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ALBUM NEWS: The Bloody Beetroots to release guest laden new album in October Print E-mail
Friday, 15 September 2017 11:17

The Bloody Beetroots – aka Italian producer and songwriter Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo – will release his new album, ‘The Great Eelctronic Swindle’, on 20 October via Last Gang Records.

 

The Bloody Beetroots artwork

 

The release has been preceded by two singles: ‘My Name Is Thunder’, a collaboration with Jet, and ‘Pirates, Punks & Politics’ featuring Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee.

 

The album also features guest appearances by Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever and Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam, as well as collaborations with Gallows and Deap Valley.

 

“This is the first time I have used so many vocalists and lyrics in The Bloody Beetroots music.  I chose the greatest vocalists I knew that could help tell the story of about four years of life,” says Rifo.


 
“The title is a tribute to the Sex Pistols and the film ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’ directed by Julian Temple.  It was a sign of the end of an era. The end of punk.  I want to reclaim that for electronic music because the business squeezed the genre so much that they delivered the end of electronic music itself.  We are living in a great electronic swindle.  People don’t even realize who is the artist, the producer and who deserves to be called an artist in this genre.  There is much great music out there but it is completely covered by trash.  You just have to dig. There’s so much shit around.


 
“Dance music has been recognized as cheerful, joyful but there is so much more than that.  The way we’re dealing with this album… with the cover, etc, is trying to add substance to it. 

 

“Dance music used the beat to draw people in.  We use the ‘four on the floor’ kick in a similar way to bring people in and then expose to something with more substance.  Similarly, the mask is a catalyst.  To bring people in.   Now there are many masks out there trying to do the same thing.


 
This project is for the people and everybody can be part of TBB.  I’m a little guy from a small town… I am part of the people and this is made for the people.”

 

www.facebook.com/thebloodybeetroots/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Last Great Dreamers launch Pledge campaign Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:51

Brit rock troubadours, and Über Rock faves, Last Great Dreamers have just launched a PledgeMusic campaign around their fourth album, which they plan to start recording in November, with a release scheduled through their own label, Ray Records, in March 2018.

 

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PHOTO CREDIT: The Dark Queen

 

You can join the campaign HERE.

 

The launch of the Pledge campaign coincides with a trio of dates LGD are playing this weekend, as special guests to The Quireboys:

 

Thursday 14 September – Derby, The Venue

Friday 15 September – Wakefield, Warehouse 23

Saturday 16 September – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

 

www.facebook.com/lastgreatdreamers

 
ALBUM NEWS: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to release ‘Wrong Creatures’ in January Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:45

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are to release their new album, ‘Wrong Creatures’, on 12 January.

 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 

The first track, ‘Little Thing Gone Wild’, is available as an instant free download with pre-orders of the album. The album title is inspired by a lyric from the single: “Lord you hear me loud into my soul speaker, why won’t you let me out, you’ve got the wrong creature”.

 

‘Wrong Creatures’ has been more than two years in the making as the band - Peter Hayes (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robert Levon Been (vocal, bass, guitar) and Leah Shapiro (drums) – started work on it in the summer of 2015.  They had just finished the touring cycle for their last album, ‘Specter At The Feast’, and Shapiro had undergone life-saving brain surgery for Chiari Malformation, a rare disorder the restricts the flow of spinal fluid between the brain and spine .

 

“It’s a crazy making machine, it can chew you up good, I mean we literally toured ‘till the wheels came off and Leah’s brain literally started leaking out of her head” says Been.

 

“I know I’ve battled on and off with mental depression, and Pete’s head never came with any proper instructions.”

 

“I find myself writing about death a lot,” says Hayes.

 

“I find myself having a discussion with death, which sounds dark. For me, it's dark humour.”


Adds Been:

 

“We are truly an island – come hell or high water, so it’s usually best to dress accordingly. Though I’m not sure what the proper attire is when drowning in fire. But leather usually goes with everything.”

