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Agnostic Front – ‘Warriors/My Life, My Way’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:30

Agnostic reissuesNick Russell turns the clock back to the glory days of the NYHC scene and reflects on why, while the likes of The Crumbsuckers and Cro-Mags have fallen by the wayside over the past 30 years, Agnostic Front have successfully managed to keep the flag flying. Here, he re-appraises two of their latter day releases, which have just been given the box set treatment:

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Piano Wire – ‘Dream Underground’ (Hanging Houses Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:00

Piano Wire artworkDom Daley admits that his head was fucked after listening to this debut full-lengther from the former Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster pairing of Sym Gharial and Andy Huxley. So much so that we had to send him to lie down in a darkened room and then despatch Uber Rock’s inhouse nurse to prescribe his medication… Click the link to find out how he got himself in such a predicament:

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Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove/Thee Manatees – Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:30

16265184 10210840466820597 6279046626366514074 nIt may have taken him a while to get his motor revved up, but the gigging machine that is Nev Brooks is back on the road again and once more hunting down the best live bands in the best venues. Click the link to find out what dystopian adventures he got up to when he went in search of some rock ‘n’ roll infused with ye olde voodoo groove:

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Heavy Tiger - 'Glitter' (Wild Kingdom) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:00

Heavy Tiger - GlitterBen Hughes has been touching himself very fondly at the prospect of being the first member of the Über crue to get his mitts on the second album from our favourite Swedish glam slam queens of noise. Did he get extremely excited or was it all a bit of a come down? Click the link to find out:

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The Broken Dolls – ‘Carillon Infernale’ (Tornado Ride Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 04:30

The Broken Dolls - Carillion InfernaleDom Daley reckons that this, the latest EP from Italian crue The Broken Dolls is so rock ‘n’ roll that it probably smells of leather. Well, it could be worse… it could smell of Florentine pig shit! Click the link to find out why it doesn’t:

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Temptation’s Wings – ‘Skulthor Ebonblade’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 04:00

Temptations Wings artworkFor his latest assignment, Über Rock sent Jonni D into the backlands of North Carolina to track down an old school metal band and unravel their tale of a legendary warrior meting out justice via the medium of… well, old school heavy metal. Was our lad borne away on the wings of temptation, or did he lay down his sword in ignominious defeat? Click the link to find out:

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Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 06 February 2017 04:00

BSR Heavy FireLike many bands which have emerged from the cocoon of a previous, and extremely popular, brand, it has to be admitted that the Black Star Riders have struggled to step out of the shadow of the mighty Thin Lizzy. It has been an understandable conflict, as it could be argued that, when they first attempted to do so, they were really Lizzy V2.0.  Now, with album number three, have they managed to shake off their legacy and establish their own identity?  Mark Ashby has all the answers:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Liv Sin Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 February 2017 05:00

Liv Sin - Let Me Out artworkThis week’s video of choice is 'Let Me Out', the debut solo single from Liv Sin, who for 13 years fronted Sister Sin until their dissolution in 2015.

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Black Peaks/Employed To Serve/Making Monsters – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 05:00

black-peaks-1 32292743380 oBrighton bruisers Black Peaks caused something of a ruckus among the Über Rock team last year, with Rich Hobson comparing the “post-hardcore-meets-alt-rock” of their debut album, ‘Statues’, to the likes of Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones and proclaiming their live shows as the perfect counter-argument to Gene Simmons’ failed claim that “rock is dead”… with this is mind, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen didn’t really have much of a choice when the south coast mob announced that they were intending to pummel Belfast into submission for the first time than to dander ‘round to our local and see what all the fuss was about:

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The Wonder Years/Trash Boat/Tiny Moving Parts – Belfast, Empire Music Hall - 29 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:30

The Wonder Years 2Having sold out in Dublin the previous evening, The Wonder Years arrived north of the Irish border for this, the second night of their current European tour. We sent our man Jonni D into the pit to report from the frontline and discover if, live, the band could take him any closer to heaven:

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Holy Dog – Cardiff, Portland House - 22 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:00

holy dog picNewest Über Rock recruit Dean Glyn Morris seems to have a knack of tracking down quality gigs in the most unlikely of environments. Hence, why he recently found himself in the middle of an art gallery, enjoying the debut solo performance by one half of Them Dead Beats. Was this in itself art of a higher form? Click the link to find out:

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Satan Worship – ‘I’m The Devil’ (Iron Shield) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 03 February 2017 04:30

Satan Worship artworkWe believe at throwing Über Rock’s new recruits in at the deep end, and so we sent Jonni D off to indulge in some worshipping of the dark lord… well, aurally anyway! Was our man converted? Or is he still something of a sceptic? Click the link to find out:

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Helheim – LandawarijaR (Dark Essence Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 03 February 2017 04:00

Helheim landawarijaRWith a twenty-five year, eight album career pioneering the art of ‘Viking Metal’, Helheim are a band who should be well on the way to becoming a household name in the metal canon. And yet, where bands like Amon Amarth and Turisas have managed to turn the genre into something which cultivates mass appeal, Helheim have stayed true to their roots, as Rich Hobson discovered when he wrapped his ears around their latest offering:

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Wyldlife – ‘Out On Your Block’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 05:00

Wyldlife - OOYB artworkDom Daley was beginning to wonder if the much vaunted third album from Noo Yawk punk n rollers Wyldlife was all a pipe dream… until Inauguration Day dawned down the US East Coast and Dave Feldman and co decided to take a walk ‘round the block and lay down their claim to the punk heavyweight championship of the world:

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Firewind – ‘Immortals’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:30

Press Cover 01The eighth studio album from Greek metal heroes Firewind is a thematic work based around the story of King Leonidas and his brave Spartan warriors in the face of the invading Persian hordes… can a modern guitar maestro evoke the spirit of that ancient battle? That is the question we posed to our resident metal axeman, Marc Leach:

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JC’s Hopeless Sinners - Cardiff, Fluidity Freerun Academy – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:00

Hopeless Saints 1Über Rock today welcomes another new recruit to our ever-expanding corps of committed writers (and, believe me, some of them truly should be committed...), with the arrival of Dean Glyn Morris, representing it from Cardiff city. For his debut offering, our new man popped along to an unlikely venue for an evening of some intimate blooze:

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