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Woods Of Ypres - 'Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light' (Earache) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 14 January 2012 04:45
Woods_OF_Ypres_thmbJust a few days before Christmas 2011 the metal world was shocked to its very foundations with the news that David Gold, founding member of Canadian metallers Woods of Ypres, had been killed. Jim Rowland picks up the story as he reviews the band's fifth album 'Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light'
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Deep Purple/Cheap Trick - London, The O2 - 30th November 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Johnston   
Saturday, 14 January 2012 04:40
Purple_Cheap_Trick_thbPlaying a series of four UK shows accompanied by a 38 piece orchestra, Deep Purple most certainly couldn't be accused of scrimping on arena production values due to austerity measures. In fact add US powerpop legends Cheap Trick onto an already packed O2 stage and you suddenly had yourself a recession busting classic rock package par excellence, as Andrew Johnston found out.
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The Jolts - '8%' (Sudden Death Records/Haute Vaultage) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 13 January 2012 04:45
The_Jolts_thmbapproved_small_2011The Jolts '8%' album comes loaded with tunes alleged to be as good as vintage Hanoi, The Damned, and Rose Tattoo. This veritable promised land of fine riffery proved a touch too much for our eager scribe Dom Daley as he plunged headlong into iTunes instead of waiting for his physical CD winging its way over from Canada. Was it worth the effort? Well read on and find out.
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Nightwish - 'Imaginaerum' (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 12 January 2012 05:00

NIGHTWISHLavish, deluxe, epic...and that's just the double CD box set. Mark Ashby delves into 'Imaginaerum', the seventh album from symphonic rock heavyweights Nightwish, and finds a grand exercise in atmospheric, gothic rock. Who will survive this most ambitious of orchestral manoeuvres in the dark....and what will be left of them?

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Metallica - 'Beyond Magnetic' EP (Warner Bros/Vertigo Records) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:00
Beyon_Magnetic_thmbCelebrating their three decades together as a band via four special shows in San Francisco recently, thrash godfathers Metallica gave the fan club members who couldn't be present at those concerts an early Christmas present in the shape of a free download four track EP of studio outtakes from the 'Death Magnetic' sessions. Metclub member Johnny H reviews said EP ahead of its worldwide release on CD later this month.
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Girl Spit - 'Have I Done Enough To Go Home Yet?' (Native Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:00
Girl_Spit_thmbHailing from Doncaster, Girl Spit are one furious racket of a band, playing music that challenges you the listener with every possible twist and turn they can muster up from within their extensive arsenal of tunes. That's why Uber Rock's very own naughty little doggie, Mr Dom Daley has got his tin hat on for this his review of their debut EP 'Have I Done Enough To Go Home Yet?' Question is, "are you ready for the wankers lament?"
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Blessed By A Broken Heart - 'Feel The Power' (Rude Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Monday, 09 January 2012 05:00
Blessed_By_A_Broken_Heart_thmbIt had to come in the end, didn't it? After Korn fused dubstep with nu metal to close out 2011 we just knew that a glam/hardcore fusion was only just a guyliner pencil's width away from a screamo vocal. Step forward Canadian metal futurists Blessed By A Broken Heart, as Ross Welford looks to get his 2012 off with a bang reviewing the band's third album 'Feel The Power'.
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Hi-Fi To Die For - Lords Of The New Church Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 08 January 2012 05:00

record_collectionIt's Dom Daley's turn to wax lyrical about a band and album that will forever have a place in his black heart. While the album choice might surprise the band will not: Lords Of The New Church were an essential collision between a Dead Boy and members of The Damned and Sham 69 and clicking that link will provide you with a reason for loving the band...if you already don't....

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Bonafide - HRH V Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Saturday, 07 January 2012 05:00
Bonafide_thmb_HRHSwedish rockers Bonafide finally made it over to the UK for a series of 10 shows at the tail end of 2011, filling the heads of every gig-goer with as much rock as they could without turning them into metal mekons in the process. Our very own shiny domed inquisitor Johnny H met up with the band at Hard Rock Hell V to find out what 2012 might have in store for the band and their workaholic frontman Pontus Snibb. Click the link to find out more...
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Wrathchild - 'STAKKATTAKKTWO' (Perris Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Friday, 06 January 2012 05:45

Wrathchild-Stakk-Attakk-TwoUK glam titans Wrathchild return with 'STAKKATTAKKTWO', an album whose title looks like Zoot made it up. Ross Welford, Uber Rock's resident cock-rocking, hair-metalling, lipstikk 'n' laced loverboy, dips a painted toe into the curious depths of the band's fourth album and finds plenty to entertain himself with. Klikk that link to see if you could possibly agree.....

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Guy Griffin - The Quireboys - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 05 January 2012 05:00

griffthumbAs The Quireboys headed to Cardiff for a pre-Xmas show, Dom Daley headed into the inner sanctum of The Globe venue for a chat with vocalist Spike, only to find that the frontman was under the weather and his place on the couch had been taken by guitarist Guy Griffin. Luckily, our intrepid reporter had a slew of Griff facts in his locker and, perhaps unluckily for the substitute six-stringer, the photographs to prove it......

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Saxon/HammerFall - London, Camden Koko - 20th December 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 05:00
Saxon_thmbChristmas is a time to reflect on what you have in life, a time to be in the company of your family and friends. However when Saxon are in town playing one of your favourite albums from your teenage years Santa can wait just for a few more hours as the only family you really need are those clad in Denim and Leather. Jim Rowland writes his very own version of 'A Christmas Carol' and we guarantee there won't be a dry eye in the house.
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Ginger - HRH V Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 03 January 2012 05:00

gingerhrh86Just a few short hours before Ginger was due to take to the stage at last month's Hard Rock Hell V festival Dom Daley cornered the man himself in a swanky holiday camp chalet to ask him everything from his new triple album project to the future of The Wildhearts, taking in the problematic Singles Club and his departure from Michael Monroe's band along the way. Click that link for an interview that, strangely, our intrepid reporter managed to find all his own questions for.......

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Hate Gallery - 'Viva La Resistance' (North & South Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 02 January 2012 05:30

viva_la_resistance-14400724-frntlapproved_small_2011In the first week of the new year is it too early to lay claim to a potential winner of the 2012 album of the year? Not a chance if that album is the highly-anticipated second full release from Hate Gallery. 'Viva La Resistance' wraps a chilling vision of the state of the modern world around essential rock 'n' roll and, as Gaz E found out, will struggle to be beaten by any record over the next twelve months....

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Michael Monroe & Dregen - HRH V Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:00

monroehrh86'Sensory Overdrive' ran away (or should that be 'climbed the lighting rig') with the Uber Rock Album Of The Year award that we announced yesterday, so what better time to let you read Dom Daley's exclusive interview with Michael Monroe and his band's newest member, Dregen, than right now?! Click that link to discover how the Backyard Babies guitarist has fitted in to the band, about the plans for the next album and all sorts of other cool shit about everyone from Ginger to Lemmy.

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The Secret Diary of a Troublemaker Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:00

vtblog86One look at both the Uber Rock albums and gigs of the year lists should have told you just how much of an impact the incredible Vintage Trouble had on select members of the UR Massive in 2011. Ben Hughes was one of our obsessive compulsive writers risking VT-OD in a quest for gig list vindication and the sweet, sweet sound of rock 'n' roll. Did he find either at any of the eight Vintage Trouble shows that he attended in 2011? Read on as he ushers in the New Year with an exclusive look into his top secret gig diary.....

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