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The Hot LZ’s – ‘Aggravate My Mind’ (Hate Street Records) Print E-mail
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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
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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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Sharks – ‘Killers Of The Deep’ (SMS Music) Print E-mail
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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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Code Orange – ‘Forever’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
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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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The Connection – ‘Just For Fun’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:00

The Connection - Just For FunHow about an album full to bursting with other people’s songs? Not the most original idea… but when it’s this much fun, our man Dom Daley reckons it could well be bordering on illegal.  Click the link to make the connection between The Rolling Stones, The Dictators, Cheap Trick and Buddy Holly to name just a few...

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JOANovARC – ‘Ride of Your Life’ (Red Vixen Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:00

Joanovarc-810x810One of Über Rock’s genuinely most exciting discoveries of last year was a feisty little quartet from London by the name of JOANovARC.  They blew our very own Dark Queen away when they ripped up the second stage at Hard Rock Hell in November.  Now, Rich Hobson delivers his verdict on their debut album, which was released at the same time as that breakthrough appearance.  Have the girls taken our man on the ride of his life?  Click the link to find out:

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Gone Is Gone – ‘Echolocation’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 January 2017 04:30

EcholocationIf there was one genre that ruled the roost in 2016, it was prog – at least according to our man Rich Hobson. And it’s not hard to see his point when you take into account the likes of Ihsahn tilling the frozen fields of post-black metal, Opeth recounting the hazy ‘70s glory days of the likes of Yes and Pink Floyd or Gojira doing a near clean sweep of ‘Album of The Year’ lists in major publications with their stunning ‘Magma’. The good news is that 2017 seems have kicked off in the same vein, thanks to Gone Is Gone, a band featuring members of Mastodon, QOTSA and At The Drive In…

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:54

Ketos - RiseContinuing our championing of the EP format with our round up of the most recent releases, we have seven very different sounds for you this time around. Mark Ashby wraps his ears around a set of releases that covers pop punk, melodic thrash, blues rock to an arena-filling potential discovery of the year… click the link to check them out:

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Mutation – ‘Dark Black’ (Round Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 January 2017 04:30

mutation-dark-blackMutation is a Ginger Wildheart project which has divided the opinions of even the staunchest of this prolific artist’s fans. It’s loud, it’s brash and it explores the darkest recesses of the man’s mind and talent. Uber Rock could think of only one man to face up to what he describes as this “pure unyielding aural warfare” – and that was Rich Hobson. Click the link to read his in-depth appraisal of this slice of extreme noise terror:

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The Godfathers - ‘A Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ (Godfathers Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:30

Godfathers BBBNFor Martin Haslam, there’s two types of album review. The one that you listen to several times, let settle in your mind, ferment and expand. And the ones that you know on first listen are a stone, cold classic that you will be playing for years to come. So, which category does the new offering from The Godfathers fall into? Well, put it this way... with 353 days left of 2017, our man reckons he’s found a contender for his album of the year:

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Magnum – ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:30

Magnum - Valley Of TearsIn between the gestation of this latest Magnum opus – a collection of reworked, and some re-recorded ballads – the band underwent something of a turning point, with long-serving keyboard player Mark Stanway suddenly upping and quitting. What the impact of such a key member will be remains to be seen… but, in the meantime, Mark Ashby delves into the Magnum back catalogue to ascertain if this is more than just giving a few old songs a fresh lick of paint:

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Camel Of Doom – ‘Terrestrial’ (Solitude Productions) Print E-mail
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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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Stephen Pearcy – ‘Smash’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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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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The Murder Of My Sweet – ‘Echoes of the Aftermath’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:30

The Murder Of My Sweet ArtworkThe last few albums from Swedish cinematic metallers TMOMS have been concept affairs, but on this latest offering, Dave Prince finds them returning to the format of standalone songs.  Will his ears be echoing with the aftermath of this particular aural experience? You know what to do to find out:

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Pride of Lions – ‘Fearless’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:30

Pride Of Lions artworkWhat happens when two prodigious talents such as Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock team up?  Something pretty fearless, right?  Dave Prince enters the lions’ den to find out if this fifth album from the pair sees them still roaring as loud as ever?

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Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 03:30

Sepultura - Machine MessiahWith a whole raft of old school bands showing that they can still make great music, Nick Russell reckons the pressure was well and truly on Sepultura to produce the goods with this, their 14th album. Did they fold under the burden being placed upon them, or did they rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

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Borealis – ‘World Of Silence MMXVII’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 16 January 2017 04:00

Borealis artworkNamed after one of the most spectacular sights in the natural world, Canadian metallers Borealis recently decided to completely re-record their debut album, just eight years after it was originally released.  Marc Leach put his photographer’s eye to the lens of appraisal to see if this was just a mere touch up job or offered a completely different prospect from the original:

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Popa Chubby – ‘The Catfish’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 13 January 2017 05:00

Popa Chubby - The Catfish artwork‘The Catfish’ is something like the 19th studio album from new York blues rocker Ted Horowitz – better known by his stage name of Popa Chubby (which, apparently, is US slang for an erection). It also contains a song which has wrapped itself around Mark Ashby’s memory cortex and just won’t let go… to find out more, just click the link:

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Accept – ‘Restless And Live’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 13 January 2017 04:00

Accept - Restless And Live artworkIt’s Friday the 13th… what better date to release a heavy metal album? Accept-ing the challenge – or maybe even his fate - Marc Leach steps up to the plate to give the new live opus, recorded at the Bang Your Head festival two years ago, from the Teutonic gods the once over and see how what was then the band’s new line-up had gelled:

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Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders – ‘The Outskirts Of Your Heart’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 12 January 2017 04:00

Pat Todd album coverA decade after it originally appeared, the debut album by former Lazy Cowgirls frontman Pat Todd and his current project has finally been given a long-awaited vinyl release… Dom Daley slipped the record from its gatefold sleeve, and put the needle in the groove (who gets that reference?) to re-evaluate this slice of “good time honest, punk rock and roll with a country edge”:

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Dropkick Murphys – ’11 Stories About Pain & Glory’ (Born & Bred Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:30

Dropkick Murphys artworkTwenty-one years into their history and the Dropkick Murphys are somewhat of an institution. Their Celtic infused punk has hit a chord with many a rocker, loud and snotty at times but equally tuneful, and above all, very uplifting. Yes, the lyrics can sometimes be hard hitting and meaningful, especially here, but you’ll always enjoy and feel better after listening to them. You know what you’re going to get with a Murphys record, and very rarely do they disappoint, as Uber Rock’s Nick Russell found out:

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