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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Joey Sturgis Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:30

Joey Strugis 1Joey Sturgis first garnered attention back in 2006, when he produced ‘Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord’, the debut album by metalcore mob The Devil Wears Prada. In the intervening decade or so, he has become the producer of choice of TDWP and many of their genre counterparts, including Of Mice And Men, Asking Alexandria, Emmure and many more… Über Rock’s Linzi A caught up with the mixmaster supreme in a rare moment of downtime to talk about his storied career to date:

The Über Rock Interview: Astrid Carsbring (Heavy Tiger) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 28 May 2017 04:00

Heavy TigerThis past February, our man Ben Hughes practically came all over his copy of Heavy Tiger’s ‘Glitter’ album, describing it as “a sticky sweet, sugar buzz of an album” with “just the right mix of punk attitude, pop suss and glam stomp” and predicting it would be near the top of many of the inevitable end of year lists… Gerald Stansbury tends to agree with him, and therefore jumped at the chance to grab a chat with drummer Astrid Carsbring to find out more about the band and the album:

Zlatanera/Baleful Creed/Shrouded/Erosion – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 20 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:00

Zlatanera Belfast 2When this gig was first announced, it was billed as a “special show” – a mysterious description which sat for weeks on social media without any further explanation. Then a countdown started, and in the days beforehand it emerged that Zlatanera would be premiering their new video, for the song ‘Bad Case Of The Devil’ – featuring oul’ Nick himself and a cast of various rock ‘n’ roll reprobates and shot in this very same venue. Über Rock sent our top team along to see if the dark lord would make another appearance:

CKY/Graveyard Johnnys – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 13 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:30

CKY Birmingham 1Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or at least that’s how the saying goes. With bands, absence can stoke the flames of passion, supercharging a band’s popularity to the point where they could be even bigger than they were in their glory days, or it can prove detrimental, with bands falling by the wayside due to lack of activity and a failure to capitalize on any previous momentum. Rich Hobson dives right in to the front of the stage to find out how CKY have trodden the former path:

Big Business/Whores./History of Sex – Birmingham, Mama Roux – 4 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:00

Big BusinessBills don’t come much noisier or more furious than the double-bill of Whores. and Big Business, two of the hardest-hitting, noisiest punk bands from the US. Our man Rich Hobson availed of the opportunity to get eye-wateringly, ear-splittingly close to the harsh crème de la crème of modern noise punk - in a stylish, New Orleans inspired bar… Click the link to find out more:

The Chuck Norris Experiment – ‘Chuck Me’ (Transubstans Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 26 May 2017 04:30

Chuck Me artworkHands up if you want a good old school hard rockin’ album that's doesn't harbour any pretensions and is what it is, and from the sleeve to the production says “fuck you, we came to rock” - and that's what it does. Too slow down the back there – but right up the front was the one and only Dom Daley, waving feverishly and screaming “Chuck Me Sir!”:

The Dirty Denims - 'Back With A Bang!' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 26 May 2017 04:00

The Dirty Denims artworkWith a name like The Dirty Denims you can take a pretty fair guess at what style of music this Dutch four piece rock 'n' roll band are cooking up.  Ben Hughes was the man tasked with venturing into the kitchen and seeing if he could stand the heat generated by their latest EP:

Harem Scarem – ‘United!’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 26 May 2017 03:30

haremscaremunitedcdThey may have officially stopped recording back in 2009, but they return to the UK later this year for the third edition of the Rockingham festival – which sounds like as good an excuse as any to drop a new album, if you ask us… David O’Neill plugs himself into ye olde stereo deck and discovers just one of the musical pleasures he missed while enjoying parenthood:

The BIG Über Rock Interview: Kento Koie (Crossfaith) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 21:05

CrossfaithJapanese genre benders Crossfaith are currently in the UK at the end of a run of dates opening for Enter Shikari, before appearing at this weekend series of Slam Dunk festivals.  Über Rock's editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with vocalist Kento Koie just moments before the band took to the stage in Belfast to welcome them on their first time visiting his home city and to get the low down on the band's new EP and album:

Defences – ‘With Might And Main’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 04:30

Defences Album CoverIt’s no great secret that metalcore as a genre has been run through the mill in recent years. Following the scene’s boom in the Noughties, much of the successive music has become more and more polished in an attempt to appeal to a younger crowd; one that is less likely to be predisposed to the more traditionally ‘metal’ elements of the style. However, a few promising exceptions to the homogenous metalcore norm have been making some very noticeable waves of late. Jonni D hails the entrance onto the scene of just one such band - Defences:

Duncan Reid & The Big Heads – ‘Bombs Away‘ (LBH Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 04:00

7600-cover rgbIn his recent interview with this very website that constantly kicks the ass of musical mediocrity, Duncan Reid admitted that he had never even attempted writing a song during his tenure with The Boys. Now, with his third album since going “solo”, Dom Daley reckons he has honed the craft to nigh on perfection. Click the link to find out why:

Bad Sam – ‘Bring Me The Head Of...’ (Kriminal Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:30

Bad Sam artworkComing out of nowhere, a new Bad Sam album hits the streets without any fanfare at all - but it is a most welcome gift, at least as far as our man Dom Daley is concerned, who finds it the perfect antidote to all the mayhem going on around him in the world outside his own little punk ‘n’ roll kingdom. Click the link to find out what happened when he lit the fuse and then sat on top of this particular powderkeg:

Hunter & The Bear – ‘Paper Heart’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:00

Hunter Bear Paper HeartJim Rowland is a big fan of up-and-coming beat combo Hunter & The Bear and their fiercely independent approach to everything they do. So, will their debut album set his paper heart on fire or will it get all soggy with tears of joy? There’s only one way to fined out, and that’s by clicking the link:

Biters – ‘The Future Ain't What It Used To Be’ (Earache Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:30

Biters - Future coverWe’re not gonna beat about the bush with any fancy intro here. Biters have a new album out. It’s a work of rock n roll art. And there can be only one man tasked with educating you about this work of genius. So, without further ado, click the link and get on with it:

Warrant – ‘Louder, Harder, Faster’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:00

WARRANT lhf cover 3000Making a welcome return to the Über Rock pages after a bit of a break, our very own king of parp wraps his ears around the first new Warrant album since the death of Jani Lane six long years ago… but, does it have our man celebrating the band’s return with a slice of a certain-flavoured pie, or will he be heading for the door as hard and fast as possible? Click the link to find out:

Danzig – ‘Black Laden Crown’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 22 May 2017 04:30

DZ BLC-C 1500x1500There’s no denying that Glenn Danzig belongs in the pantheon of the all-time great characters in the history of rock music. From his time in the Misfits through much of his solo material, Danzig has remained an iconic figure whose dark charisma has inspired everyone from Metallica to AFI. However, according to our man Jonni D, there is also no denying that Danzig has failed to age gracefully when it comes to his recent creative output. Has he rectified the situation with his forthcoming new album? Click the link to find out why JD’s low expectations were more than fulfilled:


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