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Donum Dei – ‘Contribute To Chaos’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:20

Donum Dei artworkapproved small 2013One of the good things about being a music journalist working in a relatively tight geographic area, but one with an equally tight music community, is watching a young band start out, take their first steps and then grow, develop and, hopefully, blossom and mature. Über editor Monk has had the good fortune, in his 30+ years of writing shit about this beloved rock ‘n’f’n’ roll of ours, of seeing this happen to a fair few acts… and he’s about to launch another one into the Überverse, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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Barren Womb – ‘Old Money/New Lows’ (Spartan Records/Loyal Blood Records) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 04:00

Barren Womb artworkWith a mixture of hardcore and noise rock that sees them reference Mike Patton just as easily as they do Kvelertak or Kadavar, Barren Womb create a big racket for a duo, and are about to drop their fourth studio album in just a few days. But, is it big enough to impress our own big man? Well, there’s only one way to find out and you know what it is:

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Delta Deep – ‘West Coast Live’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:40

DELTA DEEP LOW cover artThree years ago, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen released an album of what he described as “extreme blues”… well, it certainly was extremely different from what he plays in the band which affords him the opportunity to undertake side projects such as this, a live re-interpretation of said opus, played to a select audience in the front room of one of his mates’ houses… click the link as David O’Neill elaborates:

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Chasing Ghosts – ‘These Hollow Gods’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:20

Chasing Ghosts artworkWe all know what happens when you sit on the fence… just ask a certain children’s nursery rhyme character! Well, it’s that uncomfortable feeling that our resident DJ found himself “enjoying” when he sat down to listen to this debut album from Milton Keynes doom mongers Chasing Ghosts. Click the link to find out why it was more a case of chasing shadows:

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Hammr – ‘Unholy Destruction’ (Hell’s Headbangers) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:00

Hammr artworkJim R loves his metal fast, furious, frantic – and utterly filthy! Not to mention raw, rabid and ready to rip his face face off! So, you can imagine his black hearted joy when he came across this debut album from Cleveland extremists Hammr. Click the link and prepare for metallic destruction of unholy proportions:

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Midnight Mixtape Massacre – Sandy Hazard (Dirtbag Republic/Doll Hazard) Print E-mail
Written by Sandy Hazard   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 04:20

Sandy HazardOver the past few weeks, we’ve been hacking into people’s iPods and downloading their mixtapes in an effort to see what makes them tick musically… however, Sandy Hazard was one step ahead of us, and willingly gave us an insight into some of the songs that have shaped him into who he is today, sharing tales of late night teenage parties and lunchtime punk gigs along the way, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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My Gig From Hell - Baz Francis Duarte (Magic Eight Ball/Mansion Harlots) Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis Duarte   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 04:00

Baz Francis live at S8 Underground Club Budapest Hungary by Andrea DuarteLast year, our good friend Baz Francis Duarte wrote a three-part tour diary for Über Rock, in which he documented his travels across eight countries on the verge of three continents in support of his debut solo album. However, one glowing review that he gave of a venue then has subsequently come back to haunt him, as you can find out when he revisits that particular leg of the tour on the other side of the link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Plot In You Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 11 February 2018 04:00

It was a tough choice for our favourite video this week, as a number of quality offerings came our way, and big shout outs have to go to Sumo Cyco and Ward XVI for their excellent new releases. But, just nudging itself into pole position was this excellent visualization from The Plot In You, with the latest single from their forthcoming album, ‘Dispose’, which is released this coming Friday (16 February):

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Erosion/Rosco’s Riot/Periapt – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:25

Erosion Album Launch PosterIt felt weird. The second successive night flying solo, as UR head honcho Monk headed back to one of his favourite haunts while Mrs A recovered at home from a devastating migraine… honestly, he tells us that it was like being without his right arm! But, the show has to go on, doesn’t it? And, so, it did as he honoured his pledge to the Erosion lads to cover the launch of their debut album, ‘The Cyclopean Passage’. You can find the story of the night’s journey on the other side of this link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:40

39873970121 90038b1e68 qThe personal difficulties and tragedies which have fed into 36 Crazyfists’ last two records (2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ and 2017’s ‘Lanterns’), resulting in powerful and personal expressions of grief and triumph which are among the band’s best. When the band returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll last month, Rich H caught up with frontman Brock Lindow ahead of the band’s (sold-out) show in Birmingham to chat about the record, life and what can be done to support those suffering from mental health issues like depression or addiction:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Michale Graves Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:20

Michale Graves CroppedAfter a previous solo tour was cancelled, Michale Graves last month finally ventured back on to British soil, 19 years after his last expedition here with The Misfits. For the opening night, he headed up north to Chester, so it seemed an ideal chance for our travelling gigaholic DJ to finally catch up with the man for a chat. You can find out what he had to say for himself on the other side of this link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:00

Chris Catalyst SunflowerIt’s fair to say that Chris Catalyst is something of a rock ‘n’ roll hero here at ÜRHQ. Not only does he front one of the best rock bands in the UK (and dare we say, most successful independent ones to boot!) but he has built a library of impressive and exciting gigs with bands including Sisters of Mercy, Ugly Kid Joe and the Ginger Wildheart Band. Rich H caught up with him in a rare moment of downtime to chat about his return to Eureka Machines and the band’s current Pledge campaign for their fifth album:

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Black Veil Brides/Asking Alexandria/To The Rats And Wolves - Glasgow, O2 Academy - 25 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 09 February 2018 05:00

Black Veil Brides GlasgowThe year that goes by the name of 2018 already has proven to be a great one for quality album releases and high profile tours, of which this co-headliner was one of the most eagerly anticipated so far. So, we despatched our very own ketamine queen, the panda by the name of Hannah, to record the action in detail, and you read all about what went down when the tour pulled into Glasgow on the other side of this link:

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Pestilence – Manchester, Rebellion – 1 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:40

Pestilence posterIt’s another night, which means it’s another gig – which in turn means that our resident gigaholic once again is heading down the motorway from Liverpool to Manchester, braving the subzero conditions with only a shirt and the hope in his heart for warmth… This time, he’s hoping to be heated up by some old-school death metal from Pestilence. Find out how he got on by clicking the link in time-honoured tradition:

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Wonk Unit/Madhouse/The Nilz/Suckin’ Diesel – Belfast, Voodoo – 2 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:20

Wonk Unit Belfast posterSometimes, in this reviewing game, you find yourself rocking up to a gig not knowing quite what to expect. Yes, the vast majority of the time, you’re a fan of one or more of the bands on the bill, or your interest has been piqued by a recent album, or whatever. But, now and again, you find yourself going, “you know what, I’ve heard a lot about these guys, and it hasn’t been all bad, so why the feck not?”. So, that’s how UR boss Monk’s path recently crossed with the lunatics from Wonk Unit, when they made their debut appearance on this side of the Oirish Sea. You can find out how they got on on the other side of the link:

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Fu Manchu – ‘Clone Of The Universe’ (At The Dojo Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:00

Fu Manchu artwork“Scott Reeder provides some of the most pornographic usage of cow bell in recent memory…” That phrase right there stopped UR editor Monk dead in his tracks when he was reading through Jonni D’s review of this, the 12th album from Californian fuzzmeisters Fu Manchu and their first in four years. You see, the boss man loves himself some cowbell, but will it be enough to sell this opus to him? Click the link to find out our man with the same initials as our favourite whiskey’s verdict:

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