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ALBUM NEWS: Autograph to get off their asses in October Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 14:22

LA hard rockers Autograph will release their new studio album, ‘Get Off Your Ass’, via the EMP Label Group on 6 October.



‘Get Off Your Ass’ the first official album from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand alongside vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels and drummer Marc Wieland.

Says co-founder Lynch:


“’Get Off Your Ass’ definitely sets a new direction for the band, with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from Autograph. This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!!"



Adds Daniels:


“We are so excited about this record! This is a line-up of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless, and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies, but with heavier guitars and a more “in your face” attitude. The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era, with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s Autograph on steroids.”

TOUR NEWS: Magnum confirm 2018 UK dates Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 08:15

Magnum have confirmed an extensive UK tour for next February/March.


Full dates are as follows:


Magnum tour poster 

Magnum’s new album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, is due to be released via Steamhammer/SPV in January.


FESTIVAL NEWS: More additions to Damnation billing Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:00

English death metal supergroup Vallenfyre, Finnish gothic rockers Grave Pleasures and Belgian grind purveyors Leng Tch'e will join this year's outrageous Damnation Festival bill.


The trio have been added to the soon-to-be-sold out line-up which already boasts the likes of Bloodbath, Paradise Lost, Sodom and Dying Fetus at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.


Damnation Update 4 August 2017


Vallenfyre said:


"We look forward to playing our home county at Damnation in November. That said, we will be destroying it. The path of destruction will feature many familiar faces I’m sure!”


Grave Pleasures added:


"We're looking forward to spilling the Motherblood of our new album all over Damnation Festival this year. Raise the banners, paint the placards and pull on your gas mask as we bring the sound of the dancing apocalypse to Yorkshire's damned children."


And Leng Tch’e said:


"We're honoured and super excited to have been invited to Damnation Festival and share the stage with our buddies in Dying Fetus, Nails, Psycroptic, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and so many more. The UK has always been very good to us so it is with extreme pleasure that we will present our new material from the upcoming album 'Razorgrind' to our fans across the Channel."

ALBUM NEWS: Revolution Saints to bring ‘Light In The Dark’ in October Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:46

Revolution Saints – who are made up of former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, The Dead Daisies guitarist Doug Aldrich and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades – are to release their second album, ‘Light In The Dark’, on 13 October, via Frontiers Music.


The band have released a video for the title track:



‘Light In The Dark’ is the follow up to the Saints’ self-titled debut album, released in 2015.


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TOUR NEWS: The Raven Age announce October dates Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 15:44

The Raven Age have announced a string of headline shows in October:


The Raven Age poster


The tour will be the first to feature new guitarist Tony Maue, who has taken over from Dan Wright, who will be concentrating on managing the band. Dan comments:


“With the band doing so well and moving from strength to strength, I have decided to make managing The Raven Age my full-time role. This will allow me to focus on delivering the most exciting experiences for our fans and help the band to explore new opportunities


"When we created The Raven Age, we never imagined that we'd achieve half of what we have so far. Tony’s addition to the line-up is now allowing me to focus my time on growing the band that I love. The band is in the best possible position and we are all excited for what the future holds.”

ALBUM NEWS: New super group Sons Of Apollo to release debut album in October Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:09

Sons Of Apollo - the new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns N’ Roses, and Journey – will release their debut album, ‘Psychotic Symphony’, via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 20 October.


The group features two re-united former members of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. They are joined in the new project by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, bassist Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs/Mr. Big/The Fell) and singer Jeff Scott Soto.


Sons Of Apollo


Portnoy explains the background to the new band:


“Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band [PSMS} with he and I, Billy Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”


Sherinian adds:


“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio. The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about Sons Of Apollo is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity - a lethal combination!”


As Portnoy explains, it was Sherinian was mainly responsible for the band’s name:


“I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested Sons Of Apollo and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”


The album release will be followed by tour dates in 2018.


“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”


Sherinian agrees:


“We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring Sons Of Apollo to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”

Trivium release new single Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:03

Trivium have today released a new video, for the song 'The Sin And The Sentence':



The track is taken from the band's as yet untitled new album, which is due to be released later this year.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Black Star Rider head up latest Hard Rock Hell XI announcement Print E-mail
Monday, 31 July 2017 14:00

Black Star Riders have been confirmed to headline the Saturday night at Hard Rock Hell XI, which takes place at the Hafon-Y-Mor holiday camp just outside Pwllheli in north Wales from 9 – 12 November.


