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Uber Rock's Albums of the Year 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 31 December 2012 03:00

URcrest2012albumsBeen waiting for the big one like Lorraine Lewis? Then wait no longer. With just one click of the metalli-mouse you can fall in and out of love with Uber Rock's Albums of the Year lists! We got the dedicated Uber Scribes to send in their favourite 20 albums of 2012 and then got the worker droids at URHQ to fashion up some kind of curious scoring system that meant we had, at the end of it all, a collective Top 20 albums of 2012 list. There will be joy. There will be heartbreak. There will be sad faces. There will be shit-eating grins. There will be a legion of great albums that you really should have been listening to over the past twelve months. There really is no excuse for listening to shite music these days.......

Album Cover Of The Week - Week 135 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 31 December 2012 02:00

albumthumbIt's New Year's Eve, the last day of the year - ring in 2013 with a piece of album cover art so arousing, so erotic, that surely everyone who looks at it falls into a dripping, messy pulp o' sexed up meat and blood and spunk. Yes, it's Uber Rock's fabled Album Cover Of The Week and, after finger-banging for 51 whole weeks, we're going balls deep into the New Year with our 2012 vinegar stroke......

Uber Rock's Gigs of the Year 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 24 December 2012 03:00

Uber2012lists86Another year down, Uber Rock's biggest year....again (I can see a pattern forming), accomplished with the fiercest independent spirit coursing through its collective veins. As the final votes get counted up on the Album of the Year rundown - and wait until you see that life-affirming, no bullshit list on New Year's Eve! - we present to you the favourite live moments of 2012 of the UR Massive. As usual, anything goes - any band, any sub genre, anything and everything that tickled our writer's musical fancy. Need any more proof that there is always a cool gig to go to? Read on and enjoy: here's to a million other great shows in 2013.....

Album Cover Of The Week - Week 134 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 24 December 2012 02:00

albumthumbChristmas is all about the kids, right? Of course it is, those tarts getting fingered at office parties and blokes shitting themselves in workingmen's clubs the length and breadth of the country are purely incidentals. Uber Rock's seminal Album Cover Of The Week feature is all about Xmas too. It is, truly, the gift that keeps on giving. For one hundred and thirty three friggin' weeks this feature has provided the important goods - this special seasonal edition is no different. Happy Christmas!

Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Miss Guy - Toilet Boys Print E-mail
Written by Miss Guy   
Sunday, 23 December 2012 04:00

missguymixtape86The final Midnite Mixtape Massacre of the year is a great one, perfectly capturing the spirit of why Uber Rock debuted this feature in 2012. Toilet Boys vocalist Miss Guy has a fantastic Xmas single (and video) out right now, so who better to offer up his ultimate thirteen track mixtape to the Baby Jesus? Hit that Read More link and unwrap this awesome present, as Miss Guy picks one of the coolest mixtapes of the year.......

Vintage Trouble - Touring with The Who and Pushing Their Pelvis To You Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 23 December 2012 03:30

vtmadison86Uber Rock's love for Vintage Trouble is hardly hidden in the darkest corners of URHQ: we've championed the band from the start and now sit back and enjoy the massive steps towards superstardom that the band appear to be taking. Uber VT fan Ben Hughes caught up with the band members and got them all to spill a little about just what it's like to support The Who on a US tour. This band will feature heavily in tomorrow's Gig of the Year rundown - hit the Read More link to get a taste of things to come.....

Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing - Heavy Metal Kids: Ultimate Kids Capers Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 23 December 2012 03:00

deadendthumbThe music of the Heavy Metal Kids has influenced the likes of Michael Monroe, the Sex Pistols, Cock Sparrer and TV detective/shrink Dr Cal Lightman, whilst the band's frontman inspired uber elder Johnny H to put blue hairspray in his feather cut barnet back in the early eighties. What are we talking about? Well read this review of the band’s recently released career retrospective DVD and you’ll soon bloody well find out.

Rebellion Xmas Bash 2012 - Birmingham, The Ballroom - 8th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 03:00

Rebellion Xmas Bash thmbChristmas came early for a few of us here at URHQ, when just a few weeks back we ventured up to England’s second city to catch some of the finest punk rock music money can buy for a co-headlined event featuring two bands celebrating two very significant anniversaries. The Rebellion Xmas Bash might be the little brother of the must attend punk rock event of the year as Johnny H soon found out, but was it going to be Cock Sparrer’s day or perhaps Rancid’s? Well click that link and all will be revealed!

