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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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

The Über Rockin' Guide to... Hair Metal Heaven Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:30

Hair Metal Heaven - Squareapproved smallHull and the phrases ‘City Of Culture’ and ‘Hair Metal Heaven’ may not seem logical bed buddies, but lo and behold they are, with both descriptions currently and imminently fitting the north-eastern city like a well-worn pair of spandex trousers… Our closet glam fan Ben Hughes took a few moments out from back combing his blonde wig and perfecting his finest pout to pick out his highlights of the weekend in which hairspray sales in Yorkshire undoubtedly will go through the roof:

Kaz Hawkins (feat. Sam York) – Belfast Cathedral – 22 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen and Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:00

Kaz Hawkins - Belfast CathedralIt was always going to be an emotional night, as Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins prepared to lay her life story on the line and bare her soul in no less surroundings than Belfast Cathedral. Never one to shy away from using her experiences to try and help others, the songstress used the evening to raise funds for a local metal health charity, as well as awareness for its invaluable work… The Dark Queen, with a little help from her devoted hubby, gathered her camera, and her thoughts, to record what did indeed prove to be a very special occasion:

Wintersun – ‘The Forest Seasons’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 28 July 2017 04:30

Wintersun - The Forest Seasons artworkDespite having only four tracks – or perhaps we should more accurately describe them as movements – the new album from Wintersun is truly epic in scale, being as it is loosely based around ‘The Four Seasons’ but transforming the orchestral piece into a suitably overblown rock opera experience. UR’s resident shredder, Marc Leach, went for a little wander in the woods to explore the work for himself and delivers his verdict on the other side of the link:

In This Moment – ‘Ritual’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 28 July 2017 04:00

In This Moment - RitualLA metalcore troupe In This Moment had been hinting that they would be experimenting with a more stripped back sound on their new album, form the heavily electronic approach of previous releases.  Has the experiment worked? Or has the mad scientist blown up the laboratory? Click the link as our man Jonni D delivers his verdict:

Rex Brown – ‘Smoke On This...’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 27 July 2017 04:30

Rex Brown coverapproved small 2013Life is full of preconceptions and pre-conceived ideas and judgements. So, when you hear that the guy who was responsible for producing some of the heaviest bass lines ever laid down, as the man behind the genre-defining sound of Pantera, and then went on to do something similar with the NOLA epitomizers Down, is about to release a solo album then you might think you know what to expect. Right? Wrong! Completely fucking wrong, mofos, as Mark Ashby explains:

Fractions – ‘Forces ‘ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 27 July 2017 04:00

Fractions artworkHaving recently rediscovered his love of music, David O’Neill readily admits that metalcore is not a genre with which he’s overly enamoured (join the club – Ed), but he also confesses to developing an appreciation for the musicianship of some of the bands involved, as he elaborates in this review of the six-track debut EP from this mathematically inclined combo:

Inger Lorre - ‘Live At The Viper Room’ (Sweet Nothing/Cargo Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 04:30

IngerLorreLATVRFormer Nymphs’ singer Inger Lorre, has been relatively quiet of late. But, while we await a new studio album, Dave Prince was delighted to find that she is filling in time with the release of what he reckons is a “somewhat official bootleg” recording of her sold-out performance at Los Angeles’ infamous Viper Room in May of last year:


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