They join already confirmed fellow headliners Dee Snider and Airbourne.


Among the 25 other acts also confirmed today are The Graveltones, Wayward Sons, Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters and Goldray. Unfortunately, Femme Fatale have had to withdraw from the bill, due to other commitments. The full line-up of the 44 acts confirmed so far is as below:


HRH Poster - July Update


HRH XI has been totally sold out since last November. This year’s event follow the first official HRH Awards, which will take place on Wednesday 8 November (details to be announced soon).


TOUR NEWS: Black Star Riders announce November dates Print E-mail
Friday, 28 July 2017 09:03

Black Star Riders have announced a run of nine dates for this November:


BSR Nov 2016 poster


Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (2 August) from all usual outlets.


Black Star Riders play the main stage at Ramblin' Man Fair tomorrow (Saturday 29 July).

It’s The End Of The End in Sabbath film Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 July 2017 09:57

A film telling the story of the last ever tour by one of metal’s most iconic bands is to get a one-off screening in cinemas across the UK.


‘The End Of The End’, chronicling Black Sabbath’s sold out final show in their hometown of Birmingham this past February – will be shown on more than 260 screens up and down the country on Thursday 28 September.



Tickets for the screenings are available HERE.


In addition to behind-the-scenes and live footage from their final concert, the film features Sabbath in the studio, as they deliver unique and exclusive performances of some of their favourite songs not played on the tour.


The band said of reaching the end of the road: “To bring it all back home after all these years was pretty special. It was so hard to say goodbye to the fans, who’ve been incredibly loyal to us through the years. We never dreamed in the early days that we’d be here 49 years later doing our last show on our home turf.”

ALBUM NEWS: Second Blind Idiot God album to be re-released in October Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:22

Indivisible Music is set to release a remastered ‘Undertow’, the second album by Blind Idiot God (BIG), originally released in 1989, on 13 October.


Blind Idiot God artwork


The re-issued version will come with three bonus tracks: their collaboration with saxophonist John Zorn and two versions of ‘Freaked’, the theme song of the Alex Winter movie of the same name, recorded with Henry Rollins and the only BIG track to feature vocals.


"I know it is rare for them to have vocals in their music," Rollins has said of recording with the band, "so I felt lucky to have been an exception. I remain a fan."


BIG guitarist and co-founder, Andy Hawkins, recounts: "Blind Idiot God opened for Black Flag in St. Louis in 1983. There never was, nor will there be, anybody else like them. They made huge leaps forward in heavy music. Having played with and seen Black Flag with Henry many times, I was thrilled when he consented to do the vocals on the ‘Freaked’ title track.


"Henry's words are way past rock lyrics, with a heft and impact that reaches beyond poetry. He came into the studio with the words and we had a quick discussion about the form of the long and short versions. He then quietly arranged his phrasing for a few minutes and knocked it out. Totally pro and totally great, I think it's one of his best rock efforts ever. Start to finish, it probably took less than an hour to nail both versions, I don't think it could've gone any better."


Invisible Music plans to re-issue the remaining two out of print Blind Idiot God records  in the near future. The band is planning to release a new album in 2018.

Slipknot to mark ‘Day Of The Gusano’ in “one night only” screenings of new documentary Print E-mail
Monday, 24 July 2017 18:11

Slipknot’s new documentary, ‘Day Of The Gusano’, is to get a “one night only” cinema release in September.


Tickets are now available for the one off screenings, which are taking place at more than 100 cinemas across the UK on Wednesday 6 September.


Slipknot - DOTG artwork


Directed by Slipknot’s own M.Shawn Crahan, aka ‘Clown’, ‘Day of The Gusano’ documents the band’s first ever visit to Mexico City in December 2015, and features exclusive interviews and behind the scenes footage of Slipknot’s members talking about the band’s long awaited first ever show there and the importance of their fanbase, fondly known as 'maggots' ('gusano' is the Spanish translation).  


The movie also chronicles the rabid devotion of their Mexican 'gusano' and details personal stories from some of their fans, all interspersed with footage from Slipknot’s live show at the inaugural Knotfest Mexico. 


Talking about the movie, Clown said:


"Slipknot still has dreams for itself.  Finally playing Mexico was one of them.  It's been a surreal life of rock and roll for Slipknot and the fact that the dreams still go on for us is simply incredible. Thank you.”  


