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Magnet – ‘Feel Your Fire’ (Soulseller Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 04:00

Magnet - FYF artwork‘Feel Your Fire’ is the debut album from a band which is the side project fronted by Riccardo Giuffrè, bassist with Italian occult worshippers Psychedelic Witchcraft. Was our editor-in-chief suitably magnetized by the result, or did he case of the “so what” blues? Click the link to find out:

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Me And That Man – ‘Songs Of Love And Death’ (Cooking Vinyl) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:30

Me And That Man - Songs of Love And Death - ArtworkNo fancy intros for this one folks. Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski, frontman for black metal legends Behemoth, has a side project which is completely different from what you might expect. Mark Ashby is a huge fan of the man, that man and every other man involved, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Sinner Sinners – Optimism Disorder (Cadavra Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:00

sinner-sinners-optimism-disorder-album-coverThe husband and wife duo of Steve and Sam Thill may be out to bring the maximum amount of disorder to any feeling of optimism we here at UR might be feeling as we move into the second quarter of the year, but what Jonni D found on this, their third album was a collection of songs steeped in emotional honesty:

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Neamhní – ‘Vermin’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 03 April 2017 04:30

Neamnhi - VerminAlthough we had been aware of the band for a while, Über Rock finally caught up with Belfast blackened metal wreckers Neamhní at the turn of the year. Since then, things have moved apace for the band, with regular gigs under their belt – and this spanking new EP with which to… well, spank us! Or Jonni D to be exact. Did he need to send for the local pest control? Click the link to find out:

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Nick Douglas – ‘Regenerations’ (Metalville) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 03 April 2017 04:00

Nick Douglas - RegenerationsMention the name Doro Pesch around URHQ and certain members of our team turn into gibbering wrecks… mention the name of Nick Douglas, the metal queen’s long-serving bass player, and it doesn’t quite have the same effect. And it’s not likely to, for quite some time, if his recently released solo album is anything to go by, at least as far as our resident shredded Marc Leach is concerned:

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Nicotine Pretty Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 05:30

Nicotine PrettyHere at Über Röck we pride ourselves on bringing you the hottest undiscovered bands on the underground scene. The bands who, in six months or so down the line, the rest of the media will be ranting about as the most shit hot “new” act on the circuit, while we sit back, smiling smugly and going “what did we tell you?”So, in that spirit, we’re proud to present the EXCLUSIVE premiers of the debut video for ‘Who's Gonna Save My Soul?’ by Nicotine Pretty, the new project from Ginge Knievil.

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Tyla J Pallas – ‘Ye Old 20th Century Demos’/’As You Are Now – Stories, Songs, Poems And Doodles Volume One’ (King Outlaw Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 02 April 2017 04:00

Tyla artworkThe music of Tyla J Pallas has pretty much provided the soundtrack to Dom Daley’s adult life… now, not only does our man have a brand new shiny disc of rare and rerecorded tracks, but he also has a lovely new book of the man’s images and words to peruse while listening to same and simultaneously quaffing a rather fine glass of vino:

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Jizzy Pearl/Maverick – Ahoghill, The Diamond Rock Club – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:30

Jizzy Pearl - DRC 1Former Love/Hate frontman Jizzy Pearl tonight completes a run of dates that has seen him criss-crossing the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll, while simultaneously marking the 25th anniversary of the iconic ‘Wasted In America’. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen mounted the trusty beer bus and headed into the hills of Northern Ireland to see if ‘Wasted In Ahoghill’ would perhaps have been a more apt title:

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Bigfoot/Everyday Heroes/Joe Kelly/Black Water Chemistry – Abertillery, The Dolls House – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:00

Bigfoot Dolls House 2The Dolls House in Abertillery is one of the Über Rock team’s favourite venues. And that is an opinion firmly shared by our newest recruit, David O’Neill, who reckons he’s never seen a bad gig there… Most recently he was to be found down the front for this four band bill, his report of which sees him breaking his UR reviewing virginity:

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The Virginmarys/The Hyena Kill - Leeds, The Key Club - 24 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 31 March 2017 04:00

Virginmarys - Leeds 6It always going to be an intense night, especially in the claustrophobic confines of Leeds’ Key Club, into which our favourite Yorkshireman, Ben Hughes, ventured for the first time to catch the last night of the recent The Virginmarys’ tour:

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Sonata Arctica/Thunderstone – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 31 March 2017 03:30

Sonata Arctica - Belfast 1It was a helluva week for Belfast’s metallians, with no fewer than five massive gigs in just eight days threatening to break both our banks and our necks. We’ve already reported from the frontlines of both the Napalm Death and Armored Saints shows, but unfortunately were unable to make those by Crowbar and Grand Magus… however, our man with the plan, Marc Leach, did make it into the pit for the debut visit by Finnish power metallers Sonata Arctica:

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John Monday/The Starling Radicals – Abertillery, The Dolls House – 24 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:30

John Monday - Abertillery 2Last September, Nev Brooks walked in on a soundcheck in one of his favourite venues, and found himself at the eye of a musical storm which blew him away and converted him to a new band… but, hey, that’s the joy of this music journalism malarkey, as our man is happy to relate when he returns to the scene of that particular ear-opening experience for more of the same:

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Vandroya – ‘Beyond The Human Mind’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:00

vandroya artworkMarc Leach loves his power metal.  And in the new album from Brazilian purveyors of the genre Vandroya he might just have found himself in seventh heaven… Click the link to find out why, if he took his last breath right now he would be a happy man:

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Pyramaze – ‘Contingent’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:30

pyramaze artworkHuge symphonic soundscapes? Check.  Loads of guitar wankery?  Check.  Big choruses on long songs?  Check.  Must be Danish power metal then?  Check, check and check again.  UR’s resident shredder, Marc Leach, turns his amps up to 11 as he wraps his ears around the latest offering from the new look Pyramaze:

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Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Live In San Francisco 1971’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:00

Flamin Groovies Live coverA little more than 50 years after they first formed, the Flamin’ Groovies are about to release a new studio album.  Before that, however, Dom Daley turns the clock back to the band’s heyday and revels in the retro groove of this recently unearthed live recording, captured for all time in their home city:

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Tom Baker & The Snakes – ‘Lookout Tower’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:30

Tom Baker artworkIf you’re a fan of the glut of fantastic hard rockin' pop pickin' bands that Dom Daley seems to be uncovering out there at the moment, then you need to click the link to find out why you should make no mistake about letting his latest discoveries slither their way on to your radar – and your turntable:

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