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Halestorm – ‘ReAniMate 3.0: The Covers EP’ – (Atlantic Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:00

Halestorm ReAniMate 3In between establishing a global reputation for delivering kick ass rock ‘n’’ roll anthems, Halestorm have been producing a series of covers EPs taking on artists as diverse as Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. In this latest instalment, they tackle classic tracks by the likes of Whitesnake, Sophie B Hawkins, Joan Jett and, er, Metallica! Uber Rock’s muso-in-residence, Marc Leach, was the man tasked with checking to see if it’s any good:

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Syron Vanes – ‘Chaos From A Distance’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 09 January 2017 04:00

Syron-Vanes-Chaos-From-A-Distancealbum-cover1Between 1986 and 2003, Swedish heavyweights Syron Vanes disappeared off the face of the Überverse, before returning to the fray.  Another 14 years of sporadic activity down the line, they’ve come out fighting once again with this, their sixth album.  Our man Marc Leach takes his life in his hands as he steps into the ring for what proves to be a bruising encounter:

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Talisman – ‘Don’t Play With Fyah’ (Sugarshack Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 09 January 2017 03:30

talisman-dontplaywithfyahReggae on a rock site? Are you serious Monk man? Yep, I feckin’ am… if it’s good enough for the Stones and Strummer, then it’s sure as fuck good enough for Über Rock! Besides, have you heard ‘In Another Life’ from the new Thunder album? Of course you haven’t! So, shut up and revel in the sussed-out sounds of the Über Kingdom’s finest proponents of the artform, courtesy of brother Nev Brooks:

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DVD REVIEW: Heart – ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ (Eagle Rock Entertainment) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 08 January 2017 04:00

Heart Live coverLast summer, Heart made a very long overdue return to the UK’s shores. It was a slightly unusual tour, not least in the choice of venues: the band chose to play auditoria more renowned for the presentation of classical music than rock n roll – Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, for example, or Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall. The undoubted highlight of the tour most definitely was the band’s stop off at the iconic Royal Albert Hall, where they added to the sense of occasion by teaming up with the venue’s “house band”, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to help add a slightly different interpretation of some of their massive repertoire.  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby cracks open the champers and caviare to relish the aural and visual delight of the subsequent DVD of this historic night:

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Jizzy Pearl – The BIG Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 04:30

Jizzy Pearl - PortraitThe name Jizzy Pearl, or rather that of his former band, Love/Hate, holds a special place in Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby’s adventures in rock ‘n’ roll. For it was the title track of 1990’s ‘Blackout In The Red Room’ that was the first track on his demo reel for his first ever radio show audition. Thankfully, our boss man got the job – and hasn’t looked back since! Mr Pearl occasionally has, but for the moment he’s looking forward – to a new album and tour in fact… Click the link to get all the latest jizz from the Jizzy one:

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Ginger's Birthday Bash - London, Kentish Town Forum - 17th December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 04:00

TEK-HH-171216-53Thirty quid for a gig ticket, £90 for a train down to London, £15 on Tubes, £18 for two double JD and cokes... seeing Ginger puke onstage mid song tonight ...priceless! Yes, Mr Wildheart wasn’t going to let the small manner of a dose of the lurgy get in the way of him hosting his annual Birthday Bash down Kentish Town way… just a week before Christmas, our man Ben Hughes made the trip from Yorkshire to our nation’s capital and his report now officially kicks off the new gig reviewing year here on Uber Rock:

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Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove- ‘Spirit Animal Superstar Signals From The Electric Boneyard’ (Deaf Crow Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 06 January 2017 04:00

Johnny Cage avatarIt may be less than a week into January, but not only has Nev Brooks presented us with a band with one of the coolest names we’re likely to come across but also possessing quite possibly by far the best album we’ll print all year. Don your best Cuban heels, crack open the bourbon, mosey up to the bar and prepare to get lost in the voodoo groove:

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Conjuring Fate – ‘Valley Of Shadows’ (Self Released) Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 04:00

