Interviews
The Bloodstock Interviews – Whitechapel Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:30

Alex Wade - WhitechapelFollowing their stunning early afternoon set on Bloodstock’s main Ronnie James Dio stage, Linzi A caught up with Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade for an impromptu chat about their set, the growth of the US festival scene, their desire to tour the Middle East – and fans’ body art! Click the link to find out more:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Dendera Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 03:30

Dendera artworkWe didn’t give poor Linzi A much time to breathe when she broke her Bloodstock duck earlier this month… hardly had she pitched her tent and we had her diving into the thick of the action, with a list of interviews as long as her arm to conduct.  Her first victim, sorry subject, was Ashley Edison, vocalist with Dendera, who also turned out to be a BOA virgin; but, as you’ll see, the conversation quickly turned to Harry Potter:

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The Über Rock interview: Hank Upton (Lionize) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:13

Lionize - HankMaryland groovers Lionize currently are finishing off a 12-date UK and Ireland tour, which culminates at Bloodstock this coming weekend. Über Rock caught up with bassist Hank Upton when they pulled into Belfast, to chat about their new album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, and how it sees a further evolution in their sound, as well as a few hints about what to expect when they hit the stage at Catton Hall on Friday evening:

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The Über Rock Interview: Simon Gordon (Kill II This) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 05:00

Kill II This 2Four years ago, Mancunian metallurgists Kill II This returned to action after a decade-long hiatus, re-energized and re-invigorated and ready to start from the bottom all over again… Über Rock’s Linzi A recently caught up with the band’s “new kid on the block” – singer Simon Gordon to find out what is going on in the KIIT camp at the moment:

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The Uber Rock Interview: Tyler Bryant Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 19 June 2017 18:50

Tyler Bryant - BelfastTyler Bryant & The Shakedown have just completed a run of high profile dates which started at Download, then saw them move on to supporting Aerosmith and Guns N Roses. In between, they stopped off in Belfast for a headlining show, where Über Rock’s husband-and-wife team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the Nashville quartet’s frontman for a quick chat:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Joey Sturgis Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:30

Joey Strugis 1Joey Sturgis first garnered attention back in 2006, when he produced ‘Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord’, the debut album by metalcore mob The Devil Wears Prada. In the intervening decade or so, he has become the producer of choice of TDWP and many of their genre counterparts, including Of Mice And Men, Asking Alexandria, Emmure and many more… Über Rock’s Linzi A caught up with the mixmaster supreme in a rare moment of downtime to talk about his storied career to date:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Kento Koie (Crossfaith) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 21:05

CrossfaithJapanese genre benders Crossfaith are currently in the UK at the end of a run of dates opening for Enter Shikari, before appearing at this weekend series of Slam Dunk festivals.  Über Rock's editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with vocalist Kento Koie just moments before the band took to the stage in Belfast to welcome them on their first time visiting his home city and to get the low down on the band's new EP and album:

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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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The Über Rock Interview: Timmy Rough (The New Roses) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:00

The New Roses PR picThe New Roses play what our man Allan Maxwell describes as the sort of “hard-hitting, alcohol-fuelled rock and roll you would expect from your typical dirty dive bar in down town LA... not from the sleepy Rheingua region in Germany”. They have built up a substantial following since the release of 2016’s breakthrough album, ‘Dead Man's Chest’, by racking up the miles via the old school method of playing show after show all across Europe – as frontman Timmy Rough attested when Über Rock caught up with him ahead of the release of forthcoming new album, ‘One More For The Road’:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Tommy Victor (Prong) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 23 July 2017 09:21

Tommy VictorProng have just completed a five-date run of shows in the UK and Ireland, in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Zero Days’, which is released next Friday (28 July). Über Rock caught up with frontman Tommy Victor just before the band’s Belfast gig:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Steve Williams (Power Quest) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 02 July 2017 04:00

Power QuestOn the back of the news that British power metal heroes Power Quest are to release their first studio album in six years this October, and simultaneously head out on the road with band founder Steve Williams’ old buddies in Dragonforce, Über Rock broke guitar speed records by dialing up the aforementioned keyboard player for a chat. Linzi A was the girl who took the initiative to get the inside track on the ‘Sixth Dimension’ and more:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Dan Baird Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 04 June 2017 04:00

Dan Baird 4When we describe this as the BIG Über Rock interview, we’re probably under-selling it slightly, as it’s absolutely HUGE. Our man Gerald Stansbury recently had the opportunity to catch up with one of the hardest working men in rock ‘n’ roll, Mr Dan Baird, to talk about his recently released new solo and Homemade Sin albums, the different creative processes behind them, the vagaries of getting old and a bunch of other stuff. So, pour yourself a bourbon, settle into your favourite rocking chair and enjoy:

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The Über Rock Interview: Astrid Carsbring (Heavy Tiger) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:00

Heavy TigerThis past February, our man Ben Hughes practically came all over his copy of Heavy Tiger’s ‘Glitter’ album, describing it as “a sticky sweet, sugar buzz of an album” with “just the right mix of punk attitude, pop suss and glam stomp” and predicting it would be near the top of many of the inevitable end of year lists… Gerald Stansbury tends to agree with him, and therefore jumped at the chance to grab a chat with drummer Astrid Carsbring to find out more about the band and the album:

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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: 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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