Dan Baird & Homemade Sin/Boss Caine - York, Fibbers - 6th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 21 December 2012 03:00

danbairdyork86If you didn't dig the Georgia Satellites then you're not truly welcome at URHQ. The next best thing (and featuring a member of the excellent Jason & the Scorchers to boot!) is former Satellite Dan Baird and Homemade Sin. Uber Rock's Ben Hughes took the short trip (not bus, obviously) to Fibbers in York in the hope of finding some rock 'n' roll salvation amongst the (homemade) sin. Did he find any? Of course he did, this is Dan Baird we're talking about......

Therapy?/Hawk Eyes/LaFaro - Cardiff, The Globe - 5th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ian Bell   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 03:00

therapythmbWhen Irish stalwarts Therapy? released there ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’ album back at the start of 2012 not many would have predicted that come year end the trio would be headlining a sold out UK headline tour in support of it. However following some warmly received dates with Skindred and a successful festival season people suddenly appeared to remember just what it was they loved about the band in the first place. One such person was our very own Ian Bell, and here is the story of his Therapy? reawakening at their recent Cardiff date. 

Buckcherry/Kobra & The Lotus/The Howling - Bristol, The Trinity Centre - 3rd December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 03:00

Buckcherry thmbIn the UK as part of a nine date tour based around a headline appearance at this year's Hard Rock Hell festival, Los Angeles cock rockers Buckcherry once again found themselves back in the West Country of England looking to reveal some ‘Confessions’ along the way. So where better to catch up with the band live than in an old converted church, as long time ‘cherry fan Johnny H would soon find out.

Graveyard/Spiders/Baron Greenback - Bristol, The Fleece - 2nd December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:00

graveyardbristol86Uber Rock is part Swedish - it has to be, we're just so enamoured with our yellow and blue rock 'n' roll cousins. Swedish heavyweights Graveyard, a bunch of Spiders following from the same country too, took to the stage at one of UR's favourite venues, the Fleece in Bristol, and our man Jamie Richards, refusing to take no for an answer, was there with (stolen Ikea) pen and paper ready to take notes for your reading pleasure.....

Rush – ‘2112’ 5:1 Surround Sound Deluxe Edition (Universal Music) Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Monday, 17 December 2012 03:00

Rush DeluxeReleased this week across a variety of Deluxe and Super Deluxe formats this remastered 5:1 surround sound version of Rush’s seminal 1976 concept album ‘2112’, which will either be the soundtrack to our doomsday or more likely just another day come Friday.  Rob Watkins investigates an album he hasn’t listened to in donkey’s years and finds a record that has never sounded better.  Click that link to find out why.

Geoff Tate - Uber Rock Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 16 December 2012 03:00

geofftateint86An exclusive interview with Geoff Tate? The Queensrÿche vocalist? Yeah, that'd be pretty boring, right? Wrong. Currently in one of two versions of the legendary metal band having parting company with his former bandmates in vicious circumstances, Tate, with all his talk of spitting in faces and throwing the first punch, appears to be in fine form to be Uber Rock's latest interviewee. Mark Ashby caught up with the frontman to learn all about his new solo album and, of course, get the lowdown on the Queensrÿche split - the answers he gave will not disappoint....

James Iha - Uber Rock Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 03:00

James Iha ThmbAs a member of The Smashing Pumpkins James Iha played guitar on some of the most influential rock albums of his generation. But there’s probably a whole different side to the enigmatic guitarist you never even knew existed, something like his second solo album ‘Look To The Sky’ which is a record full of contributions from some of his heroes like Tom Verlaine and Mike Garson.  Mark Taylor caught up with James recently ahead of his London show on a whistle stop visit to Europe to promoter said record.  Here’s that resulting chat in full.

Hi-Fi To Die For - Motley Crue '94 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 02:30

record collectionKnown around URHQ as "the Crue album when they had a good singer" the self-titled album from Messrs Sixx, Lee, Mars and the (then) newly-recruited Corabi was the shot in the arm that the tired band needed.....shame the stupid fans and record label didn't agree. Uber Rock's Ben Hughes, in another excellent Hi-Fi To Die For feature, pretty much tells it like we feel it. Drop what you're doing, just like Crue dropped the umlauts, and settle down with an article that truly does give power to the music......


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