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Telephone Lovers – ‘Telephone Lovers’ (Disconnected Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:30

Telephone Lovers artworkDom Daley dials his trans-Atlantic punk rock connections and get connected to a bunch of long distance loverboys who aren’t calling collect but rather themselves re-connecting with the roots of rock ‘n’ roll and kickin’ out damn fine power pop jams in the process. Click da link to check ‘em out, and then get outta here to check the album out:

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Jarrod Dickenson – ‘Ready The Horses’ (Proper Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:00

jarrod-dickenson-250x230Texas-born songwriter Jarrod Dickenson harks back to a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's, or indeed the world’s, imagination, and men wore hats every day. Jonathan Kardasz, returning to Uber Rock after a short lie down in a darkened room, donned his Stetson over his headphones and, on the day the man returns to these islands, checked out his latest album:

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HRH AOR: Mark Slaughter Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 19:38

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby had the chance to catch up with Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter ahead of the band's headlining appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  We'll not spoil the surprise by divulging what they talked about... you'll just have to click the link to find out:

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Ginger Wildheart - 'Ghost In The Tanglewood' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:30

Ginger Wildheart by Paul HarriesOne of the hardest working and most prolific artists on the British rock ‘n’ roll scene, Ginger Wildheart has returned to PledgeMusic for the launch of his latest solo album. As Ben Hughes discovered, it is perhaps his most deeply personal offering to date, as the Geordie In Wonderland explores his lifelong love of country music:

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IDLES – ‘Brutalism’ (Balley Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 04:00

IDLES - BrutalismIDLES are so pissed-off, frustrated and angry that they print their name in capital letters. Rich Hobson digs behind the layer of brutalism and characteristic violent dry humour to discover an album that really delivers a kick in the teeth. Make sure you call you dentist before you click the link:

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HRH AOR: Lita Ford Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Monday, 13 March 2017 15:06

17264326 10210826076200378 5658923252730405751 nThey say you should never meet your heroes... but that's exactly what happened this past weekend, when Über Rock's very own The Dark Queen sat down with the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Lita Ford, prior to her appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  The two ladies chatted about Lita's autobiography, the influence she has had on women in the rock industry and her plans for a new studio album:

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Thobbe Englund - 'Sold My Soul' (Metalville) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 13 March 2017 04:30

Thobbe Englund artworkOur resident shredder Marc Leach, perhaps surprisingly given his love of the artform that is heavy metal, has never listened to Sweden's finest war mongers Sabaton.  So, we thought we'd let him wrap his ears around the new solo album from former guitarist Thobbe Englund, to give a fresh perspective to a release which otherwise could have come with the burden of so many expectations:

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TormentoR – ‘Morbid Realization’ (Iron Shield) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 March 2017 04:00

2017-050 cd tormentorAt our best reckoning, Über Rock can find at least four German thrash bands all going under the name of Tormentor: okay one of them was last active in the early 1980s and subsequently rebranded themselves as Kreator. Jonni D checks out one of the extant outfits to use that name, and comes to the morbid realization that thrash most definitely is alive and kicking in the federal state of Brandenburg:

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DVD REVIEW: Michael Schenker – ‘Michael Schenker Fest Live’ (inakustik) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 05:30

Michael Schenker Live In Tokyo Pic high 2CDDVDLast August, guitar legend Michael Schenker reunited with singers Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley for a unique, one-off celebration of the 12 years that made up what many people regard as the golden era of MSG in its various forms. Fortunately, for anyone not lucky enough to be one of the 5,000 Japanese fans in attendance, this month the recording is released in all the usual formats. Mark Ashby slipped the little shiny disc of the DVD version into his battered old player for a trip down memory lane:

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The Über Rock Interview: Fabio Dessi (Arthemis) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:30

Fabio DLindsey Appleton recently tracked down Fabio Dessi, vocalist with Italian power metal thrashers Arthemis, to talk about the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Blood – Fury – Domination’, due to be released on 7 April, and how the simple act of saying “hello” to each other every day is one of the secrets to the band’s longevity:

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Black Star Riders/Gun/The Amorettes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 5 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 March 2017 04:30

Black Star Riders 4Hometown gigs are always special, especially for any artist who lives thousands of miles from the city where he was born, and so there can be no doubt that the one date Ricky Warwick looks forward to the most on tour schedules – be they those for BSR or his multiple other solo/side projects is his native Belfast… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were front and centre for a full day of rock ‘n’ roll action when the ‘Heavy Fire’ tour pulled into town:

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The Pat McManus Band – Belfast, The Longfellow – 4 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 March 2017 04:00

33291535185 b4bee3006d oThree of the hardest working musicians in the Überverse, guitar genius Pat ‘The Professor’ McManus, Marty McDermott and Paul Falloon are currently out on the road for the umpteenth time, this time on their ‘Live Along The Highways’ European tour. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured into the depths of east Belfast to catch the trio for another lesson in just how good blues-rock music can be when a master of the craft straps a guitar around his shoulders and opens up:

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Jeff Dahl – ‘Made In Hawaii’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 10 March 2017 04:30

jeffdahlWhen Dom Daley heard that the prodigious talent that is Jeff Dahl had emerged from the darkness of the recording studio with a new album, he probably would have swam all the way to Hawaii to get himself a copy! But, luckily, he didn’t have to go to such extremes as, thanks to the wonders of the t’interweb, one came his way, ensuring he could get wet in a slightly different way:

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Ghost Avenue – ‘Impact’ (Pitch Black Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 10 March 2017 04:00

Ghost Avenue - Impact artworkSure does suck when you have to change your band name, huh? That is the case for Norway’s Ghost Avenue who were once called Ghost, a name which is now owned by a certain Grammy award winning band from Sweden. But, does a moniker change stop them making an ‘Impact’? Marc Leach has the answer:

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The Answer/Our Propaganda/Elixir – Southampton, The Engine Rooms - 2 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 05:00

The Answer Belfast 1Phil Cooper took himself into the middle of an industrial estate to check out the vibe at a venue which has been a regular stop off for an increasing number of bands: on this occasion, hard-working Northern Irish rock ‘n’ rollers The Answer were 'In This Town’ (sic) on the latest leg of their tour of the (almost) same name. Click the link to find out what our man made of every aspect of the gig:

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Renegade Twelve – ‘Renegade Twelve’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 09 March 2017 04:30

Renegade Twelve artworkHas UR boss Mark Ashby discovered the UK’s answer to Avenged Sevenfold in the form of a self-released debut album from a DIY band from Suffolk? Mmmm… there’s only one way to find out muthafuckas, and that’s to do the traditional thing of clicking the link thing:

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