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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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Neville Staple - ‘Return Of Judge Roughneck’ (Cleopatra Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:00

Neville Staple - Return of Judge Roughneck coverIf there’s one man on the ska scene that needs no introduction, it is the one man that most definitely can claim the title of THE original Rude Boy. He is, of course, the one and only Neville Staple, founding member of The Specials… Uber Rock’s Martin Haslam gets to hot steppin’ as he evaluates the return of Judge Roughneck with his new double album set:

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Candlebox/ Jeff Angell’s Staticland/Pete RG/ – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 24 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:30

CandleboxIn the post-truth era of the late twenty-tens, and three decades after it threatened to kill off rock music, what is the definition of “grunge”? It was a question our man Rich Hobson found himself pondering when he caught up with second-wavers Candlebox when they returned to the Uber Kingdom a little while back… Did he get any answers? Click the link to find out:

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Aversions Crown – Xenocide (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:00

Aversions Crown - XenocideRich Hobson reckons that Australia is a country so dangerous that even the metal is trying to kill you – and he may have found the latest assassins from down under intent on doing just that to our Über readers… and who quite possibly have saved the deathcore genre in the process…

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The Über Rock Interview: Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:08

Shvpes BelfastA remarkable eight years into their career, Birmingham “upstarts” SHVPES have only recently released their debut album, ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’, which they are currently out on the road promoting as the opening act on Trivium’s latest UK and European tour. Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with lead singer Griffin Dickinson to talk about why the fuck they changed the “a” in their name to a “v”, the aforesaid album, how his rather famous dad didn’t actually know he was fronting a heavy metal band and the downside of going head to head with skateboard legend Tony Hawk:

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Tonight We Stand – ‘Redemption’ EP (Sliptrick Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:30

Tonight We Stand EP coverThe city of Venice may be slowly sinking, but can its latest musical exports prove to be the saviours of the equally failing metalcore scene, or will they fall by the wayside and themselves disappear below the waves of mediocrity? Our man Jonni D delivers his verdict on the other side of the link:

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Alter Eden – ‘Tigers And Lambs’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:00

Alter Eden - Tigers  Lambs cover web“Victory well and truly stolen from the jaws of defeat” is Nick Russell’s summation of this, the second EP from Midlands four piece Alter Eden.  Through its six tracks he unearths references to Tool, Rage Against The Machine and Black Peaks.  Click the link to find out more:

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Taking Back Sunday/Frank Iero and The Patience – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:30

16736594 1966356476929028 1010789019 nTen years after they hit their commercial peak, Taking Back Sunday are back with their original line up with a new album and a new tour, the Über Kingdom leg of which kicked off in Belfast this past weekend. Our man Jonni D was front and centre to find out if this tidal wave of a live show would seeing them take back Saturday as the night for rockin’, or would it just wash over him like an ebbing tide?

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The Wildhearts/Massive Wagons/The Main Grains - Nottingham, Rock City - 27 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:00

16650096 10154753883692293 935285697 nBen Hughes ended 2016 by reviewing a Wildhearts show, so he may as well start this year the same way, eh! But this is one Wildhearts show with a difference. Following the cancellation of the Manchester date last year, due to a virus doing the rounds with the bands and crew, a rescheduled date was announced along with tonight's show at Rock City - a special one off performance of the classic 'Fishing For Luckies' album, played in its entirety:

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Trivium/SikTh/Shvpes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 12 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 13 February 2017 23:45

Trivium Belfast 3It had been eight long years since Trivium had last visited Belfast, and the fans here obviously were hungry for their long-overdue return… did Matt Heafy and his colleagues sate their appetite (for destruction) or were they left baying for more? Uber Rock sent new recruit Jonni D to find out:

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Burnt Out Wreck – ‘Swallow’ (TRHRC/Cherry Red) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 13 February 2017 04:30

BoW-Swallow-album coverRemember a band called Heavy Pettin’? Their flame shone brightly for five years in the mid- to late-Eighties, and they seemed to have the world at their feet… until a disastrous venture into the world of Eurovision brought their dreams crashing down around them. Now, almost 30 years later, drummer Gary Moat is back, this time fronting his own band. As Mark Ashby found out, he certainly doesn’t live up to the band’s name, and our editor-in-chief ain’t prepared to swallow that oft quoted lie that rock is dead:

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Get Loose - 'Get Loose' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 13 February 2017 04:00

Get Loose artworkBen Hughes has been feeling a bit stressed out lately, so we ordered him to get loose with some blues rock from down Oxford way.  He did just that, but will he be shouting loudly and proudly about the experience? Click the link to find out:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:25

URTV thmbEarlier this evening, Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto immediately after the band's soundcheck for the second date of the US metallers' latest European tour.  Click the link to find out what they chatted about:

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