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Royal Thunder – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s - 27 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:40

Royal Thunder BirminghamIt may be the season of good will to all men, but at URHQ we’re celebrating the darker side, especially of the rock and metal spectrum… and what better way than to look back at a triple-threat bill of doom-infused occult-ish acts - playing in the birthplace of metal no less?  Who did we assign to walk on the dark side of the road?  Why, Rich H ov course! You can find out how he got on by clicking the link with the simple enchanting instruction:

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Fish – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 9 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:20

Fish tour headerHaving recently popped his Marillion cherry, it seemed only fitting for our resident DJ to do the same with the band’s former frontman, Fish, when he also came visiting Manchester. So, we despatched the big man back down the M62 to use up more of his frequent traveller miles and do just and see if the lanky Scot was ‘Clutching At Straws’ or still delivering feasts of aural consequences:

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Deathgod Messiah - 'Abomination Chants from Beyond the Grave' (Ascension Monuments) Print E-mail
Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:00

Deathgod Messiah artworkIt may be fast approaching the day of present exchanging but the black metal community, and especially America’s Deathgod Messiah, have a very special gift for us – a compilation album designed to ensure that all those not of a kvlt persuasion choke on their turkey and reach for the holy water, as our newly appointed prince of all things extreme, Cronohn Pipror explains on the other side of this link.

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The Wildhearts – York, The Fulford Arms – 11 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes and Neil Vary   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:40

Ginger Wildheart YorkThe average hardcore Wildhearts fan has seen the band play live a bazillion times and they have seen Ginger perform acoustic gigs at least a handful of times I reckon. But how many have seen Ginger and CJ touring together, playing a set of Wildhearts songs each night? I’ll tell you how many... nada, nil,zilch... no one, as they have never bloody done it before! At least, not until earlier this month, and our resident wildheart himself found himself drooling at the prospect:

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Silverstein – Glasgow, G2 - 12 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth and Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:20

Silverstein GlasgowWhen a band has been around for 17 years, and have played thousands of shows they have got to find a way of keeping those shows relevant and fun. Not only for the fans but for themselves also. This is the task with which Silverstein found themselves confronted – and the big question is: did they succeed? We sent the brother and sister team of Allan and Elizabeth Maxwell along to the Glasgow leg of the tour to find out:

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Hooded Priest – ‘The Hour Be None’ (I Hate) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:00

Hooded Priest artworkAlthough staples of the Dutch and Flemish, and wider European, doom scene for a little more than a decade now, Hooded Priest have taken a full seven years to follow up their debut album, ‘Devil Worship Reckoning’ – which beggars the question of what they’ve been doing in the intervening period… Well, you can find out on the other side of this link, as our very own Monk in darkly garb casts his verdict on their just-released second album:

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While She Sleeps – Sheffield, O2 Academy - 8 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D and Claire Simmons   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:40

While She Sleeps SheffieldHomecoming shows are always special, and so it proved for Steel City bruisers While She Sleeps when kicked off their latest run of dates in support of their ‘You Are We’ magnum opus within stage diving distance of their front rooms… We sent Geno D and Claire S along to observe things from the safe distance of the balcony as the moshpit action got into full fury:

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SikTh – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 13 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:20

SikTh BelfastHaving spent almost nine years in the musical wilderness, progressive metal innovators SikTh exploded back into action earlier this year, first with a tour supporting Trivium, which by all accounts re-ignited fans’ belief in their ability to deliver incendiary live shows, and the subsequent release of a new album, which they round year off supporting with a short run of dates. We sent Monk and DQ along to the penultimate show, in the unlikely surroundings of a converted church:

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Tragik – ‘Tainted’ (Rock Company) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:00

Tragik Tainted front500They say that you shouldn’t judge a book, or an album, by its cover. But, in the case of this particular offering, it is very hard not to do so. I mean, take a look at the fucking thing. Ripped straight from the tackiest Eighties playbook of gratuitous titillation, what lurks behind it turns out to be a half decent, if somewhat erratic AOR album from one of the hardest working names in the business, as the boss man explains on the other side of this link:

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Satanic Warmaster - 'We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel' (Werewolf Records) Print E-mail
Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:40

Satanic Warmaster artworkAfter 20 years of churning out some sickeningly blasphemous music, one of Finland’s most prolific black metal bands have chosen the Christmas season to release this wonderfully titled retrospective compilation… which also seems a good time to introduce our very own newly appointed Satanic warmaster, Cronohn Pipror, who delivers his verdict on the other side of this link:

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Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes – Glasgow, 02 ABC - 5 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:20

Frank Carter GlasgowIt takes a lot to keep a good artist down – but, even though a bout of tonsillitis forced Frank Carter to reschedule the Irish leg of his last round of touring, he was soon fighting fit and back in the pit again, as our man Allan M found out when he brought his Rattlesnakes north of the border to Glasgie town:

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Pretty Boy Floyd – ‘Public Enemies’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:00

PRETTY BOY FLOYD pe CoverBe honest, how many of you would have expected, that, in 2017, there would be new music from Pretty Boy Floyd? Well, we didn’t, but that is exactly what we've got - and our very own Prince of Parp, for one, is more than happy with it. Click the link to find out why he reckons PBF are not only a band reborn but have come up with a mighty impressive set of hair metal earworms:

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Creeper – Glasgow, O2 ABC - 3 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:40

Creeper GlasgowUndoubtedly one of the hottest up-and-coming young bands of 2017, Creeper returned to the highways and bye-ways of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, bringing along with them some weird and wonderful characters to make up their very own ‘Theatre Of Fear’. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda by the name of Hannah, to check out what down on the opening night:

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Acid Reign – Manchester, Rebellion – 8 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:20

Acid Reign Rebellion posterContinuing to notch up the road miles, and the gig count, our resident DJ recently took himself on another trip down the M62 to the heart of Manchester to catch up with metal’s own lunatic fringe, H, and his Acid Reign crue, ably backed by two of the country’s finest thrash bands. Click the link to find out what sort of madness went down – well, one our man got over his initial confusion over who exactly was on the bill and what time the doors opened:

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Fear The Fallen – ‘The Order’ (Sound House Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:00

Fear The Fallen artworkWe all know of albums that have left an immediate impression on us, be that for better or worse.  Then we have the growers; those gems who patiently reveal their intricacies to us layer by layer.  And, of course, there is that unenviable category of a record that no matter how many times you listen to it will fail to leave any kind of indelible mark, or elicit much emotion whatsoever from the listener.  Which will it be in the case of Jonni D and his experience with Fear The Fallen’s debut effort? Click the link to find out:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Mick Underwood’s Glory Road Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:40

HRH NWOBHM Mick UnderwoodAfter a few months when he has got to sit down with some real rock heroes, our resident DJ reckons he has somehow managed to outdo himself, by grabbing a chat with one of the true legends of the British rock scene, Mick Underwood. Click the link to find out some really juicy stories about his time in bands such as Episode Six and Gillan – as well as a few from his current bandmates, who almost end up conducting the interview themselves:

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