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The Darkness - 'Hot Cakes' (Pias Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:30

darknesshotcakesWho invited The Darkness back into the soft, white underbelly of the rock 'n' roll world? Not ones to hold a grudge...ahem...Uber Rock presents a review of the 'long-awaited' third album from the Hawkins brothers and those other two blokes. Yes, UR's Rob Watkins likes his music how he likes his lovers - simple, and a bit cheesy......

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Downtown Struts - 'Victoria' (Pirate's Press) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 17 August 2012 04:00

downtownstrutsSelf-describing their sound as punk meets Americana, Chicago-based outfit the Downtown Struts return after their 'Sail The Seas Dry' extended player with 'Victoria', its full length follow up. Uber Rock's Dom Daley finds a band that, in his humble (and handsome) opinion, are moments away from being lauded by the alternative press. We'll get in there first if you don't mind......

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Wo Fat - 'The Black Code' (Small Stone Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 04:00

wofatblackcodeTexan doom-meisters Wo Fat have joined the roster of the uber-cool Small Stone Records and their first release for the label, 'The Black Code', sees the band add a sci-fi twist to their brand of psychedelic doom. In another first, Uber Rock welcomes Jo Hayes to the review roster - click that link to see for yourself that this girl knows her rock 'n' roll onions......

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Rebellion Festival 2012 - Blackpool, Winter Gardens - 4th - 5th August 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H and Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 04:00
Rebellion_thmbIf you read yesterday's first instalment of Uber Rock's very own version of the Chuckle Brothers antics at this years Rebellion Festival then you'll know what to expect from part two.  More new bands to go out and discover, more merch stories than you think humanly possible, more pissed up antics (not them of course) and some headline sets by Public Image Limited on Saturday night and Rancid on the Sunday to get through.  Click the link to read on.
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Rebellion Festival 2012 - Blackpool, Winter Gardens - 2nd - 3rd August 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H and Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 04:00
Rebellion_thmbSpread out over 4 days, with over 200 bands playing on 7 stages, Rebellion Festival is one event on the punk rock calendar that Uber Rock never fails to get a kick out of.  So with their recently established straight edge regime firmly intact, we sent Johnny H and Dom Daley out with their cub reporter notepads to capture as much of the live action as possible - starting with the Buzzcocks on Thursday and Social Distortion on the Friday.
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Trigger McPoopshute - 'Coughing Up A Pellet' EP (Self Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Delerict   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 03:00

pelletAfter dining out on his hugely popular review of the new Danko Jones DVD, UK glunk rock legend Jamie Delerict begged us for another piece of the reviewing pie.....and who were we to turn down the advances of the JD and the FDCs mainman? We forwarded an extra special release to his secret Northern hideaway that we knew would get him excited....even if he forgot all about it for several weeks. Click that link to read JD's thoughts on the debut release from South Wales potty mouth punks, Trigger McPoopshute.....

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Kix - 'Live in Baltimore' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 13 August 2012 04:00

Kixliveapproved_small_2012Here's the good news: Kix are recording a new studio album for Frontiers Records, the band's first studio record since 1995, set for release next year. Here's the better news: the re-animating record label doesn't want us cool kids to wait so they are set to release a red hot new Kix CD/DVD set, 'Live In Baltimore', next month. Uber Rock's Gaz E blows his fuse at the sound of a hugely underrated band returning in style.....

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Nils Lofgren - Uber Rock Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:35

Nils_thmbHaving played guitar with the likes of The E Street Band, Lou Reed and Neil Young's Crazy Horse during a career spanning over forty years, it's not everyday you get the chance to chat with someone like Nils Lofgren. So whilst the sun finally shone down on London town Mark Taylor got on the blower to a an overcast Norwegian city to find out just exactly what it is that keeps the man interested in music now he has turned sixty and can't use a trampoline on stage anymore.

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Kevin K Print E-mail
Written by Kevin K   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:30

TrampStampcoverKevin K has released more records than some of us at Uber Rock actually own! With his latest long player, 'Tramp Stamp', still ringing around URHQ what better time than the present to get this indefatigable rock 'n' roll warrior to push eject and throw his ultimate thirteen song mixtape in our direction? Ladies and Gentlemen, the latest victim of UR's Midnite Mixtape Massacre, Mr Kevin K......

