Interviews
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:

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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:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Kobra Paige Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 05:00

KATLKobra And The Lotus have a new album ‘Prevail I’ coming out this coming month. Bravely for the band, it’s actually part of a double package, as the band produced a mammoth 21 songs for it… just a tad too many to fit onto one record, we’re sure you’ll agree. Über Rock’s Lindsey Appleton sat down with the charismatic frontwoman from whom the band take their name to talk about the album, and recent developments in the KATL camp:

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The Big Über Rock Interview - Ally Dickaty (The Virginmarys) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 04:00

VirginmarysLate last year, Macclesfield rockers The Virginmarys found themselves at a crossroads in their ten year long career. They had reached the end of their record contract and then long time bassist Matt Rose announced he was to leave the band. Now freshly invigorated and with a new outlook on life, the band recently returned with new music and a full UK tour.  Über Rock’s Ben Hughes recently caught up with singer/songwriter Ally Dickaty prior to the final show of the tour at The Key Club in Leeds to get the full lowdown on what's been going on in the world of The Virginmarys and why they are now doing things their way:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: The Raven Age Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:00

The Raven Age - Facebook profile picHaving supported some of the biggest and most prestigious names in the metal world over the past three years, The Raven Age have had the finest tutelage that our world can offer. Be it the gauntlet of fire of supporting Iron Maiden at international stadium shows, or a master-class of thrash in supporting Anthrax across the UK and Europe, this band has had to earn their stripes fast. Rich Hobson caught up with guitarist George Harris at the recent Hammerfest to find out everything he possibly could about them:

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HRH AOR: Sordid Lies Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 04:30

URTV thmbWe're like to tell the truth here on the website to excite.  We don't believe in lies.  And especially not of the sordid kind.  Well, we didn't... until we met up with Valen Vain, the charismatic and colourful frontman of the Hull-based sleazesters by the name of - well, Sordid Lies.  Click the link to find out why mint green skintight leggings are now the de rigeur fashion accessory at UR headquarters this coming season:

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The Über Rock Interview: Monster Truck Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:15

Monster Truck tour posterCanadian four wheel driven rockers Monster Truck are currently ripping up stages across the UK on a headline tour in support of last year’s ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ album. Having earned rave receptions when they visited the island of Ireland with Nickelback last October, the band quickly made sure that was where their latest jaunt kicked off, as our editor-in-chief found up when he hooked up with them just before the first night’s show in Belfast:

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HRH AOR: Devilfire Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 17 March 2017 03:30

URTV thmbWhen Devilfire were originally booked to play last weekend's HRH AOR they were called something different, before being forced to change their name... unfortunately, that came too late to get all the posters and so forth changed, so they appeared on the billing under their former name!  Confused?  Mark Ashby caught up with band founder Alex Cooper to explain the situation:

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HRH AOR: Paul Laine Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:02

URTV thmbLast weekend's HRH AOR, as with every year's events, was filled with highlights, one of which was a storming set from the one and only Paul Laine.  The day before his main stage appearance, he also had performed an intimate acoustic set, after which Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him for a quick chat:

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HRH AOR: Lita Ford Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Monday, 13 March 2017 15:06

17264326 10210826076200378 5658923252730405751 nThey say you should never meet your heroes... but that's exactly what happened this past weekend, when Über Rock's very own The Dark Queen sat down with the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Lita Ford, prior to her appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  The two ladies chatted about Lita's autobiography, the influence she has had on women in the rock industry and her plans for a new studio album:

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The Über Rock Interview: Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:03

Robbie Crane - BSRBlack Star Riders are currently ripping up stages up and down the length of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the band when they pulled into frontman Ricky Warwick’s home town of Belfast, where they enjoyed a very intimate instore acoustic set followed by a riotous headline show at the city’s historic Limelight venue. In between, they caught up with bassist Robbie Crane to chat about the success of new album ‘Heavy Fire’ and the band’s extreme work ethic:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Duncan Reid Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 04:00

