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Revolution Saints – ‘Light In The Dark’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:20

REVOLUTION-SAINTS-litd-COVER-ltd 600x600‘Light In The Dark’ is the second album from the “super group” made up of Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich.  But, does it offer just that?  Well, our very own king of all things melodic, Dave Prince, is a big fan, and you can find out why by clicking this link:

Pänzer – ‘The Fatal Command’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:00

Panzer - Fatal Command artworkSchmier, frontman with German bruisers Pänzer reckons that “contemporary heavy metal sounds like kindergarten”. Does he now? So, what has he done to rectify the situation, or move the genre to the next level of its education?  Click the link to find out if Jonni D finds the answer in the grooves of their second album:

The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:30

The Haunted ArtworkIt’s been a good – no, make that a great – year for metal albums, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum… and it looks like it’s not quite over yet, as Nick Russell discovered when he wrapped his ears around the ninth album from The Haunted and found that there is indeed ‘Strength In Numbers’. You can too, when you click the link:

Unsane – ‘Sterilize’ (Southern Lord Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:00

Unsane artworkRich Hobson reckons that bands who are more than 20 years into their career have three options musically – double down on the sound that brought them adoration in first place, evolve and experiment or chase every passing trend in a bid to win new fans.  Which option have Noo Yawk noiseniks Unsane gone for on their eighth studio album? The answer is on the other side of this link:

Today Is The Day/Fashion Week – Cheltenham, Frog and Fiddle - 5 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:40

Today Is The Today Cheltenham According to Rich Hobson, the UK has a long way to go, in terms of catching up with noise punk, and while the genre is finally (and thankfully) gaining a foothold over here, fans have to settle from visits from US bands who have ensured that it remains “an ever-present murky stain sitting between the worlds of metal and punk”. And so our resident expert in all things noisy Maine visionaries TITD, as he explains on the other side of this link:

HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 1 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:20

HRH SvD 2017Today’s instalment of Über Rock is brought to you by the letters D and S – standing for doom and stoner respectively – and by the number two, as, in the second part of our day of bringing to you heavy and sludgy, DJ Astrocreep descends once more into the darkness to report from the eventful second day of the second iteration of the bespoke HRH SvsD festival in the heart of Steel City. Click the link to find out what the big man from Merseyside made of the slightly re-jigged bill:

HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:00

HRH SvD 2017Year two of HRH's Stoner vs Doom had a pretty big set of shoes to fill, but with the likes of Saint Vitus, Ten Foot Wizard, Truck Fighters and Kadavar playing, the bill looked like it could live up to the previous year's hype.  But did it?  The mysterious DJ Astrocreep ventured over the Pennines to team up with our Sheffield crue to find out – and so can you, on the other side of this link:

Alter Bridge/As Lions – Belfast, Ulster Hall – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:30

Myles Kennedy Alter Bridge BelfastIt is very rarely, if ever, that any artist visits the same territory during a touring cycle – never mind the same town, or even the same venue, and within the space of less than four months. But, that’s exactly what Alter Bridge have just done on their most recent return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Yep, as promised at the end of their debut visit to this particular corner of the Überverse, here they were again… for another sold out show. And, of course, the UR team were there (well, we had to be or Monk probably would have been getting divorce papers):

Papa Roach/Ho99o9 – Glasgow, O2 Academy - 7 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:15

Papa Roach Glasgow 2017LA rap-rock pioneers Papa Roach recently returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll (well, some of it anyway), is support of their acclaimed ‘Crooked Teeth’ album, which most agreed marked a return to form for the band. The Glasgow show was also being filmed for their upcoming new single release. Allan Maxwell was front and centre to see if Jacoby Shaddix and co were indeed ‘Born For Greatness’ – and you can find out too, on the other side of this link:

Alter Bridge & The Parallax Orchestra – London, The Royal Albert Hall – 3 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:00

Alter Bridge - Royal Albert HallJust four short months after their last visitation, Alter Bridge recently returned to the shores of the British Isles for a short run of dates that saw them, somewhat ambitiously, play a different set list on each of the five nights. In the first of a double header of reviews from this quick visit, Rich Hobson took a pew in the historic Royal Albert Hall for the second of two shows which saw them perform with The Parallax Orchestra:

Bush/RavenEye – Glasgow, ABC – 26 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:20

Bush - GlasgowSmack in the middle of an extremely busy period for tours and one-off live shows, Hannah Reid once more trod the well-worn path in the heart of Glasgie town for something like her fourth gig in five days (who says we don’t work our hit team of reviewers hard here at UR) to check out what promised to be an energetic double bill. Click the link to find out what went down front and centre:

William Patrick Corgan – ‘Ogilala’ (Martha’s Music/BMG) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:00

WPC Ogilala coverapproved small 2013A full 12 years after last doing so, William Patrick Corgan, the visionary (and only core member) behind Smashing Pumpkins, today releases only his second solo album. As Rich Hobson found, in between avoiding questions about reunions of one shape or another, he doing what he always has: he is writing; he is performing and he is excelling, sharpening his pen for the day he will once again inhabit the seat of crown-prince of alternative music. Click the link to find out more:

Deadsmoke – ‘Mountain Legacy’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:20

HPS058 Deadsmoke-MountainLegacyapproved small 2013‘Mountain Legacy’ is what DJ Astrocreep openly admits to is his “goblin moment”. Find out he means as he descends into a very dark, dank and dismal place on a journey he won’t easily forget, and looks forwarding to repeating again, and again, and as soon possible, by doing what you’re just to and clicking this wee link thing:

All Them Witches/The Ghost Wolves – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:00

All Them WitchesRich Hobson reckons that Nashville’s All Them Witches are a band far beyond their years, sounding much more seasoned than their five years of history would suggest, moulded and shaped by the road, masters of their craft, their set an expansive and adventurous journey. Our boy down the front says they don’t have legs; they have a tour-bus and a sense of adventure which may yet take them to the ends of the earth and back – all we can do is join them on the way and enjoy the ride, which is just what he did when they pulled into Brum recently:

Mother Engine – ‘Hangar’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:20

Mother Engine artworkDJ Astrocreep delves deep into the world of the concept album with this spaced-out epic third album from psyched-out progsters Mother Engine and their tale of rebuild both a mythical spacecraft and their own sound. Wondering what madness we’re on about? Well, click the link to find out more:

The Plastic Tones - ‘Wash Me With Love’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00

The Plastic Tones artworkGerald Stansbury’s plans to review this new offering from Finnish DIY pop punks The Plastic Tones a little while back went somewhat awry, when Hurricane Harvey decided to rip itself through his home state of Texas.  However, with the situation somewhat calmer, he found time to revisit the album, and found himself awash with love for the result:


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