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Diamond Head - Pontypool, Hog And Hosper - 28th June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 10 July 2012 04:00
DH_Nick_thmbIt's the opening night of a 12 date European tour for NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head and they have chosen a venue within walking distance of URHQ in which to play said date, so it would be rude of us not to show up right? Especially when it's in Pontypool's uber cool Hog And Hosper and our pals from Fell On Black Days and Counterhold are supporting. Nev Brooks picks up the live action and remembers when local gigs of this calibre were nothing more than a pipe dream.
Everclear - 'Invisible Stars' (E1 Music) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 09 July 2012 04:00

everclearstarsapproved_small_2012Following the live album, the re-imagined album, the cover tune album and the re-recorded album, Everclear return with their first all-new studio album since 2006. Currently on a US tour with fellow '90s poster boys Lit, Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms, could the band recreate some of that vintage sparkle, or would they just fade into obscurity? Uber Rock's Gaz E gets emotional as a long-lost love walks back into his musical life......

Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Steve Danger - Wolfsbane Print E-mail
Written by Steve Danger   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 05:00

dangermix86Is it just us or did the rock world just start smiling a little more when Wolfsbane got back together? Who better to wake you up on a Sunday morning that drummer Steve Danger? Detailing his ultimate thirteen song mixtape and, yes, cheating just a little, Danger comes to Uber Rock's Midnite Mixtape Massacre with a list of songs that might just surprise some people.......

Glenn Frey - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 04:30
Glenn_ThmbFor Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey the heat is most definitely on this summer, but it's a version of musical heat probably unfamiliar to a lot of his everyday fans. That's because with his latest studio album 'After Hours' Glenn has gone back to basics to record a piano and vocal album, which makes this interview Mark Taylor the perfect companion for your Sunday morning chill out.
Down10ad 2012 - 'Diary Of A Mudman' Print E-mail
Written by Ian Bell   
Sunday, 08 July 2012 04:00

Metallica_thmbMost people who attended 2012's Download festival re-christened it 'Drownload' by virtue of the fact that the Man From Atlantis (wearing a bullet belt of course) would have felt at home at the annual 3-day event. Luckily for us, trained deep-sea diver and heavy metal maniac Ian Bell was on site as a paying punter along with 3 of his old school mates, all looking for a good time and a chance to meet and greet one of the weekend's headliners. This is the story of their festival. 

The Dogs D'Amour - London, Islington, O2 Academy - 22nd June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Craggy   
Saturday, 07 July 2012 04:15

tylelive86craggyThe elders at URHQ love The Dogs D'Amour more than they love cake. And they love cake. Uber Rock's preening prince Craggy was selected to represent the finest website known to humanity at the O2 Academy in Islington where Mr Tyla J Pallas had assembled his latest Dogs line-up in order to play a hotly-anticipated rock concert show where seminal albums 'In The Dynamite Jet Saloon' and 'A Graveyard Of Empty Bottles' were to be played in their entirety. Click that link, Craggy wants to be your little friend......

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.

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