Duncan Reid - Camden 1Who would have thought that one of UR’s favourite power pop punk rock ‘n’ roll songsmiths used to struggle to produce a single word, never mind a tune? Yep, indeed he did folks, as Dom Daley found out when he caught up with ex-The Boys bassist turned Big Head Duncan Reid following his recent triumphant Camden show to discuss his transition from sidekick to main man:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Ryan Clark (Demon Hunter) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Sunday, 30 April 2017 04:30

Demon Hunter sigilIt’s not often that you find a metal album reaching as high as #25 on the Billboard 200 these days. It’s even more of an impressive feat for a band as late as eight albums into their career to achieve such an accolade. However, such was the reception to Demon Hunter’s latest release ‘Outlive.’ Heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbangers Ball and a spot on the ‘Resident Evil: Apocalypse’ soundtrack helped the band’s name become more widely known in the mid-Noughties. Since then, Demon Hunter has managed to retain their core fan base whilst continuing to grow in popularity, with a continued dedication to frequently releasing new material. Jonni D caught up with front man Ryan Clark to discuss some of the lyrical topics on ‘Outlive’, as well as the band’s evolving sound and their longevity in the industry:

 

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Seether Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:30

SeetherFor last 15 years, Seether have been a staple of the alternative rock scene in America, consistent in both popularity and their creative output. According to our man Jonni D, their upcoming album, ‘Poison The Parish’, sees the trio taking some bold steps in terms of adopting a more unpolished sound, as they take advantage of a newfound, greater creative control over their music. JD recently took the opportunity to chat with primary songwriter Shaun Morgan about this fertile stage in the band’s career:

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The Über Rock Interview: Last Great Dreamers Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 10:50

Last Great DreamersÜber Rock's Mark Ashby and Dark Queen were supposed to interview renascent Welsh retro-rockers Last Great Dreamers at last month's HRH AOR fest thing in their homeland, but the fates conspired against us and it had to be scrapped... so, our deadly husband and wife duo caught up with the lads when they pulled into Northern Ireland during their tour in support of The Quireboys:

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HRH AOR: Kane'd Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 03:30

KanedValley gals, and guys, Kane'd were one of a number of bands to play two sets at last weekend's HRH AOR fest - one on the second stage on the Friday afternoon, and a second, stripped down one, on the acoustic stage the following day.  Mark Ashby caught up with the three sisters, and two of the fellas, to get the lowdown on the band... once they'd got the small matter of a certain rugby match out of the way:

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HRH AOR: Talking Shit with Silent Jack, Daylight Robbery and Hell's Addiction Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:00

URTV thmbLike most of our friends from the various webzines and radio stations, Team UR spent most of the Saturday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR fest camped out in the media zone, trying to cram in as many interviews with as many bands as possible... in our case, we very quickly started talking shit - quite literally.  Click the link to find out what went down in three of the interviews:

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HRH AOR: Voodoo Vegas Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:29

URTV thmbThe Friday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR proved to be a frustrating one for the UR team, with interviews cancelled, postponed or re-arranged more often than editor-in-chief Mark Ashby changed his underwear... however, one band who not only turned up on time but were actually early were the guys from Voodoo Vegas, who were the first band of the weekend to brave our interrogation suite:

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HRH AOR: Mark Slaughter Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 19:38

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby had the chance to catch up with Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter ahead of the band's headlining appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  We'll not spoil the surprise by divulging what they talked about... you'll just have to click the link to find out:

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The Über Rock Interview: Fabio Dessi (Arthemis) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:30

Fabio DLindsey Appleton recently tracked down Fabio Dessi, vocalist with Italian power metal thrashers Arthemis, to talk about the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Blood – Fury – Domination’, due to be released on 7 April, and how the simple act of saying “hello” to each other every day is one of the secrets to the band’s longevity:

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The Uber Rock Interview: Dante Gizzi (Gun) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 05:00

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Gun frontman Dante Gizzi when the band returned to Belfast this past weekend, as special guests on the current Black Star Riders tour.  Click the link to hear all the gen on life on the road, including accident-prone bus drivers, defying doctor's orders, the band's forthcoming new album and how whiskey (especially of the Irish variety) is definitely good for enhancing your vocal performance:

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