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John Monday/The Starling Radicals – Abertillery, The Dolls House – 24 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:30

John Monday - Abertillery 2Last September, Nev Brooks walked in on a soundcheck in one of his favourite venues, and found himself at the eye of a musical storm which blew him away and converted him to a new band… but, hey, that’s the joy of this music journalism malarkey, as our man is happy to relate when he returns to the scene of that particular ear-opening experience for more of the same:

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Vandroya – ‘Beyond The Human Mind’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:00

vandroya artworkMarc Leach loves his power metal.  And in the new album from Brazilian purveyors of the genre Vandroya he might just have found himself in seventh heaven… Click the link to find out why, if he took his last breath right now he would be a happy man:

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Pyramaze – ‘Contingent’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:30

pyramaze artworkHuge symphonic soundscapes? Check.  Loads of guitar wankery?  Check.  Big choruses on long songs?  Check.  Must be Danish power metal then?  Check, check and check again.  UR’s resident shredder, Marc Leach, turns his amps up to 11 as he wraps his ears around the latest offering from the new look Pyramaze:

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Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Live In San Francisco 1971’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:00

Flamin Groovies Live coverA little more than 50 years after they first formed, the Flamin’ Groovies are about to release a new studio album.  Before that, however, Dom Daley turns the clock back to the band’s heyday and revels in the retro groove of this recently unearthed live recording, captured for all time in their home city:

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Tom Baker & The Snakes – ‘Lookout Tower’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:30

Tom Baker artworkIf you’re a fan of the glut of fantastic hard rockin' pop pickin' bands that Dom Daley seems to be uncovering out there at the moment, then you need to click the link to find out why you should make no mistake about letting his latest discoveries slither their way on to your radar – and your turntable:

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Vatican – ‘March Of The Kings’ (Pure Steel Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:00

Cover VATICAN March Of The KingsUR editor-in-chief Mark Ashby is by no means a religious man… far from it! He’s a fucking Viking by descent, his ancestors more used to burning down churches than kneeling down in them… so, what happened when he was invited to take a trip to the heavy metal version of the home of the Pope? Well, you’ll just have to click the link to find out:

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The Hip Priests – ‘Those Fucking Boys - A Decade Of Disdain’ (Ghost Highway Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 27 March 2017 04:30

THP - TFB coverapproved small 2013Despite being ignored by the so-called mainstream media, The Hip Priests – a band constantly championed by us here at Über Rock – have managed to make it to their tenth anniversary.  To mark the occasion, they have released a 27 track compilation of all their singles, plus a few non-album tracks to boot.  Dom Daley wraps his ears around a collection which he reckons is the epitome of self-released, self-financed, self-motivated and self-belief sheer fucking doggedness:

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The Picturebooks - 'Home Is A Heartache' (Another Century) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 27 March 2017 04:00

Home Is A Heratache - CoverThe German duo of Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink describe their album, released on the eve of their recent UK tour with Monster Truck, as being about “two best friends, being on the road, away from home for a long time, about the things that happened to us on tour”.  Ben Hughes dusts the highway dust off his boots to share their tales of drive-by shootings and personal discovery:

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite Size Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013As regular readers will know, we love EPs here at Über Rock: those shiny little discs that sit somewhere between a single and a full-length album, but are all-too-often criminally ignored by the so-called mainstream media, quite simply because, more often than not, they are self-released offerings. Mark Ashby kicks musical mediocrity in the ass and turns his rig up to 11:

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The Return Of The Dead End Drive-In: ‘Danny Says: The Life & Times Of Danny Fields’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00


Danny Says artworkapproved small 2013Never heard of Danny Fields?  Where have you been hiding for the past 50 years or so?  From The Beatles to the Warhol scene through to The Ramones, Fields has been there, done that in terms of the New York and East Coast USA music scene, as this new movie documents in stunning and brutally honest detail.  Dom Daley broke out the popcorn and the vino to get all Mark Kermode on our collective asses:

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Napalm Death/Warpath/War Iron/Black Skies Burn – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 19 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:00

Napalm Death Belfast posterIt was the first night of a week which would see no fewer than five of the heaviest heavy metal gigs bring together a collection of the heaviest heavy metal bands in an attempt to level Belfast’s most historic club venue.  First into the fray were grind pioneers Napalm Death, making a welcome return to the Northern Ireland capital.  Down the front headbanging like crazy on Über Rock’s behalf were Mel B and Darren McVeigh of MetalPlanet, who have kindly shared their tale of the evening's ferocious aural assault with us:

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ARW – Hammersmith, Eventim Apollo – 19 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:00

ARW-Artwork-170217Although the current tour featuring a re-united Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman was officially billed as ‘ARW’, in common with hundreds of other fans Jim Rowland turned up for the second of two shows at his beloved Hammersmith Odeon (as once was) to find the band billed as ‘Yes Featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman’. Mm, interesting he thought… Was what actually went down on stage just as interesting? Click the link to find out:

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The Dollyrots - 'Whiplash Splash' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:30

The Dollyrots - Whiplash Smileapproved small 2013When Ben Hughes was half way through reviewing these 13 tracks of radio-friendly three minute bursts of sunshine from Californian pop punks The Dollyrots, his son walked in and asked him why he was listening to Avril Lavigne… But, hey ho (let’s go), our man reckons this slice of instantly recognizable day-glo power pop is the perfect antidote to the winter time blues now hopefully disappearing rapidly into our rearview mirrors:

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Peter Murphy – ‘Bare Boned And Sacred’ (Metropolis Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:00

Pete Murphy BBS artworkGreat music endures, as Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has been proving consistently over and over again over the course of the past few years. Dom Daley got under the bare bones of this latest live album, recorded live in Noo Yawk City, to enjoy the sacred songs reinvented and then bring you his autopsy:

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Armored Saint/Sinocence – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 21 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 05:00

Armored Saint - John Bush 1Just shy of 11 years after their previous, and so far only, appearance in this part of the Überverse, LA metal diehards Armored Saint returned to Belfast for the second night of a short run of dates built around their appearance at this weekend’s Hammerfest… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured ‘round to the historic Limelight to see if the band would win hands down in laying down their particular brand of heavy metal law:

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CJ Ramone – ‘American Beauty’ (Fat Wreck Chords) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:30

American BeautyWith his third solo album – which the man claims to have written in just two weeks - CJ Ramone has produced an opus which Dom Daley reckons not only continues to uphold the legacy of Da Bruddas but will also leave listeners with a broad grin of punk rock pleasure on their faces… Click the link to find out why:

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