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Chris Cornell 'Songbook' - Manchester, Salford, The Lowry - 16th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 06 July 2012 04:00
Chris_Cornell_thmbIn between supporting Black Sabbath at this year's Downpour festival and headlining their own upcoming show at London's Soft Rock Calling, Seattle's forefathers of grunge Soundgarden have spent much of their time readying themselves for the release of their first studio album in about 16 years, by playing anywhere that will have them. So what does frontman Chris Cornell do when he gets 5 minutes downtime from the band's hectic schedule? He picks up his acoustic guitar and takes his 'Songbook' tour to selected UK theatres. Rich Hobson was at the Salford show for Uber Rock.
Vampires Everywhere! - 'Hellbound and Heartless' (Century Media/Hollywood Waste) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:00

vampireseverywhereLos Angeles outfit Vampires Everywhere! take their name from The Lost Boys and their sound from a lost rock star. After fighting an internet war following the release of their debut album in 2010, the band returns with 'Hellbound and Heartless', a record that Uber Rock's Gaz E claims could be the surprise release of the year. Why? Read on and find out.....but bring some holy water.......

Million Dollar Reload - 'A Sinner's Saint' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:15
Million_Dollar_Reload_-_A_Sinners_Saintapproved_small_2012Four years on from the release of their critically acclaimed 'Anthems For A Degeneration' debut, Northern Ireland's finest bad boys of sleazy rock 'n' roll Million $ Reload are back with a new record label and a sophomore effort that promises a hell of a lot. We asked our very own Norn Iron bad boy of rock 'n' roll Mark Ashby to investigate 'A Sinner's Saint' to see if those promises are fulfilled - and this is what he found.
The Flower Kings - 'Banks Of Eden' (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:00
Flower_KingsReturning after a five year hiatus Swedish prog merchants The Flower Kings are back with 'Banks Of Eden', a sprawling example of seventies tinged excess custom built for fans of the more eccentric strand of the genre. Jim Rowland dons his cape and stands on a mountain to experience the album in all its progressive glory, and boy does he like what he hears.
Lita Ford - 'Living Like A Runaway' (SPV / Steamhammer) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:05
Lita_Ford_Living_like_a_Runaway_printThe bitch with the BC Rich is back with her eighth solo album to date and a return to her more hard rocking roots following the universally panned 'Wicked Wonderland'. So with plenty of things on her mind to let rip about song wise, is 'Living Like A Runaway' the return to former glories we are all hoping for from Lita Ford? Johnny H is our scribe out for blood and ready with all the answers.
Kobra And The Lotus - 'Self Titled' (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:00
Kobra_And_The_LotusCurrently wowing festival audiences across the globe with their fiery brand of female fronted heavy metal, Canadian quintet Kobra And The Lotus are about to unleash this Kevin Churko produced album via Spinefarm here in the UK, but as Ross Welford is quick to point out all is perhaps not quite what the band's PR guys would want you to believe with this, the band's sophomore release.
JD & The FDCs - 'Recognise' (Delerict Records) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Monday, 02 July 2012 04:00
Recognise_Cover_jpg_scaled1000approved_small_2012'Recognise' is the long awaited debut from Midlands mooks JD & The FDCs. This is an album which promises to be chock full of some of the finest rock 'n' roll music you'll hear this year whilst boasting a dazzling array of guest stars in the process. So does the album really live up to all the hype? The H Bomb investigates and suddenly wants us to buy him a dog on a string on expenses...find out why, right here.
Steve 'Zetro' Souza - Hatriot - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 04:30
Steve_Zetro_Souza_thmbSteve 'Zetro' Souza has spent much of his adult life playing heavy metal music, starting with Legacy and then Exodus, his distinctive vocal style defined the classic sound of thrash metal in the lates eighties and early nineties. Since that thrash heyday 'Zetro' has been a little out of the picture of late, but he's back in 2012 with a new band Hatriot and Jim Rowland caught up with the enigmatic frontman recently to find out what it is all about.
Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Joseph Parry - Karhu Print E-mail
Written by Joseph Parry   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 04:15

joemixthumbKick the teeth in of the next person who tells you that they can't find any new music to listen to. Awesome new bands are everywhere, and one of Uber Rock's favourites to emerge in 2012 are Karhu. The band's incredible 'Survival Of The Richest' took DIY to the extreme, yet sounded bigger and ballsier than many of the albums that trouble the stereo at URHQ. Karhu's vocalist / guitarist Joseph Parry has turned in an equally impressive entry as his Midnite Mixtape, his ultimate thirteen track compilation dissected at the click of the blood red link.....

