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Silverstein – ‘Dead Reflection’ (Rise Records/New Damage Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:30

Silverstein coverapproved small 2013Ontario’s Silverstein have been a reliable fixture of the emo/post-hardcore scene, retaining a creative vitality while many of their contemporaries have faded into obscurity.  Does their new album see them continuing to move forward and break new ground, or is it a reflection of a dead sub-genre?  Click the link to find out Jonni D’s verdict:

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Stereo Nasty – ‘Twisting The Blade’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:00

Stereo Nasty - Twisting The Bladeapproved small 2013Something very nasty has been oozing from the speakers of Marc Leach’s stereo over the few week, and twisting a blade into his cerebral cortex with a collection of infections heavy metal songs delivered straight from the heart of the Emerald Isle.  Click the link to find out more about this second album from one of the best bands Ireland has produced in recent years:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Hobgoblin New Blood Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareOver the past two days, we’ve hopefully given you plenty of food for thought (and fuel for debate) with our Über Rockin’ guide to this year’s Bloodstock, which takes place in exactly four weekend’s time. On Friday, we guided you through the bill on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and yesterday we picked out our highlights from the main Ronnie James Dio stage… today, we turn our attention to the New Blood and the 12 bands that we think are most worth checking out:

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Gogol Bordello- Cardiff, Tramshed – 3 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:30

Gogol Bordello livePlaying four gigs in 72 hours – three of them in three different countries – you would have thought gypsy punks Gogol Bordello would have nothing left by the time their bandwagon rolled into south Wales… but, nothing could have been further from the truth, as our man Neville Brooks reports:

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The Tragically Hip awarded the Order of Canada Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:00

The Order Of CanadaFollowing on from the announcement that frontman Gordon Downie - Canada's "patron saint of cool" - had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, The Tragically Hip took their final bow in front of a sold-out arena crowd in their hometown, as well as a national TV audience.  Subsequently, last month, the band were awarded their country's highest honour, in recognition of their contribution to the Canadian music scene, as our man in Toronto reports:

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Slugfest – Abertillery, Doll’s House – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

Slugfest squareIt’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first ever Slugfest was staged in the tiny Valleys pub that used to serve as Über Rock’s local (until we upped sticks and moved the site across the Irish Sea)!  But, here we are… ten years in, and it’s still going strong, if not getting stronger – which leaves the gigging machine that is Neville Brooks wondering where it goes from here:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Ronnie James Dio Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn exactly four weeks’ time, we’ll be slap bang in the middle of what many people regard as the only “true” heavy metal festival in this corner of the Überverse, Bloodstock. Like many festivals, it’s a combination of factors: checking out some of your favourite bands, catching up with some you’ve never seen (or perhaps even heard) before, and maybe ticking a few off your bucket list to boot. Yesterday, we provided our guide to some of the quality acts who will be hitting the Sophie stage; today, we turn our attention to the main arena and look at some of the bands the UR team will be hoping not to miss:

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The Dickies – Camden, The Underworld – 7 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 04:30

Dickiesuk 2017One of the most vivid memories of Jim Rowland’s junior school playground was singing the Dickies’ version of ‘Banana Splits’ with hits mates when it was rocketing up the UK charts in 1979… Almost 40 years later, he finds himself doing it all over again, as the Californian punks celebrate four decades of seriously fun and seriously great rock ‘n’ roll:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (The Sophie Lancaster Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn the latest of our Über Rockin’ guides to the festival season, we turn our attention to the gargantuan, heaving metallic monster that is the mighty Bloodstock, which takes place at Catton Park in south Derbyshire in exactly four weeks’ time. And we begin our guide to what we reckon are the “must see” acts of the weekend at the place where all the action both starts and finishes, the Sophie stage. Click the link to find out who our hit team of heavy metal ninjas reckon are the bands you shouldn’t miss:

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Tuesday The Sky – ‘Drift’ (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:00

Tuesday The Sky artworkTuesday The Sky is the latest project from Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, which found its gestation in the downtime between the completion of the band’s last album, ‘Theories Of Flight’, and the subsequent touring cycle. It’s ten tracks of ambient instrumental prog – no, not quite what our Mark Ashby expected either… but did he drift along on its vibes, or did he drift off to sleep? Click the link to find out:

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Love Zombies - 'Passionfruit' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:30

Love Zombies Passionfruitapproved small 2013Putting the debut long player from Love Zombies in the hands of a Ginger Wildheart fan would be a pretty risky prospect, wouldn’t you think? After all, the tale of Hollis'sudden departure from the ranks of Hey! Hello!, on the eve of the release of the band’s second album, is widely known. But, hey, we like to live on the edge here at Über Rock, so what did we do? Yup, we shared the love with our #1 GW fan:

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Gypsy Roller & Gen Genocide – ‘We Got You Covered’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:00

Gypsy Roller artworkOur very own godfather of punk ‘n’ roll, Double D (and that’s not his moobie cup size!) found himself digging ‘way back into his memory cells when this collection of cover versions winged its way onto his turntable of doom before uncovering a mixed bag of cool and sleazy tunes… but then, he wouldn’t have his music any other way, would he?

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Blind Guardian - ‘Live Beyond the Spheres’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:30

Blind Guardian liveVirtually on the eve of their return to the UK, as special guests to Amon Amarth on the Friday night of this year’s Bloodstock, Blind Guardian have released a massive three-disc live set, covering virtually their entire career across its 22 tracks… Gerald Stansbury was the man tasked with diving into its power metal epicness:

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Elevn – ‘Digital Empire’ (Digital Heavy Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:00

ElevnWith a sound that evokes the spirit of early John Carpenter movies, Jonni D reckons that the blazing sunshine of mid-July may not serve as the best setting for listening to listening to this debut album which pays tribute to the ‘80s horror genre through a mixture of heavy industrial and darksynth… but, what the hell, we can always give it another spin at Halloween (sic), can’t we?

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Chesty Malone And The Slice 'Em Ups – ‘We're Still Dead’ (Wrecked Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Chesty-Were-StillDead-CoverWhen the world has gone to hell in a handcart, what better saviours can we have than a bunch of zombie-loving Misfits-jamming-with-The Stooges punk-ass children of the walking dead?  Yep, only rock ‘n’ roll provides the alternative to the fucked up world in which we live – and brother Dom Daley of the church of Über Rock is gonna tell you how:

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Gov’t Mule – ‘Revolution Come… Revolution Go’ (Spinefarm) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Govt Mule artapproved small 2013Über guv’nor Mark Ashby reckons that Gov’t Mule should really need no introduction to fans of the country-blues-rock genre. But, for those who do, he’s happy to tell that a project that started as a spin-off from the Allman Brothers might well be outlasting the band that spawned it, especially on the evidence of this epic tenth studio album:

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