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Alter Bridge & The Parallax Orchestra – London, The Royal Albert Hall – 3 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:00

Alter Bridge - Royal Albert HallJust four short months after their last visitation, Alter Bridge recently returned to the shores of the British Isles for a short run of dates that saw them, somewhat ambitiously, play a different set list on each of the five nights. In the first of a double header of reviews from this quick visit, Rich Hobson took a pew in the historic Royal Albert Hall for the second of two shows which saw them perform with The Parallax Orchestra:

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Bush/RavenEye – Glasgow, ABC – 26 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:20

Bush - GlasgowSmack in the middle of an extremely busy period for tours and one-off live shows, Hannah Reid once more trod the well-worn path in the heart of Glasgie town for something like her fourth gig in five days (who says we don’t work our hit team of reviewers hard here at UR) to check out what promised to be an energetic double bill. Click the link to find out what went down front and centre:

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William Patrick Corgan – ‘Ogilala’ (Martha’s Music/BMG) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:00

WPC Ogilala coverapproved small 2013A full 12 years after last doing so, William Patrick Corgan, the visionary (and only core member) behind Smashing Pumpkins, today releases only his second solo album. As Rich Hobson found, in between avoiding questions about reunions of one shape or another, he doing what he always has: he is writing; he is performing and he is excelling, sharpening his pen for the day he will once again inhabit the seat of crown-prince of alternative music. Click the link to find out more:

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Deadsmoke – ‘Mountain Legacy’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:20

HPS058 Deadsmoke-MountainLegacyapproved small 2013‘Mountain Legacy’ is what DJ Astrocreep openly admits to is his “goblin moment”. Find out he means as he descends into a very dark, dank and dismal place on a journey he won’t easily forget, and looks forwarding to repeating again, and again, and as soon possible, by doing what you’re just to and clicking this wee link thing:

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All Them Witches/The Ghost Wolves – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:00

All Them WitchesRich Hobson reckons that Nashville’s All Them Witches are a band far beyond their years, sounding much more seasoned than their five years of history would suggest, moulded and shaped by the road, masters of their craft, their set an expansive and adventurous journey. Our boy down the front says they don’t have legs; they have a tour-bus and a sense of adventure which may yet take them to the ends of the earth and back – all we can do is join them on the way and enjoy the ride, which is just what he did when they pulled into Brum recently:

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Mother Engine – ‘Hangar’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:20

Mother Engine artworkDJ Astrocreep delves deep into the world of the concept album with this spaced-out epic third album from psyched-out progsters Mother Engine and their tale of rebuild both a mythical spacecraft and their own sound. Wondering what madness we’re on about? Well, click the link to find out more:

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The Plastic Tones - ‘Wash Me With Love’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00


The Plastic Tones artworkGerald Stansbury’s plans to review this new offering from Finnish DIY pop punks The Plastic Tones a little while back went somewhat awry, when Hurricane Harvey decided to rip itself through his home state of Texas.  However, with the situation somewhat calmer, he found time to revisit the album, and found himself awash with love for the result:

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Mayday Parade/All Get Out/With Confidence – Glasgow, O2 ABC – 21 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:20

Mayday Parade GlasgowFloridian indie rockers Mayday Parade probably picked a good time to hit the UK in support of the tenth anniversary of their ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ album, ripping up stages up and down the UK as Hurricane Irma was simultaneously ripping up their home state. We sent Hannah R along to catch up on the action as it went down on the Glasgow leg of the tour:

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36 Crazyfists – ‘Lanterns’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:00

36crazyfistslanternscdTo Rich Hobson, Alaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists’ latest opus is all about triumph, at both personal and professional levels. With 2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ being a powerful and moving release which dealt with heavy themes of loss and bereavement, and rightly hailed by many as the band’s best release to date, our many reckons they’ve more than stepped up to plate with its follow up, exceeding all expectations in the process:

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Life of Agony/Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics/Blood Runs Deep – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 22 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 09 October 2017 09:18

Life Of Agony BirminghamA band well used to facing up to adversity, it would take more than a disappointing turnout – perhaps attributable to two other quality gigs taking place in the same venue – to prevent Life of Agony from sending bodies crashing to the floor and proving once again why they remain one of the most creative and relevant bands in the otherwise muddied field by the name of ‘alt metal’. Click the link to find out what went down this fine evening:

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The Bloody Beetroots – ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ (Last Gang Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 09 October 2017 04:00

The Bloody Beetroots artworkElectronic dance music is something that UR, naturally, would never touch with a million ten-foot long subways, but when an album drops that features collaborations with the likes of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as well as former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever, Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam and the Gallows guys, then the intrigue level went through the ceiling. Click the link to find out what happened when Mark Ashby ventured into the mysterious world of the man by the name of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo:

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Living Colour/Stone Broken – Bilston, The Robin 2 – 27 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:42

Living Colour BilstonPlaying on a miserable Wednesday night, in a small town just outside two major cities, the odds were against Living Colour. Yet, in what seems to be a recurrent theme for the band, they took one look at adversity and spat right in its face, putting on one of the best shows of the year, as Rich Hobson now elaborates:

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Inglorious/ Wayward Sons – Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:20

IngloriousIt was going to be a hot night in the valleys for sure, when this double header of a tour forsook the usual hotspots of Cardiff and Swansea, instead heading to the more intimate environs of Pontypridd. Of course, Über Rock loves nothing more than heading off the beaten track in search of rock ‘n’ roll, and so David O’Neill headed to the converted church which was the unlikely setting for the return to Wales by these two rising stars of the British rock firmament:

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Voodoo Six/SKAM/Wakedown – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 20 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six Sheffield 2017Voodoo Six certainly have been kicking up dust recently, what with a new album and a recent tour to support its release. Always a great believer in supporting homegrown, independent bands and labels, Über Rock decided to take in not just one but two dates on said trek… following on from Geno D’s recent review of the Sheffield gig, we present Rich Hobson’s thoughts on what went down a few nights later in Wolverhampton:

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Waterparks – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – 24 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:20

Waterparks GlasgowIt’s a busy period for shows and tours at the moment, as evinced by the fact that UR’s crack team of reviewers are out virtually every night of the week at one gig or another up and down the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n Roll… Stepping up to the pit wall on this occasion was Hannah Reid, who swapped her DMs for her flip-flops and some fun down the Waterparks in Glasgow:

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Overoth/Rabid BitchOf The North/Mordrake/Isolation/Incursion – Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club – 28 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:00

22264658 10212582462868947 2078474143 nOver the summer, we took David O’Neill out of his comfort zone and asked him to review the debut album from Belfast metallers Rabid Bitch Of The North. Last weekend, we took him even further outside his musical boundaries and sent him along to review them, and fellow Northern Ireland black metal crew Overoth, on the first night of trio of dates to promote both their current releases. Click the link to find out how he got on:

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