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Metallica/Kvelertak – Birmingham, Genting Arena – 30 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Sean Larkin   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:40

Metallica Birimingham 30 October 2017Every band has, at some point in their career, had a bad night. Be it equipment issues, sound issues or a drummer too hungover to keep in time, the ‘off’ gig is something which catches bands and artists of all sizes, striking often at random. Many a band have faced the same issues, the same questions, but when you’re the biggest metal band on the planet playing your first arena tour in almost a decade, it’s fair to say the stakes are considerably higher than your average nerve-ridden fuck-up at a battle of the bands. Find out how Metallica rose to the just such a challenge the other night when they rolled, in the round, into the birthplace of the genre itself:

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Backstreet Girls – ‘Don't You Mess With My Rock And Roll’ (Voices Of Wonder Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:20

Backstreet Girls artworkapproved small 2013Double D doesn’t like anyone messing with his rock ‘n’ roll. And, clearly, neither do Norwegian boogie boys Backstreet Girls… So, it’s not surprising that there’s a natural synergy between the two parties. Click on the link to find why our punk overlord’s needle is getting all excited and he’s now running around the backstreets of Swansea shouting “AMEN” to every girl in sight:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 04:00

Vince Neil Rockingham 2017The second day of Rockingham came filled with expectation… after all, it was being headlined by former Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, making his first return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll since the band’s hugely maligned farewell tour… but, would this be another spectacular car crash, or would the legend save his reputation? Click the link to find out what went down on another hugely entertaining day in the Midlands:

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Wednesday 13/Courtesans – Manchester, Club Academy – 26 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:40

Wednesday 13 Glasgow October 2017It’s Hallowe’en, mofos, and what better company in which to spend the spookiest night of the year than that of the master of macabre and the king of horror punk himself? OK, we know the gig was a few nights back, but what better time to share our man with the frequent traveller card’s thoughts on the freakshow that was Wednesday 13’s return to the shores of the Über Kingdom of r’n’freakin’r? Click the link… if you dare:

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Trent University – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:20

Kix Rockingham 2017As anyone who read the recent Über Rock guide to the third iteration of the Rockingham festival will know, it once again promised to be a mixed bag of established, and favoured, acts, some new (and not so new) artists to check out – and at least one headliner who many were doubtful would actually deliver the goods… But that’s a story for the next instalment of our three-part review, which starts where it really should, at the beginning and a rather pleasant Friday evening in the centre of Nottingham:

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Gothminister – ‘The Other Side’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 04:00

Gothminister artwork‘Tis All Hallow’s Eve, the season for darkness and delight, and our man with the same initials as our favourite tipple reckons that he has found the one record that you owe it to yourself to soundtrack any ghoulish festivities! Click the link and let him lead you into a world filled with camp abundance and an album that marries pop sensibilities with an impressive array of stylistically diverse electronic-tinged hard rock:

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Lagerstein/Red Rum/Sellsword – Sheffield, The Corporation - 4 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:20

Lagerstein SheffieldSure what else would you be doing on a wet Wednesday night in Steel City than straightening your eye patch, slanting your tricorn and warming your cockles with a healthy dose of rum? Not much, to be honest! Which is exactly what Geno D did the other week when Aussie buccaneers Lagerstein tied their galleon up on the shores of the River Don. Click the link to find out why it has taken so long for him to recover:

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Wolf Wolf – ‘The Cryptid Zoo’ (Lux Noise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 30 October 2017 04:00

Wolf Wolf artworkThink Tom Waits meets The Cramps meets Muddy Waters meets a whole bunch of hallucinogenic mind-bending drugs and you might be on the same astral trajectory as the latest bunch of twisted blues playing honchos to cross Double D’s stylus. Click on that old-fashioned link to discover why our man of highly discerning tastes is wolf (wolf)ing this particular opus down:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide to… Damnation Festival Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:40

Damnation 2017 Final PosterTwenty-seven bands, four stages and more furious noise than you can shake an Albini at – Damnation Festival is back, baby. The UK’s premier end-of-year metal gathering, Damnation has pulled together some blinding line-ups over its 12 year run, pulling together an assortment of viciously exciting bands at the cutting edge of noise, punk and metal – and the 2017 event is no different. Not sure who to watch? Let the Über Rock team of DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson guide you through the programme with their thoughts on the acts you simply cannot afford to miss on Saturday:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:20

36crazyfistslanternscdAlaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists dropped their seventh full-album, ‘Lanterns’, at the end of September. Allan Maxwell caught up with the band’s Brock Lindow on one of the vocalist’s rare moments of downtime to chat about the album, the writing process, touring and ice hockey:

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Neck Deep – Glasgow, O2 Academy – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:00

Neck Deep GlasgowHot on the heels of Neck Deep's most recent album release, ‘The Peace And The Panic’, the band were back in Glasgow for what was set to be a killer show. Down the front reporting for Über Rock was young Hannah Reid… you can find out what went down on the other side of this here link:

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Seether – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 16 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:40

Seether Glasgow 2017There’s a storm force in effect – and it’s not just for the return of Seether to the shores of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll!  With the remnants of a threatened hurricane battering Manchester, DJ Astrocreep braved the conditions and used more of his frequent traveller miles to head back into the city centre and report from the frontline:

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Reel Big Fish/Anti-Flag/Mad Caddies/Sweet Little Machine - Fireball: Fuelling The Fire Tour – Glasgow, O2 Academy - 19 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:40

Reel Big Fish GlasgowSome of the best-known ska and punk bands recently graced Glasgow’s O2 Academy stage as Fireball Whiskey brought their yearly alcohol-fuelled party tour around the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Reel Big Fish headlined the tour, with support from Anti-Flag, Mad Caddies and Fireball’s ‘Hottest Band of 2017’, Sweet Little Machine. Allan Maxwell was down the front for Über Rock:

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Placebo/Husky Loops – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena - 14 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:20

Placebo tour posterPlacebo seem to be celebrating a full 20 years in the public face with a never-ending tour. Perhaps (?) showing his age, Nev Brooks actually remembers those early days, interviews with Brian Molko front page of the NME and Sounds, as well David Bowie talking about bands like Placebo as the new guard of British rock, helping shape the musical underground. They had attitude, image and a sound like nothing out there at the time. Do they still? Click the link to find out:

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Gary Numan/Jayce Lewis – Manchester, O2 Academy – 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:00

Gary NumanIt’s a rainy Friday evening in deepest, darkest Manchester, and our man DJ Astrocreep once again racking up his frequent traveller miles for his third gig in as many nights – this time, to see a man renowned for his dark music. Click the link as our man reports from the front row of a gig which he swears just sees its deliverer getting better and better with age:

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The Kentucky Headhunters/Bad Touch/Hazel – Sheffield, The Corporation – 5 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Friday, 27 October 2017 20:23

Kentucky Headhunters SheffieldYou know, URHQ is convinced that Geno D has a permanent residency at Steel City’s most prolific venue, as he seems to spend most of his time in there, checking out bands and shit… This time around, he was travelling backwards and forwards through 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll history as he once again took refuge in the music and attending a masterclass in how it should be performed:

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