 

BRMC tour the UK and Ireland in October and November, with dates as follows:

 

Monday 23 October – Dublin, Academy (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 24 October – Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 26 October - Glasgow Barrowland(SOLD OUT)
Friday 27 October - Manchester, Academy
Saturday 28 October - Birmingham, O2 Academy
Monday 30 October - Leeds, O2 Academy
Tuesday 31 October - Brighton, Dome
Thursday 2 November  Bristol, O2 Academy
Friday 3 November - Nottingham, Rock City
Saturday 4 November - London, O2 Academy Brixton

 

www.facebook.com/BRMCOfficial/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Jaya The Cat to declare 'A Good Day For The Damned' in November Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 16:14

Jaya The Cat release their new album, 'A Good Day For The Damned', on 17 November, through Bomber Music.

 

Jaya The Cat 

"We hope to have created something people can connect to." says vocalist Geoff Lagadec of the album.

 

"It's pretty eclectic, just a bunch of stories in different styles. We keep trying to evolve, yet stay grounded in a punk/reggae aesthetic." 

 

The lead single, 'Sweet Eurotrash', has just been released.

 

"[It] is a story about a night of sin, madness and questionable life decisions made in bathroom stalls... of overzealous hotel maids and unreasonably early check out times," explains Lagadec.

 

 

Jaya The Cat return to the UK this December, with dates as follows:

 

Tuesday 5 – London, The Underworld
Wednesday 6 – Huddersfield, The Parish
Thursday 7 – Newcastle, Think Tank!
Friday 8 – Bradford, The Underground
Saturday 9 – Derby, Hairy Dog
Sunday 10 – Bristol, Xmas Ska Fest @ The Fleece

 

www.facebook.com/JayaTheCat/

 
TOUR NEWS: Anvil to pound the pavements in February Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 20:18

Legendary Canadian metal loons Anvil are to play no fewer that 15 dates across the UK and Ireland next February as part of their extensive 40th anniversary 'Pounding The Pavement' European tour.

 

Anvil tour poster

 

www.facebook.com/anvilmetal/

 
MassMatiks to release new single ahead of September tour Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 12:32

MassMatiks are to release a new single, ‘One Foot In This Club’, ahead of their already announced September tour.

 

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Vocalist Geroge Peploe said of the new single:

 

“In a modern world where there is an apparent over-crowding of meaningless, half-assed rock music – we promise our music will give your ears a fresh and new sound that will make you want to come down to a show and experience MassMatiks.”

 

Tour dates are as follows:

 

Massmatiks Tour Poster 

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ALBUM NEWS: GBH to gain ‘Momentum’ in November Print E-mail
Friday, 25 August 2017 12:58

GBH will release their latest studio album, ‘Momentum’, on Hellcat Records on 17 November.

 

GBH 

“We’re always looking forward,” says vocalist Colin Abrahall. “Next gig, next tour, next album. For us, it is all about momentum. At this point if we stopped moving forward we’d just fall over”.

 

Tour dates will be announced in the near future.

 
New book to tell history of Finnish black metal Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 August 2017 21:00

A new book on the history of Finnish black metal is to be published in English for the first time.

 

‘The Devil's Cradle: The Story of Finnish Black Metal’, by Helsinki-based journalist Tero Ikäheimonen, will be issued by Svart Publishing on 1 November.

 

The Devils Cradle artwork

 

Based on more than 50 interviews conducted by Ikäheimonen between 2014 and 2017, the book unravels the story of Finnish black metal from the late 1980s and features such bands as Beherit, Impaled Nazarene, Barathrum, Archgoat, Azazel, Diaboli, Darkwoods My Betrothed, Horna, Vornat, Thy Serpent, Wanderer, Urn, Black Dawn, ...And Oceans, Musta Surma, Alghazanth, Azaghal, Warloghe, Behexen, Clandestine Blaze, Satanic Warmaster, Ride for Revenge, Goatmoon, IC Rex, Charnel Winds, Cosmic Church, Saturnian Mist, Rienaus and Abyssion.

 

"Countless books have been written about black metal over the years, but every time, the Finnish scene has remained merely a side note," says Ikäheimonen. 

 

"It's an atrocity, since Finland has created some of the world's most renown underground black metal since the beginning; I wanted to fix that. This book is made for the maniacs all over the world.

