Camden Rocks (Saturday 3 June) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:30

Camden Rocks Cover Artapproved small 2013The traditional definition of a “festival” dictates that it is an event held over three or four days, sometimes longer, and usually in the back side of nowhere (so as not to annoy the neighbours). Now, Camden Rocks may last for only one day – but, in that period, they manage to cram in 250 performances across 25 different venues in the heart of dear old London town… Nev Brooks does his best to try and pick out the bands he’d be least gutted to miss in the military action that will be involved in trying to catch as music of the action as possible:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Three (Sunday 11 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017There is no doubt about it: the third and final day of this year’s Download is going to be special, what with it seeing the last ever appearance on UK soil of the one band who have headlined this festival so often they could call it their own… and it’s going to be a crazy night all ‘round for farewells, as our man Richie Rich explains:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day One (Friday 9 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:45

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017In exactly a month's time, some 60,000-plus rockers and metallers will be gathering in a field in the east Midlands to pay homage to the music that they, and ergo, love,  and enjoying some seriously good (and probably some pretty dodgy) music, as the spectacle that is Download - hopefully without the added 'r' this year - officially kicks off the summer season.  As part of our build up to the biggest weekend on the UK rock scene, Rich Hobson presents his guide to who he reckons will be the "must see" acts on the first day:

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Handmade Festival – The Handy Über Rock Guide (Part Two) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:03

Handmade 2017 logoWith some of the hottest names in the UK lined up for Handmade Festival’s Saturday event, the question remained – how could you top that? By bringing out even more total belters, of course (including more than a few that have been raved about by yours truly in the past). Be it the socio-political outrage of IDLES or the crossover fury of God Damn, Über Rock has you covered with yet another list of must-sees for Handmade 2017:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Nicotine Pretty Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 05:30

Nicotine PrettyHere at Über Röck we pride ourselves on bringing you the hottest undiscovered bands on the underground scene. The bands who, in six months or so down the line, the rest of the media will be ranting about as the most shit hot “new” act on the circuit, while we sit back, smiling smugly and going “what did we tell you?”So, in that spirit, we’re proud to present the EXCLUSIVE premiers of the debut video for ‘Who's Gonna Save My Soul?’ by Nicotine Pretty, the new project from Ginge Knievil.

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DVD REVIEW: Michael Schenker – ‘Michael Schenker Fest Live’ (inakustik) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:30

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Pic high 2CDDVDLast August, guitar legend Michael Schenker reunited with singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley for a unique, one-off celebration of the 12 years that made up what many people regard as the golden era of MSG in its various forms. Fortunately, for anyone not lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 Japanese fans in attendance, this month the recording is released in all the usual formats. Mark Ashby slipped the little shiny disc of the DVD version into his battered old player for a trip down memory lane:

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Video Of The Week: Idles – ‘Mother’ Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013Today's choice for 'Video Of The Week' is a smashing one... quite literally!  Click the link to find out Mark Ashby has chosen for your aural and visual delight (although, if you have a pet bull, you might want to make sure it's safely locked up in its paddock first):

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Liv Sin Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:00

Liv Sin - Let Me Out artworkThis week’s video of choice is 'Let Me Out', the debut solo single from Liv Sin, who for 13 years fronted Sister Sin until their dissolution in 2015.

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - New Year... And He's Going Digital! Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:30

Darrell BathAnother new year and (thankfully) another batch of singles for the Singles Club to divulge and cast its beady eyes (and ears) over. Sadly, what’s started to creepy crawl into Dom Daley’s club den is the dreaded, at least to his purist heart digital single or the virtual video which is fine and dandy – but, in amidst all the new-fangled gadgetry he finds a fellow soul who beloves the old plastic format - oh, and a work of genius by a now departed master:

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PAUL BOYD: A Personal Tribute Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:58

NHA Paul Boyd-270x270Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby pays a personal tribute to Paul Boyd, bassist with Belfast melodic rock band No Hot Ashes, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 January).

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