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It Bites/Frost* - London, The Scala - 16th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 03:00

It Bites Live thmbWith one of the mildest Decembers in living memory we were all wondering if Jim Rowland was going slightly mad calling around everyone asking if he could get some frostbite. Then we realised he was talking about this House of Progression show featuring Frost* and It Bites and suddenly it was all abundantly clear. Our scribe was desperate for some prog noodlings to usher in his Xmas and The Scala was the place to be for this one off special event. Lucky we got him in then…. here’s his review.

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Dropkick Murphys - ‘Signed And Sealed In Blood’ (Born And Bred Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 07 January 2013 03:00

dkmcoverblack900It’s that time of the year again when everywhere else in the world the Xmas trimmings come down and the New Year celebrations fade into it being just another day, but that’s not the case if you happen to know the Dropkick Murphys, because as Dom Daley soon finds out, every day is a party in the Boston band’s company and their eighth album comes ‘Signed And Sealed In Blood’ just to prove it.

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The Horse The Morph The Waysted Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 06 January 2013 04:00

Waysted GTBTW thmb1985 and along with Bukta training tops and a full head of hair uber elder Johnny H was also in possession of everything the band Waysted had released. Some might call him an enthusiastic collector, whilst others might simply call him a bloody stalker; we’ll let you decide which camp he was in as our intrepid reporter picks up the story of how he once turned up at the band’s recording studio gate crashing the recording of their third studio album. To find out if Pete Way and his Waysted cohorts did get out alive, please read on.

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Post Christmas Blues Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 06 January 2013 03:30

Life Of Riley DVD thmbAs the world steps back from edge of the fiscal cliff breathing a heavy sigh that someone was smart enough to add a few more zeros to a spreadsheet somewhere, New Brooks thanks the Lord that “everything’s gonna be alright this morning” so he can tell you all about the latest blues releases we’ve received here at URHQ. So if reading all about BB King’s stunning new documentary plus a whole host of titles by some lesser know bluesmongers tickles your fancy there’s only one place to be, and that’s right here, right now. 

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Scott Shellhamer - American Heritage Print E-mail
Written by Scott Shellhamer   
Sunday, 06 January 2013 03:00

scott86americanheritageThe tail end of 2012 saw 'Sedentary', the third album from Chicago bruisers American Heritage, get a limited vinyl release. The band promise to follow up the acclaimed album - which features an appearance from Mastodon's Bill Kelliher - with a new EP in 2013. In the meantime Uber Rock caught up with the band's guitarist Scott Shellhamer and managed to wrestle his ultimate thirteen song mixtape from his grasp.....

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Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson - Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club - 14th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 05 January 2013 03:00

Ricky Warwick poster thmbSo their secret is finally out, as four members of Thin Lizzy will return later this year as Black Star Riders. Well Mark Ashby was lucky enough to catch up with two of the founding members of this new all star band in a rock club in County Antrim recently as Ricky ‘Feckin’ Warwick and Daman Johnson played a low key acoustic show that ultimately turned into a musical riot.

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Skindred/RSJ - York, The Duchess - 12th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 04 January 2013 03:00

skindredyorkthumbAnyone who has seen Skindred live will testify that 'dred gig virgin Ben Hughes was in for an unforgettable night of ragga metal when he finally took the plunge and headed to The Duchess in York to catch one of the band's last Union Black tour dates of 2012. Did he peel off his shirt and partake in the Newport Helicopter? You'll have to click that link to find out.....

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The Hives - Bristol, O2 Academy - 10th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 03:00

Hives thmbWith the December gig onslaught hitting full intensity Dom Daley stepped back from the melee and surveyed what lay ahead, “Hmmm I’ll be having me some Hives I think!” declared the godfather of glunk as he set sail on a 7 hour return coach journey to catch Howlin Pelle Almqvist and gang live in Bristol promoting their awesome ‘Lex Hives’ album. He did this just to make us feel bad about missing this show, so don’t miss it this time around, click the link.

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Little Angels - Belfast, Limelight 2 - 9th December 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:00

Little Angels Belfast Poster 2Returning after a two decade hiatus, (not so) young UK rock gods Little Angels made a very welcome return to Belfast recently as part of their 'One More From The Road' tour. Our man in Norn Iron, Mark Ashby, was there pressed up against the barrier ready to kick up dust with the rest of the crowd when all of a sudden he got a rather rude awakening. Had the bloke behind him slashed down his leg or was there perhaps a more celebratory type reason for this moment of unusual clarity? Well click that link to the right to find out.

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Crashdiet - 'The Savage Playground' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 02:00

crashdietsavageUber Rock's first front page review of the New Year finds Swedish glam metallers Crashdiet return with their fourth album, 'The Savage Playground', the band's second release from Frontiers Records. Uber Rock's Gaz E remembers the band's last album well, but how much of this new record will have him regressing back to the hair-teezed teenager that he once was? Hit the Read More link to find out.....

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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.......

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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......

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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.....

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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!

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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.......

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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.....

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