Gerry Laffy - Gig From Hell Print E-mail
Written by Gerry Laffy   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 04:00
Gerry_behind_barsWhen Uber Rock caught up with ex Girl guitarist Gerry Laffy recently for a chat we just had to ask him about his very own gig from hell experience, thinking we'd probably get some juicy insider details around the Kiss support slot story from when the guys walked off the tour. Nah, that would have been too predictable, so what he did get however was a story about how to deal with chronic back pain whilst touring with Duran Duran bass god John Taylor.
Black Spiders/Hangfire - Ebbw Vale, The Steelhouse - 22nd June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Saturday, 30 June 2012 05:00

bsthumbliveOn this particular night in the heavenly hamlet of Ebbw Vale the forces of both good and evil, of both light and shade, were at work. As one UR brutha pulled on his frilly shirt for a night of acoustic aural stimulation, several other members of the UR massive pulled on their greasy denim and raised their studded writsbands in the air in celebration of one of the finest live bands in the country, Black Spiders. Gaz E was on hand to see if there were any goats in the Steelhouse.....

Ghosts and Echoes Tour - Ebbw Vale, EVI - 22nd June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Saturday, 30 June 2012 04:45

The Ghostghostslive86s and Echoes Tour, an acoustic evening featuring Gavin Butler of the Blackout and Neil Starr of Attack! Attack!, hit the EVI in Ebbw Vale and Uber Rock's Rob Watkins was there hoping to make contact. While the UR tearaways were several hundred yards away raising their middle fingers, Watkins was living it up with the subtle strains of the acoustic guitar. Click that link for his cultured observations....

Pearl Jam - Manchester, MEN Arena - 20th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Saturday, 30 June 2012 04:30

pjliveman86Uber Rock's Jamie Richards spoke in class today......and he told us all about the glorious show from Pearl Jam that he caught at Manchester's MEN arena last week. Click that mosquito red link to discover just how much UR's very own love boat captain enjoyed one of the band's pre-Isle Of Wight festival appearances. 

Gun - 'Break The Silence' (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Friday, 29 June 2012 04:30

gunbreakAfter returning with a stonker of a new EP, 'Popkiller', in 2009, Gun's attempt at reclaiming the slice of the rock market that was rightfully theirs appeared stunted when Toby Jepson left the band to return to Mr Thrud. Now, with new album 'Break The Silence', the band are back - again - with bass player Dante Gizzi taking over the role of frontman. Gaz E, putting his words where others fear to tread, reviews the new album for Uber Rock eyes only.....

Def-Con-One - 'Warface' (Scarlet Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 29 June 2012 04:00
COVER_SMALL_CD_SIZEapproved_small_2012When Def-Con-One drummer Antton Lant ripped through URHQ like a heavy metal tornado recently telling us all rather passionately about how great his band's debut album 'Warface' is, we weren't exactly about to argue with him you know? This was a man on mission to deliver a message about the imminent arrival of an album so brutal and heavy it should have every true fan of the metal genre scrambling for a copy. Well here it is Uber Rockers and Mark Ashby is the lucky fella about to deliver our verdict. Antton we have his address if you want it...
Motion City Soundtrack - 'Go' (Epitaph Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 04:00

MCSgoapproved_small_2012Minneapolis nerd herd Motion City Soundtrack return with studio album number five, 'Go', that coincides with a return to the welcoming abode of Epitaph Records after a brief stint at a major label. Gaz E checks out the geek chic of the new album and finds that power pop fans have a new favourite record.......


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