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The BIG Über Rock Interview - CJ Wildheart Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:30

CJ WildheartCJ Wildheart releases his third album, ‘Blood’, via another hugely successful Pledge campaign this very day. Rich Hobson recently tracked him down to chat about said release, his tempestuous relationship with Ginger, his love of being able to play and produce music on his terms – and, of course, hot sauce and cooking! Click the link for our exclusive, in-depth, no-holds-barred chat:

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Trucker Diablo/Gasoline Outlaws – Belfast, Bar Sub – 14 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:15

Trucker DiabloIt surely is the mark of the standing of a band, the reputation they have sweated blood to establish and the standing they have worked hard to gain on the scene when a promoter pro-actively tracks them down and offers them a gig – but, not just any old gig, but one of those landmark moments in any band’s career… the official launch of a new album. It’s a rare occasion, but that is the story behind tonight’s little shindig in the basement of the local university’s Students’ Union building… Let UR’s second-in-command elaborate on the other side of this link:

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Ace Frehley – ‘Anomaly - Deluxe’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:00

acefrehleyanomalydeluxecdBy far the most successful of the Kiss members in terms of their solo output, Ace Frehley has just re-issued his first album to be released following his second stint in the band. It was an album that took him a full seven years to produce, highlighting what Über boss Mark Ashby describes as the sporadic nature of the former Star Child’s output, especially in recent years. But, looking back, was it indeed an ‘Anomaly’? Click the link to find out:

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Belphegor/Enthroned/NervoChaos – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 12 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:40

Belphegor BelfastEarlier this week, the island of Ireland was battered by some of the worst storms in living memory… but, what had gone largely unnoticed by the weather forecasters was the black metal firestorm that had been unleashed in its capital cities the previous week, as Austrian overlords Belphegor brought their ‘Totenritual’ tour to the Emerald Isle, leaving it barren and desolate in their wake.  Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were among the survivors of this triple headed holocaust:

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Andrew O’Neill – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms - 9 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:20

Andrew ONeill tour poster - croppedHave you ever noticed that Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray is the spitting image of comedienne Helen Lederer? No!  Well, they could have been separated at birth!  That was one of pearls of wisdom which educated Martin Haslam when he sat down for stand up Andrew O’Neill’s ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ show. To find out what more he learned, click the link:

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Shellac/Iona Fortune – Birmingham, The Asylum – 6 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:00

Shellac - BirminghamIn the world of noise rock, Steve Albini is the undisputed king. Frontman of Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac, Albini’s contribution to noise is one of the single-most important in the genre’s history, not just as a writer but also on a production level. His name is synonymous with punk rock morals and noise rock abrasion. It’s fair to say then that his arrival in Birmingham with Shellac, his flagship band for the past 25 years, came with a high level of anticipation. Was it fulfilled? Click the link and Rich Hobson will tell you:

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Limbonic Art – ‘Spectre Absym’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:20

LimbonicArt SpectreAbysm CoverNorway’s Limbonic Art were amongst those first pioneering bands to emerge from the fjords on the so-called second wave of black metal. Whilst not being as renowned as the more household names like Burzum, Mayhem, Emperor, Nick Russell believes they still hold a vital place in the history of the genre. But, will their eighth album have the big lad reaching for his corpse paint? Click the link to find out:

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The Bronx –‘Bronx V’ (White Drugs) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 04:00

Bronx V artworkapproved small 2013Dom Daley reckons that hardcore purists might just fall out with the guys in The Bronx, because this long awaited fifth album contains melody aplenty – and even the odd pop song thrown in for good measure!  But, then, they were never ones for standing still – and they certainly aren’t doing that just yet, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Revolution Saints – ‘Light In The Dark’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:20

REVOLUTION-SAINTS-litd-COVER-ltd 600x600‘Light In The Dark’ is the second album from the “super group” made up of Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich.  But, does it offer just that?  Well, our very own king of all things melodic, Dave Prince, is a big fan, and you can find out why by clicking this link:

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Pänzer – ‘The Fatal Command’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:00

Panzer - Fatal Command artworkSchmier, frontman with German bruisers Pänzer reckons that “contemporary heavy metal sounds like kindergarten”. Does he now? So, what has he done to rectify the situation, or move the genre to the next level of its education?  Click the link to find out if Jonni D finds the answer in the grooves of their second album:

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The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:30

The Haunted ArtworkIt’s been a good – no, make that a great – year for metal albums, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum… and it looks like it’s not quite over yet, as Nick Russell discovered when he wrapped his ears around the ninth album from The Haunted and found that there is indeed ‘Strength In Numbers’. You can too, when you click the link:

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Unsane – ‘Sterilize’ (Southern Lord Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:00

Unsane artworkRich Hobson reckons that bands who are more than 20 years into their career have three options musically – double down on the sound that brought them adoration in first place, evolve and experiment or chase every passing trend in a bid to win new fans.  Which option have Noo Yawk noiseniks Unsane gone for on their eighth studio album? The answer is on the other side of this link:

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Today Is The Day/Fashion Week – Cheltenham, Frog and Fiddle - 5 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:40

Today Is The Today Cheltenham According to Rich Hobson, the UK has a long way to go, in terms of catching up with noise punk, and while the genre is finally (and thankfully) gaining a foothold over here, fans have to settle from visits from US bands who have ensured that it remains “an ever-present murky stain sitting between the worlds of metal and punk”. And so our resident expert in all things noisy Maine visionaries TITD, as he explains on the other side of this link:

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HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 1 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:20

HRH SvD 2017Today’s instalment of Über Rock is brought to you by the letters D and S – standing for doom and stoner respectively – and by the number two, as, in the second part of our day of bringing to you heavy and sludgy, DJ Astrocreep descends once more into the darkness to report from the eventful second day of the second iteration of the bespoke HRH SvsD festival in the heart of Steel City. Click the link to find out what the big man from Merseyside made of the slightly re-jigged bill:

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HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:00

HRH SvD 2017Year two of HRH's Stoner vs Doom had a pretty big set of shoes to fill, but with the likes of Saint Vitus, Ten Foot Wizard, Truck Fighters and Kadavar playing, the bill looked like it could live up to the previous year's hype.  But did it?  The mysterious DJ Astrocreep ventured over the Pennines to team up with our Sheffield crue to find out – and so can you, on the other side of this link:

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Alter Bridge/As Lions – Belfast, Ulster Hall – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:30

Myles Kennedy Alter Bridge BelfastIt is very rarely, if ever, that any artist visits the same territory during a touring cycle – never mind the same town, or even the same venue, and within the space of less than four months. But, that’s exactly what Alter Bridge have just done on their most recent return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Yep, as promised at the end of their debut visit to this particular corner of the Überverse, here they were again… for another sold out show. And, of course, the UR team were there (well, we had to be or Monk probably would have been getting divorce papers):

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