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Bloodclot – ‘Up In Arms’ (Metal Blade Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:20

Bloodclot - Up In Arms artworkJust when Double D thought the hardcore genre had more to offer and anything good has already been done, along comes this all-star project featuring members of Murphy's Law, Cro Mags, Dwarves and Bronx, with result that he finds himself running through brick walls with his earphones turned up brain exploding volume.  Click the link to find out why our very own bad boy is ‘Up In Arms’ in celebration of a masterclass of the genre:

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Patrik Jansson Band – ‘So Far To Go’ (Sneaky Foot Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:00

PJB artworkMusically, over the years Sweden has brought us some of the most innovative and influential metal bands of their generation and some damn fine sleaze rock acts, as well as its fair share of shitty Europop trash… but, it’s not particularly known as a haven for the blues. Well, that’s something that Patrik Jansson is seeking to rectify with this, his third album (and his first in three years). But, does he succeed? Mark Ashby has the answer:

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Sully Erna – ‘Hometown Life’ (BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:20

Sully Erna - Hometown Lifeapproved small 2013In 2010, Godsmack frontman, Sully Erna, surprised the mainstream rock world with the release of his captivating solo debut, ‘Avalon’, which showed a totally different side of the man, lyrically, musically and spiritually. Now, seven years down the line, he’s gone and done it again, delivering an album which Jonni D not only reckons more than delivers on the promise of the first but also reckons could lead to his main band taking more frequently occurring breaks:

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Propagandhi – ‘Victory Lap’ - (Epitaph) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 25 September 2017 04:00

Propaghandiapproved small 2013Phil Cooper reckons that, in a world where political leanings and cultural climate appear to be in a turbulent mixing pot poised to boil over, the time is certainly right for a punk/politically edged rock sound to take charge of the airwaves once again to provide a social commentary complimented by distorted guitar. In other words, after a five year silence, the time is right for the latest album from ferociously charged political commentators Propagandhi:

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Ice War – ‘Ice War’ (Shadow Kingdom Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:20

Ice War artworkIce War – or, rather, Jo Capitalicide – believes in keeping his metal simple, taking it back to its roots and eschewing all the fancy modern trickery and sub-categories which have made their way into the genre… Looking to deliver a hard-hitting metal album that has its roots firmly entrenched in the early days of metal with a rounded sound that owes nothing to the more modern stylings, can Ice War provide a fresh delivery to a classic sound? Phil Cooper has the answers on the other side of this link:

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The Darts ‘Me.Ow’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:40

The Darts artworkWith one half of the band – drummer Nicole Laurenne and bassist Christina Nunez – previously having been members of The Love Me Nots, The Darts had already gone a long way towards winning over Gerald Stansbury to their new project… so, would he find that their debut album would indeed be the cat’s whiskers?  Click the link to find out:

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Dyscarnate – ‘With All Their Might’ (Unique Leader Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00

Dyscarnate - With All Their Might ArtworkQuite how UK death metal trio Dyscarnate have been so shamefully underappreciated by the metal community, both on their home turf and abroad, is something of a mystery to our man Jonni D, as he reckons that, with three albums under their belt and over a decade into their career, these lads have been the most consistent purveyors of death metal on this side of the Atlantic. Click the link to find out why he reckons they might be just about to break through with all their might:

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Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:20

Paradise Lost - MedusaOn a constant path of reinvention, Paradise Lost have never been a band to shy away from taking musical left turns whenever the mood took them. The only consistent throughout their career has been a dogged adherence to reinventing the wheel in expanding the boundaries of what a band could achieve within doom metal. without alienating their fanbase. So why should ‘Medusa’, the band’s 15th studio album, be any different? Rich Hobson has the answers:

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Josh Todd & The Conflict – ‘Year Of The Tiger’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:30

Josh Todd Conflict artworkFollowing the surprise departure of guitarist Keith Nelson earlier this year, Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd decided to go solo – well, sort of, as he brought rhythm guitarist Steve Dacanay and drummer Sean Winchester along for the ride as well.  Our man Double D gets his claws into the project’s debut album and finds himself slightly conflicted by what he hears:

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Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:30

Trucker Diablo - FFEYou sort of know what to expect from a new Trucker Diablo album: big riffs, big hooks, big choruses – everything big, in fact. And their fourth album delivers just that – and more, as it is their heaviest, and also their most personal to date. Click the link as David O’Neill explains just what keeps the big truck rollin’:

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Moonlight Desires – ‘Just The Hits: 1981-1985’ (Infamous Butcher Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 15 September 2017 05:00

