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HRH Metal – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 20 February 2017 19:53

Skindred 1 HRHMetal-2No strangers to the boutique music festival, the folks at Hard Rock Hell (HRH) have spent the past decade amassing an impressive portfolio of events throughout the calendar year to challenge the idea that festivals are just for the summer months. The latest addition to their roster of genre specific events is HRH Metal, staged in the “home” of heavy metal – Birmingham. The city also is home to our man Rich Hobson, so he popped along to see what goodies they had in store:

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Electric Guitars – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Radio’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:30

Electric Guitars artworkWhen a band call themselves Electric Guitars you expect them to play rock 'n' roll, right?  And to do so loudly and proudly?  Well, this particular Danish partnership have set themselves the challenge of getting more honest-to-goodness r'n'f'n'r played on our radio stations... But, have they succeeded with this, their third album?  Mark Ashby was the man to spin those dials, tune in and find out:

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The Clamps - 'Blend, Shake, Swallow' (Heavy Psych Sounds Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:00

The Clamps artworkWhen a band namechecks the likes of The Hellacopters, Motörhead and Nashville Pussy, it’s too much for Ben Hughes to resist. So, when the second album from Italian speed-stoner rock 'n' roll merchants The Clamps landed on his doormat, he didn’t hesitate to blend it, give it a bit of shake and then swallow it whole. Yep, he just had to get them into his life:

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The Über Rock Interview: Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin interview Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:00

COVERDom Daley recently caught up with Bermondsey Joyriders’ frontman Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin to talk about his debut solo album, working with the late genius that was producer extraordinaire Dave Goodman and how it was important for him not to record to something that sounded anything like the band which is his “day job”:

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The Über Rock Interview: Kevin Martin (Candlebox) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 05:00

Kevin MartinFormed in 1990 and hailing from Seattle, you might think you know exactly what kind of band Candlebox are without hearing a note of their music. And in some ways, you’d be right. Candlebox are (as put by Kurt Cobain) your radio-friendly unit-shifters. But then, if you look beyond the hook-filled catchiness of their music you’ll find that the band’s lyrical content is anything but commercial, tackling everything from homelessness to mass shootings. Über Rock’s Rich Hobson was lucky enough to speak to Candlebox’s passionate vocalist Kevin Martin to find out why Candlebox are a band so different to their peers and how it feels to be touring again in Europe after a 20 year absence:

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The Über Rock Interview: Joe Dawson (Seasons Hollow) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:00

Season Hollow EP artworkLindsey Appleton recently caught up Joe Dawson from Hereford sensations in the making Seasons Hollow, to talk about their recently released debut EP and their thoughts on the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition. Click the link to find out what the singer had to say:

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Skindred/Raging Speedhorn/RSJ - York, Fibbers - 8 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 05:00

Skindred York 3It had been five long years since Skindred played York – but that was then and this is now, and the ragga rockas made up for their extended absence when they pulled back into town again earlier this month. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to bring you this first-hand account of what went down:

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The Godfathers – Islington, Academy – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:30

Godfathers 2017 2If ever there was a band that refused to die, it’s The Godfathers. Having recently reviewed their magnificent new album, ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’, it was obvious that Martin Haslam just had to witness the soundtrack to his personal revolution live and in the flesh:

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The Pineapple Thief – Islington, Assembly Hall – 11 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:00

The Pineapple Thief posterAfter a bit of a hiatus from Über Rock duties, Jim Rowland is back in action, donning his finest cape and digging out his favourite wand from the bottom of the drawer to head down to what he reckons is one of the best venues in London for a prog-tastic evening of entertainment – and narry a tropical fruit was purloined in the process:

 

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Thunder – Manchester, HMV – 16 February 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Friday, 17 February 2017 19:28

Thunder - HMV Manchester - BenFollowing on the back of the release of their brilliant new album, ‘Rip It Up’, Thunder have been undertaking a series of instore performances at branches of HMV up and down the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Our very own weather girl, Lindsey Appleton tootled along to the one in Manchester to find the band a man down but nevertheless determined to reward their loyal fans with an intimate performance. Click the link to find out what candies they had in the shop:

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Soen – ‘Lykaia’ (UDR Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:30

SOEN Lykaia Digital CoverSoen, the Scandinavian prog supergroup founded by former Amon Amarth and Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, with their line-up now enhanced by the recruitment of ex-Avatarium guitarist Marcus Jidell, have just released their third album, based around the theme of the ancient Greek rituals. Jonni D sacrificed himself on the altar of musical allegiance to delve deep into its grooves and deliver you, our dear reader, his considered opinion:

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Neville Staple - ‘Return Of Judge Roughneck’ (Cleopatra Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:00

Neville Staple - Return of Judge Roughneck coverIf there’s one man on the ska scene that needs no introduction, it is the one man that most definitely can claim the title of THE original Rude Boy. He is, of course, the one and only Neville Staple, founding member of The Specials… Uber Rock’s Martin Haslam gets to hot steppin’ as he evaluates the return of Judge Roughneck with his new double album set:

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Candlebox/ Jeff Angell’s Staticland/Pete RG/ – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 24 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:30

CandleboxIn the post-truth era of the late twenty-tens, and three decades after it threatened to kill off rock music, what is the definition of “grunge”? It was a question our man Rich Hobson found himself pondering when he caught up with second-wavers Candlebox when they returned to the Uber Kingdom a little while back… Did he get any answers? Click the link to find out:

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Aversions Crown – Xenocide (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:00

Aversions Crown - XenocideRich Hobson reckons that Australia is a country so dangerous that even the metal is trying to kill you – and he may have found the latest assassins from down under intent on doing just that to our Über readers… and who quite possibly have saved the deathcore genre in the process…

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The Über Rock Interview: Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:08

Shvpes BelfastA remarkable eight years into their career, Birmingham “upstarts” SHVPES have only recently released their debut album, ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’, which they are currently out on the road promoting as the opening act on Trivium’s latest UK and European tour. Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with lead singer Griffin Dickinson to talk about why the fuck they changed the “a” in their name to a “v”, the aforesaid album, how his rather famous dad didn’t actually know he was fronting a heavy metal band and the downside of going head to head with skateboard legend Tony Hawk:

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Tonight We Stand – ‘Redemption’ EP (Sliptrick Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:30

Tonight We Stand EP coverThe city of Venice may be slowly sinking, but can its latest musical exports prove to be the saviours of the equally failing metalcore scene, or will they fall by the wayside and themselves disappear below the waves of mediocrity? Our man Jonni D delivers his verdict on the other side of the link:

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