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Hammerfall – ‘Glory To The Brave’ 20th Anniversary Edition (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:00

Hammerfall Glory artworkIn case you’ve failed to notice, we’ve kicked off a rockin’ new year here at URHQ – and today we’re keeping the momentum going with the debut offering from the newest recruit to our growing band of talented and knowledgeable writers, as Tim Bolitho-Jones wraps his ears around a commemorative anniversary set that proves glory does indeed come to the brave:

Fields Of The Nephilim – London, Kentish Town Forum – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:45

Fields Of The Nephilim posterThe stars may not have been quite aligned for goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim’s ‘Saturnalia’ winter solstice celebration this year - due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the show had to be moved back one day – but that did not dampen the spirits of the Nephilim faithful one bit, and they were out in force at Kentish Town’s Forum for the band’s only UK show of this year. Among them, was our very own man in flour-covered black, Jim Rowland:

Lydia Lunch & Rowland S Howard – ‘Siberia’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:20

Lydia Lunch artworkapproved smallWhat a gem our maestro of all things punk 'n' roll has unearthed for you, oh lucky readers, to help see in the new year right here on Über Rock… This recently unearthed live recording from way back in 1993, featuring a band that includes a member of Sonic Youth and The Cramps, as well as two bonafide legends, which our man describes, quite simply, as “inspired”. Click the link to find out a little more:

Joe Satriani – ‘What Happens Next’ (Sony Music/Legacy) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:00

Joe Satriani artworkWhen it comes to contenders for the title of king of guitar wankery, there will many who will argue that there is one man way ahead of the rest of the field – and, that of, course, is ‘The Satch’. His 15th studio album is released less than two weeks into the new Über Rockin’ year and sees him collaborating with none other than Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. Will it keep him in contention for that coveted crown? David O’Neill is the man with the answer:

Nikki Sudden & Rowland S Howard – ‘Johnny Smiled Slowly’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:20

Nikki Sudden artworkAnyone for a live album featuring the sadly departed Nikki Sudden and Rowland S Howard playing nothing but Jacobite's numbers?  Well, of course Dom D is the first with his arm in the air, as he kicks off 2018 in the same way he finished off 2017 – by diving headlong into the punk ‘n’ roll archives and coming up with another recently unearthed live gem, this time a unique recording from what seems hard to believe is now more than 40 years ago:

The Dogs - ‘The Grief Manual’ (Drabant Music) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:00

The Dogs The Grief Manualapproved smallAnd, so, a new year dawns and with the promise of plenty more glorious rock ‘n’ roll moments to come our way over the coming 12 months.  Already, the albums, EPs, singles and tour dates are piling up and our team are positively salivating like rabid dogs to bring the best of the best, and the best of the rest… first out of the traps on this first day of the first month is Gerald S, with his thoughts on an album that in fact sees the light this very morn…

17 Of ’17: The Über Rock Albums Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013It’s the last day of the year commonly known as 2017, and so there is no better time to look back on what the rock ‘n’ roll world has offered us up over the past 12 months. Yesterday, our crack team of writers told us what live experiences they had enjoyed most. Today, we present to you what albums have tickled their aural fancies over the past 365 days. Eighteen writers submitted more than 200 different albums, demonstrating both the diversity and richness has come our way over the course of this year about to consign itself to history… These choices were subjected to a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process to give us our overall ’17 Of ’17’:

’17 Of ‘17’: Über Rock’s Gigs Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:20

Belfast Limelight crowdEvery year, Über Rock’s team of crack writers and photographers attend hundreds of gigs, from checking out unsigned bands in sweaty backstreet bars to the biggest festivals and arena shows in the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. More often than not, we pay into these shows, supporting live music at its most grassroots level, in order to help nurture the talent of the future. So, what were the gigs that most captured the imaginations and thoughts of our crue in 2017? What shows stood out above the rest? What ones made us want to see and hear more of the bands concerned?  Well, 13 of our contributors plundered their memory banks and told us just that… so, without further ado, here is our choice of our ’17 Of ‘17’:

The Year In (Über) Rock – The Highs and Lows… Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:00

UR UmlautsEach year, in addition to our annual lists and polls of the best gigs and albums of the year, we ask our writers to look back on what were their personal highlights – and lowlights – and also to look forward to the coming year, and give us their prediction as to who they think will be the breakthrough act of the coming 12 months… This year, we added a slight twist, by asking the team to share their ‘Funniest Rock ‘n’ Roll Moment’, and also nominate someone for the first ever ‘Gene Simmons Dickhead Of The Year’ award:

Idlewild – Glasgow, O2 ABC - 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth and Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:40

Idlewild GlasgowScottish alt-rockers Idlewild recently marked the 15th anniversary of 'The Remote Part' with two sold-out back-to-back shows at Glasgow’s O2 ABC. We sent our brother and sister team of Lizzi and Allan Maxwell along to record this historic occasion, in both words and pictures, for both posterity and your reading pleasure, which you can enjoy in the other side of this link:

As December Falls – ‘Live at the Rescue Rooms’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:20

As December Falls coverAs the year hurtles towards its inevitable conclusion, and December once again prepares to fall of the end of the calendar for another descent into history, Allan Maxwell keeps things as short as the nights and as to the point as a scalpel when he tells us about the debut live album from Nottingham pop punks ADF:

Five Finger Death Punch – Glasgow, SSE Hydro – 18 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:00

Five Finger Death Punch GlasgowWith a paltry two new songs tacked on to a recent “best of…” retrospective, you might just think that FFDP have been treading water of late… but, that didn’t stop them returning to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll earlier this month for a handful of arena shows. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda named Hannah along to record the action on the Glasgow leg:

Santa Cruz – Glasgow, Cathouse – 10 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:40

Santa Cruz GlasgowFinnish glunksters Santa Cruz recently returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll for a series of dates in support of their third album. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda named Hannah, along to Glasgow’s notorious Cathouse venue to find out if it would be a case of bad blood on the dancefloor or another dose of hairspray-infused heaven:

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Glasgow, G2 – 14 December 17 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:20

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus GlasgowWhen TRJA pulled into Glasgow as part of a run of dates to mark the tenth anniversary of their album ‘Don’t You Fake It’, with the promise of playing same in its entirety, our very own ketamine queen, the panda known as Hannah was the first in the queue to volunteer to brave the pit and record the occasion in both words and pictures, and you can enjoy the result on the other side of this link:

Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse - 21 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:00

Adam Ant Squared OffAfter last year’s final performance of ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ at the very same venue, returning to the Roundhouse for the last night of the ‘Anthems’ tour was a no brainer for Martin Haslam. Performing ‘A’ sides and ‘B’ sides, with a gig-honed band, could this be or man’s ‘Gig Of The Year’?  Click the link to find out:

HIM – Nottingham, Rock City – 15 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:40

HIM GlasgowAfter more than a quarter of a century at the forefront of the goth movement that he virtually helped to redefine, His Infernal Majesty Ville Vallo recently decided to hang up his beanie hat and retire his iconic ‘Heartagram’ – but, not before one last tour to bid farewell to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We sent Allan Maxwell to record the Glasgow gig in glorious technicolour, and while Rich H was tasked with telling us what happened when the HIM hit machine rolled into Nottingham:


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