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Mick Priestley's Axe Attack 3 Print E-mail
Written by Mick Priestley   
Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:00

mickmix86He's back! Yes, Mick Priestley is back for the Axe Attack with the third part of the Uber Rock feature that is built to shred! Click that link for another lesson in guitar slinging from Mick as he lets himself go via the legato! And we're not even gonna mention the pull-offs.....

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Fell On Black Days/Trigger McPoopshute/[Ten Cent Toy]/Outgunned - Ebbw Vale, EVI - 4th August 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins & Darrel Sutton   
Saturday, 11 August 2012 05:00

fobdevi86Sandwiched between the uber-approved review of their long-awaited debut album and the long player's actual release, South Wales metal marauders Fell On Black Days managed to squeeze in an album release show in their home town of Ebbw Vale. Supported by Outgunned, [Ten Cent Toy] and Trigger McPoopshute this show, as Rob Watkins and Darrel Sutton (in between throwing shapes) discovered, was a decibel-busting debauched delight.....

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Rob Zombie - 'Mondo Sex Head' (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Friday, 10 August 2012 04:30

RZmondomoonIn between albums, with a new horror movie and a co-headline US and European tour with Marilyn Manson to promote, Rob Zombie heads into familiar territory with the third remix album of his career. 'Mondo Sex Head' features songs from both the Rob and White Zombie back catalogues remixed by the likes of JDevil (Korn's Jonathan Davis) and The Bloody Beetroots and, as Gaz E discovered, the third time isn't always the charm.....

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Blackmore's Night - 'A Knight In York' plus Candice Night - 'Reflections' (UDR) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:00

Blackmores_Night_thmbWith his former band mates in Deep Purple announcing earlier this week that they will be headlining Wacken Festival in 2013 we started to wonder what Ritchie Blackmore has been up to recently. We certainly didn't have to look too far as there he is lurking amongst some bales of hay with his band of minstrels know as Blackmore's Night. So to fill in the gaps we asked Jim Rowland to take a peak at the band's latest live release and the latest studio album from their singer Candice Night. Also you could win a copy of each, if you can answer a simple 'gender-bending' question. Now click the link to find out more. 

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Bonafide - 'Ultimate Rebel' (Off Yer Rocker Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 05:00

Bonafide-UltimateRebelapproved_small_2012Swedish classic rockers Bonafide have been filling some of the heads at URHQ with rock for some time, but Jamie Richards had tried his hardest to resist their retrofied rock 'n' roll charms......that is, until he was given the band's new album, 'Ultimate Rebel', to review for your friendly neighbourhood Uber Rock. With the new long player doing the pretty on his stereo, UR's hard-to-get scribe finally succumbed to the sweet sounds of the Swedish seducers. Read on to discover why our man is so much of a convert that Bonafide now sit firmly in his tentative album of the year list.....

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Steelhouse Festival 2012 - Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm - 27th-29th July 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E, Johnny H & Rob Watkins   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 05:00

steel2012thumbLaunching in 2011 with the likes of Tigertailz, Black Spiders and The Quireboys gracing its wonderful mountaintop location, the Steelhouse Festival returned for its second year with an extra day and extra oomph band-wise too; the likes of Feeder, Reef, The Answer, Gun, Saint Jude, Revoker and The Union ready to take this special event to the next level. Uber Rock's Johnny H, Gaz E and Rob Watkins, with the camera of courtesy photographer Ashlea Matthews backing them up, took to the picturesque setting of Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm to watch a budding festival flower in fine style.....

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Stallion Four - 'Rough Times' (Pure Rock Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 06 August 2012 05:00

stallion4albumIt's been a few years since Swedish rockers Stallion Four first came to the attention of Uber Rock's Gaz E. With the band's debut album unleashed by German label Pure Rock Records our man finally had to chance to discover if this classic rock band had delivered on a promise that they made near the end of the last decade. Will the 'Rough Times' disappoint, or will they rock the hell out of all who listen in time honoured fashion? Read on to find out.....

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