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Scimitar – ‘Where Darkness Dwells’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 04 September 2017 04:00

Scimitar artworkThrash metal warriors arise, ‘cos there is a new crew on the block here to break your necks with their lightning fast riffs… Well, OK, Scimitar have been kicking around the Northern Ireland scene for more than a few years now, and they’ll be familiar to anyone who was at last year’s Thrashersaurus festival. But, they’ve just released their debut album – so, naturally, we asked our resident shredder to check it out.. Swords at the ready - and attack that link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Ginger Wildheart Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 04:00

Ginger MutationMan of many talents and even more bands (four at the last count?), Ginger Wildheart is a musician who should need no introduction to the readers of Über Rock. His project Mutation, on the other hand, might… His foray into the more extreme end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, it’s not quite what you would expect from this troubled troubadour. To get to grips with this distinctly heavy metal-oriented project, Rich Hobson recently sat down, separately, with each of its three protagonists – and who better to start with than with the main man? Click the link for further erudition:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Blaakyum Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 03:30

Blaakyum sigilOne of the first Lebanese metal bands to have their music played on their country’s national radio, Blaakyum recently returned to the UK after a ten-year break to play the Hobgoblin stage at Bloodstock. Our intrepid back stage reporter tracked them down and pinned them to a chair to talk about how they get mistaken for a black metal act and the difficulties of trying not to sound like every other Middle Eastern band:

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Breaking Benjamin/Starset – Glasgow, The Garage – 28 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 04:30

Breaking Benjamin - GlasgowIn the second of a double dose of live reviews, Hannah Reid revels in the memories created by Breaking Benjamin’s first ever date in Scotland.  No beating about the bush with this one, just diving straight into the moshpit for this first hand report, which can be found on the other side of the link:

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AlteredSky/The Reason/TakeToday/Academy 54/Miami Monroe – Glasgow, The Garage – 25 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 04:00

AlteredSky - GlasgowGlasgow’s AlteredSky are about to head off on their first ever tour of Asia – but, before they started packing their bags and brushing up on their Japanese, they threw a (temporary) farewell party, and dragged a few other rising young talents to join in the fun.  Our girl Hannah was front and centre to report on what went down, which you can find out about on the other side of the link:

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Headcrusher – ‘Death Comes With Silence’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Friday, 01 September 2017 04:30

Headcrusher artworkI tell you what, our ‘Queen Of Extreme’ is a fucking hard woman to please… Present her with an album by a band called Headcrusher, and you’d expect her to be experiencing that sort of feeling which their name evokes. But no: halfway through she finds herself curling herself up into a foetal position and listening to Killswitch Engage… Confused? Click the link to unravel the mystery:

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Janet Gardner – ‘Janet Gardner’ (Eternal Sound Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 01 September 2017 04:00

JG AlbumCoverVixen vocalist Janet Gardner has just dropped her first solo album – and anyone expecting the AOR-friendly grooves that she’s known for is in for a massive surprise, as we at URHQ can attest, because said release has been rattling our speakers and blasting our eardrums for quite a few weeks now. Telling you why you should expect the unexpected is our very own Prince Of Parp, who definitely got his socks rocked with this one:

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Stevie R. Pearce & The Hooligans – ‘Stevie R. Pearce & The Hooligans’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:30

Stevie R PearceNot content with laying down the riffage with Warrior Soul and Jizzy Pearl’s current take on Love/Hate, guitar slinger Stevie R. Pearce has only gone and teamed up with another gang of rock ‘n’ roll hooligans and laud down some dirty grooves with an album that caught our man Double D by surprise when it winged itself his way. Click the link to get the background story on this curveball of a release:

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Neck Deep – ‘The Peace And The Panic’ (Hopeless Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 31 August 2017 04:00

neckdeep-peacepanicGiven what Jonni D’s describes as the UK’s “pretty pathetic history” in relation to producing quality pop-punk bands, it was perhaps no surprise that Neck Deep’s 2014 debut album kicked down more than a few doors… and our man reckons that the band’s just-released third record will see many more people rushing to open theirs rather than risk getting their woodwork trashed.  Click the link to find out why:

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Arch Enemy – ‘Will To Power’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:30

Arch Enemy - Will To PowerOver the course of their two-decade, ten-album career, Swedish death metallers Arch Enemy have consistently proven their ability to move forward, pushing both themselves and the boundaries of the genre.  With ‘Will To Power’, their latest offering, due to drop next week, Jonni Davidson reckons that they have produced one of their strongest and most diverse records to date. Click the link to find out more:

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Scalpel – ‘Methods To Delusion’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:00

Scalpel artworkDon’t you just love it when music brings you visions of a deranged Dr Mengele character ripping victims’ guts out? No? Well, our blood-splattered queen of extreme certainly does, and she didn’t hesitate in reaching for the nearest surgical instrument and joining in the fun when this latest slice of gore-fuelled death metal found its way into her inbox:

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CJ Wildheart – ‘Blood’ (Devilspit Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:30

CJ Wildheart - Blood artworkCJ’s post Wildhearts projects have always embraced the poppier side of his influences. From CJ And The Satellites to The Jellies and on to Honeycrack, those albums were more of a sugar buzz than a brutal assault on the ears. So, when the man warned fans that his upcoming third solo album ‘Blood’ was taking a heavier direction, fans of The Wildhearts rejoiced.  Among them, of course, of man Ben H, who recommends that you serve it with a dose of hot sauce!

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The Electric Shakes – ‘Electrohypnosis’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 04:30

The Electric Shakes artworkIf it wasn’t for the fact that he has two left feet (and The Dark Queen will testify to that), then Über Rockin’ chief Monk would love nothin’ more than a good old-fashioned boogie… and if Mrs A would allow him to do so, without stomping his brand new size 11 New Rocks all over her nice designer heels, he probably wouldn’t stop dancin’ as the result of a dose of ‘Electrohypnosis’. Click the link to find out why our editor-in-chief has caught himself a dose of the electric shakes:

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Youngblood Supercult - ‘The Great American Death Rattle’ (DHU Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 28 August 2017 04:30

Youngblood Supercult artworkapproved small 2013There are some who would argue that certain recent events on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean are a signal that the good ol’ corporeal body of the United States of America is sounding its death rattle… but, we don’t do politics here on Über Rock: all we’re interested in is the state of the rock ‘n’ roll industry – and, as far as our man in Texas is concerned, this third album from a band he discovered via the joys of YouTube shows that it is in very rude health indeed:

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Melvins – ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ (Ipecac Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 28 August 2017 04:00

Melvins artworkLike UR boss Monk a while back, Nick Russell has a confession to make: before he took ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ he had never listened to a single Melvins album… That all changed when we sent him this new part opus magnus to wrap his ears around and subsequently pen a few words about. Did he find that confession is good for the soul? Click the link to find out how his bank balance is going to suffer by correcting his sins of yesteryear:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… HRH Sleaze Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 05:00

HRH Sleaze posterThe latest addition to the growing roster of Hard Rock Hell indoor/residential festival weekends, HRH Sleaze does exactly what it says on the poster, drawing together a collection of legendary proponents of the dirtier end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, as well as some of the finest young talents endeavouring to footsteps and become the next big (hair) sensation… Taking place at the Sheffield Academy next weekend, this year’s inaugural event features a truly mouth-watering menu of acts, and is bound to ensure that hairspray sales in Steel City will go through the ceiling. So, what can we expect, musically that is? Well, settle back and start your preening, ‘cos here is our guide to the bands we’re most looking forward to seeing/hearing:

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