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Erik Chandler - 'Writing The Wrongs' (Brando Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rob Lane   
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 05:00

erikepBowling For Soup bass player Erik Chandler promised that his next solo work would echo some of the work of Nineties alt rock acts such as The Lemonheads. Does 'Writing The Wrongs', his new four track release, go anywhere near hitting that mark? We asked fellow master of the four string Rob Lane to listen up, and listen good......

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Kai Hansen - Unisonic - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:00

kai86What could be more exciting for Helloween fans than the prospect of former members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen being reunited in a band once again? Well, rather than just ask one we actually sent one to meet Kai Hansen! Yes, Matt Phelps is that man fan and he quizzed Kai on his recruitment to Unisonic and just how it is to be working alongside Michael Kiske in a band situation again. Read on for yet another awesome Über Röck interview exclusive......

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Dio - 'Holy Diver', 'The Last In Line' and 'Sacred Heart' Deluxe Editions (Universal) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 26 March 2012 04:30
Holy_Diver_thmbDio - a band so great he got his mother to embroider their logo on his denim jacket. Jim Rowland picks up the story of the spiritual rebirth of an already legendary rock singer and his impact on the emerging US crossover rock/metal market in this review covering the just released 2CD expanded editions of Dio's first three studio albums. We'll say no more other than \m/ \m/
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Ryan Waste - Municipal Waste/Volture - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 25 March 2012 04:30

RyanJim1Since their formation back in the early noughties Virginia's Municipal Waste have kicked against the conventional metalcore tide by plying their trade in the far less hip thrash/hardcore crossover arena. Convert to the art of partying Jim Rowland met up with the band's guitarist Ryan Waste recently to find out exactly why the band refuses to be "trendy", why they recently changed record labels for a 'Fatal Feast' and what Ryan's heavy metal side project Volture is all about. 

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3 Inches Of Blood - 'Long Live Heavy Metal' (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:00

3inchesThere's little messing about when it comes to album titles like this one: 'Long Live Heavy Metal'. Canadian metal warriors 3 Inches Of Blood return with an album full of no frills but high thrills NWOBHM influenced ear bludgeoning and pounding metal. That's right, we, and Ross Welford, can't stop mentioning the word 'metal' - read on to find out why......

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Diamond Dogs - 'Set Fire To It All' (Legal Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 23 March 2012 04:00

diamonddogs86approved_small_2012Righteous rock 'n' roll collective the Diamond Dogs return with an incendiary new album that features the likes of Dan Baird, Ryan Roxie and Spike from The Quireboys guesting all over it. Dom Daley was the sweet li'l rock 'n' roller entrusted with telling you fine people about just how fine an album 'Set Fire To It All' really is.....

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People On Vacation - 'The Carry_On' EP (Brando Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 04:30
POV_thmbEveryone loves a good holiday, and here at Uber Rock HQ we thought our hard working scribe Rob Watkins could do with a well deserved vacation, however he wasn't getting away that easy as the only thing we had in mind was to get him to check out Ryan Hamilton and Jaret Reddick's new duo, People On Vacation. Let's just be thankful he loves the CD, and ummm say no more of this....
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The Jayhawks/Richmond Fontaine/Canyon Ryde - Bristol, O2 Academy - 13th March 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Russ P   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 05:00
The_Jayhawks_thmbWhen Alternative Country legends The Jayhawks played a rare headline show outside of London recently, Russ P just had to get along to it as he'd been crowded in the wings waiting decades to see the classic "Olson/Louris" live and a rockin'. Finally then our scribe got his wish but, with such an expansive back catalogue to pick songs from, would he be feeling blue or having a right royal mockingbird time? Read on to find out.
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David Myhr - 'Soundshine' (Lojinx) Print E-mail
Written by Russ P   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 04:30
David_Myhr_Soundshine_86pxapproved_small_2012As the PR that comes with 'Soundshine' proudly declares, "Forget about tabloid celebrity scandals, abandon docu-soaps, dismiss the ironic hipsters, this album is about the songs and oh what songs," and, you know what, for once are they are actually bang on the (belly) button. Russ P luxuriates in the rich powerpop of David Myhr, and Uber Rockers everywhere hail the return of melody!
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Hawk Eyes - 'Ideas' (Fierce Panda) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 19 March 2012 04:30

HawkEyesIdeasapproved_small_2012The 'Modern Bodies' album from Chickenhawk that appeared in 2010 was hugely impressive: one band name change, and two years, later sees Hawk Eyes release an album that jolts that impressiveness from the huge to the humongous. Gaz E checks out 'Ideas', another early contender for album of the year......

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Anthony Allen Van Hoek - Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups Print E-mail
Written by Anthony Allen Van Hoek   
Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:00

antmix86Another startling new feature starts today on Über Röck - Midnite Mixtape Massacre! Witness members of bands too numerous and awesome to mention detailing the thirteen songs that they would put on their ultimate mixtape. First up we have Anthony Allen Van Hoek, guitarist with Über faves Chesty Malone and the Slice 'em Ups, and what a mighty fine mixtape this ghoulish gentleman present to you for your reading, and listening, pleasure........

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Killing Joke/Icarus Line/Crying Spell - Bristol, O2 Academy - 5th March 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 17 March 2012 03:00

KJ2The last time Uber Rock caught up with the legendary Killing Joke in Bristol, Jaz Coleman told the audience that "he fucking hated Bristol" and as a result the venue got its very own wardance. This time around our scribe on the spot Nev Brooks was hoping for a more "normal" set from Jaz and the boys as they had a new album, 'MMX11', to promote. Did his wish come true? Well, you can find out here.

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Oliver Dawson Saxon - 'Motorbiker' (Angel Air) Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Friday, 16 March 2012 05:00

oliverSaxon exiles Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson return with their first album of new material since the lengthy court case with their ex-bandmates that saw them settle on the Oliver Dawson Saxon band name. Joined by former Shy vocalist John 'Wardi' Ward, the guys have let their 'Motorbiker' album out of the garage and we had Matt Phelps run a hose from it right into his metalli-nostrils of cultured rock analysis.....

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Jack Blades - 'Rock 'N Roll Ride' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Matt Blakout   
Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:00

jackbladesHe's a Night Ranger, a Damn Yankee, and now back as a solo star. Yes, Jack Blades returns to solo album territory via Frontiers Records with 'Rock 'N Roll Ride', a polished slab of AOR that not only features some of his famous bandmates, but also a guest appearance from Cheap Trick's Robin Zander. Matt Blakout stands atop a temple of melodic rock and discovers that the secret to Jack's success is, in fact, that he is living 25 hours a day.......

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Imperial State Electric - 'Pop War' (Psychout Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:00

imperialpopwarapproved_small_2012After a stonker of a debut that was the best '70s rock album to appear in 2010, Imperial State Electric, headed by former Hellacopters mainman Nicke Andersson, return with 'Pop War', a follow-up so sweet that Über Röck's Dom Daley finds his stereo covered in flies everytime he plays it. Unless his stereo is always covered in flies? Read on for ÜR's resident stinkbomb's cultured rock 'n' roll analysis.....

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Mpire Of Evil - 'Hell To The Holy' (Scarlet Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rob Watkins   
Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:30
MPire_Of_Evil_thmbVenom guitar legend Mantas and former Atomkraft/Venom bassist/frontman Tony Dolan are back and kicking up one hell of a racket with their latest band Mpire of Evil. Ably assisted by latter day Venom tub-thumper Antton, you'd be forgiven for thinking this debut long player could end up being a poor relation to the godfathers of black metal but, as Rob Watkins discovers, 'Hell To The Holy' really is anything but.....
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