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Thunder – ‘Rip It Up’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 04:30

Thunder - Rip It Up artworkTwenty-seven years into their careers, most bands would be sitting back and resting on their laurels, not messing with the formula, but sticking with the tried and tested, what works for them and for their fans… But, Thunder aren’t “most bands”. After all, most bands wouldn’t have Über Rock head honcho Mark Ashby listening to their album almost nonstop for the guts of a month… so, click the link and get ready to ‘Rip it Up’:

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Mangog – ‘Mangog Awakens’ (Argonauta Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 04:00

Mangog AwakensRaised on an exclusive diet of Black Sabbath records and psychedelic grooves, Mangog are, according to Rich Hobson, “doom metal in its basest form”. Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, the band arrive on the stoner and doom metal scenes with the appropriately titled ‘Mangog Awakens’, prompting our man to declare a new genre… “insta-vintage”!  Click the link to find out what he’s on about:

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A Sun Traverse – ‘A Sun Traverse’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 23 January 2017 04:30

A Sun Traverse logo“If your release’s worst sin is that it makes you wish there was more of it to listen to, you haven’t done a bad job…”  So asserts Rich Hobson after wrapping his ears around the just released self-titled debut EP from Copenhagen doom/death dealers A Sun Traverse.  Click the link to follow our man as he becomes “submerged deep in pools of nastiness”:

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Berlin Blackouts – ‘Kissed By The Gutter’ (Wanda Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 23 January 2017 04:00

Berlin Blackouts artworkDom Daley has started 2017 the way he intends to carry on, by hitting the ground running and scouring the Überverse in his never ending quest to uncover, and bring to you, dear readers, the best underground punk sounds around.  Today, it’s the second album, in just a few short months, from former Radio Dead Ones vocalist Bev:

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The Uber Rock Singles Club - New Year... And He's Going Digital! Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:30

Darrell BathAnother new year and (thankfully) another batch of singles for the Singles Club to divulge and cast its beady eyes (and ears) over. Sadly, what’s started to creepy crawl into Dom Daley’s club den is the dreaded, at least to his purist heart digital single or the virtual video which is fine and dandy – but, in amidst all the new-fangled gadgetry he finds a fellow soul who beloves the old plastic format - oh, and a work of genius by a now departed master:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Charm The Fury Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 22 January 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Ever woken up on a Sunday morning with the hangover from hell and wondered exactly what the fuck you got up to the night before? This week's chosen video probably will explain exactly what happened… oh, but don't eat your bacon buttie before you click the link:

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Meshuggah/The Haunted - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 17 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:30

Meshuggah - Belfast 2As editor-in chief, I’m going to be brutally honest here: our Marc Leach practically shit his boxers when I asked him did he want to review and shoot Swedish tech metal gods Meshuggah! Hell, it was like an outtake from ‘The Walking Dead’ at URHQ, as he practically bit my arm off… but, did they sate his bloodthirst for loads of widdly-widdly wankery? Well, their light show certainly did. As for the rest? Click the link to find out:

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SPREADING THE DISEASE - The Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:00

100Spreading The Disease – we don’t need to guess where they took their name from – describe themselves as a “contemporary metal band”. Based in Kent, the band was formed in 2014 by bassist Steve Saunders, who decided that, after five years in The Self-Titled, it was time to move on and do something new. With 2016 having been a pretty crap year in terms of losing so many iconic rock and metal icons, it was also a traumatic one for STD, with the departure of drummer Edd Saunders (no relation), as Lindsey Appleton found out when she caught up with Steve and singer Adam May:

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The Hot LZ’s – ‘Aggravate My Mind’ (Hate Street Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 20 January 2017 04:30

The Hot LZs artworkThe cover of the debut album by Oregon upstarts The Hot LZ’s has bars on it.  Uber Rock’s head man Monk reckons they should be behind bars for crimes pertaining to the abuse of the apostrophe.  But, the, they wouldn’t be able to make the sort of steaming hot platters of punk rock that our man Dom D loves so much, would they?

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Jack Russell's Great White – ‘He Saw It Comin' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 20 January 2017 04:00

Jack Russell artworkFor many years now, Great White – like a lot of other hair metal veterans – have had two incarnations of the band doing the rounds of the Überverse’s live circuit.  The advantage of the Jack Russell version, of course, is that the man is the voice of the original group… it still makes reviewing this new album a strange beast for our very own Prince of melodic rock, Dave Prince.  Did he see this one coming? Or was he blindsided?  You know what to do pop pickers:

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Camel Of Doom – ‘Terrestrial’ (Solitude Productions) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 20 January 2017 03:30

Camel Of Doom - TerrestrialKris Clayton was only 13 when he first put together his doom metal project – which may explain why its name sounds like a B list character from some D&D imitation console game… but, making music is a very serious business, and 16 years after he first started out, he has now given us the fourth full lengther from Camel Of Doom. Mark Ashby got lost in the heaviness…

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Sharks – ‘Killers Of The Deep’ (SMS Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 04:30

Sharks - Killers Of The DeepFor the uninitiated, Sharks were a supergroup of sorts founded by former Free bassist Andy Fraser in 1972, and featuring guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Stephen ‘Snips’ Parsons.  Despite a huge fanfare and plenty of financial backing, the whole project fell apart just two years later.  Now, more than 40 years later, Messrs Spedding and Parsons are back with a new line up and a new album.  Jim Rowland jumps in at the deep end to find out if they’ve still got plenty of bite:

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Stephen Pearcy – ‘Smash’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 04:00

Stephen Pearcy - SmashStephen Pearcy may seem to have spent more time recently in and out of a court room than a recording studio, but despite his recently settled legal wrangles with former bandmate Bobby Blotzer he has managed to find time to lay down his fourth studio album, which lands at the end of this month… Can the Ratt frontman still smash things up as a solo artist? Dave Prince certainly thinks so:

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Code Orange – ‘Forever’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 03:30

Code Orange artworkIt’s not often you get references to Black Flag, Converge, Entombed, Meshuggah, Korn and New Order all in one review – unless by some weird happenstance they would be playing the same festival… But, that’s exactly what our man Nick Russell hears in this, the third album from Pittsburgh heavyweights Code Orange. Click the link to find what brand of paracetamol he’s on:

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Avenged Sevenfold/Disturbed/In Flames - Birmingham, Genting Arena - 13 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:48

A7X Disturbed Poster - Square“Metal is dead” is a phrase which is often bandied about, along with the question of who will step up to the mark to become the massive headliners of tomorrow, especially with 2017 seeing so many of the big name veteran acts allegedly taking their final bows… Well, don’t utter references to the genre’s pending demise too loudly around Rich Hobson: because, as he argues in this in depth review, some of the contenders for the crown of “metal kings of the future” might just have already started their coup and usurped the throne…

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PAUL BOYD: A Personal Tribute Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:58

NHA Paul Boyd-270x270Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby pays a personal tribute to Paul Boyd, bassist with Belfast melodic rock band No Hot Ashes, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 January).

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