Gig Reviews
Skindred/Raging Speedhorn/RSJ - York, Fibbers - 8 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:00

Skindred York 3It had been five long years since Skindred played York – but that was then and this is now, and the ragga rockas made up for their extended absence when they pulled back into town again earlier this month. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to bring you this first-hand account of what went down:

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The Godfathers – Islington, Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:30

Godfathers 2017 2If ever there was a band that refused to die, it’s The Godfathers. Having recently reviewed their magnificent new album, ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’, it was obvious that Martin Haslam just had to witness the soundtrack to his personal revolution live and in the flesh:

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Thunder – Manchester, HMV – 16 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Friday, 17 February 2017 19:28

Thunder - HMV Manchester - BenFollowing on the back of the release of their brilliant new album, ‘Rip It Up’, Thunder have been undertaking a series of instore performances at branches of HMV up and down the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Our very own weather girl, Lindsey Appleton tootled along to the one in Manchester to find the band a man down but nevertheless determined to reward their loyal fans with an intimate performance. Click the link to find out what candies they had in the shop:

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Taking Back Sunday/Frank Iero and The Patience – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:30

16736594 1966356476929028 1010789019 nTen years after they hit their commercial peak, Taking Back Sunday are back with their original line up with a new album and a new tour, the Über Kingdom leg of which kicked off in Belfast this past weekend. Our man Jonni D was front and centre to find out if this tidal wave of a live show would seeing them take back Saturday as the night for rockin’, or would it just wash over him like an ebbing tide?

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Trivium/SikTh/Shvpes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 12 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 February 2017 23:45

Trivium Belfast 3It had been eight long years since Trivium had last visited Belfast, and the fans here obviously were hungry for their long-overdue return… did Matt Heafy and his colleagues sate their appetite (for destruction) or were they left baying for more? Uber Rock sent new recruit Jonni D to find out:

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Saint Sapphire/Petty Youth/On Parole/The Bell Diver Spiders – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:30

Saint Sapphire - Voodoo 3It was all planned. A typically busy weekend for UR’s Belfast team… two days, two gigs, ten bands in all. Simples really? Well, it was until herself caught a dose of the dreaded lurgy… leaving Mark Ashby all on his lonesome to brave the cold, damp Friday night air in search of some new (and some not quite so new) musical experiences:

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Anthrax/The Raven Age – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 9 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 10 February 2017 20:48

Frank BelloAnthrax kicked off the first night of their landmark ‘Among The Kings’ tour in Birmingham last night. The shows see the legendary Noo Yawk thrashers marking the 30th anniversary of their ‘Among The Living’ album by playing it in its entirety, with the restof the set chosen by their fans – guaranteeing a pretty damn unique experience each and every single night… Our man Rich Hobson braved the madhouse to lay down the law on this opening show:

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Black Peaks/Employed To Serve/Making Monsters – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 05:00

black-peaks-1 32292743380 oBrighton bruisers Black Peaks caused something of a ruckus among the Über Rock team last year, with Rich Hobson comparing the “post-hardcore-meets-alt-rock” of their debut album, ‘Statues’, to the likes of Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones and proclaiming their live shows as the perfect counter-argument to Gene Simmons’ failed claim that “rock is dead”… with this is mind, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen didn’t really have much of a choice when the south coast mob announced that they were intending to pummel Belfast into submission for the first time than to dander ‘round to our local and see what all the fuss was about:

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Holy Dog – Cardiff, Portland House - 22 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:00

holy dog picNewest Über Rock recruit Dean Glyn Morris seems to have a knack of tracking down quality gigs in the most unlikely of environments. Hence, why he recently found himself in the middle of an art gallery, enjoying the debut solo performance by one half of Them Dead Beats. Was this in itself art of a higher form? Click the link to find out:

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Lacey/Speaking In Shadows/Autumn Ruin – Manchester, Sound Control – 21 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 04:00

LACEY ELECTRIC SETHaving seen the band known as Lacey before, supporting Bowling For Soup, Lindsey Appleton understandably was intrigued to see them do their own headline show, kicking off their recent tour in a small capacity venue such as Sound Control. Was she disappointed? Click the link to find out:

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Heel Of Achilles/Call To Arms/Words That Burn/Lock Horns/Ketos – Belfast, Voodoo – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:16

