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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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Counterpoint – ‘If Not Now, When?’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 05:00

Counterpoint artworkÜber boss Monk just loves it when a song hits him right in the chest, right from the off. No warning, no apology. It just whacks him with a defiant “take that muthafucka” attitude and impact. Click the link to find out why the opening track on this debut EP not only did that but revealed a collection of tunes which he reckons could very quickly garner their creators the attention of some certain mainstream publications (but remember where you read it first):

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Michael Schenker – ‘A Decade Of The Mad Axeman’ (Inakustik) Print E-mail
Written by Lee Grace   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:40

Michael Schenker A Decade of the Mad Axeman CoverWhen it comes to guitar legends, there are few who have enjoyed a more storied, and often controversial, career than the original mad axeman himself, Herr Schenker. With almost five decades in the business, from the formative days of da Scorpions to the heady success of UFO to his current Michael Schenker Fest, he has fought his demons and critics alike to prove that he’s one of rock’s survivors, as UR’s latest recruit found out on this latest retrospective collection:

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Vantablack Warship – ‘Abrasive Pulmonic Speak’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:20

Vantablack WarshipWhen you think of Canada, most people think of things like ice hockey, skiing, maple syrup, fishing and *cough* Nickelback. Metalheads think of Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, Kittie and Anvil. Then there is a band from Montreal, Quebec. Vantablack Warship have just dropped their first full length album in the form of ‘Abrasive Pulmonic Speak’, which, at its core addresses the issue of heavy metal as a legitimate culture. Have they converted Allan M to their thinking? Click the link to find out:

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Tribulation – ‘Down Below’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:00

Tribulation artworkOne of the beauties of life as a music critic is that you sometimes don’t know what is lying just around the corner, and even after many years in this hoary old business you still can get taken by surprise. Despite extensive research into the band in question, that is exactly what happened to Big Nick recently when he dropped the needle in the groove of Tribulation’s fourth long player. Click the link to find out how:

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The Damned/Slim Jim Phantom – Manchester, O2 Academy – 31 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Sabrina Ramdoyal   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 05:00

The Damned ManchesterHaving been a fan of The Damned for a long time and having seen them on several occasions, our resident gigaholic gleefully hopped on the train across to Manchester again.  With support coming from the original runaway boy, Slim Jim Phantom, of Alley Cats fame, who he’s also enjoyed live before, all the makings of another good gig were evident. Click the link to find out how things didn’t quite pan out as he had expected:

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Imperial State Electric – ‘Anywhere Loud’ (Psychout Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:40

IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC Anywhere Loud DLP BLACKThe double live album should be a high point of any rock band’s career. Indeed, for many bands, they are a pinnacle, and it has been argued that many bands never reach such dizzy highs again or release albums of any worth after releasing their classic live album. So, how does ISE’s contribution to the format rank alongside, say, Kiss’ Alive albums or Maiden’s ‘Live After Death’? Well, click the link and Ben H gladly will tell you that the double live album is far from dead:

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Nebula – ‘Let It Burn’ (Heavy Psyche Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:20

Nebula Let It BurnNebula formed in 1997 when guitarist Eddie Glass and drummer Ruben Romano they left the mighty Fu Manchu. With the addition of bassist Mark Abshire, they went on to create a number of stoner space rock psychedelia albums and EPs. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut EP, they are re-releasing same, as well as its two follow up offerings. Big Nick gets lost in space as he steps back in time on the other side of this link:

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Brian Fallon - ‘Sleepwalkers’ (Island Records) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 04:00

Brian Fallon artworkSince the Gaslight Anthem went on hiatus, main man Brian Fallon has not been idle. Over the last few years he has continued to be actively involved in music from being one half of The Horrible Crowes duo as well as releasing solo albums, including this latest offering, released at the end of this week. Phil C delves deep into its grooves, and you find out his verdict on the other side of this link:

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Dizzy Reed - ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Easy’ (Golden Robot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:40

Dizzy Reed artworkDizzy Reed, erstwhile piano player with a little known Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll band by the name of Guns N’ Roses, is about to release his debut solo album, with the help of a Black Star Rider, a fellow Gunner and W.A.S.P’s rhythm section. So, just how easy is this rock ‘n’ roll malarkey for one of its most respected ivory tinklers? Click the link to find out what our man in Texas thought when we fired this opus his way:

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Avon – ‘Dave’s Dungeon’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:20

HPS071 Avon DavesDungeonFaced with another lengthy pre-gig journey, and being quite the fan of all things desert rock, our resident gigaholic jumped at the chance to give a listen to this collaboration between former Kyuss/QOTSA drummer Alfredo Hernandez, Airbus guitarist James Childs and Kyuss Lives bassist Charles Pasarell. But, will he be locking himself in a dungeon with a bloke called Dave, or was he begging to be released? Click the link to find out:

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Blood Red Saints – ‘Love Hate Conspiracies’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 04:00

BLOOD RED SAINTS love hate conspiracies 3000x3000pxapproved small 2013UR boss Monk first came across Blood Red Saints at one of the HRH AOR fests a few years back and, despite not being familiar with the band beforehand, was immediately smitten by their highly polished brand of melodic rock. So, you can imagine his (guilty?) pleasure when a brand new album from the combo landed on his electronic doormat… but, would he love it or hate it? You can find out on the other side of the link:

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Bleeding Gods – ‘Dodekathlon’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 05 February 2018 04:40

Bleeding Gods Dodekathlon ArtworkThe ‘Dodekathlon’ is not the latest endurance event to be added to the Olympics schedule, but rather the intriguing title of the second album from Dutch death dealers Bleeding Gods. Did it get Big Nick performing aural gymnastics, or was he content to sit on the benches and spectate? You can find out on the other side of the link:

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