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Evil Scarecrow – Sheffield, The Corporation – 28 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D and Bona Bonmeister   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:40

Evil ScarecrowHalloween may still have been a few days off, but that didn’t stop the good ghouls of Steel City dressing up in all their bloodiest attire and heading out for a Friday night rock ‘n’ roll party… and who better to host same than those naughty scamps Evil Scarecrow.  Click the link to find out more about dancing crabs and waltzing cyclops:

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Fozzy/Hardcore Superstar – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 29 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:20

Fozzy BelfastCo-headline tours have undergone something of a rebirth in popularity in recent years – and, from my perspective, I think that it’s, by and large, makes common sense, combining a pretty neat packaging idea with a value-for-money alternative to often over-priced one-act bills. This particular revolving package – with Fozzy nominally headlining in the UK and Ireland, before Hardcore Superstar take over the role in the rest of Europe – was an even bigger belter, in that it came with another two “support” bands bolted on as well:

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zhOra – 'Ethos, Pathos, Logos' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 03 November 2017 04:00

zhOra artworkapproved small 2013They may be only two albums into their career, but Rich Hobson reckons that Irish heavies zhOra – who hail from Clonmel, more famous for a particular brand on alcoholic apple juice rather favoured by the UR management team - are proving themselves to be a band well worth keeping an eye on, taking confident strides in exploring new sonic boundaries whilst developing a sound that is completely their own. Click the link to find out more:

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club/Restavrant – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 24 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:20

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Belfast 2017It has been a traumatic couple of years since BRMC last visited Belfast, close to the end of the touring cycle in support of 2013’s ‘Specter At The Feast’ album, not least due to drummer Leah Shapiro having to undergo life-saving brain surgery for a condition known as Chiari Malformation. Now, after a subsequent two-year hibernation in the studio, the San Francisco have come out the other side, with a new album, ‘Wrong Creatures’, due to emerge in January and a new touring cycle to promote same. Click on the link to find out if Über boss Monk was impressed by their long-awaited return to action:

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And So I Watch You from Afar – ‘The Endless Shimmering’ (Sargent House) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:20

ASIWYFA artworkSometimes you don’t know the power of something until you find yourself confronted with it.  That was just the experience of Marc L when he first encountered Northern Irish post-rock trio ASIWYFA live:  until that point, he hadn’t really paid much attention to the mob from the wilds of the north coast, but he found himself converted on the spot… Click the link to find out how their fifth album has led him further down his own road to Damascus:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 22 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 04:00

Loverboy Rockingham 2017Rockingham was going to have to do something special to follow on from the surprise of Saturday night headliner Vince Neil actually delivering a pretty decent and entertaining headline set. But, there was plenty of potential on the bill, including some bands with whom the UR team had not crossed paths before, and a few old favourites with whom we were looking to re-unite. But, you need to click the link to find out how, despite all the gloriousness that had gone before, the headliners managed to completely fuck things up:

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Metallica/Kvelertak – Birmingham, Genting Arena – 30 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Sean Larkin   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:40

Metallica Birimingham 30 October 2017Every band has, at some point in their career, had a bad night. Be it equipment issues, sound issues or a drummer too hungover to keep in time, the ‘off’ gig is something which catches bands and artists of all sizes, striking often at random. Many a band have faced the same issues, the same questions, but when you’re the biggest metal band on the planet playing your first arena tour in almost a decade, it’s fair to say the stakes are considerably higher than your average nerve-ridden fuck-up at a battle of the bands. Find out how Metallica rose to the just such a challenge the other night when they rolled, in the round, into the birthplace of the genre itself:

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Backstreet Girls – ‘Don't You Mess With My Rock And Roll’ (Voices Of Wonder Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:20

Backstreet Girls artworkapproved small 2013Double D doesn’t like anyone messing with his rock ‘n’ roll. And, clearly, neither do Norwegian boogie boys Backstreet Girls… So, it’s not surprising that there’s a natural synergy between the two parties. Click on the link to find why our punk overlord’s needle is getting all excited and he’s now running around the backstreets of Swansea shouting “AMEN” to every girl in sight:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:00

Vince Neil Rockingham 2017The second day of Rockingham came filled with expectation… after all, it was being headlined by former Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, making his first return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll since the band’s hugely maligned farewell tour… but, would this be another spectacular car crash, or would the legend save his reputation? Click the link to find out what went down on another hugely entertaining day in the Midlands:

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Wednesday 13/Courtesans – Manchester, Club Academy – 26 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:40

Wednesday 13 Glasgow October 2017It’s Hallowe’en, mofos, and what better company in which to spend the spookiest night of the year than that of the master of macabre and the king of horror punk himself? OK, we know the gig was a few nights back, but what better time to share our man with the frequent traveller card’s thoughts on the freakshow that was Wednesday 13’s return to the shores of the Über Kingdom of r’n’freakin’r? Click the link… if you dare:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:20

Kix Rockingham 2017As anyone who read the recent Über Rock guide to the third iteration of the Rockingham festival will know, it once again promised to be a mixed bag of established, and favoured, acts, some new (and not so new) artists to check out – and at least one headliner who many were doubtful would actually deliver the goods… But that’s a story for the next instalment of our three-part review, which starts where it really should, at the beginning and a rather pleasant Friday evening in the centre of Nottingham:

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Gothminister – ‘The Other Side’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:00

Gothminister artwork‘Tis All Hallow’s Eve, the season for darkness and delight, and our man with the same initials as our favourite tipple reckons that he has found the one record that you owe it to yourself to soundtrack any ghoulish festivities! Click the link and let him lead you into a world filled with camp abundance and an album that marries pop sensibilities with an impressive array of stylistically diverse electronic-tinged hard rock:

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Lagerstein/Red Rum/Sellsword – Sheffield, The Corporation - 4 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:20

Lagerstein SheffieldSure what else would you be doing on a wet Wednesday night in Steel City than straightening your eye patch, slanting your tricorn and warming your cockles with a healthy dose of rum? Not much, to be honest! Which is exactly what Geno D did the other week when Aussie buccaneers Lagerstein tied their galleon up on the shores of the River Don. Click the link to find out why it has taken so long for him to recover:

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Wolf Wolf – ‘The Cryptid Zoo’ (Lux Noise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:00

Wolf Wolf artworkThink Tom Waits meets The Cramps meets Muddy Waters meets a whole bunch of hallucinogenic mind-bending drugs and you might be on the same astral trajectory as the latest bunch of twisted blues playing honchos to cross Double D’s stylus. Click on that old-fashioned link to discover why our man of highly discerning tastes is wolf (wolf)ing this particular opus down:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide to… Damnation Festival Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:40

Damnation 2017 Final PosterTwenty-seven bands, four stages and more furious noise than you can shake an Albini at – Damnation Festival is back, baby. The UK’s premier end-of-year metal gathering, Damnation has pulled together some blinding line-ups over its 12 year run, pulling together an assortment of viciously exciting bands at the cutting edge of noise, punk and metal – and the 2017 event is no different. Not sure who to watch? Let the Über Rock team of DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson guide you through the programme with their thoughts on the acts you simply cannot afford to miss on Saturday:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:20

36crazyfistslanternscdAlaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists dropped their seventh full-album, ‘Lanterns’, at the end of September. Allan Maxwell caught up with the band’s Brock Lindow on one of the vocalist’s rare moments of downtime to chat about the album, the writing process, touring and ice hockey:

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