Gig Reviews
Last In Line / Toseland – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:27

Last In Line - Belfast 2Hometown gigs are always a bit special – especially when the artist concerned has had to move away, either to make their name in the wider world or just simply because of the demands of the craft they play. Prior to this show, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were pretty damn sure that Vivian Campbell could think of no better place in which to end Last In Line’s latest European tour than in the heart of his native Belfast.  Click the link to find out if this proved to be the case...

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The Cure – Wembley, SSE Arena – 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 19:34

cureflyerIt had been almost a quarter of a century since Jim Rowland last caught The Cure live… something he made up for on the last of their three sell-out shows at the Wembley Arena this past weekend. Click the link to find out why our man was getting a bit hot under the collar during a mammoth three hour journey through the world of Robert Smith and co... and also why they’re still “hugely popular and relevant”:

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The Damned / Emptifish - Cardiff, Tramshed – 27 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 03:00

IMG 1018For the second time in less than a week, Nev Brooks found himself inside what is quickly becoming his favourite Cardiff venue. And once again, he was watching a band who shaped his musical education play one of their iconic albums – their debut in fact – in its entirety… Click the link to enter the realm of The Damned:

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The Levellers / Ferocious Dog / Gaz Brookfield – Cardiff Tramshed – 23 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 03:30

levellersIn the second of our double whammy of live reviews today, Nev Brooks finds himself transported back to the dark days of Thatcherism and the miners’ strike, and a time when political activism charged the music of the day, as The Levellers perform their landmark ‘Levelling The Land’ in its entirety? Have they lost any of their angst and fury in this post-truth (fuck, we finally got to use the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year!) era? Have they fuck, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Stormzone / Divides Unfold / Saint Sapphire – Belfast, The Pavilion – 19 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Sunday, 27 November 2016 03:00

Stormzone - BelfastUber Rock’s Marc Leach recently found himself on the horns of a dilemma – two gigs on the same night. Fortunately for our newest recruit, the two gigs followed one after the other, giving the man with a plan time to leave one venue and get to the second one in time to catch this rare intimate performance by Northern Irish metal titans Stormzone…

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Hard Rock Hell X – Hafan y Môr – 12 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:30

Ratt - HRH X 1So, the Uber Rock crue of Monk and The Dark Queen made it, relatively intact, to the third and final day of the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell, where all sorts of delights awaited their aural and visual feasting... Herself was most anxious to get up close and personal with a certain member of a certain headline band - but we'll leave that aside for now and instead concentrate on what is on the other side of the link...

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John Coffey – Amsterdam, Paradiso - 30 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:45

John Coffey - Paradiso 1John Coffey – a hardcore/punk/rock n’ roll band from Utrecht in The Netherlands – have climbed to pretty much the top of the Dutch scene, capable of selling out 2000 capacity venues. They announced their ‘indefinite hiatus’ on social media in early June, alongside a last European tour. This tour was not going to take in the UK, a territory they didn’t really break to. So in a case of if the mountain… Uber Rock's Matt Bunting packed his bag and jetted off to check out the last ever show of what could turn out to be one of the most under-rated rock bands of the 2010s...

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Killing Joke/Death Valley High - York, Fibbers - 2 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:20

DSC 4775Earlier this month, Killing Joke finished their 'The Great Gathering' tour with a gig which was recorded for posterity, at Brixton's O2 Academy.  As we've already reported, Uber Rock's Jim Rowland was there, and laid down his opinion.  But, how does a band of such pedigree warm up for such a mammoth show, especially when they know the cameras are going to be in their faces?  Well, by playing a "secret" gig in York just two nights earlier... and, as ever, we're ahead of the game, 'cos our man Ben Hughes was front and centre...

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Hard Rock Hell X – Hafan y Môr – 11 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 18 November 2016 09:00

30956449131 3314966dc1 oAfter a NWOBHM-infused first evening of action at the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell, the Uber Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were up bright and early for another round of classic rock mayhem deep in the heart of north Wales... Click the link to find out what mischief they got up to and what bands tickled their collective fancy:

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Biest – ‘Alphatier EP’ Release Party – Hamburg, Kukuun – 14 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 03:20

BIEST IMG 1513Back in May, Uber Rock's very own Euro-zone correspondent, Colin Hunt, found himself at the Rock Café in his adopted city of Hamburg - and left extremely impressed by the support band, the newly formed Biest.  A few months later, he was not only the proud owner of the band's debut EP, 'Alphatier', but also a special guest at it's official release party.  Click the link to find out how the band launched their project with flair...

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Onslaught / Beholder / Anihilated / Scimitar – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 6 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 11 November 2016 03:00

Onslaught - Belfast - Nov 2016 - 2The last time Onslaught visited Belfast, Uber Rock’s The Dark Queen got a little bit carried away and ended up being the sole stage diver that night… this time, as the band returned to the scene of the crime, as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations for ‘The Force’, husband Mark Ashby was making sure she stayed focussed (sic) on the job in hand, and that was recording what went down from the relative safety of the photo pit…

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Tusks / Elder Druid / Black Market Thieves – Belfast, Eglantine Inn – 1 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 05 December 2016 17:30

Tusks - Eglantine 2It had been a while – almost eight full months in fact – since your Uber Rock team had visited ‘The Eg’, the last pub on the left, literally, before you hit the leafy suburbs of south Belfast.  Last week, however, Mark Ashby braved the cold of the first night of December to check out the latest triple header to play a venue he reckons is not entirely suitable for live gigs but has been turned into one by the determination and elbow grease of one local promoter...

