Gig Reviews
HRH Blues – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 15/16 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 05:00

simon-mcbride-at-hrh-blues 33779864790 oLast weekend, the Hard Rock Hell team ramped up the volume with their dedicated HRH Blues festival, moving it from an adjunct to the HRH United event to a full-blown weekend shebang with its own dedicated venue. Faced with the prospect of not being able to get a drink, never mind not see a band, in their home town, UR’s Mark Ashby and Dark Queen hotfooted it over to Sheffield to check out some of the onstage action:

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The Quireboys/Last Great Dreamers – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 7 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 05:00

the-quireboys-10 33610496030 oA couple of weekends back, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen once again hopped on the beer bus in the centre of Belfast and headed to the hills – quite literally – to catch up with one of the hottest rock ‘n’ roll tours so far this year, in the shape of the pairing of the inimitable Quireboys and the renascent Last Great Dreamers. Click the link to read what went down in the normally quiet village on the outskirts of Ballymena (hey):

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Duncan Reid & The Big Heads/Spizzenergi/Role Models – Camden, The Black Heart – 11 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:00

Duncan Reid Facebook photoIt was a warm humid night in London, so it must be something special to get Dom Daley up to the big smoke on a school night.  We guess Duncan Reid playing a show to preview his brand new studio album was a good enough reason and having those Role Models on board is the cherry on the icing on the cake, our man reckons. Click the link to get all the punk rock biz:

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The Hip Priests/Bitch Queens/Scumbag Millionaire/Flash House - Abertillery, Doll’s House – 15 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 04:00

Hip Priests - Dolls HouseIt was Easter Saturday and where was our man Nev Brooks? Certainly not sitting with his feet up getting fat on chocolate eggs, that’s for sure! No, like any self-respecting rock ‘n’ roller he was down the pub catching a damn fine line up of some of the hottest underground talents around. And at a fiver for four bands, he even had enough dosh left over for a can of a certain brand of lager:

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Angelic Upstarts – Camden, The Underworld – 7 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 16 April 2017 04:30

upstarts flyerLast year may have marked the 40th birthday of the punk movement, but the anniversaries keep on coming. Back in 1977, a bunch of young upstarts from the north east of England proved they were anything but angelic… four decades later, have they stopped rebelling, or do they still have that energy flowing through their veins? Jim Rowland has the answers:

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Hammerfest IX – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor Holiday Camp - 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:30

EvilScarecrow 1 HRHUnitedWith two days’ worth of stellar performances behind it, Hammerfest IX’s final day had a lot to live up to.  Fortunately, our man Rich Hobson knew what was in store and reckoned there were all the right ingredients – including a dedicated black metal stage - for a terrific closing session… click the link to find out what happened when he threw himself into this heady heavy metal mixing bowl:

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Hammerfest IX – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor Holiday Camp - 23 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 15 April 2017 03:30

ArmouredSaint 3 - HRHUnitedIt’s officially ‘Hammerfest Day’ here on Über Rock, with Rich Hobson casting a backward glance to the weekend which brought some of the best in heavy metal to the wilds of north Wales… He begins his coverage in the most natural place possible – on the first evening, when two legends of the genre, from either side of the Atlantic, laid it down onstage:

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Creeper/Milk Teeth/Energy/Puppy – Glasgow, The Garage – 26 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Panda   
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 04:30

Creeper 2Southampton goth rockers Creeper are fast becoming one of the hottest properties on the British scene, having developed a cult following and even been given their own dedicated special on a certain television channel. To find out what all the fuss is about, Über Rock recruited Hannah-Panda to go check them out when their recent tour pulled into bonnie Glasgie:

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Thunder/Trucker Diablo – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 31 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 08 April 2017 04:30

Thunder - Belfast 1You can always rely on the weather forecasters to get it completely wrong. For example, on this, the last day of March, they predicted cool breezes and the odd squiff of rain (or “light showers” as they like to call them). They completely failed to foresee the massive thunderstorm that was going to break over the city of Belfast later in the evening. Mind you, their colleagues on the travel desks weren’t much better, talking about prangs on the Westlink and shunts on the Lisburn Road but completely ignoring the Big Truck that was delivering massive riffs just a short distance away… Mark Ashby explains:

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Jizzy Pearl/Maverick – Ahoghill, The Diamond Rock Club – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:30

Jizzy Pearl - DRC 1Former Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl tonight completes a run of dates that has seen him criss-crossing the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll, while simultaneously marking the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Wasted In America’. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen mounted the trusty beer bus and headed into the hills of Northern Ireland to see if ‘Wasted In Ahoghill’ would perhaps have been a more apt title:

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The Virginmarys/The Hyena Kill - Leeds, The Key Club - 24 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 31 March 2017 04:00

Virginmarys - Leeds 6It always going to be an intense night, especially in the claustrophobic confines of Leeds’ Key Club, into which our favourite Yorkshireman, Ben Hughes, ventured for the first time to catch the last night of the recent The Virginmarys’ tour:

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‘Women Of Rock Tour’ – Abertillery, The Dragonffli – 8 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 22 April 2017 04:30

Jade-Ball Dan-Fry Digital-CriminalsProving not only that the live music scene is definitely kicking ass in southern Wales, but that the women of rock ‘n’ roll can do so with equal measure to their male companions, David O’Neill once again headed into the valleys to catch this four band bill of diverse bands which well and truly got his weekend off to the best possible start:

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Overoth/Strangle Wire/By Any Means/Lawfucker – Belfast, Voodoo - 15 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 20 April 2017 05:00

Overoth - Voodoo 2Northern Ireland’s arcane licensing laws mean that the city virtually closes down over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with only a few hardy souls venturing forth to track down the limited amount of entertainment available. One such individual was the brave Jonni D, who managed to find one of a very small handful of gigs which went ahead:

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Hunter & The Bear – London, British Grove Studios – 12 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:00

hunter3Up-and-coming London rockers Hunter & The Bear chose the historic surroundings of the city’s British Grove Studios - owned by none other than Mark Knopfler and housing the desk on which The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ was recorded – to officially launch their forthcoming debut album. Über Rock’s Jim Rowland was privileged to be among the select few present to witness this historic occasion:

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Semi-Final 1 – Belfast, Voodoo – 7 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 16 April 2017 04:00

shrouded-1 33961759035 oMetal 2 The Masses is the annual competition which sees independent, DIY and unsigned bands from Brighton to Inverness, Norway to Dublin, battling it out for the chance to play at Bloodstock. Having sat in silent judgement over the opening round of the competition in Belfast, Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby now delivers his verdict on the first of the semi-finals to be staged in that part of the Überverse:

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Hammerfest IX – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor Holiday Camp - 24 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:00

Destruction - HRHUnitedWith the first day of Hammerfest still ringing in his ears, Über Rock’s Rich Hobson was up and it bright and breezy for the second round of heavy metal action, which saw him catching some of the best bands to perform that day, from up-and-coming newcomers to some true veterans of the genre:

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IDLES/Scarlet Rascal/Table Scraps – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds – 14 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:30

IDLES 1With their debut album ‘Brutalism’ released just four days beforehand, it would be safe to say that IDLES – a band so loud they have to spell their name in capital letters - were striking while the iron was hot when they rocked up to Birmingham, where our man Rich H was front and centre to check out if any china was being smashed… once he’d fought his way past a bunch of teenyboppers, that is:

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The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Calgary, The Royal Legion – 31 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Monday, 10 April 2017 03:30

THATAMHaving returned back across the Atlantic following his recent sojourn in Über Rock’s former homeland of south Wales, Dean Glyn Morris immersed himself some deep fried blues with a twist when he sallied forth to check out an uncompromising songwriting duo with one of the best names we’ve come across so far this year:

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Gojira/Code Orange – Birmingham, O2 Academy - 11 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 08 April 2017 04:00

Gojira Magma UK tour posterAgeism in heavy metal? Surely not! Well, maybe so, as our man Rich Hobson headed into the heart of Birmingham to catch volcanic metal titans Gojira and up-and-coming metalcore kids Code Orange on what seemed like an unlikely double billing… fortunately, our man has very open ears, and had enough of his memory cells left from the subsequent aural pummelling to bring you this frontline report:

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Bigfoot/Everyday Heroes/Joe Kelly/Black Water Chemistry – Abertillery, The Dolls House – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:00

Bigfoot Dolls House 2The Dolls House in Abertillery is one of the Über Rock team’s favourite venues. And that is an opinion firmly shared by our newest recruit, David O’Neill, who reckons he’s never seen a bad gig there… Most recently he was to be found down the front for this four band bill, his report of which sees him breaking his UR reviewing virginity:

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Sonata Arctica/Thunderstone – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:30

Sonata Arctica - Belfast 1It was a helluva week for Belfast’s metallians, with no fewer than five massive gigs in just eight days threatening to break both our banks and our necks. We’ve already reported from the frontlines of both the Napalm Death and Armored Saints shows, but unfortunately were unable to make those by Crowbar and Grand Magus… however, our man with the plan, Marc Leach, did make it into the pit for the debut visit by Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica:

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