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Maverick / Safire – Belfast, Voodoo – 16 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:30

Maverick - Voodoo Belfast - 2“It’s not every day you say goodbye to a founding member of a band.”  The words of Maverick singer David Balfour, outlining the context of this special gig, as it was the band’s last with drummer Mike Ross, who is shortly to depart these shores to make a new life for himself on the other side of the Atlantic.  It was gonna be an emotional night for the band, as well as their families, friends and fans who had gathered to give the boy a fittingly raucous send off… Among them were our own Mark Ashby and Dark Queen:

Kurt Baker Combo – ‘In Orbit’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:00

kurtbakercomboinorbitdigitalcovervinylandcdUber Rock’s Dom Daley reckons that Kurt Baker is the epitome of power pop. And he should know. Our man invites you to “fire up the old stereo and turn the dial up to a decent wall shaking level then hit play” and get lost in an album which he reckons is simply “out of this world”… Click the link to join in this particular extra-terrestrial experience:

Kvelertak / Skeletonwitch – Sheffield, Corporation - 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:30

Kvelertak 1The first Saturday in December was a good night for rock n’ roll in Sheffield: at the other side of town, countless NWOBHM bands were reliving the good old days in the Academy for Hard Rock Hell’s ‘Xmas Rocka’... but Matt Bunting chose to venture to Corporation to see two of modern metal’s more exciting bands.  Click the link to find out what was thrown down:

The Darts (US) – ‘The Darts’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:00

15350606 1625994964368600 2209346127284004181 nThe Darts may be on the telly at the moment, but they’re also all over Dom Daley’s stereo system… the difference is that, naturally, what is getting our man all excited is not a bunch of sweaty fat blokes chucking tiny arrows at a small round board, but a rather exciting little garage beat combo who have him getting in a lather about their just-released debut album. Click the link to find out why:

Elf – ‘Carolina County Ball’/’Trying To Burn The Sun’ (Cherry Red Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:30

Elf-CarolinaCountyBallJonathan Kardasz loves nothing better than pottering about in rock n roll’s archives and rediscovering long lost classics… and some not so classic re-releases. Here, he goes right back to the beginning of the career of one Ronnie James Dio and appraises the re-issued versions of two albums from his first band… are they worthy of further investigation, though? Click the link and follow our man’s breadcrumb trail…

Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ (Death Or Glory Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:00

Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons artworkEver since he caught a glimpse of the band on YouTube, Martin Haslam has been like the proverbial feline licking the cream of his whiskers. One song was all it took for our man to fall for the charms of Ms Puss Johnson: so much so that he immediately rushed out and bought the limited edition rand and black vinyl version of this, their new album – and then, just as quickly committed his thoughts on same to the t’interweb…

EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:00

Cross Eyed MaryFor many years, the EP – or ‘Extended Player’, to give it its full title – was a criminally overlooked format. But, of late, it has made something of a deserved comeback, as bands face the challenge of continually producing new material but often not being able to commit to the cost (or time) of recording full-length albums. It’s a format which Über Rock has championed and, so, in the first of a new (ir)regular feature, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby bends his ears around some of the EPs that have crossed his desk in recent weeks…

Alter Bridge – ‘The Last Hero’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 06:00

Alter Bridge - The Last HeroMusic is an entity born from emotion, and hopefully its creators can only but hope that its birth can evoke similar emotions in the recipient.  Both creating it and listening to it is a deeply personal, and often cathartic, experience.  The Dark Queen is a massive Alter Bridge fan, and their fifth album struck a massive chord with her… hence the reason it has taken a while for her to put her thoughts on the record.  Click the link for this truly honest appraisal:

Imperial State Electric / Gentlemans Pistols – Camden, The Underworld – 8 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 05:00

iseConsidering he was a huge Hellacopters fan back in the late 90s/early noughties, Jim Rowland did wonder to himself why tonight was the first time he had been to see Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric. However, that was soon answered when he was reliably informed that this was only the second time the band have played London since they released their debut album back in 2010… click the link to find out what went down at this hotly anticipated return:

The Posies / The President Lincoln – Bristol, The Louisiana – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

The Posies Bristol 1A little while back, Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson found himself at one of those gigs which, instead of the band playing out their stadium-filling potential rather “creates a special and personal relationship for fans, which in turn creates a sense of fierce pride in the band and their achievements”. It’s taken a while for our man to put his thoughts into words – well, he did move house in the interim – but you can click the link to find out what went down at what also turned out to be something of an UR family reunion:

Valensole – ‘Where We Should Be’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 16 December 2016 04:40

Valensole coverFormed this year and coming at you from Southampton, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic, crafting and recording their forthcoming debut EP at their very own music space. The result left Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks positively foaming at the mouth – so much he felt the need to use CAPITAL letters in his review, which you can read right here:

Conjuring Fate (‘Valley Of Shadows’ album launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:30

Conjuring Fate 1It seemed fated (sic)… and so it proved to be. Back at the tail of August 2015, Conjuring Fate were one of two bands to play wedding of UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… no, not the reception, but the actual ceremony itself. Now, fast forward to this past weekend and the band finally get around to releasing their long-awaited debut album: and, guess what? It just “happens” to “coincide” with Mrs A’s 50th birthday! It couldn’t have been planned better… or could it? Click the link to find out what went down on this particular evening:

Witchdoktors – ‘Voodoo Eye’ (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:00

UXB031 Witchdoktors Voodoo Eye CD Front Cover Bomber MusicAs the year comes to a screaming halt, it seemed fair for Dom Daley to end his year with a big fat glunk rock full stop. And he was provided with the means to do so when this rock and roll dozen song collection landed on his doorstep, courtesy of the Witchdoktors. Click the link to find out why our man reckons ‘Voodoo Eye’ kicks up a merry shit storm from top to bottom and start to finish:

Bowling For Soup - ‘Drunk Dynasty’ (Brando Records) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:00

BFS - Drunk DynastyIt’s not been a bad time to be a Bowling For Soup fan recently. New tours, including a welcome return to UK shores, a new DVD of acoustic performances - and a new album in the form of the crowd-funded ‘Drunk Dynasty’. So, what better time, and way, to welcome one Phil Cooper back to the Uber Rock fold after his recent sightseeing trip around the world than by asking him to appraise said release?  Click the link to find out what he thought:

Rock & Roll Circus Xmas Charity Bash – Abertillery, Dolls House – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:00

15338802 10209664480307115 3242938495726283472 nIt may be coming to the end of the year, and most people starting “winding down” for the so-called “festive season”… but, not us here at UR! We’re rock ‘n’ roll animals – and none more so than Nev Brooks, who this weekend returned to one of his favourite stamping grounds for the annual fundraiser organized by our good friends over at the aptly named Rock & Roll Circus radio show….

Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – ‘The Devil’s In The Detail’ (Fanny Pack Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 12 December 2016 06:30

Ryan Hamilton Devil artworkWhen Dave Prince first listened to this, the second album from Mr Hamilton and his traitorous sidekicks, he was on his way to a funeral.  Click the link to find out why said release filled our man’s heart with warm, despite the circumstances of his introduction to it, and why it has continued to do so:


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