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Gong – London, Tufnell Park Dome- 23 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 02 December 2016 03:30

gongflyerUber Rock’s Jim Rowland today makes a terrible confession when he describes himself as having been – at least “back in the day” – a “self-respecting teenage pot head pixie”… which explains why he recently took a trip (sic) down memory lane to re-acquaint himself with one of the bands who provided the soundtrack to that time of his life… the gargantuan Gong… Watch out for flying teapots as you click the link:

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Biffy Clyro / Brand New – Belfast, SSE Arena – 27 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 03:00

Biffy Clyro - SSE Belfast - Nov 2016 - 1Just a few months after last gracing a Belfast stage - at the annual Belsonic festival - Scotland's Biffy Clyro travelled back over the Irish Sea for their second gig of the year in the Northern Ireland capital.  Front and centre for the first in today's Uber Rock double hit of live reviews from the gigs that excite was uber-fan Marc Leach.  Read his thoughts and check out his pics by clicking the link...

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Planet of Zeus / Triggerman / Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 23 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 03:30

Planet of Zeus - Belfast - Nov 2016Uber Rock head honcho Mark Ashby first came across Greek psychedelic stoner crew Planet of Zeus when they opened for Clutch almost exactly a year ago to this very evening. Now, with a new album – the wonderful ‘Loyal To The Pack’ – under their belts, the Athenians returned to Belfast, a mere 367 days later, to headline in their own right.  And guess who was front and centre (well, slightly off of it) to report from the frontline?

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Ugly Kid Joe/Dallas Frasca - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 12 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:00

Ugly Kid Joe Belfast November 2016 1A little more than four years ago, Californian rock 'n' roll hooligans Ugly Kid Joe forced Belfast's recently refurbished and rebranded Limelight 1 to open its doors somewhat earlier than the venue's owners had planned.  In the intervening period, the happy-go-lucky surf rockers have twice returned to the scene of the crime, most recently at the end of a gruelling European tour, with Aussie crew Dallas Frasca in tow. Uber Rock's Marc Leach was there to report from the pit...

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Ginger Wildheart’s Halloween Hootenanny III – Wolverhampton, The Slade Rooms – 29 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:40

GWBHalloween may be fading in many people's memory as they turn their attention, and cash, to another time of "celebration"... but the period around All Hallow's Eve is not that easily forgotten here at Uber Rock, and our man in black Rich Hobson has been reminiscing about the massive eight band bill that invaded Wolverhampton when the one and only Ginger Wildheart brought his annual Hootenanny to town... click the link to find out what went down that fine evening...

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Ian Hunter & The Rant Band / Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwartz – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 11 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:00

IanHunterimage11Two months ago, Uber Rock's Jim Reynolds found himself an addict... but one addicted to one of the good things in life, when he discovered the music of one Graham Parker and immediately rushed out and bought everything he had ever released.  Imagine his delight, then, when our man discovered that Mr Parker was supporting the legendary Ian Hunter in what seemed a dream double bill... Click the link to find out what went down on this memorable night...

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Hard Rock Hell X – Hafan y Môr – 10 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 19:33

30862407372 97e7e39c27 oIt’s hard to believe that Hard Rock Hell has been going for ten years now. Jeezus, it’s like watching your own kids growing, suddenly realizing just what age they are and asking “what the fuck happened?” Uber Rock's Mark Ashby felt he had "been there done that" for most of HRH's lifetime, but, of course, he wasn't going to miss out on this very special birthday party - and so he dragged The Dark Queen along for the ride of a lifetime... and day one was, quite literally, only the beginning...

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Asylums / BlackWaters / MeMe Detroit – Birmingham, The Rainbow Cellar – 28 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 12 November 2016 03:20

Asylums 1With the prevailing air of doom around Brexit, the closure of numerous local venues and a general sense of malaise around the dying months of 2016, sometimes you just desperately need a big tune-machine-shaped pick-me-up. What better band then, to offer that than Asylums, whose album ‘Killer Brain Waves’ might just be, in the words of Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson, “one of the best power-pop tinged indie rock n roll albums of the year” (as well as a mouthful to describe)? Following on from his review of aforesaid release, our man took himself along to the official launch gig get himself another earful of big tunes, but this time up close and personally…

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Killing Joke – London, O2 Academy – 4 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 03:20

Killing Joke 2There’s not many bands who have been going for the best part of 40 years where you go to see them hoping to hear an abundance of tracks from their latest album. That is indeed the case for Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland when he recently headed to the Brixton Academy for Killing Joke’s celebration of ‘The Great Gathering’…

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