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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Rockingham Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:02

Rockin RobinWho said the “festival season” was over? Yeah, I know the twat that said it, but he’s wrong, because there are festivals all year round – it’s just that some of them have the sense to move indoors during the more inclement months (do we actually get clement ones?). One of Team Über’s favourites is also one of the new kids on the block, in that it is only its third iteration… ladies and germs, we present to our personalized preview of the melodic rock feast that is Rockingham:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International/Mutation) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:40

Mutation - Scott CroppedIt took Rich Hobson two attempts to get the third and final instalment of his series of epic interviews with the members of Mutation pulled together – and, when he did, it happened in rather unusual circumstances.  But, it was well-worth the wait, as you’ll find out when you click the link and dive into this deeply personal and enlightening chat with bassist Scott Lee Andrews:

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Danny Vaughn – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 23 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:20

Danny VaughnHaving done so on every occasion in the past, there was no way The Dark Queen was going to miss this latest visit by one of her favourite singers to her little corner of the Überverse. So, the camera was checked and rechecked, the beers were ordered and the bus was boarded for the trip deep into the Antrim hills to get up close and personal on what proved to be an epic night, which started with Mr V getting caught up in a particularly Northern Ireland phenomenon. Click the link to find out more:

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Sharks – London, The Lexington – 24 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:00

Sharks Islington 1Two years after reforming, Sharks are calling it a day again – albeit, they assure us, temporarily.  They brought this particular chapter in their story to an end with a special “farewell” show in the heart of Kings Cross – and, of course, Über Rock, in the shape of Jim Rowland, was front and centre to report on this historic night of punked up rock ‘n’ roll by two of the greats of the game:

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MassMatiks/Youth Killed It – Glasgow, The Garage – 17 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:40

MassMatiks - GlasgowShe’d been a wee bit quiet for a while… but, when she wakes up, beware! In the second of her double of dose of live reviews this fine Saturday, Hannah Reid once again travels back into the dark heart of Glasgow to bring us her thoughts on another night of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. Forget lying back munching on bamboo shoots, you’ll find this panda front and centre of the nearest mosh pit:

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KMFDM – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms - 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:20

KMFDM - WolverhamptonIf metal is, at its core, the sound of industry, as Rich Hobson postulates, then why, he wonders, is industrial metal so overlooked as a key influence on the modern zeitgeist? Which makes it all the more frustrating for him that sonic pioneers such as KMFDM are consigned to the part of underground lexicon reserved for criminally underrated, oft-cited influence bands. It’s an imbalance he seeks to put right as he looks back at their recent visit to Britain’s own industrial heartland:

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Energy/Miss Vincent/Nelson/Gazing – Glasgow, Audio – 1 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:00

Energy - GlasgowWe’re not quite sure why it’s taken so long to get around to publishing this review… it’s sort of being floating about in the ether for a while! But, anyway, here it is, as our very own panda in residence looks back at a show that was undoubtedly filled with plenty of energy – but also caused some fair degree of confusion at URHQ when we clocked the name of one of the support bands. Click the link to find out why:

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Northern Horizon – ‘You Let Me Down’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:40

Northern HorizonIt’s quite appropriate that a band called Northern Horizon should hail from the northern part of good ol’ Shit Island.  The young quartet bearing that name draw take inspiration from the likes of Green Day, Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy – influences Hannah Reid can hear loud and clear on this, their debut EP… but, will she feel let down by the end result? Click the link to find out:

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L.A. Guns – ‘The Missing Peace’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:20

LA-GUNS-tmp-CoverLike most bands of their generation, there was actually more than one version of L.A. Guns doing the rounds of the retro live circuit for a time.  But, with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns finally having put their differences aside in order to kick up dust together, there would appear to be little argument as to who offers the “definitive” version of the band – especially following the release of a new album which Ben Hughes reckons sees them harking back to their glory daze:

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Code Red – ‘Incendiary’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 29 September 2017 04:00

Code Red - IncendiaryCode Red is a new melodic rock project featuring former Sahara vocalist Ulrik Lönnqvist and a host of other highly Scandinavian musos, who have come together to produce a well-crafted AOR album very much in the style of vintage Foreigner or Journey… well, that’s the view of our man David O’Neill, and you can find out why on the other side of this link:

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Travelin Jack – ‘Commencing Countdown’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:40

Travelin-Jack Commencing-Countdown webSo, there was Über Rock boss Monk sitting minding his own business, sorting through hundreds of emails, when there came a knock at his door and a mysterious woman, nearly tripping over because of the height of her platform boots, bowed her head, doffed her hat to reveal her Starchild make-up and introduced herself as Traveling Jack… she was there to take him back in time. Find out how far by clicking the old-fashioned link thing:

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Satyricon – ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:20

Satyricon Deep calleth upon Deep main artwork 1500 1500pTrve kvlt purists beware: Satyricon have continued to progress their sound! Not that the band are likely to care one iota, mind. Nor are they likely to care one iota what Jonni D thinks of their ninth album, which he reckons is a reinvigoration of a duo “flexing their melodic muscles in the context of an album much more palatable to the average heavy metal fan”. Find out why on the other side of this link:

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Kadavar – ‘Rough Times’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 28 September 2017 04:00

Kadavar - Rough Times - Artworkapproved small 2013On the eve of their return to the UK, which culminates with an appearance at this weekend’s HRH Doom vs Stoner shindig in Sheffield, Berlin-based psych rockers Kadavar have unveiled their fourth studio album… But, will it find ‘Rough Times’ at the hands of our latest recruit, the mysterious DJ Astrocreep? Well, there’s only one way to find out what he made of the bastard children of Black Sabbath and Jefferson Airplane:

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Jaret Reddick – Manchester, Gorilla Bar – 20 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:40

37291768496 4979f1006f qIt’s not every evening that a music journalist gets to meet, never mind review, a rock star on whom they openly admit to having had a crush when they were a teenager. That is exactly what happened to Linzi A this past week, when Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick visited Manchester on the penultimate night of his ‘Heartache & Hilarity’ UK tour. Did she swoon? Did she lick his armpits (like she had threatened to do)? There’s only one way to find out:

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Bloodclot – ‘Up In Arms’ (Metal Blade Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:20

Bloodclot - Up In Arms artworkJust when Double D thought the hardcore genre had more to offer and anything good has already been done, along comes this all-star project featuring members of Murphy's Law, Cro Mags, Dwarves and Bronx, with result that he finds himself running through brick walls with his earphones turned up brain exploding volume.  Click the link to find out why our very own bad boy is ‘Up In Arms’ in celebration of a masterclass of the genre:

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Patrik Jansson Band – ‘So Far To Go’ (Sneaky Foot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:00

PJB artworkMusically, over the years Sweden has brought us some of the most innovative and influential metal bands of their generation and some damn fine sleaze rock acts, as well as its fair share of shitty Europop trash… but, it’s not particularly known as a haven for the blues. Well, that’s something that Patrik Jansson is seeking to rectify with this, his third album (and his first in three years). But, does he succeed? Mark Ashby has the answer:

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