Gig Reviews
Stone Sour – Glasgow, SSE Hydro, Glasgow - 8 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:00

Stone Sour Corey Taylor Glasgow 2017Stone Sour, a band often mistakenly regarded as Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor’s “other project” have just completed a hugely successful run through the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll. We sent Allan Maxwell into the pit to report from the front line and tell us how the charismatic star turned Scotland’s biggest arena into a massive cake fight:

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Courage My Love – Glasgow, The Attic - 22 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:40

Courage My Love GlasgowHot​ ​on ​the​ ​heels​ ​of​ ​​new​ ​album​ ​‘Synesthesia’,​ ​Canadian​ ​power trio​ ​Courage​ ​My​ ​Love​ ​took​ ​to​ ​the cities​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Über Kingdom of Rawk ‘n’ Roll with a run of dates in support of same.  We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda known as Hannah, along to check out the action when the tour rolled into Glasgie:​

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Mr Big – Manchester, O2 Academy – 21 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:00

Mr Big headerThree headline bands in their own right on the same bill - and it's not a festival performance? That was the situation our resident DJ found himself in recently, when he once again dug out his “frequent traveller” card and headed down the M62 for something like his 93rd gig this year – and it ain’t over yet! Click the link to find out how many people in the audience knew the words to more than ‘To Be With You’…:

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Airbourne – Manchester, O2 Academy – 14 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Claire Simmons   
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:20

Airbourne SheffieldFresh from a headline slot at Hard Rock Hell, Aussie madcaps Airbourne headed straight back out onto the roads of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll to bring their ‘Breakin' Outta Hell’ world tour to a suitably stylish close. Once again, we maximized our team’s geographic spread, despatching DJ Astrocreep to pen some words on the Manchester show, and Claire Simmons to visually record proceedings when they crossed the Pennines to Sheffield:

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Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous – Kensington, Nell’s Jazz And Blues Club – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:20

Brian DowneySo, Jim Rowland is a drummer whose all-time favourite band is Thin Lizzy. So, it was a no brainer when the band’s former drummer rolled into the normally posh surroundings of London town’s swankiest borough… and, of course, he was gonna be reprising a lot of the band’s greatest hits from their halcyon days. Check out what our resident tub thumper thought by clicking the link with the wee instruction on what to do next:

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Damnation Festival – Leeds, University – 4 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:40

DAMNATION2017 ParadiseLost 6257 CroppedWith the summer a fading memory and announcements already pouring in for 2018 festivals, you’d be forgiven for thinking that festival season 2017 is all but done and dusted – not quite. Dropping in November each year in the grim north of Leeds, Damnation Festival is the answer to metalheads’ calls for something truly brutal to get them through the winter, the primo extreme music event in the UK. Pulling together some of the biggest international names in the business is no small task, but Damnation has risen to the challenge each and every year in its 13-year run, as Rich Hobson explains:

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BrainFreeze III - Ebbw Vale, Institute - 24/25 November2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:00

BrainFreeze III posterIn these days where festivals seem to be multiplying at a rate of knots, and more and more franchises are being rolled out UK-wide, Nev Brooks reckons that the excitement we used to feel at going to what was a unique event has maybe become dulled. But, then along comes something like BrainFreeze, which re-ignites his enthusiasm and makes him realize why he loves the underground music scene so much:

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Bigfoot – Cardiff, Fuel – 3 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 27 November 2017 04:40

Bigfoot Fuel November 2017David O’Neill has been a fan of Bigfoot since he first saw them at the Steelhouse festival the summer before last.  So, obviously he couldn’t resist wangling himself into their first ever headline show at one of Cardiff’s most prestigious venues, where he also had his ears opened by three other quality rock ‘n’ roll acts.  Find out more on the other side of the link:

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Opeth/Enslaved – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 17 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Marc Leach   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:40

Opeth Belfast November 2017Two genre-defying acts on the same bill? It was going to be epic in every way… and not just in the length of the songs! This double bill was a mouthwatering prospect for the sold out Belfast crowd, who just couldn’t wait to be entranced and captivated by two of the best examples of bands who have pushed the boundaries of genrification and make up their own rules. In the middle of the fray was our very own Über boss, accompanied on this occasion by his trusty partner-in-crime, Marc L:

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Frank Iero and The Patience – Glasgow, Garage – 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:20

Frank Iero GlasgowA year on from a horrific car crash during the band’s Australian tour, Frank Iero and The Patience were back in Glasgow to reward their faithful fans for their dedication to their cause. We sent a very enthusiastic Hannah Reid to record the evening’s proceedings, and you can find out what went down on the other side of the link:

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Weezer/The Orwells – Glasgow, 02 Academy - 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:20

Weezer GlasgowThere are those bands that you have listened to for years that for some reason or other you have never got around to seeing live. Allan Maxwell rectified that situation recently, when he caught up with Weezer when they made their return to Scotland in support of their latest album, ‘Pacific Daydream’. Click the link to find out if it was worth the wait:

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Good Charlotte - Southampton, O2 Guildhall –27 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper and Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 09 December 2017 04:20

Good Charlotte GlasgowFollowing a hiatus since 2010s ‘Cardiology’, Good Charlotte returned last year with latest album ‘Youth Authority’. This year’s Download saw the band also make a welcome return to UK shores, followed quickly by a full(ish) tour, bringing together a group of like-minded bands. We despatched Phil Cooper to pen some words on the Southampton show, and Allan Maxwell to visually record the Glasgow leg:

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Kobra And The Lotus – Belfast, Voodoo – 26 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:40

Kobra And The Lotus BelfastIt’s a cold Sunday night in Belfast, and the third of three gigs in as many nights for the team from URHQ… but, hey, they weren’t complaining – ‘cos the nature of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll and they wouldn’t have it any other way! Monk was re-acquainting himself with the rising talent that is Kanada’s Kobra And The Lotus, and introducing DQ to them for the first time.  Click the link to find out if herself was bitten by the band’s metallic charms:

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Deep Purple – Manchester, MEN Arena – 18 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and David O'Neill   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:40

Deep PurpleIf rock ‘n’ roll had its own royal family, then Deep Purple surely would be contenders for the crown. Now, 50 years into their storied career, they are supposedly saying ‘The Long Goodbye’ with their suitably epic last ever tour. With it being such an historic moment in time, we rewarded not one but two of our team members by utilizing our geographic spread, despatching DJ Astrocreep to pen some words on the Manchester show, and David O’Neill to visually record proceedings when they headed down to south Wales:

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Camden, Dublin Castle – 26 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:40

TMTWNBBFN sigilHaving reviewed Andrew O’Neill’s recent ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ stand up show, Martin Haslam finally got to see him with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. With support from Sister Witch, and a handful of new songs, everything aligned perfectly for our man with the snazzy hat to go back to the Dublin Castle for the first time in over 20 years:

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Cursed Sun – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:20

Cursed Sun JonesBirthdays and anniversaries are always important occasions, in every aspect of life, and so it was that Belfast groove metallers Cursed Sun decided to celebrate ten years together as one of Northern Ireland’s most respected wrecking crews by doing what they do best – throwing a little gig and inviting along any who cared to come or had nothing better to do… among the party-goers were our own Monk and DQ:

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Diamond Head – Belfast, Voodoo – 24 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:20

Diamond Head Belfast November 2017It was the start of busy weekend at URHQ, with DQ and Monk out covering three gigs in as many nights – but, hey, that’s rock ‘n’ roll, and they wouldn’t have it any other way… However, things didn’t look like they were going to get off to a great start as it turned out that the singers in not just one but both bands had been smitten down with the dreaded lurgy.  Did they battle through and prove that the show must go on? These aren’t pansy-assed pop divas, so of course they did – as you can find out on the other side of this link that tells you what to do:

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Von Hertzen Brothers/Goldray – Bristol, The Fleece – 12 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 24 November 2017 04:20

Von Hertzen Brothers BristolSwedish progsters Von Hertzen Brothers have just finished a run of dates in support of their recently released ‘War Is Over’ album, culminating with the second of two back-to-back appearances at Hard Rock Hell. Having seen the album remind him of why he fell in love with prog in the first place, David O’Neill took the trip over the Severn Estuary to get up close and intimate with the VH siblings as they tickled his musical bones:

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Marillion – Manchester, O2 Academy – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 23 November 2017 04:20

Marillion tour posterHang on a minute, here… our resident DJ reckons that Marillion are closer to a punk band than a prog one? Surely, there has to be something wrong in this assertion? Well, there is only one way to find out what he’s on about, and that’s leave your wizard’s hat, cape and other paraphernalia behind and click on this magical little link:

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Mutation/Nomasta – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 27 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Neil Vary   
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 04:00

Ginger CroppedGinger Wildheart’s Mutation have had a wild ride. From day one issues have threatened to (and for a while, succeeded) to kill his most ambitious and divisive project, the band suffering everything from aborted studio sessions in 2011 to a black cloud of depression threatening to derail the band on their most recent album, ‘Dark Black’. And yet, Ginger has always prevailed, finding ways to overcome each and every trial that is flung his way. So it is with Ginger, so it is with Mutation. And they had more problems to overcome on the first date of their inaugural UK tour, as Rich Hobson hereby relates:

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Kvelertak/Puppy – Sheffield/The Corporation – 27 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D, Bona Bonmeister and Claire Simmons   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 04:00

Kvelertak Sheffield 2017In a break from supporting the mighty Metallica on their recent stadium tour, Kvelertak kept busy by squeezing in a bunch of headline shows to promote their own new album, ‘Nattesferd’. Our Sheffield team were on hand when the Norwegians pulled into Steel City to deliver their own unique mix up of folk, rock, metal, punk and anything else that they care to throw into the melting pot. Click the link to do what it says:

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