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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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New Generation Superstars – ‘King Of The World’ (Underdog Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 05:30

NGS - KOTW artworkNew Generation Superstars may sound like the latest clichéd figment of fervid imaginations of the writers over at the WWE, but they are in fact – as many long-time Über Rock readers will know – a bunch of rock ‘n’ brawlers who have been kicking up dust for the past decade or so… It’s taken our head honcho Mark Ashby a while to get around to penning a few words on this, their fourth album: will he be crowning the new kings of punk ‘n’ roll? There’s only one way to find out:

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Sumo Cyco - ‘Opus Mar’ (Self-Released/Fontana North/RSK Entertainment) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 04:30

Sumo Cyco - Opus MarMarc Leach first came across Canadian punk metallers Sumo Cyco when they blew him away with their on stage performance while supporting Alien Ant Farm late last year. Would his first encounter with the band’s recorded material have the same effect? Well, click the link to find out why he was in a rather messy state after spinning this upcoming opus:

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The Über Rock Interview: Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:03

Robbie Crane - BSRBlack Star Riders are currently ripping up stages up and down the length of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the band when they pulled into frontman Ricky Warwick’s home town of Belfast, where they enjoyed a very intimate instore acoustic set followed by a riotous headline show at the city’s historic Limelight venue. In between, they caught up with bassist Robbie Crane to chat about the success of new album ‘Heavy Fire’ and the band’s extreme work ethic:

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The Uber Rock Interview: Dante Gizzi (Gun) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 05:00

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Gun frontman Dante Gizzi when the band returned to Belfast this past weekend, as special guests on the current Black Star Riders tour.  Click the link to hear all the gen on life on the road, including accident-prone bus drivers, defying doctor's orders, the band's forthcoming new album and how whiskey (especially of the Irish variety) is definitely good for enhancing your vocal performance:

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King Salami And The Cumberland Three - 'Goin' Back To Wurstville' (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 04:30

King Salami artworkEveryone here at Über Rock loves a bit of sausage, no matter the flavour – and none so than Ben Hughes, who wrapped his mouth around no fewer than three different types during the course of this one album listening experience…. OK, OK, that’s enough of the innuendo: let’s let him get on with reviewing the damn thing, shall we?  Pass the mustard as you click the link:

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Tragedy – ‘The Joy Of Sex’ (Beauty Rock Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 04:00

Tragedy - The Joy Of SexMarc Leach may be Über Rock’s resident shredder, but only a select few of know that he’s also a demon on the dance floor: so, who was better placed to strut his funky stuff and get on down with the groove on this latest album of carefully selected classic covers by the one and only ‘All Metal Tribute To The Bee Gees And Beyond’?

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The Uber Rock Interview: The Amorettes Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 06 March 2017 20:56

URTV thmbScotland’s hardest working all female rock ‘n’ rollers The Amorettes are currently in the middle of a short run of dates opening for the Black Star Riders and fellow Glaswegians Gun. Über Rock caught up with Gill and Hannah to chat about… well, basically anything and everything that popped into our collective heads.  Click the link for some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll banter:

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Cyanide Pills – ‘Sliced & Diced’ (Damaged Goods) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 06 March 2017 04:30

Cyanide Pills artworkDom Daley just has an unerring knack of uncovering great fucking punk rock albums by great fucking puck rock bands – and today is no exception as he slices and dices and dissects this latest power pop ‘n’ roll offering from these Yorkshire terriers… Click the link to find out why this won’t be off his turntable for quite some time – well, until they release their next album:

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Crystal Viper – ‘Queen Of The Witches‘ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 06 March 2017 04:00

Crystal Viper - QOTW artworkPolish metallers Crystal Viper have recently returned from a lengthy break, forced upon them as lead singer Marta Gabriel recovered from some serious health issues.  With the frontwoman now back and fighting fit once again, will Marc Leach fall under her heavy metal spell?  Click the link to find out:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 March 2017 10:21

approved image lrg 2013It's Sunday and that means only one thing here at Über Rock HQ - time for our esteemed Editor-in-Chief's pick of his favourite video of the week... and, being a big fan of corny superhero movies and partial to a bit of ye olde voodoo juju juice (and we think he might have overdone it a wee bit last night, but that's just between you and us), there really was only one choice he could make this week:

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