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Piss Viper – ‘Pick Clean My Bones’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:30

Piss Viper Pick artapproved small 2013At Über Rock, we receive many albums through various channels, be they traditional snail mail (yes, stuff still gets sent in the post) or via fancy-dancy hyperlink thingmajiggies… but, David O’Neill was somewhat surprised when this new EP was sent to him over Facebook! Well, whatever it takes, eh? But, are these snakes taking the pee, or did they indeed pick our reviewer’s bones clean?

Stass – ‘The Darkside’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:00

Stass - The DarksideStass is new project featuring Crematory vocalist Felix Stass and Paganizer guitarist Rogga Johansson, who are seeking to convert metal fans the world over to ‘The Darkside’ with their debut album of the same name… Have they succeeded? Click the link to find out what our man Phil C thinks:

Shaman’s Harvest – ‘Red Hands Black Deeds’ (Mascot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 24 July 2017 04:30

Shamans HarvestSeven albums into their career, Shaman's Harvest are still managing to sound fresh, progressive and, above all, like they’re still having fun – which Dave Prince reckons is one of the most important ingredients any band possess but few do. Click the link to find out more:

Vital Breath – ‘Angels Of Light’ (Mighty Music/Target Group) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 24 July 2017 04:00

Vital Breath artwork‘Angels Of Light’ is the second album from these French metallians:  but, are they torch-bearers from the genre, shining light into the darkest corners of musical mediocrity, or did it leave Phil C gasping for that vital last breath needed to provide final satisfaction? Click the link to find out:

The BIG Über Rock Interview: Tommy Victor (Prong) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:21

Tommy VictorProng have just completed a five-date run of shows in the UK and Ireland, in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Zero Days’, which is released next Friday (28 July). Über Rock caught up with frontman Tommy Victor just before the band’s Belfast gig:

Baz Francis: The ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary – Part Three Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:30

Baz Francis coverOver recent months, Magic Eight Ball frontman Baz Francis has been regaling us with tales of his adventures into the furthest reaches of eastern Europe, the Middle East and north Africa, with his exclusive Über Rockin’ tour diary. This third and final (for now) instalment sees our audacious troubadour travelling to the land of the midnight sun, teaming up with his bandmates and revisiting a fondly remembered holiday destination:

Prong/Spoil Engine – Belfast, Voodoo – 19 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:00

Tommy VictorTommy Victor is undoubtedly one of the hardest working men in heavy metal today. Since Prong reformed in 2012, they have released five albums and toured almost incessantly. Throw in the fact that he also slings his guitar in support of Glenn Danzig and you have to admit that his work ethic is pretty impressive and laudable. The UR team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with TV and his bandmates when they did their level best to destroy Belfast’s Voodoo club on the second night of their just-about-to-end run of dates in the UK and Ireland:

Cursed Sun/Words That Burn/Munro – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 15 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:30

JonesBelfast’s historic Limelight club is virtually your Uber Rock Belfast team’s second home, and it had been too long since, for various reasons, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen had darkened it’s hallowed doorstep. But, did it feel good? Did it feel like they had never been away? Click the link to find out:

EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Morsels Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Dave Prince   
Saturday, 22 July 2017 04:00

Black Cat Bones Cover ArtworkIt’s been a while since we’ve had a collection of EPs delivered to Über Rock HQ which is diverse and as eclectic as the batch we have chosen for this latest celebration of the short form format… so, whether your taste is for classic rock, NWOBHM, grindcore, pop punk or blackened death metal, crack open a beer and click the link to see what tickles your fancy:

GospelbeacH – ‘Another Summer Of Love’ (Alive Naturalsound Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Kornelius   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:30

Gospelbeach Another SummerWith so many artists reacting to the state of the world by venting anger and spleen and raging against the machine, our man Jerry K reckons that we sometimes just need a bit of chilled-out summer escapism, which helps you to kick back and dream about better days.  And, in this new project from Brent Rademaker, he reckons he might just have found your soundtrack:

Rabid Bitch Of The North – ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:00

RBOTN artworkThey may not be bitches, but they’re definitely rabid and from the north… RBOTN have been championed by UR’s management team for a while now – hell, we even shared a tour van with them for an hysterical 400-mile round trip to a gig last year!  Now, after years of releasing demos and EPs, they have their first “proper” album on the way, and a short run of gigs following later in the year, one of which David O’Neill volunteered to cover on our behalf… but did it leave a bitter metallic taste in his mouth?

Ed Stones & The BD3 - 'Overdosed On Hate' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:30

Ed Stones artworkapproved small 2013While our man Ben Hughes may bemoan the fact that the new EP from “Bradford's very own Peaky Blinders” is only available via digital download and limited edition cassette, he can’t argue on the quality of the politically-charged rock ‘n’ roll it contains and the value for money it represents.  No doubt he’ll have the mp3 on repeat play until the buggers can afford to issue it on CD:

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – ‘Lay It On Down’ (Provogue/Mascot Label Group) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:00

KWS - Lay It On DownWith an array of awards and accolades under his belt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has delivered another round of his southern-honed blues with ‘Lay It On Down’ his eighth solo album.  But, does it do that as far as our man from the deep south of the good ol’ Uber Kingdom of Rock is concerned?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s by clicking the link:

Kaz Hawkins (featuring Sam York) – ‘Don’t You Know’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:00

Kaz Hawkins Dont You Knowapproved small 2013Music at its best is personal, reflecting the good times and the bad times we all enjoy and endure in life.  With her new album, Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins has stripped everything back, to just her voice and a piano, for what is her most personal album to date… it’s an album which reached out of the singer’s soul and into that of our very own queen of darkness, as herself now explains:

Diamond Head - ‘Death and Progress’/‘Evil Live’ (Dissonance) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:00

Diamond Head - Death And ProgressGerald Stansbury jumps into his heavy metal time machine and travels back to the days when cassettes were the preferred medium for many fans, and especially for those who wanted to listen to their music on the move.  Now, it the days of iPods and Spofity playlists, he revisits two classic re-issues from one of the bands who not only defined the NWOBHM sound but also have remained on the era’s most creative and relevant forces:

Dave Ronald - So Alive (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:30

Dave-Ronald-So-Alive-2017Here at Über Rock, we like to throw our writers the occasional curve ball; give them something completely out of the blue, by an artist with whom they’re totally unfamiliar. So, when Marc Leach called into URHQ the other weekend, we did exactly that, handing him a shiny new copy of the third album from Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Ronald. Click the link to find out what he made of this diverse offering:


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