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The Posies / The President Lincoln – Bristol, The Louisiana – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

The Posies Bristol 1A little while back, Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson found himself at one of those gigs which, instead of the band playing out their stadium-filling potential rather “creates a special and personal relationship for fans, which in turn creates a sense of fierce pride in the band and their achievements”. It’s taken a while for our man to put his thoughts into words – well, he did move house in the interim – but you can click the link to find out what went down at what also turned out to be something of an UR family reunion:

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Valensole – ‘Where We Should Be’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 16 December 2016 04:40

Valensole coverFormed this year and coming at you from Southampton, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic, crafting and recording their forthcoming debut EP at their very own music space. The result left Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks positively foaming at the mouth – so much he felt the need to use CAPITAL letters in his review, which you can read right here:

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Conjuring Fate (‘Valley Of Shadows’ album launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:30

Conjuring Fate 1It seemed fated (sic)… and so it proved to be. Back at the tail of August 2015, Conjuring Fate were one of two bands to play wedding of UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… no, not the reception, but the actual ceremony itself. Now, fast forward to this past weekend and the band finally get around to releasing their long-awaited debut album: and, guess what? It just “happens” to “coincide” with Mrs A’s 50th birthday! It couldn’t have been planned better… or could it? Click the link to find out what went down on this particular evening:

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Witchdoktors – ‘Voodoo Eye’ (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:00

UXB031 Witchdoktors Voodoo Eye CD Front Cover Bomber MusicAs the year comes to a screaming halt, it seemed fair for Dom Daley to end his year with a big fat glunk rock full stop. And he was provided with the means to do so when this rock and roll dozen song collection landed on his doorstep, courtesy of the Witchdoktors. Click the link to find out why our man reckons ‘Voodoo Eye’ kicks up a merry shit storm from top to bottom and start to finish:

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Bowling For Soup - ‘Drunk Dynasty’ (Brando Records) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:00

BFS - Drunk DynastyIt’s not been a bad time to be a Bowling For Soup fan recently. New tours, including a welcome return to UK shores, a new DVD of acoustic performances - and a new album in the form of the crowd-funded ‘Drunk Dynasty’. So, what better time, and way, to welcome one Phil Cooper back to the Uber Rock fold after his recent sightseeing trip around the world than by asking him to appraise said release?  Click the link to find out what he thought:

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Rock & Roll Circus Xmas Charity Bash – Abertillery, Dolls House – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:00

15338802 10209664480307115 3242938495726283472 nIt may be coming to the end of the year, and most people starting “winding down” for the so-called “festive season”… but, not us here at UR! We’re rock ‘n’ roll animals – and none more so than Nev Brooks, who this weekend returned to one of his favourite stamping grounds for the annual fundraiser organized by our good friends over at the aptly named Rock & Roll Circus radio show….

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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors – ‘The Devil’s In The Detail’ (Fanny Pack Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 12 December 2016 06:30

Ryan Hamilton Devil artworkWhen Dave Prince first listened to this, the second album from Mr Hamilton and his traitorous sidekicks, he was on his way to a funeral.  Click the link to find out why said release filled our man’s heart with warm, despite the circumstances of his introduction to it, and why it has continued to do so:

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Jaya The Cat/Captain Accident/King Tut’s Revenge – Bristol, The Exchange – 6 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 12 December 2016 06:00

jayaband16550newsUber Rock’s Nev Brooks is a one-man gig-reviewing phenomenon… and he reckons that life doesn’t get better than having the ability to go out and enjoy a good live show!  And we fully agree with him!  On this occasion, he reckons that if a certain brand of Danish lager did gigs, then this would definitely be one of them… click on the link to find out more:

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Dead End Drive-In: Now Showing: ‘Bowling For Soup - Acoustic In A Freakin' English Church’ Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:30

BowlingForSoupAcousticDVDcoverBack in October of 2013, Bowling For Soup’s Jaret Reddick and Erik Chandler played a very special acoustic show in the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington.  The show has now been given the full DVD release treatment, and our man Dave Prince reckons it serves as the ideal early Christmas present, not just for BFS fans but any self-respecting music fan… click the link to find out why:

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Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Jordan Griffin - Them Evils Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:00

THEM EVILSThis month, Jordan Griffin, vocalist/guitarist with rising Los Angeles rock 'n' roll crew Them Evils, treats us to the list of 13 songs which keep his head groovin' and feet tappin' when he and his buddies are tearing up America's interstates... Click the link to find out what aural delights he has in store for us this fine Sunday morn:

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Steve Harris British Lion / Wild Lies – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 6 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 10 December 2016 16:00

31165608090 991633f3a8 oAs Mark Ashby wrote on his Facebook page on the afternoon of this gig, it’s not every day that you get to see a living legend, one of the founding fathers of heavy metal as we know it today, playing down your local pub… OK, it’s the rather more substantial club next door, but let’s not split hairs because there he was, on a cold Tuesday night in December, preparing to worship at the feet of the maestro that is Steve Harris, albeit not in his more generally recognized guise as the driving force behind the mighty Iron Maiden but as the leader of his side project, British Lion, on the last night of their European tour…

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Scorpions – Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena - 29 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Colin Hunt   
Saturday, 10 December 2016 06:00

IMG 2719Ever since Uber Rock’s Colin Hunt left the Barclaycard Arena in his adopted city of Hamburg at the end of the penultimate night of the Scorpions’ latest tour, he has been trying to think of just one word to describe what he had just seen and heard… what word did he come up with?  Well, click the link to find out:

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Midlands Metal Crusade VI – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 26 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 09 December 2016 18:00

Evil ScarecrowBetween already-success stories, up-and-comers and soon-to-be kings, the Midlands Metal Crusade is the kind of event that offers music-lovers a perfect outlet to support the local scene at every level. It doesn’t hurt the event’s appeal at all that the organisers have managed to pull together a line-up which comprises many of the camps in the modern metal scene, ranging in everything from metalcore-inspired death metal to epic battle metal goodness and muscular alt rock. Our man Rich Hobson reports from this year’s sixth instalment of this extremely praiseworthy event:

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Steven Battelle - 'Exit Brain Left' (Suffer For My Art) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 09 December 2016 06:00

exit-brain-left-coverWhile mourning the demise of LostAlone, Uber Rock’s Ben Hughes rejoices in the return of frontman Steven Batelle after a lengthy absence of… two years! Seemingly not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but sometimes long enough for fans to forget what went before… but, our man has the memory of an elephant and here gives us the lowdown on this totally independently-released solo debut:

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Last In Line / Toseland – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 19:27

Last In Line - Belfast 2Hometown gigs are always a bit special – especially when the artist concerned has had to move away, either to make their name in the wider world or just simply because of the demands of the craft they play. Prior to this show, Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were pretty damn sure that Vivian Campbell could think of no better place in which to end Last In Line’s latest European tour than in the heart of his native Belfast.  Click the link to find out if this proved to be the case...

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Urban Dogs – ‘Attack’ (T&M Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 08 December 2016 06:00

T M026LPSCover2Our man Dom Daley was so busy immersing himself in all the latest punk releases that a new album from the legendary Urban Dogs wasn’t even on his radar until it landed, rather aggressively, on his doormat… click the link to find out why he’s been trying to lick his own dangly bits ever since:

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