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Dissociates – ‘A Capital Idea’ (Safety Second Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:20

Dissociates artworkThe first thing that grabbed Double D about this new album from London post-punkers Dissociates was the production and arrangements, resulting in a mighty fine polished long player that embraces great songwriting with plenty of thoughtful songs that are very well crafted indeed. You can find out what he means on the other side of this link:

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Greyhaven – ‘Breathe’ EP (Outsider Records) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 04:00

Greyhaven Cover Artworkapproved small 2013Post-hardcore lads Greyhaven seem to be on a roll at the moment. They’ve only been around since 2015 but they’re already on their third EP and have a small but dedicated following waiting on their every word. And if ‘Breathe’ is anything to go by, they’re going to have a very good year indeed, at least according to Tim Bolitho-Jones:

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The Boys/Heavy Drapes/The Vulz – London, The 100 Club – 6 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:40

The Boys 100 Club posterIt’s always a pleasure (never a chore) for Dom Daley to find himself in one of the world’s most well-preserved and treasured concert venues right in the heart of London's Oxford Street – and especially when it’s for an all-too-rare live appearance by a truly legendary band.  Click the link to find out why this classics-laded evening once again left our man begging for more:

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Leaves’ Eyes – ‘Sign Of The Dragonhead’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:20

Leaves Eyes artworkBig Nick reckons that the epic Euro dominated genre of symphonic metal can generally be classed as marmite metal: you either love it with a passion bordering on partisan obsession or you hate it with every fibre of your being! One band who have been at the centre of driving the genre forward are Leaves’ Eyes, who have just released their first album with new vocalist Elina Siirala. Will their tales of Viking derring-do appeal to our man’s cold, black heart? There’s only one way to find out:

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Choke Chains – ‘Choke Chains’ (Hound Gawd Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 15 January 2018 04:00

Choke Chains artworkChoke Chains are a bunch of Midwestern misfits who love playing loud garage rock with a thick fuzzy bass and big jarring riffs with vocals that more often than not are distorted cries for help. Just the sort of loud garage rock that Double D just lurvs… and you can find out what he thought of this particular example on the other side of this ‘ere link:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Black Bullets Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:00

The Black Bullets Promo ShotThis week’s video choice is from a band who have been on the UR radar for a while now, thanks to three excellent EPs released over the period of the last half decade. ‘Dolls’ is their new single, which was released on Friday – and we rather like it (well, we wouldn’t have chosen it if we didn’t, would we?):

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The Über Rock Singles Club: Blowin’ away the January Blues Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:40

approved image lrg 2013Welcome, welcome, welcome - come on in and pull up a seat… the Singles Club is open for business in 2018 and boy has Uncle Dom got a bunch of bands to shake off the hangovers from 2017 and drag you kicking and screaming into the new year with some of the latest list of applicants from around the globe. Click the link to find out what 7” slabs of delight are tickling the earlobes of our expert in all things punk ‘n’ roll this month:

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My ‘Gig From Hell’ – Tim King (SOiL) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:20

SOiL Tim 1Formed in 1997, Chicago heavy rockers band SOiL have sold more than two million albums worldwide and are best known for the hit singles ‘Halo’, ‘Unreal’, ‘Redefine’, ‘The Lesser Man’ and ‘Shine On’. Ahead of their forthcoming return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, as support to Alien Ant Farm, Allan Maxwell asked bassist Tim King to tell him about the one gig that stands out in his memory for all the wrong reasons:

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Über Rock Introduces... Deathtraps Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brookes   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:00

Deathtraps 2So just how do you like your rock ‘n’ roll? New? Edgy? Raw? Maybe a hint of the Stooges? Just a smidgeon of the MC5?  Welcome to the Deathtraps! Already picking up massive interest on the live circuit and with a self-produced LP, ‘Justice For The Risca One’, that crept into Nev Brookes’ top 17 for 2017. Live they are finding their feet, setting their stall out – and, do you know what? I guarantee that they’ll find themselves in quite a few scribes gig of the year listing for 2018. So, enough with the pre-amble: on with the show…

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My ‘Gig From Hell’ – Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:40

36 CrazyfistsWhen Alaskan metal crue 36 Crazyfists return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll this coming week, they’ll no doubt be playing to packed venues in front of hundreds of sweaty, moshing fans… not a showroom full of pissed off sales reps!  Wondering what the hell we’re on about?  Well, proving that hell is indeed gig-shaped, Allan Maxwell recently got 36CF vocalist Brock Lindow to spill the beans on what he reckons must rank as one of the worst of all time, never mind possibly the most disastrous in the band’s storied career…

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The Über Rock Interview - Brandy Row Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:20

Brandy Row profile picNow, you probably recognize Brandy Row from his time with The Gaggers and The Truebadors. If you don’t, shame on you and hit that “find” button, or click the link to find out more about the man and his plans for the coming year, thanks to this excerpt from a much bigger chat with our Nev about music, arts and literature:

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Anti-Nowhere League/The Defects/Borrowed Time – London, The 100 Club – 5 January 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:00

anwldefectsBack in the early ‘80s, a label called WXYZ Records released two cracking albums – Anti-Nowhere League’s ‘We Are …The League’ in 1982, and The Defects’ ‘Defective Breakdown’ the following year. Jim Rowland loved them both then, and still does today. Last weekend saw both bands back together on the same stage on the second night of this year’s Resolution Festival at Oxford Street’s legendary 100 Club venue - and our man was there like a rat up a drainpipe:

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Watain - ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:40

Watain TWE 2018 CoverMore than four years after they took us on ‘The Wild Hunt’ with an album which experimented with the inclusion of traditional and progressive elements to their relatively standard black metal sound, a bold move which proved to be a winning formula, Watain have gone back to basics with their just-released follow-up, as Jonni D explains on the other side of this link:

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Worry Blast – ‘.44’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:20

Worry Blast artworkWith the passing of the giant that was AC/DC, there has been a rock ‘n’ roll void that many bands have endeavoured to fill. The likes of Airbourne being arguably the most commercially successful band to form from the hard-rocking mould.  However, in Swiss four-piece Worry Blast Phil C reckons that he has found another group of potential pretenders, without sounding like a thinly veiled tribute act.  Click the link to find out more:

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Tonight Alive – ‘Underworld’ (Hopeless Records) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 12 January 2018 04:00

Tonight Alive artworkHaving followed their career since they asked ‘What Are You Scared Of?’ back in 2011, Allan Maxwell admitted approaching Tonight Alive’s latest album with mixed feelings, especially as he had watched them slowly eschew the “punk” part of the sound that once set them up as serious contenders to Paramore, and given the fact that singer Jenna McDougall openly admitted that it was going to explore the darker side of her psyche. Click the link to find if he need to have worried about them straying even further from the pop punk path:

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Tankard – ‘Hymns For The Drunk’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 04:40

Tankard Hymns artworkGerman thrashers Tankard, one of the original grand daddies of the thrash metal scene and one-quarter of the “Teutonic Big Four”, have been together for an unbelievable 35 years and have released 17 studio albums. This compilation covers the period between 2002 and 2010. While it may be only a small snapshot of their storied career, Big Nick reckons it’s a clear demonstration of why they are just as important and influential as some of their more illustrious contemporaries:

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