Guitarist Jim Root continued:


“We had such a great time at Knotfest Mexico... Not only with all the friends and bands that were there, but with the fans and the crowd we had to document it with.  Now we get to share it with the world.”

ALBUM NEWS: The Quireboys to deliver some ‘White Trash Blues’ in September. Print E-mail
Friday, 21 July 2017 11:38

The Quireboys - White Trash BluesThe Quireboys are to release their new album, ‘White Trash Blues’, on 5 September, via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. As its title suggested, the album will be the Quireboys’ own take on a number of iconic blues songs, including classics by the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold.


It will be preceded by an EP, ‘Leaving Trunk’, which will be released digitally, with two bonus tracks, on 1 August.


“Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved the blues,” said Quireboys keyboard player Keith Weir. “I used to buy The Blues Collection magazine back in the 90s - I’ve still got all of those CDs. It’s a genre that I’ve always loved and doing this album was a dream come true.”


“It’s never been black and white where The Quireboys are concerned,” added frontman Spike. “There have always been shades of the blues. And now we’ve got the perfect chance to put a new twist on some old classics.”


Guitarist Guy Griffin explained the background to the project:


“When Spike and I met Chris Ingham from Ramblin’ Man Fair he floated the idea of doing a blues set at this year’s festival and we loved the idea.“Why not do something different to the norm? And at that point we sensed an opportunity to make a blues record. All of the guys are great musicians - as a band we can play anything. I suppose the trick was giving these blues classics a unique twist and that’s what we’ve tried to do.”


Paul Guerin added: “The album came together very organically but they are songs everyone has played at different times over the years and they feel like they’re part of our history. There are a few leftfield choices and we love that but it’s always great to give the classics a go. We’re naturally suited to playing the blues but let’s be honest - once Spike starts singing they all sound like they could be Quireboys songs. And they can be!”


The Quireboys - Photo by Tom GoldPHOTO CREDIT: Tom Gold @ GoldWood Images


“We didn’t just want to do carbon copies of these great old songs but at the same time we wanted to pay due respect to the people behind the songs,” said Keith Weir. “I think we’ve managed to strike the right balance.” 


Available on both CD and vinyl, the digital version of ‘White Trash Blues’ will include three bonus tracks.


The Quireboys play the Maryport Blues Festival on Saturday 29 July and the Blues Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair on Sunday 30 July.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington found dead Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 July 2017 19:24

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has been found dead at his home in Los Angeles.


The LA Coroner's office confirmed that the singer, aged just 41, had taken his own life.


Bandmate Mike Shinoda has tweeted that he is"shocked and heartbroken" and added that "an official statement will come out as soon as we have one".


Bennington's battles with depression, drug and alcohol abuse were well-documented in his lyrics.


Linkin Park were due to kick off their 'One More Light' tour next Thursday (27 July).


Everyone at Über Rock extends our deepest sympathies to Chester's family, bandmates and friends.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock confirms final acts, plus line-up changes Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:21

With three weeks to go, the final bands appearing at this year’s Bloodstock have been confirmed. Two changes to the lineup on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. also have been announced as has some extracurricular entertainment.


Welsh death metallers Venom Prison, who won the ‘Best New Band’ at last month’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods, fill the final slot on the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Sunday


Mantar and Scarab (who were tipped as one of Über Rock’s “must see” bands of the weekend) have both been forced to pull out of the festival, and have been replaced by Red Rum and Xentrix respectively.


BOA Poster July 19


The final batch of bands from this year’s Metal 2 The Masses competition also have been announced.  Raze The Void, K-Lacura and Embodiment will all appear on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage on Friday, Hoofknuckle and Hundred Year Old Man will perform on the Saturday, while the Sunday bill will be completed by Switchblade City, Sentience, Netherall, Seething Akira and Battalions.


In the final announcement, Kettering thrashers Unitra have been added to the Jagermeister stage on Sunday.  


For those with VIP Serpents Lair tickets, details have been announced of a number of exclusive sets in the VIP bar.  Darth Elvis & The Imperials will play on the Friday, stoners Steak and doom/punk/blues duo Noisepicker perform on the Saturday, while Sunday will feature classic rock & metal covers squad Black Shot Rose.


For the full list of bands appearing over the weekend, visit


Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10 -13 August.  Limited weekend and day tickets are still available.


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