 

"It was important for me to base the book on the experiences of true underground spirits - black metal musicians, zine authors, and tape traders," Ikäheimonen says. 

 

"Many stories are told for the first time. I wanted to focus on the music, but not forget the darker side of black metal - all the violence, death, and destruction that have ravaged the Finnish scene. It was crucial to include the spiritual and psychological side of black metal, too. Satanism with all its different notions and the occult are present throughout the book."

 

‘The Devil's Cradle’ was first published in Finnish in September 2016. The English translation features all the original content and two additional chapters.

 

www.facebook.com/The-Devils-Cradle-406077333070793

 
TOUR NEWS: Savage Messiah to support Cradle Of Filth Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:09

NWOBHM inspired thrashers Savage Messiah have been confirmed as special guests on Cradle Of Filth’s forthcoming UK and Ireland tour dates.

 

Cradle Of Filth updated tour poster 

Savage Messiah stated: 


“We are thrilled to be joining Cradle of Filth on their UK and Ireland tour in October and November! We had a great show together in Portsmouth recently, so we jumped at the chance to do a full run. This promises to be a really great night of metal so make sure you get your tickets early and we look forward to celebrating the UK metal scene with everyone!"

Dani Filth commented on the tour: 


"We, as a band, are incredibly excited about hitting the UK and Ireland for a full run of dates around All Hallows Eve, as playing the band's home country is always great fun and the audiences here are very receptive. And nuts. The dates will be the first in a long line of shows that will extend throughout the rest of the World throughout 2018. We aim to be very prolific on the live front, delivering a show worthy of our fan’s exalted expectations and more"

Cradle Of Filth’s new album, ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness Of Decay’, will be released on September 22 via Nuclear Blast. 

 

 

www.facebook.com/cradleoffilth

 
TOUR NEWS: Jaret Reddick to bring ‘Heartache & Hilarity’ to UK next month Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 11:37

Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick embarks on his first ever UK solo tour next month. 

 

Jaret Reddick tour poster 

The Heartache & Hilarity tour will see Jaret both performing songs, not just from Bowling For Soup but his other musical projects, People On Vacation and Jarinus, and telling the stories behind the songs, as well as talking about some of the many other things he has done throughout his 20-plus years as an actor, voiceover artist and musician, from working with Disney to being the current voice of US restaurant icon Chuck E. Cheese.


Tickets are available from all usual outlets. Support on all dates comes from The Lounge Kittens.

 

Meanwhile, Bowling For Soup have released an acoustic version of 'Turbulence', taken from the 'Acoustic in a Freakin' English Church' live DVD/CD.

 

 

Reddick explained why ‘Turbulence’, which originally featured on BFS’s 2011 album 'Fishin' For Woos', is such an important song in the history of Bowling For Soup:

 

"Turbulence is one of those special songs that goes through life with me. The "bumps in the road" are different, depending on the roads... but I always have this one to come back to, to remind me that life is awesome... even the fart joke guy needs a boost from time to time."

 

www.facebook.com/bowlingforsoup

 
ALBUM NEWS: Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown to be first release on new Snakefarm label Print E-mail
Monday, 21 August 2017 13:50

Über Rock favourites Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown are to release their self-titled new album through the newly established Snakefarm Records imprint on Friday 3 November.

 

Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown 

Snakefarm Records is a subsidiary of the long-established Spinefarm label, and will concentrate on “roots rock”.

 
ALBUM NEWS: Into The Unknown to come ‘Out Of The Shadows’ in October Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2017 14:58

Into The Unknown will release their debut album, ‘Out Of The Shadows’, via Vigilante Records on 20 October.

 

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The album features covers of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’ and Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’, alongside nine original songs.

 

www.facebook.com/ITUUKVigilante/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Robert Plant to release ‘Carry Fire’ in October. Tour dates to follow. Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2017 08:20

Robert Plant is to release his 11th solo album, ‘Carry Fire’, on Friday 13 October, via Nonesuch/Warner Bros.

 

Robert Plant - Carry Fire

 

His first full-length release since 2014’s ‘lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar’, it was produced by Plant at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.

