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Night Demon – ‘Darkness Remains’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:00

Night Demon artworkÜber boss Mark Ashby recently watched ‘Back To The Future’ for the umpteenth time. When he got up the next morning, he opened a barrack buster of his favourite cheap cider and listened to the second album from Californian metallians Night Demon – and admits to having experienced a severe sense of déjà vu, which you can share by sharing this here link.

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Pussywhips – ‘Pussywhips’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:30

Pussywhips artThe first thing Dom Daley did after he had finished listening to this new album from Pussywhips – and we all know he loves being whipped by a bit of pussy – was press repeat and turn it up even louder. Click the link to find out why he reckons this no holds barred offering sounds like The Cramps on a really (good) bad trip or Ron Asheton playing with the Jesus & Mary Chain:

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Chris Catalyst – ‘Life is Often Brilliant’ (Wrath Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:00

Chris Catalyst - Life artMusic is one of the most universally sought forms of healing, helping most of us through some of the toughest times in our lives, as well as acting as a constant companion through the good times. It’s something our man Rich Hobson himself recently has been all too aware of, which is why he was delighted to stumble across “an album which takes all that life can throw at you and churns it into brilliantly sunny rock-via-britpop anthems”:

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Therapy? – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 26 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 05:00

 DSC5870Like most rock fans of a certain generation in his wee part of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Mark Ashby grew up with one band who stood head and shoulders above any other on the local scene in terms of their innovation and their readiness to experiment, take chances and push musical boundaries further than any of their predecessors or contemporaries (and, it could be argued, many who have tried to follow in their footsteps since). Would it be an experiment too far when a band renowned for their dramatic intensity, especially in their live shows, stripped everything back to such a basic, organic level? Click the link to join in the craic of a truly unique show:

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The Vibrators – ‘Past, Present And Into The Future’ (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:30

The Vibrators artAs its title suggests, this new crowd-funded album from punk royals The Vibrators features no fewer than all seven members from various incarnations of the band over the years. Dom Daley dug deep in his pockets, made his pledge of allegiance and now delivers his verdict:

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Unbowed – ‘Through Endless Tides’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:00

Unbowed artworkIf you’re a fan of sweeping, grandiose music, mostly comprised of symphonic infused extreme metal, Über Rock’s Jonni D reckons he may just have found you a new favourite band, in the form of Unbowed. Click the link to find out why our young buck is raving about the epic soundscapes this Canadian mob are weaving on this self-released new album which he is delighted found its way across the Atlantic to UR’s Belfast HQ:

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Imelda May – Manchester, HMV – 26 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 05:00

Imelda May HMV 1Up until now renowned for her quiff-style haircut and rockabilly image, Irish singer Imelda May has recently undergone something of a transformation to someone more approaching a torch singer, as her deeply personal new album ‘Life, Love, Flesh, Blood’ reveals. Ahead of an extensive UK tour starting this very week, she played a series of low-key instore shows. Über Rock’s Lindsey Appleton wandered down to the last of them in Manchester, for what proved to be an ear and eye opening experience:

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Fischer-Z – ‘Building Bridges’ (BMG) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:30

Fischer-Z-Inlay-01-360x360The name Fischer-Z is synonymous with founder, guitarist and vocalist John Watts, who has presided over numerous incarnations of the band on and off for the past 40 years. This year, BMG will be bringing together the entire back catalogue of Fischer-Z to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band, but ‘Building Bridges’ is an all new offering, on which long-time fan Jim Rowland delivers his verdict:

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Turbulent Hearts – ‘Foolish’ (Headcheck Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:00

Turbulent Hearts logoWhile this may be billed as their debut album, this full-lengther form LA punks Turbulent Hearts is actually a compilation of their first three self-released EPs rolled into one big package for international consumption. Would they get Dom Daley all a flutterby butterfly, or has it proven to be a foolish move? Click the link to find out:

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Happyness/Tandem Felix – Dublin, Whelan’s Bar - 21 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 01 May 2017 05:00

Happyness Dublin 1Our man Jonni D is a very happy chappy. It’s just the way he is. So, just imagine his delight when, having reviewed their latest album a while back, he got the offer to travel down to the Fair City of Dublin to share that happiness brought by a band of (almost) the same name. Click the link to find out what he made of the band live:

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The Fuzztones – ‘Gonn Primitive With Craig Moore’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:30

The Fuzztones - Gonn PrimitiveDom Daley gets all primitive with this new live album from the kings of garage fuzz, released via the excellent Spanish Bang! Records label and featuring the king of the genre himself, Mr Craig Moore.  Click the link to find out what he made of this double elpee listening package:

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Axel Rudi Pell – ‘The Ballads V’ (Steamhammer) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:00

ARP VWhen it comes to activity there is no one busier than Germany’s own Axel Rudi Pell, who after the success of his seventeenth release ‘Game Of Sins’ is back with extremely talented band to slow things down with his fifth instalment in ‘The Ballads’ collection. Who else would Über Rock assign to check it out than our very own resident shredder:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Kobra Paige Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 05:00

KATLKobra And The Lotus have a new album ‘Prevail I’ coming out this coming month. Bravely for the band, it’s actually part of a double package, as the band produced a mammoth 21 songs for it… just a tad too many to fit onto one record, we’re sure you’ll agree. Über Rock’s Lindsey Appleton sat down with the charismatic frontwoman from whom the band take their name to talk about the album, and recent developments in the KATL camp:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 04:30

Demon Hunter sigilIt’s not often that you find a metal album reaching as high as #25 on the Billboard 200 these days. It’s even more of an impressive feat for a band as late as eight albums into their career to achieve such an accolade. However, such was the reception to Demon Hunter’s latest release ‘Outlive.’ Heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and a spot on the ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ soundtrack helped the band’s name become more widely known in the mid-Noughties. Since then, Demon Hunter has managed to retain their core fan base whilst continuing to grow in popularity, with a continued dedication to frequently releasing new material. Jonni D caught up with front man Ryan Clark to discuss some of the lyrical topics on ‘Outlive’, as well as the band’s evolving sound and their longevity in the industry:

 

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The Big Über Rock Interview - Ally Dickaty (The Virginmarys) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 04:00

VirginmarysLate last year, Macclesfield rockers The Virginmarys found themselves at a crossroads in their ten year long career. They had reached the end of their record contract and then long time bassist Matt Rose announced he was to leave the band. Now freshly invigorated and with a new outlook on life, the band recently returned with new music and a full UK tour.  Über Rock’s Ben Hughes recently caught up with singer/songwriter Ally Dickaty prior to the final show of the tour at The Key Club in Leeds to get the full lowdown on what's been going on in the world of The Virginmarys and why they are now doing things their way:

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Zeal and Ardor / Pryapisme / Combineharvester – London, Camden Underworld - 20 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 05:00

Zeal and Ardor - Camden 1With their debut album, ‘Devil is Fine’, released to almost universal praise last year, it was understandable that the band’s debut live appearance would be one of the most eagerly anticipated live shows of this year. Our man Matt Bunting was one of the lucky few to get himself a ticket for this sold out gig in the darkest heart of Camden town:

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