Conjuring Fate - Valley of ShadowsIt takes a lot to make Uber Rock’s very own Dark Queen cry and sing simultaneously… but there’s a track on the debut album by Northern Ireland’s Conjuring Fate – which was voted #5 in our ‘Album of the Year’ writers’ poll – which does that. Click the link to find out why this otherwise horror-themed heavy metal album, has such an effect:

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Frontback – ‘Heart Of A Lion’ (Dead End Exit Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 00:40

Frontback-Heart-Of-A-Lion-Album-Cover-3000x3000-RGBAs we said yesterday, Marc Leach has been a busy little boy at the start of the year… and today we run his third review in as many days. This time he checks out an act who describe themselves as “Sweden's coolest rock band, which also happens to have the coolest frontwoman on the planet”. Big words! But, can they back it up? Our man reckons he can, estimating that, only three days into the year, he may well have discovered an early contender for “the album of 2017”!

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Grave Digger – ‘Healed By Metal’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:00

696 GraveDigger CMYKMarc Leach may not believe in all that there ‘new year new me bullshit’, but he does believe in keeping busy… and, of course, in the power of good old fashioned heavy metal to cure all life’s ills – as he found out when he wrapped his ears around this, the 18th studio album from German thrash legends Grave Digger:

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Matchstickmen – ‘From Our Own Ashes’ (Holier Than Thou Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 02 January 2017 04:00

From our own ashesWell, it’s a new year, and we’re sure there’s loads of great music heading our way over the coming 12 months… Kicking off the reviewing year is Uber Rock’s newest recruit, Marc Leach, who was dispatched across the Irish Sea from Belfast to Liverpool to check out the latest album from Pearl Jam… Err, what? You may well ask, and your answer will come when you click the link:

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Uber Rock's Gigs of the year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Live gigs are the lifeblood of rock ‘n’ roll, and over the past 12 months Uber Rock’s dedicated writers have been to literally hundreds of them and seen possibly thousands of bands. Unlike many other websites, who won’t darken the door of a venue unless they have been given a freebie, more often than not, they have paid into the shows (although offers of guest tickets are more than gratefully received), and their attendance is purely voluntary and because they love the music… So, as 2017 dawns, our team looks back at the year now fading into the rearview mirror and gives you their pick of the crop of the massive amount of shows they have attended in that period. At the end of each list, they also present their thoughts on their personal surprises and disappointments of 2016, and their predictions for the coming year…

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No Sugarcoating and No Bullshit Print E-mail
Written by Jo Hayes   
Sunday, 01 January 2017 03:30

The-Rolling-Stones-pop-art-PPcornAfter a bit of time away, Jo Hayes returns to kick off the new year here on Über Rock with her no nonsense, honest approach to blogging, addressing health issues, the state of her native America in the post-truth era and the longevity of The Rolling Stones…

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Uber Rock's Albums Of The Year 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 31 December 2016 04:00

approved image lrgIt’s the last day of the year, and what better time to look back on what the rock n roll world has offered us over the past 12 months, by publishing Uber Rock’s definitive rundown of simply the best albums to come our way. Believe us, it was a difficult choice – made all the harder by the fact that, this year, we asked our writers to pick only their top ten faves… Eleven writers submitted a total of 92 different albums, to which a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process was applied to give us our overall Top Ten. Click the link to find out the results:

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EXTENDED PLAY: The Year In Bite Size Morsels Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 30 December 2016 10:29

approved image lrgWhile many other webzines have chosen to ignore it, for reasons best known to themselves, the EP is a format which has long been championed by Über Rock, so much so that it has its very own end of year chart. So, here our writers champion the bite size morsels of musical magic that have caught their ears, and stayed there, over the past 12 months…

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Meshuggah – ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:00

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of ReasonAs 2016 winds its way to its inevitable conclusion, Nick Russell once again casts his eye over his shoulder to another “one that got away”… with late always being better than never, our man finds that Swedish “techno gods” Meshuggah once again have set the bar extremely high. Click the link to find how much so:

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