32364748081 e275e837cb zOne of the more attractive aspects of this game called music journalism is the joy of discovering new music – and especially great new music – by artists with whom you were previously unfamiliar. Just imagine our editor-in-chief’s sense of ecstatic expectation when he realized that four of the five acts being showcased this particular evening had not previously crossed his radar. Would his sense of rapture still be unbridled at the end of the night? Click the link to find out:

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The Pineapple Thief – Islington, Assembly Hall – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:00

The Pineapple Thief posterAfter a bit of a hiatus from Über Rock duties, Jim Rowland is back in action, donning his finest cape and digging out his favourite wand from the bottom of the drawer to head down to what he reckons is one of the best venues in London for a prog-tastic evening of entertainment – and narry a tropical fruit was purloined in the process:

 

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Candlebox/ Jeff Angell’s Staticland/Pete RG/ – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 24 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:30

CandleboxIn the post-truth era of the late twenty-tens, and three decades after it threatened to kill off rock music, what is the definition of “grunge”? It was a question our man Rich Hobson found himself pondering when he caught up with second-wavers Candlebox when they returned to the Uber Kingdom a little while back… Did he get any answers? Click the link to find out:

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The Wildhearts/Massive Wagons/The Main Grains - Nottingham, Rock City - 27 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:00

16650096 10154753883692293 935285697 nBen Hughes ended 2016 by reviewing a Wildhearts show, so he may as well start this year the same way, eh! But this is one Wildhearts show with a difference. Following the cancellation of the Manchester date last year, due to a virus doing the rounds with the bands and crew, a rescheduled date was announced along with tonight's show at Rock City - a special one off performance of the classic 'Fishing For Luckies' album, played in its entirety:

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The Distortion Project – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 4 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 05:00

Two Tales Of Woe - Limelight 1It had been all so well planned. A typically busy weekend for UR’s owners… two days, two gigs, ten bands in all. But, then The Dark Queen caught a dose of the dreaded lurgy and, despite her most valiant of efforts, was forced to admit defeat and once again take to her bed, leaving Mark Ashby to soldier on and brave the pit alone at this, the latest fundraising effort in aid of Belfast’s premier heavy metal promoter:

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Bad Sam – Pontypool, Dragonfli – 3 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:00

badsam6bHe’s at it again… Nev Brooks is back on the road to rock ‘n’ roll paradise, heading back to one of his favourite haunts to issue a rallying call to support live music played by real live bands… are you brave enough to answer him in the affirmative? Click the link to find out all about his latest (mis)adventures in the Über Rockin’ cause:

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Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove/Thee Manatees – Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:30

16265184 10210840466820597 6279046626366514074 nIt may have taken him a while to get his motor revved up, but the gigging machine that is Nev Brooks is back on the road again and once more hunting down the best live bands in the best venues. Click the link to find out what dystopian adventures he got up to when he went in search of some rock ‘n’ roll infused with ye olde voodoo groove:

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The Wonder Years/Trash Boat/Tiny Moving Parts – Belfast, Empire Music Hall - 29 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:30

The Wonder Years 2Having sold out in Dublin the previous evening, The Wonder Years arrived north of the Irish border for this, the second night of their current European tour. We sent our man Jonni D into the pit to report from the frontline and discover if, live, the band could take him any closer to heaven:

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JC’s Hopeless Sinners - Cardiff, Fluidity Freerun Academy – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:00

Hopeless Saints 1Über Rock today welcomes another new recruit to our ever-expanding corps of committed writers (and, believe me, some of them truly should be committed...), with the arrival of Dean Glyn Morris, representing it from Cardiff city. For his debut offering, our new man popped along to an unlikely venue for an evening of some intimate blooze:

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Cursed Sun/Scimitar/Drakonis/Neamhni – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 21 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:17

Cursed Sun - Jones - Limelight BelfastIn his last review, UR boss Mark Ashby found himself writing about discovering new bands… well, less than 24 hours later he found himself on more assured territory, as he and The Dark Queen came out of hibernation again to check out four more bands from in and around the Belfast area as they attempted to lay devilish waste to the city’s most iconic venue:

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Meshuggah/The Haunted - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 17 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:30

Meshuggah - Belfast 2As editor-in chief, I’m going to be brutally honest here: our Marc Leach practically shit his boxers when I asked him did he want to review and shoot Swedish tech metal gods Meshuggah! Hell, it was like an outtake from ‘The Walking Dead’ at URHQ, as he practically bit my arm off… but, did they sate his bloodthirst for loads of widdly-widdly wankery? Well, their light show certainly did. As for the rest? Click the link to find out:

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