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Complicated Men Of Leisure – ‘I’m Sorry If I Did Something You Feel I Need To Apologise For’ EP (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:30

CMOL coverComplicated Men Of Leisure is a side project from three members of Jaya The Cat, with a Random Hand thrown in. Nev Brooks ended up with a big shit-eating grin across his face after immersing himself in the deceptively summery but socio-politically charged vibe of their debut extended player. You can find out why by clicking the link:

Rhino Bucket – ‘The Last Real Rock 'n' Roll’ (Acetate Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:00

Rhino Bucket artworkIt’s another good week for rock ‘n’ roll here at Über Rock, and Dom Daley is in full on party mode, as he cracks open the beer – and the Jägermeister – and gets his groove on with a record that is 100 per cent goddamn guaranteed to get his hard rockin’ juices flowing… But, let’s hope that the title isn’t prophetic and that this isn’t the last real rock ‘n’ roll we’ll hear this (or any) year… somehow, we doubt it:

Baleful Creed – ‘Seismic Shifter’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:00

Baleful Creed artworkThe four years since the release of their self-titled debut album have been pretty seismic ones for Northern Ireland doomsters Baleful Creed, but they have come out the other side fighting, as Mark Ashby discovered when he took his head out of his speakers long enough to give his considered opinion on their imminent second full-lengther:

Bernie Tormé - ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (RetroWrek Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:30

Bernie Torme artworkBest known to many rockers of a certain generation as the one-time guitar sidekick to Ian Gillan, Irish-born axeslinger Bernie Tormé has continued to trade licks in his own right, just recently producing this Pledge-funded triple album package, featuring two new studio sets and a live recording.  Tipping his Stetson to the Dublin Cowboy is our very own Martin Haslam:

Atomic Tomb – ‘Sons Of The Empire’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:00

Atomic Tomb artworkAccording to our man in Toronto, Atomic Tomb left a gaping hole in the tapestry of that city’s music scene when they temporarily turned their attention to other projects.  Well, the man who should know such things is delighted to report that they are back in action, and have a storming new album to boot – as you can find out when you click the link:

Little Steven – ‘Soulfire’ (Wicked Cool/UMG) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 15 May 2017 05:00

Little Steven artworkGuitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, actor, radio presenter… there is no doubt the ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt is a prodigious talent. But, it has been almost 20 years since he has been heard as an artist in his own right. That all changed last year, when he resurrected the Disciples Of Soul… and it’s changing again with the release this week of his brand spanking new solo album. But, did the result set Mark Ashby’s soul on fire? Click the link to find out:

Junkyard - 'High Water' (Acetate Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 15 May 2017 04:30

Junkyard artworkBen Hughes’ one abiding memory of Texas rattlesnakes Junkyard is, as a starstruck 20-year old, seeing the band performing twice in one night and then getting drunk with the guys in the band… No wonder, little more than a quarter of a century, he is wading in at the deep end to get his ears around a copy of their new album and trying to contain his excitement that they are to return to these shores:

Snakecharmer – ‘Second Skin’ (Frontiers Music) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 15 May 2017 04:00

Snakecharmer artworkHaving done what a lot of us of a certain age have done ourselves – fallen in love with rock ‘n’ roll, then got all sensible by getting married, buying a house, having kids – David O’Neill has recently rekindled his interest in music:  hell, he’s writing for Uber Rock, ain’t he?  Here, he delves into his musical heritage to discover a new album from a supergroup made up some well-known veterans and couple of relatively newer, and younger, hands:

The Big Über Rock Interview: Alan Robert (Life Of Agony) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:00

LoA Alan 1It has been 12 long years since Life Of Agony released their last album.  The intervening period has been a difficult period for the band, but now it would appear that they have bounced back with a vengeance, with our man Jonni D hailing ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ as a “resounding creative success”.  He caught up with LOA bassist Alan Robert to get under the skin of both the album and the band’s turbulent recent past:

The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Three (Sunday 11 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017There is no doubt about it: the third and final day of this year’s Download is going to be special, what with it seeing the last ever appearance on UK soil of the one band who have headlined this festival so often they could call it their own… and it’s going to be a crazy night all ‘round for farewells, as our man Richie Rich explains:

The Big Über Rock Interview: Alestorm Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 14 May 2017 04:30

K800 NGBTS Group 2 - LandscapeDuring a rare moment of downtime for all concerned, Über Rock’s Rich Hobson caught up with three members of Britain’s favourite bunch of sea-lubbin’ rapscallions, Alestorm, ahead of their set at the recent Hammerfest to talk about their new album, why it sounds like Children Of Bodom (?) and why you won’t see them dressing up in pirate garb any time soon:

The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day Two (Saturday 10 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 improvementsSo, in exactly four weeks’ time, we’re gonna be into the second day of the first festival of the summer season, and everyone will have checked out all the bands that our Über expert Rich Hobson on the Friday, right? OK, maybe some of you thought otherwise, but here we have his personal guide to the must see acts on the various stages in what hopefully won’t be a mud-filled field in the east Midlands:

Black Spiders/Bigfoot/Grifter – Southampton, Joiners - 30 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:30

BlackSpiders 3  HRH DvS II Sheffield2016Living on the Isle of Wight has many good points – but, as Phil Cooper will tell you, travelling to and from gigs isn’t one of them, especially when said gigs run past the time of the last ferry home… nevertheless, it didn’t put our man off enjoying what he could of the Black Spiders’ recent farewell tour when it found its way to the south coast:

Danny Bryant – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 27 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 13 May 2017 04:00

danny-bryant-10 34183640620 oBlues guitarist Danny Bryant recently undertook a short run of dates to promote his appropriately titled ‘Big’ live album: not only is he large in character, but it was recorded with an eight-piece backing band – which left one question for UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… just how was he gonna fit that many musicians onto the tiny stage of a converted church in Belfast? Click the link to find out:

Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’ (Eleven Seven) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 12 May 2017 05:00

Papa Roach artworkThere can be no doubt about it, but the year 2000 definitely was a turning point, not just in terms of history itself, but also in relation to that of music. For it was the year that a new generation of bands emerged, mixing nu-metal, punk rock, rap and hardcore into an entirely new, and extremely radio friendly genre within itself. Now, 17 years later, Mark Ashby discovers that one of the bunch of kids that started that revolution have grown up and produced an album guaranteed to give you some of the title track of this album if you dare to argue:

The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day One (Friday 9 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:45

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017In exactly a month's time, some 60,000-plus rockers and metallers will be gathering in a field in the east Midlands to pay homage to the music that they, and ergo, love,  and enjoying some seriously good (and probably some pretty dodgy) music, as the spectacle that is Download - hopefully without the added 'r' this year - officially kicks off the summer season.  As part of our build up to the biggest weekend on the UK rock scene, Rich Hobson presents his guide to who he reckons will be the "must see" acts on the first day:


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