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Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 06 February 2017 04:00

BSR Heavy FireLike many bands which have emerged from the cocoon of a previous, and extremely popular, brand, it has to be admitted that the Black Star Riders have struggled to step out of the shadow of the mighty Thin Lizzy. It has been an understandable conflict, as it could be argued that, when they first attempted to do so, they were really Lizzy V2.0.  Now, with album number three, have they managed to shake off their legacy and establish their own identity?  Mark Ashby has all the answers:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Liv Sin Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:00

Liv Sin - Let Me Out artworkThis week’s video of choice is 'Let Me Out', the debut solo single from Liv Sin, who for 13 years fronted Sister Sin until their dissolution in 2015.

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Black Peaks/Employed To Serve/Making Monsters – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 05:00

black-peaks-1 32292743380 oBrighton bruisers Black Peaks caused something of a ruckus among the Über Rock team last year, with Rich Hobson comparing the “post-hardcore-meets-alt-rock” of their debut album, ‘Statues’, to the likes of Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones and proclaiming their live shows as the perfect counter-argument to Gene Simmons’ failed claim that “rock is dead”… with this is mind, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen didn’t really have much of a choice when the south coast mob announced that they were intending to pummel Belfast into submission for the first time than to dander ‘round to our local and see what all the fuss was about:

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The Wonder Years/Trash Boat/Tiny Moving Parts – Belfast, Empire Music Hall - 29 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:30

The Wonder Years 2Having sold out in Dublin the previous evening, The Wonder Years arrived north of the Irish border for this, the second night of their current European tour. We sent our man Jonni D into the pit to report from the frontline and discover if, live, the band could take him any closer to heaven:

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Holy Dog – Cardiff, Portland House - 22 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:00

holy dog picNewest Über Rock recruit Dean Glyn Morris seems to have a knack of tracking down quality gigs in the most unlikely of environments. Hence, why he recently found himself in the middle of an art gallery, enjoying the debut solo performance by one half of Them Dead Beats. Was this in itself art of a higher form? Click the link to find out:

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Satan Worship – ‘I’m The Devil’ (Iron Shield) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 03 February 2017 04:30

Satan Worship artworkWe believe at throwing Über Rock’s new recruits in at the deep end, and so we sent Jonni D off to indulge in some worshipping of the dark lord… well, aurally anyway! Was our man converted? Or is he still something of a sceptic? Click the link to find out:

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Helheim – LandawarijaR (Dark Essence Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 03 February 2017 04:00

Helheim landawarijaRWith a twenty-five year, eight album career pioneering the art of ‘Viking Metal’, Helheim are a band who should be well on the way to becoming a household name in the metal canon. And yet, where bands like Amon Amarth and Turisas have managed to turn the genre into something which cultivates mass appeal, Helheim have stayed true to their roots, as Rich Hobson discovered when he wrapped his ears around their latest offering:

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Wyldlife – ‘Out On Your Block’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:00

Wyldlife - OOYB artworkDom Daley was beginning to wonder if the much vaunted third album from Noo Yawk punk n rollers Wyldlife was all a pipe dream… until Inauguration Day dawned down the US East Coast and Dave Feldman and co decided to take a walk ‘round the block and lay down their claim to the punk heavyweight championship of the world:

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Firewind – ‘Immortals’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:30

Press Cover 01The eighth studio album from Greek metal heroes Firewind is a thematic work based around the story of King Leonidas and his brave Spartan warriors in the face of the invading Persian hordes… can a modern guitar maestro evoke the spirit of that ancient battle? That is the question we posed to our resident metal axeman, Marc Leach:

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JC’s Hopeless Sinners - Cardiff, Fluidity Freerun Academy – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:00

Hopeless Saints 1Über Rock today welcomes another new recruit to our ever-expanding corps of committed writers (and, believe me, some of them truly should be committed...), with the arrival of Dean Glyn Morris, representing it from Cardiff city. For his debut offering, our new man popped along to an unlikely venue for an evening of some intimate blooze:

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Ravager – ‘Eradicate…Annihilate…Exterminate’ (Iron Shield Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 04:30

Ravager artworkSo, dreary old January has finally fucked off and it’s the first day of a new month… and what better way to cross that new dawn than with some new blood, in terms of both music and writers? Über Rock’s latest recruit, Jonni D, was thrown in at the deep end when he was asked to check out the debut full-lengther from a thrash band who have been ravaging Lower Saxony for the last few years and are now ready to eradicate the rest of the world:

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Modern Ruin’ (International Death Cult) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 04:00

Frank Carter - Modern RuinFrank Carter has come to that stage in the career of his latest project – the “difficult second album”. So, will is it indeed a modern ruin, or does it have a sting in its tail? Click the link to find out what our Mark Ashby thought when he delved deep into its grooves:

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James Leg - 'Blood On The Keys' (Alive Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 04:30

James Leg - Blood On The Keys artworkÜber Rock may be a bit late to the party when it comes to catching up with former Black Diamond Heavies organ grinder James Leg's third solo album, but then our man Ben Hughes does admit that he is still recovering from the Christmas cheer… Did ‘Blood On The Keys’ help him shake the last remnants of that hangover? Click the link and prepare to get all hot and sweaty:

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The Vulz – ‘Love Struck Bomb Delay’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 04:00

The Vulz - Love Struck artworkDom Daley was hugely impressed by London new age old-school punks The Vulz when they opened for The Boys at their 40th anniversary gig in the 100 Club a few weeks back.  His only problem was that he had never heard any of their songs before… so, would he be any more impressed when he actually got to hear them on glorious vinyl?  Click the link and prepare to be love struck:

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Danko Jones - 'Wild Cat' (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 30 January 2017 04:30

Danko Jones - Wildcat artworkDanko Jones should need no introduction. Eight albums into their career and the Toronto three piece are showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as Uber Rock’s Ben Hughes found out when he wrapped his ears around their forthcoming new album, the sex-drenched 'Wild Cat'.  Click the link to find out if his speakers survived the experience:

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Devilskin – Be Like The River (Self Released) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 30 January 2017 04:00

Devilskin - Be Like The River artworkAs New Zealand’s brightest rock prospects Devilskin prepare for head to the northern hemisphere for a UK tour, Rich Hobson turns back the clock a couple of months to re-appraise and immerse himself in their second album, released back in November.  Did he sink or swim?  Click the link to find out:

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