Moonlight Desires coverThere are those who would say that, like most of the UR crüe, our ‘Prince Of Parp’ is still living in the Eighties! If that is the case, then he may well have found the soundtrack to his life. Will he resist those moonlight desires or will he strut his funky stuff to just the hits of the era? Click the link to find out:

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Role Models – ‘Dance Moves’ (Glunk Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:40

Role Models Dance MovesStaying true to their word, Rich Rags and the boys are back in town to deliver their third long player in as many years. As Ben Hughes found, it is another cracking handful of tunes full of sentiment, romanticism and low slung rock ‘n’ roll riffs for you to devour. Find out why you should do just that on the other side of the link:

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Phantom Of The Black Hills – ‘Scalped’ (Ratchet Blade Records/Cockroach Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 25 September 2017 04:30

Phantom Of The Black Hills ScalpedFancy going on a ghost hunt? UR boss Monk recently heard that there was a phantom lurking in the blackness of the hills, and, being the inquisitive type, he went on a quest to find out more… OK, it wasn’t difficult, ‘cos the answer landed right on his doorstep, in the form of a shiny little silver disc thing. Click the link to find out more about this mysterious bunch of hellbillies and their blend of bluegrass, country, NOLA-style doom and traditional rock ‘n’ roll:

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Cradle Of Filth - ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:40

COF CryptoriaGerald Stansbury admits that, over the past 20-odd years, not all of Cradle Of Filth’s albums have connected with him.  So, what would he think of the band’s 12th studio album, unleashed upon an unsuspecting Überverse this very day?  Well, there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there? And to click the link and get lost in it’s dark embrace:

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Belphegor – ‘Totenritual’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:00

Belphegor - Totenritual - Artworkapproved small 2013Some people might have thought UR boss Mark Ashby is mellowing in his old age, what with all the country and blues albums he has been reviewing of late… nothing could be further from the truth, as now proves by turning up the speakers and thrashing like a maniac to some good old-fashioned black metal. Click the link to find out why he reckons that this, the 11th album from Austrian blasphemers, is a masterpiece of the genre:

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real’ (Fantasy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:20

LukasNelsonTPOTR rgbLukas Nelson is the son of one musical legend and a close collaborator with another – but does that stop him ploughing his own furrow as, ten years into his career, he finally gets around to releasing his debut album? Click the link to find out all about his famous connections and whether or not these have had any bearing on his own sound:

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The Gun Club – ‘Elvis From Hell’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:40

The Gun Club artworkIt seems like only yesterday that Dom Daley was mulling over some plundering of bedroom demos and recordings from The Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.  Now, he’s delving back into the JLP archive with this newly unearthed double dose of more gems and rareties, and revelling in the experience. Click the link to find out more:

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Bigfoot – ‘Bigfoot’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:00

Bigfoot artworkapproved small 2013What’s that we here stomping its way out of Wigan and into big bad rock ‘n’ roll Überverse?  Is it the Abominable Snowman? Or a Yeti? No, it’s five lads on a mission, to rock your world to its foundations with their particular brand of riffage. Click the link to find out why David O’Neill is already converted to their cause:

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Kickin Valentina – ‘Imaginary Creatures’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:00

imgcreaturesalbum1UR boss Mark Ashby came across the name Kickin Valentina a few years back when he got a friend request on ye olde social media from a guy who turned out not only to have a connection to his past but also to be the drummer in said band… Click the link to find out why, a little way down the timeline, the fates once again aligned and da Monk man found that he wasn’t imagining things when their new album arrived on his doorstep:

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Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:00

MIDNITE CITY 3000x3000pxHaving team up with the workaholic and Brit AOR guru that is Pete Newdeck, Rob Wylde is about to deliver a new album which is quite possible career-defining. Certainly, it is one he has always threatened, and wanted to make – and one which our very own ‘Prince Of Parp’ has been eagerly anticipating. Get ready to mop up the drool as he takes a stroll through the streets of Midnite City, right on the other side of this link:

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Black Stone Cherry – ‘Black To Blues’ (Mascot Group) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:00

Black Stone Cherry - Black To BluesYou could say that David O’Neil is a bit of a fan of Black Stone Cherry. Well, he’s seen them at least once on every tour, and probably owns multiple copies, in every available format, of everything they’ve ever released. So, when this wee EP of blues covers was offered up for review, his email was the first in the UR inbox. Click the link to what he thought of the ‘Cherry-fication’ of these classic tracks:

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