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Eureka Machines/Baby Chaos/The Chris Catalyst Group/Fierce Ideas - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:00

Eureka Machines4Guitarist and all around workaholic Chris Catalyst recently celebrated his birthday by throwing a gig in his spiritual home, leaving our man Ben Hughes no choice but to don his most dapper gear and head down the club for a celebratory drink and a touch of raucous rock ‘n’f’n’ roll:

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Courtesans - 'Better Safe Than Sober' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 04:30

Courtesans - Better SafeLondon four piece Courtesans describe their music as "pop lying on the train track". Following the release of acclaimed debut long player '1917', Ben Hughes reckons that this all female four piece have upped the ante with their new EP, as they aim “to take the dying carcass of pop music and inject it with a 21st century twist of goth-tinged rock”.  Click the link to find out what he means:

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Mike Tramp – ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ (Target) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 04:00

Mike Tramp - Maybe TomorrowWhile his past almost inevitably will hang over him like a veritable Sword of Damocles, over the past few years Danish singer-songwriter Mike Tramp has fought to virtually re-invent himself, shaking off the shadow of his stadium-filling days as frontman with White Lion to establish himself as an artist comfortable in the shoes in which he finds himself walking more than 20 years after parting ways with the band that shot him to international stardom – and almost killed him in the process.  Mark Ashby delves deep into his latest album to find the man once again in reflective but optimistic mood:

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HRH Metal – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 12 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:30

HellCrowd 1 HRHMetalHaving survived his own particular brand of “ear-splitting mayhem” on the first day of the inaugural HRH Metal, Rich Hobson once again found himself down the front and in the pit for the second day. To read his report from the front line of the Über Kingdom’s newest metalfest, click ye olde link with your fist of steel:

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Torrefy – ‘The Infinity Complex’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 04:00

Torrefy - TIC artworkSince his recruitment to Über Rock just last month, young Jonni D has turned into a virtual reviewing machine. Today, he gets Torrefy-ed with a dose of Canadian thrash metal… or is he – and is it? Click the link to find out:

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HRH Metal – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 20 February 2017 19:53

Skindred 1 HRHMetal-2No strangers to the boutique music festival, the folks at Hard Rock Hell (HRH) have spent the past decade amassing an impressive portfolio of events throughout the calendar year to challenge the idea that festivals are just for the summer months. The latest addition to their roster of genre specific events is HRH Metal, staged in the “home” of heavy metal – Birmingham. The city also is home to our man Rich Hobson, so he popped along to see what goodies they had in store:

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Electric Guitars – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Radio’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:30

Electric Guitars artworkWhen a band call themselves Electric Guitars you expect them to play rock 'n' roll, right?  And to do so loudly and proudly?  Well, this particular Danish partnership have set themselves the challenge of getting more honest-to-goodness r'n'f'n'r played on our radio stations... But, have they succeeded with this, their third album?  Mark Ashby was the man to spin those dials, tune in and find out:

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The Clamps - 'Blend, Shake, Swallow' (Heavy Psych Sounds Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:00

The Clamps artworkWhen a band namechecks the likes of The Hellacopters, Motörhead and Nashville Pussy, it’s too much for Ben Hughes to resist. So, when the second album from Italian speed-stoner rock 'n' roll merchants The Clamps landed on his doormat, he didn’t hesitate to blend it, give it a bit of shake and then swallow it whole. Yep, he just had to get them into his life:

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The Über Rock Interview: Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin interview Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:00

COVERDom Daley recently caught up with Bermondsey Joyriders’ frontman Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin to talk about his debut solo album, working with the late genius that was producer extraordinaire Dave Goodman and how it was important for him not to record to something that sounded anything like the band which is his “day job”:

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The Über Rock Interview: Kevin Martin (Candlebox) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 05:00

Kevin MartinFormed in 1990 and hailing from Seattle, you might think you know exactly what kind of band Candlebox are without hearing a note of their music. And in some ways, you’d be right. Candlebox are (as put by Kurt Cobain) your radio-friendly unit-shifters. But then, if you look beyond the hook-filled catchiness of their music you’ll find that the band’s lyrical content is anything but commercial, tackling everything from homelessness to mass shootings. Über Rock’s Rich Hobson was lucky enough to speak to Candlebox’s passionate vocalist Kevin Martin to find out why Candlebox are a band so different to their peers and how it feels to be touring again in Europe after a 20 year absence:

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The Über Rock Interview: Joe Dawson (Seasons Hollow) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:00

Season Hollow EP artworkLindsey Appleton recently caught up Joe Dawson from Hereford sensations in the making Seasons Hollow, to talk about their recently released debut EP and their thoughts on the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition. Click the link to find out what the singer had to say:

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Skindred/Raging Speedhorn/RSJ - York, Fibbers - 8 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:00

Skindred York 3It had been five long years since Skindred played York – but that was then and this is now, and the ragga rockas made up for their extended absence when they pulled back into town again earlier this month. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to bring you this first-hand account of what went down:

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The Godfathers – Islington, Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:30

Godfathers 2017 2If ever there was a band that refused to die, it’s The Godfathers. Having recently reviewed their magnificent new album, ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’, it was obvious that Martin Haslam just had to witness the soundtrack to his personal revolution live and in the flesh:

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The Pineapple Thief – Islington, Assembly Hall – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:00

The Pineapple Thief posterAfter a bit of a hiatus from Über Rock duties, Jim Rowland is back in action, donning his finest cape and digging out his favourite wand from the bottom of the drawer to head down to what he reckons is one of the best venues in London for a prog-tastic evening of entertainment – and narry a tropical fruit was purloined in the process:

 

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Thunder – Manchester, HMV – 16 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Friday, 17 February 2017 19:28

Thunder - HMV Manchester - BenFollowing on the back of the release of their brilliant new album, ‘Rip It Up’, Thunder have been undertaking a series of instore performances at branches of HMV up and down the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Our very own weather girl, Lindsey Appleton tootled along to the one in Manchester to find the band a man down but nevertheless determined to reward their loyal fans with an intimate performance. Click the link to find out what candies they had in the shop:

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Soen – ‘Lykaia’ (UDR Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:30

SOEN Lykaia Digital CoverSoen, the Scandinavian prog supergroup founded by former Amon Amarth and Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, with their line-up now enhanced by the recruitment of ex-Avatarium guitarist Marcus Jidell, have just released their third album, based around the theme of the ancient Greek rituals. Jonni D sacrificed himself on the altar of musical allegiance to delve deep into its grooves and deliver you, our dear reader, his considered opinion:

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