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Melvins – ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ (Ipecac Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 28 August 2017 04:00

Melvins artworkLike UR boss Monk a while back, Nick Russell has a confession to make: before he took ‘A Walk With Love & Death’ he had never listened to a single Melvins album… That all changed when we sent him this new part opus magnus to wrap his ears around and subsequently pen a few words about. Did he find that confession is good for the soul? Click the link to find out how his bank balance is going to suffer by correcting his sins of yesteryear:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… HRH Sleaze Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 05:00

HRH Sleaze posterThe latest addition to the growing roster of Hard Rock Hell indoor/residential festival weekends, HRH Sleaze does exactly what it says on the poster, drawing together a collection of legendary proponents of the dirtier end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, as well as some of the finest young talents endeavouring to footsteps and become the next big (hair) sensation… Taking place at the Sheffield Academy next weekend, this year’s inaugural event features a truly mouth-watering menu of acts, and is bound to ensure that hairspray sales in Steel City will go through the ceiling. So, what can we expect, musically that is? Well, settle back and start your preening, ‘cos here is our guide to the bands we’re most looking forward to seeing/hearing:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Endeavour Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:30

Endeavour BOA FlyerIn the latest of our series of interviews conducted with just some of the bands who appeared at the recent Bloodstock festival, Linzi A chats to Chris and Iain from Bristol prog metallers about their show, how they had to shorten it at the last minute – and how the guitarist managed to impale his eye on his instrument!  Nice!

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Tyla's Dogs D'Amour/Nicotine Pretty – Cardiff, Fuel – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:00

Tyla - Fuel 2It was pretty much of a no brainer for our resident punk ‘n’ roller, Double D… Tyla J Pallas with his current take on the Dogs D’Amour, backed by the Ginge Knievil-fronted Über faves Nicotine Pretty, in a packed and sweaty Fuel Rock Club in the heart of Cardiff city.  There was only one way this night was gonna go, wasn’t there?  Click the link to find out if our man managed to catch his breath long enough to sing along to some classic tuneage:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - GraVil Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:00

BOA SquareAlways the chatty type – not even her famous musician brothers can get a word edgewise when she starts gassing – Linzi A spent almost the entire weekend of the recent Bloodstock festival haunting long-haired heavy metal type dudes and getting them to open their hearts to Über Rock.  In the latest of her despatches from the front line, she talks to Tony and Sparx from London death dealers GraVil:

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Muse/Biffy Clyro/Nothing But Thieves/Fangclub - Belfast, Boucher Road Playing Fields - 23 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 05:00

Muse - Vital Belfast 3Sure, where else would any self-respecting rocker be on a rare sunlit Wednesday evening than standing in the middle of a field on the edge of a massive retail park preparing to watch two of the biggest bands these here Über islands have produced in many a long year?  Nowhere, right? Well, that’s where Marc Leach found himself earlier this week, as he grabbed himself a stagefront vantage point for the latest iteration of Belfast’s annual Vital fest:

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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors/Fort Hope – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 19 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:30

Ryan Hamilton - LeedsAnd it came to pass that a new face rode into town with a racing green Gretsch strapped to his back, a wide-brimmed hat shadowing his features and a heavy heart on his shoulders. His band, The Traitors, backing his every move and his every groove. Yep, Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors recently returned to Leeds – and our man Ben H joined members of the Wildhearts to catch all the action from one of rock ’n’f’n’ roll’s brightest stars:

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Rabid Bitch Of The North/Bad Boat/Just Me And The Devil – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 19 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 04:00

Rabid Bitch Of The NorthAlthough they’ve been infecting the Irish metal scene with their brand of NWOBHM-infused riffage for nigh on a decade now, the three guys who collectively refer to themselves as Rabid Bitch Of The North have only now got around to releasing their first ever studio album.  Über Rock’s head honcho donned his best dog collar, broke free from his kennel and headed down his local for a suitably hot and sweaty launch party:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Shrouded Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 03:30

Shrouded flyerShrouded should need little introduction to Über Rock readers, as we have been championing this four-piece death metal outfit from the upstart city of Lisburn for nigh on four years now, following their career from when they were teenagers playing their first shows to the hallowed stages of Bloodstock, where our inquisitress caught up with guitarist Shane to talk about the role of fluffy pink unicorns in extreme music:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Wolfheart Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Friday, 25 August 2017 19:00

Wolfheart band picWhen Mel B sauntered across to the Sophie stage at Bloodstock the other weekend to check out Finland’s Wolfheart, she didn’t quite know what to expect – other than the fact that they describe their music as “winter metal”… the result just blew her away.  Afterwards, she went on the hunt backstage and tracked the guys down for a chat about their music, writing, singing and rhyming in English and the mind-boggling eight flights that it took them to get to the stage at Catton Hall:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Decrepit Monolith Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 25 August 2017 16:00

Decrepit Monolight sigilAs Über editor Monk noted in his review, Newcastle black metallers Decrepit Monolith certainly possess a sense of the dramatic when it comes to their stage shows.  Still caked in corpse paint and fake (or was it?) blood, they turned a few heads in the backstage area as they marched straight from the Hobgoblin tent for a rendezvous for our intrepid interviewer by the name of Linzi A:

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24 Hour Punks - ‘Why We Fight’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 25 August 2017 04:30

24 Hour Punks artworkapproved small 2013Following the death of his father-in-law earlier this year from cholangiocarcinoma, a very rare and very aggressive cancer, Call Me Malcolm guitarist Lucias came up with the idea of gathering together some of his favourite punk musicians and challenging them to write, rehearse and record an EP within just 24 hours… Click the link to find out what happened next:

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The SoapGirls – ‘Society’s Rejects’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 25 August 2017 04:00

SoapgirlscoverFrench-born rock ‘n’ roll sistas Ca(Mille) and Noe(Mie) Debray grew up in Cape Town, where they spent part of their formative years selling soap on the city’s streets… it was an experience which not only inspired the band name but also fuelled their aspirations to lift their middle fingers as high as possible and deliver a huge “fuck you” to the world, as our man Ben Hughes found out:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Reaper Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:00

Reaper - Bloodstock 2017In the latest of our series of interviews conducted with just a small handful of the 100+ bands who played Bloodstock recently, Linzi A pulled up a chair with Daniel Moran from Liverpool thrashers following their highly impressive performance on the New Blood stage, to talk about their experience, the work of the Sophie Foundation and their forthcoming debut album:

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The Idol Dead – ‘Tension & Release’ (Raaa! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:30

The Idol Dead artworkapproved small 2013Sometimes you don’t have to venture too far from home to discover great rock ‘n’ roll music – and that certainly is the case when it comes to Ben Hughes and DIY underdogs The Idol Dead, who have just issued their fourth full-length album via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign. Click the link to find out why the album may not have grabbed our man immediately but found himself lulled into a false sense of security:

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Eden’s Curse – ‘Revisited’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:00

Edens Curse RevisitedTen years (and one day) after they released their self-titled debut album, Eden’s Curse have, erm, ‘Revisited’ same with this remastered – and, in the case of the vocals, re-recorded – deluxe edition, which comes complete with a live DVD. Tasked with listening to both versions back to back, David O’Neill found himself praising the genius of URHQ in constantly finding him new music to explore and enjoy:

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