 

As with ‘lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar’, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.  Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman appears on three tracks and will join the band for the subsequent UK and Irish tour dates.

 

A number of special guests also appear on the album, with Chrissie Hynde singing the duet ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain’ (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys) and Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performing on three tracks.

 

Plant says of the album:

 

“It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation”.

 

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters have confirmed the following tour dates:

 

Thursday 16 November - Plymouth, Pavilions 

Friday 17 November - Bristol, Colston Hall 

Monday 20 November - Wolverhampton, Civic 

Wednesday 22 November – Llandudno, Venue Cymru 

Friday 24 November - Newcastle, City Hall 

Saturday 25 November - Liverpool, Olympia 

Monday 27 November – Glasgow, SEC Armadillo

Tuesday 28 November – Perth, Concert Hall 

Thursday 30 November - Manchester, O2 Apollo

Saturday 2 December – Belfast. Ulster Hall 

Sunday 3 December – Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Wednesday 6 December – Sheffield, City Hall 

Friday 8 December – London, Royal Albert Hall 

Monday 11 December – Portsmouth, Guildhall 

Tuesday 12 December – Birmingham, Symphony Hall 

 

Tickets for all shows go on sale next Friday (25 August) from all usual outlets.

 

www.facebook.com/robertplant/

 
TOUR NEWS: Bloodshot Dawn announce first dates in almost two years Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:34

UK melodic death metallers Bloodshot Dawn have announced details of their first UK tour in almost two years.

 

Dates are as follows:

 

Bloodshot Dawn tour poster 

Frontman Josh McMorran commented:

 

"We are also excited to be hitting the tour circuit again after a short hiatus. We are hungry for live devastation and looking forward to seeing fans old and new!"

 

"We are pleased to announce we have joined forces with Hostile Media to release our third full length album, ‘Reanimation’. After working with their press team for years we have built a stalwart relationship that we believe will help take us to the next level as well as making it easier to purchase our music across the globe. Their passion and commitment is equal to our tenacity and hard work ethic making this a force to be reckoned with!"

 

‘Renanimation’ is slated for released early 2018. It will feature Bloodshot Dawn’s new line-up, which is now completed by guitarist Morgan Reid and drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos).

 

www.facebook.com/BloodshotDawn/

 
RIP Kenny Kanowski Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 23:03

It is with great sadness that we report the death of guitarist and songwriter Kenny Kanowski.

 

Kenny Kanowski

 

Best known as the co-writer of ‘We All Die Young’ – the lead single from the Steelheart album ‘Wait’, subsequently featured in the movie ‘Rock Star’ – the cause of his death is not known at this time.

 

Kanowski played guitar and co-wrote seven of the ten songs on the 1996 ‘Wait’ album. He subsequently re-united with SteelHeart last year, when he stood in with the band for the second edition of the Rockingham festival. The Über Rock crew had the great pleasure of meeting up with Kenny at that time, and spent several pleasureable hours in his company talking about his music. He had arrived ahead of the rest of the band, with no spending money, and felt guilty about scrounging a pint.  We bought him two; maybe more. He got up and jammed with the band in the pub: it was only when he nailed 'We All Die Young' we realized who we were hanging with.  It didn't matter: by then, we were all one happy gang of drinking buddies. It was mighty craic.

 

Writing on SteelHeart’s official Facebook page, singer Miljenko Matijevic said:

 

“I have truly been lost for words for days now. My brother, I have known you for over 20 years and, in that time, we have created magic. I didn't realize how deeply connected we were until now. I am so saddened by this I cannot even begin to express. Too soon Kenny, much too soon!!

 

“Throughout the years we have laughed, wrote amazing songs, shared the big stages throughout the world, but also sometimes didn't see eye to eye just like brothers do. However, life would always put us back together face to face and we would always accept with love and understanding and move on.

 

“My old friend, from the bottom of my heart, I truly wish you are at peace. laughing and looking down at us silly people running around trying to find our way through this dream to find our freedom. Our songs will live forever and I will never forget the good times as well as the challenges life has put in front of us throughout the years. Take care Kenny, I send you my love. You are free my friend, free!!!”

 
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