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Courtesans - 'Better Safe Than Sober' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 04:30

Courtesans - Better SafeLondon four piece Courtesans describe their music as "pop lying on the train track". Following the release of acclaimed debut long player '1917', Ben Hughes reckons that this all female four piece have upped the ante with their new EP, as they aim “to take the dying carcass of pop music and inject it with a 21st century twist of goth-tinged rock”.  Click the link to find out what he means:

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Mike Tramp – ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ (Target) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 04:00

Mike Tramp - Maybe TomorrowWhile his past almost inevitably will hang over him like a veritable Sword of Damocles, over the past few years Danish singer-songwriter Mike Tramp has fought to virtually re-invent himself, shaking off the shadow of his stadium-filling days as frontman with White Lion to establish himself as an artist comfortable in the shoes in which he finds himself walking more than 20 years after parting ways with the band that shot him to international stardom – and almost killed him in the process.  Mark Ashby delves deep into his latest album to find the man once again in reflective but optimistic mood:

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Electric Guitars – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Radio’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:30

Electric Guitars artworkWhen a band call themselves Electric Guitars you expect them to play rock 'n' roll, right?  And to do so loudly and proudly?  Well, this particular Danish partnership have set themselves the challenge of getting more honest-to-goodness r'n'f'n'r played on our radio stations... But, have they succeeded with this, their third album?  Mark Ashby was the man to spin those dials, tune in and find out:

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Soen – ‘Lykaia’ (UDR Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:30

SOEN Lykaia Digital CoverSoen, the Scandinavian prog supergroup founded by former Amon Amarth and Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, with their line-up now enhanced by the recruitment of ex-Avatarium guitarist Marcus Jidell, have just released their third album, based around the theme of the ancient Greek rituals. Jonni D sacrificed himself on the altar of musical allegiance to delve deep into its grooves and deliver you, our dear reader, his considered opinion:

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Aversions Crown – Xenocide (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 04:00

Aversions Crown - XenocideRich Hobson reckons that Australia is a country so dangerous that even the metal is trying to kill you – and he may have found the latest assassins from down under intent on doing just that to our Über readers… and who quite possibly have saved the deathcore genre in the process…

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Alter Eden – ‘Tigers And Lambs’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:00

Alter Eden - Tigers  Lambs cover web“Victory well and truly stolen from the jaws of defeat” is Nick Russell’s summation of this, the second EP from Midlands four piece Alter Eden.  Through its six tracks he unearths references to Tool, Rage Against The Machine and Black Peaks.  Click the link to find out more:

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Get Loose - 'Get Loose' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 13 February 2017 04:00

Get Loose artworkBen Hughes has been feeling a bit stressed out lately, so we ordered him to get loose with some blues rock from down Oxford way.  He did just that, but will he be shouting loudly and proudly about the experience? Click the link to find out:

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Dead Witches – Ouija (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 10 February 2017 04:00

Dead Witches artworkLast week he was worshipping Satan. This time around, Jonni D is at the altar of yet more pagan activity, as he uncovers an album which he reckons might just be the perfect antidote for those pining for a dose of “down-tuned, blues based riffery” a la the now late Black Sabbath:

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Piano Wire – ‘Dream Underground’ (Hanging Houses Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:00

Piano Wire artworkDom Daley admits that his head was fucked after listening to this debut full-lengther from the former Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster pairing of Sym Gharial and Andy Huxley. So much so that we had to send him to lie down in a darkened room and then despatch Uber Rock’s inhouse nurse to prescribe his medication… Click the link to find out how he got himself in such a predicament:

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The Broken Dolls – ‘Carillon Infernale’ (Tornado Ride Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 04:30

The Broken Dolls - Carillion InfernaleDom Daley reckons that this, the latest EP from Italian crue The Broken Dolls is so rock ‘n’ roll that it probably smells of leather. Well, it could be worse… it could smell of Florentine pig shit! Click the link to find out why it doesn’t:

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Black Star Riders – ‘Heavy Fire’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 06 February 2017 04:00

BSR Heavy FireLike many bands which have emerged from the cocoon of a previous, and extremely popular, brand, it has to be admitted that the Black Star Riders have struggled to step out of the shadow of the mighty Thin Lizzy. It has been an understandable conflict, as it could be argued that, when they first attempted to do so, they were really Lizzy V2.0.  Now, with album number three, have they managed to shake off their legacy and establish their own identity?  Mark Ashby has all the answers:

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Torrefy – ‘The Infinity Complex’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 04:00

Torrefy - TIC artworkSince his recruitment to Über Rock just last month, young Jonni D has turned into a virtual reviewing machine. Today, he gets Torrefy-ed with a dose of Canadian thrash metal… or is he – and is it? Click the link to find out:

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The Clamps - 'Blend, Shake, Swallow' (Heavy Psych Sounds Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 20 February 2017 04:00

The Clamps artworkWhen a band namechecks the likes of The Hellacopters, Motörhead and Nashville Pussy, it’s too much for Ben Hughes to resist. So, when the second album from Italian speed-stoner rock 'n' roll merchants The Clamps landed on his doormat, he didn’t hesitate to blend it, give it a bit of shake and then swallow it whole. Yep, he just had to get them into his life:

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Neville Staple - ‘Return Of Judge Roughneck’ (Cleopatra Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 17 February 2017 04:00

Neville Staple - Return of Judge Roughneck coverIf there’s one man on the ska scene that needs no introduction, it is the one man that most definitely can claim the title of THE original Rude Boy. He is, of course, the one and only Neville Staple, founding member of The Specials… Uber Rock’s Martin Haslam gets to hot steppin’ as he evaluates the return of Judge Roughneck with his new double album set:

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Tonight We Stand – ‘Redemption’ EP (Sliptrick Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:30

Tonight We Stand EP coverThe city of Venice may be slowly sinking, but can its latest musical exports prove to be the saviours of the equally failing metalcore scene, or will they fall by the wayside and themselves disappear below the waves of mediocrity? Our man Jonni D delivers his verdict on the other side of the link:

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Burnt Out Wreck – ‘Swallow’ (TRHRC/Cherry Red) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 13 February 2017 04:30

BoW-Swallow-album coverRemember a band called Heavy Pettin’? Their flame shone brightly for five years in the mid- to late-Eighties, and they seemed to have the world at their feet… until a disastrous venture into the world of Eurovision brought their dreams crashing down around them. Now, almost 30 years later, drummer Gary Moat is back, this time fronting his own band. As Mark Ashby found out, he certainly doesn’t live up to the band’s name, and our editor-in-chief ain’t prepared to swallow that oft quoted lie that rock is dead:

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Bash & Pop – ‘Anything Could Happen’ (Fat Possum Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 10 February 2017 04:30

Bash And Pop artworkInitially supposed to be released as former Replacements’ bassist Tommy Stinson’s new solo album, ‘Anything Can Happen’ has actually been issued under the long defunct but now resurrected Bash & Pop monicker.  Confused?  Well, the story has a few more twists and turns, as Dom Daley found out when he delved deep into the grooves of this particular rock ‘n’ roll record:

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Agnostic Front – ‘Warriors/My Life, My Way’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 04:30

Agnostic reissuesNick Russell turns the clock back to the glory days of the NYHC scene and reflects on why, while the likes of The Crumbsuckers and Cro-Mags have fallen by the wayside over the past 30 years, Agnostic Front have successfully managed to keep the flag flying. Here, he re-appraises two of their latter day releases, which have just been given the box set treatment:

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Heavy Tiger - 'Glitter' (Wild Kingdom) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:00

Heavy Tiger - GlitterBen Hughes has been touching himself very fondly at the prospect of being the first member of the Über crue to get his mitts on the second album from our favourite Swedish glam slam queens of noise. Did he get extremely excited or was it all a bit of a come down? Click the link to find out:

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Temptation’s Wings – ‘Skulthor Ebonblade’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 04:00

Temptations Wings artworkFor his latest assignment, Über Rock sent Jonni D into the backlands of North Carolina to track down an old school metal band and unravel their tale of a legendary warrior meting out justice via the medium of… well, old school heavy metal. Was our lad borne away on the wings of temptation, or did he lay down his sword in ignominious defeat? Click the link to find out:

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Satan Worship – ‘I’m The Devil’ (Iron Shield) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 03 February 2017 04:30

Satan Worship artworkWe believe at throwing Über Rock’s new recruits in at the deep end, and so we sent Jonni D off to indulge in some worshipping of the dark lord… well, aurally anyway! Was our man converted? Or is he still something of a sceptic? Click the link to find out:

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