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Japanese Voyeurs - 'Yolk' (Fiction Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 11 July 2011 05:00

japanese-voyeurs-yolkHotly-tipped young London-based outfit Japanese Voyeurs release their debut album, a highly-anticipated set of a dozen songs that industry insiders insist belong to one of rock's next big things. Gaz E dips his little soldier into 'Yolk' and finds a noise that owes much to Nineties grunge and, soundman permitting, could explode.....

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Hellfest (Day Three) - Clisson, France - 19th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor   
Sunday, 10 July 2011 05:00
Hellfest_ThmbIt was the final day of an eventful weekend for our intrepid reporters Mark Taylor and Jim Rowland as Hellfest presented its strongest line up of bands so far. With the prospect of Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne closing off proceedings Uber Rock's very own scarecrow picked up his Del Boy Trotter phrase book and pen and went solo to capture the closing stages of a truly epic heavy metal event.
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Lock Up - 'Necropolis Transparent' (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Darrel Sutton   
Saturday, 09 July 2011 05:00

lock_upLock Up is the death-grind supergroup featuring Napalm Death's Shane Embury, former Cradle Of Filth drummer Nick Barker and Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates. Following the tragic passing of guitarist Jesse Pintado the band have recruited Anton Reisenegger of Pentagram and now release 'Necropolis Transparent', their third studio album. Who else but our resident noisemonger Darrel Sutton could kick off UR's thrash day with a stormer of a review of this brutal release?

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Hellfest (Day Two) - Clisson, France - 18th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor and Jim Rowland   
Friday, 08 July 2011 05:00
Hellfest_ThmbWith the torrential downpours of day one but a distant memory, it was time for Uber Rock's very own version of Don Estelle and Windsor Davies to bask in some French sunshine and witness the arrival of Germany's very own Big 3 in thrash metal as Hellfest entered its second day. Mark Taylor picks up the day's classic rock whilst Jim Rowland whiplashes his way through the thrash.
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Taking Back Sunday - 'Self Titled' (Warner Bros) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 05:00

takingbacksundayWith the reformation of the line-up responsible for their breakout record, Taking Back Sunday return with their fifth album, a self-titled affair that Gaz E thinks is more of a solid, modern rock record than emo throwback. Read on to find out why...and if our man has gone soft on us....

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Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg/Bermondsey Joyriders/Bubblegum Screw - London, Islington 02 Academy - 26th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Fraser Munro   
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 05:00
Ramone_thmbWith Alice Cooper playing a club gig across town on Oxford St, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this show, featuring the second man behind the Ramones drum kit, might be a little undersold. Fear not though Uber Rockers as we welcome back Fraser Munro, who finds himself jammed into an already packed venue all ready to experience Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg....
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Hellfest (Day One) - Clisson, France - 17th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Taylor and Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 05:00

Hellfest_ThmbHere at URHQ the onslaught of the UK Festival season frankly left us scratching our heads wondering which ones to attend. With nothing on the metal front except perhaps this week's Sonisphere to whet our appetites we sent our very own two men in a boat Mark Taylor and Jim Rowland over to France for the mighty Hellfest. 

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OK GO - '180/365' (Paracadute) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 04 July 2011 05:00

ok_goWith a trio of cool albums behind them and a couple of hugely popular music videos putting Grammy-shaped awards on their collective mantelpiece, OK Go return with a live album recorded throughout 2010 which collects fifteen songs recorded at a dozen different venues. Can a band remembered for synchronised dance routines on treadmills actually dazzle with songs? Gaz E gets as near to a treadmill as he is ever likely to.....

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Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen and his band Soft Ground - Hereford, The Lad's Club - 25th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Seb Metcalfe   
Sunday, 03 July 2011 05:00

verdenthumbVerden Allen, founding member of Mott The Hoople, returned to old haunts with his band Soft Ground to play a venue that had once been the rehearsal space used by the legendary British rock outfit. Mixing up the finer moments of his solo career with some of the most timeless songs this country has ever produced Allen, ably backed by a band that featured none other than Uber Rock's very own roving sticksman Matt Blakout, produced a truly special evening. Seb Metcalfe returns from his self imposed exile to tell it like it was....

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Cinderella/Houston/Voodoo Six - London, Shepherd's Bush Empire - 25th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Phelps   
Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:00

keiferlive86useWith a one-off appearance in broad daylight at last year's Download festival the only live show that British Cinderella fans had witnessed in two decades, the announcement that Tom Keifer and the boys were to appear at Shepherd's Bush Empire was met with fevered excitement in many quarters, the rock 'n' roll-addled mind of Uber Rock's Matt Phelps being one such afflicted location. Read on as our man battles badly-dressed AOR avengers to take one for rock and roll.....

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The Killing Floor - 'Self Titled' (Soundmine Musicworks USA) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 01 July 2011 05:00
The_Killing_Floor_thmbapproved_smallWhen we caught up with The Killing Floor twelve months ago, we knew we'd discovered something very special. Playing ballsy self assured yet immediately catchy tunes this was a band that walked it like thet talked it. So to reward our faith the guys have given us an exclusive preview of their debut album and you can read all about it plus order an advance copy right here. Over to you, Rich Hobson....
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The Old Firm Casuals - 'The Old Firm Casuals EP' (Oi! The Boat Records) Print E-mail
Written by David Whistance   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 05:00
Old_Firm_Cover_thmbOi! Oi! Lars Frederiksen's back in the UK this July with his all new Oi!/Streetpunk three piece The Old Firm Casuals, bringing some moonstomping live action to a venue near you. But what's the music like? Is it more of the same old Lars fronted riot 'n' roll Rancid we all know and love or has he really gorn all Cock Sparrer on us? David Whistance is the man with all the (questions and) answers....
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Simple Plan - 'Get Your Heart On!' (Atlantic) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 05:00

Simple_PlanCanadian pop punks Simple Plan return with studio album number four, 'Get Your Heart On!', featuring a host of guests including Rivers Cuomo from Weezer and that Alex fella from All Time Low. Secretly admiring the band's previous self-titled album, Gaz E pulled down his trousers and pulled up his Y-fronts to fit in with the youth of today in order to investigate the record. Let's just say that normal service has resumed......

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Primal Scream/Little Barrie - Cardiff, Solus - 20th June 2011 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 05:00
Primal_Scream_thmbWith the summer festival season now well underway here in the UK, it's the warm up shows that bands sometimes play that usually get us all excited here at Uber Rock, and lo and behold if Johnny H isn't about to witness Primal Scream play their 'Screamadelica' album in a university night club. Slip inside for a very special night indeed.
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Devin Townsend Project - 'Deconstruction' and 'Ghost' (Inside Out/Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by David Whistance   
Monday, 27 June 2011 05:00
DT_Deconstruction_thmbSome people say Devin Townsend is a genius, some say he is just plain mad.  Well whichever side of the fence you sit on you can sample both sides with his latest duo of releases, the ferocious 'Deconstruction' and the ambient 'Ghost'.  David Whistance straddles both opinions to celebrate a musician who is not afraid to challenge the status quo.
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Twisted Sister - 'Under The Blade' Special Edition (Armoury Records) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 26 June 2011 06:00
utb-reissueBack in 1982 Twisted Sister were a gang of New York musicians who would fight anyone who dared doubt their ability to be the best band in the world. They scared the Rock world that much that they released their debut album 'Under The Blade' on a UK Punk label brave enough to court the controversy.  Johnny H steps back in time to an era when men were men and Twisted Sister were men in drag....
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