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7HY – ‘For the Record’ (Lion's Pride Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:30

7HY artwork7HY’s logo looks remarkably like that of Shy – but, that’s hardly surprising, as it’s the latest project from former Shy drummer Alan Kelly… but what will our resident prince of parp be placing on the record?  Will it be a massive thumbs up? Or a reluctant “thanks but no thanks”?  Actually, he’s in two minds about it, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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The Lurking Fear – ‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:00

The Lurking Fear coverFeaturing members of At The Gates, God Macabre, Disfear and Skitsystem, The Lurking Fear is a new death metal super group who seek to “bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene” and who want their music to be “ugly, twisted and possessed”. Have they succeeded?  We could think of only one person to answer that question, and that is our newly recruited “queen of extreme”, Stephanie Rose:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 05:00

Steelhouse Festival generic imageHardly does one Steelhouse festival end than the Über Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen are already putting in place their travel fans for the next episode – that is, once they’ve dried out from this year’s adventures. Click the link as they recall what went down on the mountain, from technical problems to records being set to the effect of some performers on certain parts of the female anatomy, this time last week:

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Milk Teeth/Employed To Serve/Wallflower - Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:30

Milk Teeth - Glasgow - 1With the Über Rock team scattered to the winds during the last weekend in July, Allan Maxwell chose to remain a little closer to home, venturing no further than Glasgie’s legendary Wah Wah Hut for a rather noisesome triple billing of rock ‘n’ roll fury:

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From Mexico To Toronto: Introducing Introtyl Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:00

Introtyl 1Music truly is an international language, transcending boundaries of distance, geography and even time.  And those dedicated to sharing music whoever is prepared to listen to it are always more than happy to cross those boundaries in the name of the cause in which they believe – as our man in Toronto recently found out when he caught up with Mexican death dealers Introtyl on the last night of their Canadian tour:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 29 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageGetting to this year’s Steelhouse proved to be one of the Über Rock team’s most gruelling adventures yet, as Murphy’s Law seemed to have applied itself to the outward leg of the trip from Belfast to Ebbw Vale and then on to the mountain top that is home to Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!).  When they got there, the field was already ankle deep in mud – but the prospect of some damn fine rock ‘n’ roll brightened their hearts, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Luke Appleton   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:00

Ramblin Man sigilSmall websites can often find their resources stretched to the limits when there are clashes such as two major festivals at opposite ends of the country on the same weekend.  But, it’s all about how you use those resources available to you at the time… and so Über Rock was delighted to take up the offer from our occasional guest contributor, Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton, to head down to the south eastern corner of England and soak up the atmosphere, and the live action, at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.  In the first of our two part overview of the weekend, we offer his personal perspective on the bands and the festival as a whole:

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Steelhouse Festival – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageIt was a case of Murphy’s Law in action for the Uber Rock management team as they travelled from Belfast to the Welsh valleys for the seventh iteration of Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!), with missed flights and cancelled trains conspiring to ensure they didn’t make it up the mountain for the first evening’s party… fortunately, David O’Neill already had his waterproofs at the ready and braved the monsoon-like conditions on top of the Steelhouse mountain:

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ZZ Top / The Red Devils – Dublin, 3Arena - 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:00

ZZ Top posterWhile half of Über Rock’s Belfast team were making their annual pilgirimage to the top of a mountain in south Wales, Marc Leach was also heading in a southerly direction – but just over the border to the fair city of Dublin, to tick another band off his bucket list, in the form of those good ol’ suvern boogie maestros ZZ Top.  Click the link to find out why our man wasn’t complaining of havin’ the blues at the end of the night:

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George Thorogood – ‘Party Of One’ (Rounder/Spinefarm) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:30

George Thorogood artworkIt’s taken him 40-odd years, but Delaware destroyer George Thorogood has finally gotten around to releasing his first solo album: and it’s just that, as ‘Party Of One’ is just the man, his voice, a selection of guitars and a harmonica – oh, and a varied selection of blues covers… Mark Ashby pulled up a stool, cracked open a cold one and took up the invitation to join the celebration:

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Overoth – ‘The Forgotten Tome’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 04:00

Overoth artworkShe may sound sweet and charming, but Über Rock’s latest recruit, Stephanie Rose, knows a thing or two about extreme music… now living in Belfast, she grew up in Bergen, one of the birthplaces of the Scandinavian black metal scene, so the stuff virtually flows through her veins!  She makes her UR debut by passing judgement on an album that has been four years in the making, and that is the second full-lengther from her adopted hometown’s Overoth:

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Gentle Knife – ‘Clock Unwound’ (Bajkal Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 04:00

Cover photo -  Gentle Knife II - Clock UnwoundIn the band’s own words, this second album “delves into lives overshadowed by longing and disappointment” where “plans go askew, lovers betray and dreams fade” yet “as a sense of resignation descends upon a dystopic inner landscape, moments of beauty remain”. Yep, it was obviously going to be a full on prog assault then, wasn’t it? Our very own caped crusader, Jim Rowland, went exploring:

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Wintersun – ‘Live At Tuska 2013’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 04:30

Wintersun - Wintersun live at Tuska Festival 2013 - ArtworkFive years on from seeing them on their first, and so far only, visit to Belfast, UR’s resident shredder Marc Leach found himself faced with not just one but two new albums – one studio, one live - from Finnish power metallers Wintersun. Having already delivered his verdict on the studio offering, does our man reckon that the latter captures the energy of their live shows? There’s only one way to find out:

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Puppet Kings – ‘Very Cool and Groovy’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 04:00

puppetkings-verycoolandgroovy-cover2017approved small 2013With a new single that lampoons a certain US President, and a sound that references just about every classic rock band going, David O’Neill reckons there is enough going on in this new EP from Brighton emigres Puppet Kings to show that they don’t quite live up to their moniker. Click the link to find out why he might even go so far as wander down his local pub if they were playing in the back room:

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Gun – ‘Favourite Pleasures’ (Caroline/Universal) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 31 July 2017 04:30

Gun FavPleasures Std Coverapproved small 2013Like most of us who have lived life to its fullest – well, as best we can – Glaswegian hard rockers Gun have experienced more than their fair share of curveballs over the years. Having enjoyed the hit singles and albums, and then endured the break-ups and line-up changes, they have shown their fighting their spirit and their continuing ability to hit the ball out of the park and come back stronger than before, as Mark Ashby found out when he got an advance listen of their forthcoming seventh studio album:

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Without Andrew – ‘With Great Power Comes Great Irresponsibility’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Monday, 31 July 2017 04:00

Without Andrew artworkapproved small 2013Peter Parker was told that “with great power comes great responsibility…” but, like most political leaders, this trio of pop punks believe that the adage can be applied to opposite effect. Click the link to find out why our Hannah put down her camera and picked up her pen to wonder how she had got through life so far without someone called Andrew in it:

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