July News Updates
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).

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 www.bloodstock.uk.com

 

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

 
Adrenaline Mob bassist David Z killed in crash Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 July 2017 15:13

It has been confirmed that David Z, bassist with Adrenaline Mob and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was killed in an horrific traffic accident in Florida yesterday (Friday).

 

The highly-respected musician, real name David Zablidowsky, joined Adrenaline Mob earlier this year. The band were en route to a show in St Petersburg, Florida, when it appears the RV in which they were travelling was hit by a lorry while parked at the side of the I-75. The vehicle apparently had been pulled over to have a flat tyre fixed.

 

According to Florida Highway Patrol, vocalist Russell Allen, guitarist Mike Orlando and drummer Jordan Cannata (both of whom were travelling in a separate van hauling the band’s equipment), and four members of the band’s crew were seriously injured in the crash. Tour manager Janet Revis is described as “critical”.

 

The sympathies of everyone at Uber Rock goes to David Zablidowsky’s family and friends, and our thoughts and prayers are with the rest of the victims.

 
NEW RELEASE: For The Win prove it’s ‘All Or Nothing’ on new video Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 July 2017 14:08

For The Win have released ‘All or Nothing’, taken from their new album, ‘Heavy Thoughts’, which is being issued via Victory Records on 25 August:

 

 

“’All Or Nothing’ is a phrase that we live by when it comes to this band and where we want to go with it,” says vocalist Kyle Christensen.

 

“The video’s story represents the challenge between chasing your dreams and letting go of stability that you could easily have at home. We all struggle with letting go, because the unknown can be a terrifying place. We face ourselves in the video and also every day while we work to make the best of these opportunities.”

 

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TOUR NEWS: Still Remains announce first British shows in nearly a decade Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:44

Still Remains have announced their first British shows in nearly a decade with a run of nine headline shows in October:

 

StillRemains UKTourPoster 

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Friday 14 July).  Wars and Carcer City are special guests on all dates.

 

Still Remains frontman TJ Miller said:

 

"We have always seen the UK as our home away from home... kind of like a nice summer cottage where we can get away and party every night with the best fans in the world! Like rekindling a relationship with a long-lost best friend, it will be like we never left. But the best is yet to come! Let's get weird, UK."

 

www.facebook.com/stillremains/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Satyricon to release ‘Deep Calleth Upon Deep’ in September Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:00

Satyricon will release their ninth studio album, 'Deep Calleth Upon Deep' on 22 September, via Napalm Records.

 

Satyricon Deep calleth upon Deep main artwork 1500 1500p

 

Frontman Satyr said of the album:

 

“Approaching this release, what I always kept in mind is that either this is the beginning of something new or it’s gonna be my last record.  If this is going to be the last, then it needs to be something special.  If there are more records, then I’d better make sure that this is so different from the last one that it feels like a new beginning.  I think it’s really, really dark, very spiritual and filled with confidence and energy.

 

“The way that I see it is that for any art, be it Satyricon or any other form of art with substance, in order for you to be able to inhale and completely understand it, it will take a little bit of you as well.  If you get it all after a couple of listens, you know that it probably won’t stay with you.  So the title is saying ‘from the depth of the people making this record to the depth of the listener…’  If you want to take part in this journey, you should be prepared to dig deep down in the darkest corner of your soul with us."  

 

The album’s front cover features an obscure drawing from 1898 by Edvard Munch.

 

Satyricon play a one-off UK show at London’s Heaven on Friday 29 September as part of a European run of dates.  Tickets are on sale now.

 

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DVD News: Alice Cooper to release 'Welcome To My Nightmare' special edition in September Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:55

Alice Cooper’s legendary 1976 concert film ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’ is to be released on DVD on 8 September, via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

 

Alice Cooper Nightmare

 

The special edition release will also feature the 1975 TV special ‘Alice Cooper: The Nightmare’, starring Vincent Price, which is being released on DVD for the first time.

 

Alice Cooper returns to the UK and Ireland this November:

 

Wednesday 8 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

Thursday 9 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre

Saturday 11 – Leeds, First Direct Arena

Sunday 12 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro

Tuesday 14 – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena

Wednesday 15 – Manchester, Arena

Thursday 16 – London, SSE Arena

 

Alice’s new album, ‘Paranormal’, is released on 28 July.

 
NEW RELEASE: Departed ask ‘Are You Ready?’ Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 15:38

Departed released their new single, ‘Are You Ready?’ this past Friday (7 July).

 

 

The release celebrates confirmation that the Devon quartet will be supporting Michael Schenker on his forthcoming ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ tour:

 

Thursday 2 November – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 3 November – Sheffield, O2 Academy

Saturday 4 November – Manchester, O2 Ritz

Sunday 5 November – Hull, City Hall

 

"Touring with Schenker is an incredible opportunity for Departed," lead singer Mark Pascall told Über Rock.

 

"Schenker's is a legendary figure in rock n roll. He is a significant part of rock history. It will also be great to see Graham Bonnet again, as we opened for him in Bristol last year. The Michael Schenker Fest tour is going to be a memorable and proud time for the band."

 

Departed also open for Big Country at The Globe in Cardiff on Saturday 25 November.

 
ALBUM NEWS: Overoth to open 'The Forgotten Tome' in September Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:00

Irish extreme metal horde Overoth have confirmed that they will release their second album, ‘The Forgotten Tome’, on 22 September, via Hostile Media.

 

Overoth - Paul Verner Photo credit: Paul Verner

 

The band said of the new album:

 

"We've been working on this album for what seems like an aeon, but finally we're pleased to announce that our hard work and determination for perfection has come to a close. We actually tracked the drums, guitars and vocals for this album around two years ago, and we had planned to add some subtle orchestration, as we had done in our debut, ‘Kingdom Of Shadows’... however... when Dan (guitars) got started, the songs yearned for much more than we had anticipated.

 

“It would be further months of writing, from violins to piano, to the use of ancient instruments like the duduk and ney flute and then back and forwards with mixing... it would appear mixing 20 instruments isn't all that easy!

 

Overoth artwork 

“We also had a grand vision for the artwork and working with a talent such as Will Simpson [known for his work on ‘Game Of Thrones’ and DC Comics] was a great experience: he really did bring our vision to life. The artwork is a story in itself, with multiple pieces all intertwined. There is more than what the cover art depicts, but we'll reveal all that at some point in the very near future.

 

“Finally, ‘The Forgotten Tome’ is complete and we are set to unleash the beast into the world this September.

"Lyrically, for the most part this collection of tales at a first glance would appear fantasy based, with fables of war and magic, good and evil, but actually there is a more human narrative underlying each song. We have our own interpretation of these stories, and we hope that people can find it or come up with some other moral of their own."

 

Overoth support the album release with the following confirmed live dates, also in September:

 

Thursday 28– Cardiff, Fuel Club (with Rabid Bitch Of The North, Mordrake, Isolation and Incursion)

Friday 29 September – Luton, Castlefest

Saturday 30 September – Dundee, Hordes Of Belial

 

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