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GospelbeacH – ‘Another Summer Of Love’ (Alive Naturalsound Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jerry Kornelius   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:30

Gospelbeach Another SummerWith so many artists reacting to the state of the world by venting anger and spleen and raging against the machine, our man Jerry K reckons that we sometimes just need a bit of chilled-out summer escapism, which helps you to kick back and dream about better days.  And, in this new project from Brent Rademaker, he reckons he might just have found your soundtrack:

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Rabid Bitch Of The North – ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’ (Hostile Media) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 21 July 2017 04:00

RBOTN artworkThey may not be bitches, but they’re definitely rabid and from the north… RBOTN have been championed by UR’s management team for a while now – hell, we even shared a tour van with them for an hysterical 400-mile round trip to a gig last year!  Now, after years of releasing demos and EPs, they have their first “proper” album on the way, and a short run of gigs following later in the year, one of which David O’Neill volunteered to cover on our behalf… but did it leave a bitter metallic taste in his mouth?

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – ‘Lay It On Down’ (Provogue/Mascot Label Group) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:00

KWS - Lay It On DownWith an array of awards and accolades under his belt, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has delivered another round of his southern-honed blues with ‘Lay It On Down’ his eighth solo album.  But, does it do that as far as our man from the deep south of the good ol’ Uber Kingdom of Rock is concerned?  There’s only one way to find out and that’s by clicking the link:

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Diamond Head - ‘Death and Progress’/‘Evil Live’ (Dissonance) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 04:00

Diamond Head - Death And ProgressGerald Stansbury jumps into his heavy metal time machine and travels back to the days when cassettes were the preferred medium for many fans, and especially for those who wanted to listen to their music on the move.  Now, it the days of iPods and Spofity playlists, he revisits two classic re-issues from one of the bands who not only defined the NWOBHM sound but also have remained on the era’s most creative and relevant forces:

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Silverstein – ‘Dead Reflection’ (Rise Records/New Damage Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:30

Silverstein coverapproved small 2013Ontario’s Silverstein have been a reliable fixture of the emo/post-hardcore scene, retaining a creative vitality while many of their contemporaries have faded into obscurity.  Does their new album see them continuing to move forward and break new ground, or is it a reflection of a dead sub-genre?  Click the link to find out Jonni D’s verdict:

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Tuesday The Sky – ‘Drift’ (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:00

Tuesday The Sky artworkTuesday The Sky is the latest project from Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, which found its gestation in the downtime between the completion of the band’s last album, ‘Theories Of Flight’, and the subsequent touring cycle. It’s ten tracks of ambient instrumental prog – no, not quite what our Mark Ashby expected either… but did he drift along on its vibes, or did he drift off to sleep? Click the link to find out:

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Gypsy Roller & Gen Genocide – ‘We Got You Covered’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:00

Gypsy Roller artworkOur very own godfather of punk ‘n’ roll, Double D (and that’s not his moobie cup size!) found himself digging ‘way back into his memory cells when this collection of cover versions winged its way onto his turntable of doom before uncovering a mixed bag of cool and sleazy tunes… but then, he wouldn’t have his music any other way, would he?

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Elevn – ‘Digital Empire’ (Digital Heavy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:00

ElevnWith a sound that evokes the spirit of early John Carpenter movies, Jonni D reckons that the blazing sunshine of mid-July may not serve as the best setting for listening to listening to this debut album which pays tribute to the ‘80s horror genre through a mixture of heavy industrial and darksynth… but, what the hell, we can always give it another spin at Halloween (sic), can’t we?

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Gov’t Mule – ‘Revolution Come… Revolution Go’ (Spinefarm) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Govt Mule artapproved small 2013Über guv’nor Mark Ashby reckons that Gov’t Mule should really need no introduction to fans of the country-blues-rock genre. But, for those who do, he’s happy to tell that a project that started as a spin-off from the Allman Brothers might well be outlasting the band that spawned it, especially on the evidence of this epic tenth studio album:

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Amplifier – ‘Tripping With Doctor Faustus’ (Rockosmos) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 10 July 2017 04:00

Amplifier - Trippin artworkLanding onto the desk of Über Rock in an explosion of earth-shaking riffs and giddy arena rock aspirations, Rich Hobson reckons that it’s safe to say Amplifier might be one of the best kept secrets in British rock. Click the link to find out why he reckons the Mancunian space rockers trade in nothing less than total rock domination:

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – ‘Live In Birmingham 2016’ (Eagle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 07 July 2017 04:30

ritchieblackmoreliveinbirminghamcdThere is no doubt that, when legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore announced that he was returning to play rock ‘n’ roll, there was much excitement among fans of a certain generation. His three comeback shows last summer quickly sold out… Now, the last of them, at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, has been released for those who weren’t there to enjoy: but, will they? Click the link to find out why Mark Ashby has major problems with the quality of the performance recorded:

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Ed Stones & The BD3 - 'Overdosed On Hate' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:30

Ed Stones artworkapproved small 2013While our man Ben Hughes may bemoan the fact that the new EP from “Bradford's very own Peaky Blinders” is only available via digital download and limited edition cassette, he can’t argue on the quality of the politically-charged rock ‘n’ roll it contains and the value for money it represents.  No doubt he’ll have the mp3 on repeat play until the buggers can afford to issue it on CD:

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Kaz Hawkins (featuring Sam York) – ‘Don’t You Know’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:00

Kaz Hawkins Dont You Knowapproved small 2013Music at its best is personal, reflecting the good times and the bad times we all enjoy and endure in life.  With her new album, Belfast blues singer Kaz Hawkins has stripped everything back, to just her voice and a piano, for what is her most personal album to date… it’s an album which reached out of the singer’s soul and into that of our very own queen of darkness, as herself now explains:

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Dave Ronald - So Alive (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:30

Dave-Ronald-So-Alive-2017Here at Über Rock, we like to throw our writers the occasional curve ball; give them something completely out of the blue, by an artist with whom they’re totally unfamiliar. So, when Marc Leach called into URHQ the other weekend, we did exactly that, handing him a shiny new copy of the third album from Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Ronald. Click the link to find out what he made of this diverse offering:

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Stereo Nasty – ‘Twisting The Blade’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 17 July 2017 04:00

Stereo Nasty - Twisting The Bladeapproved small 2013Something very nasty has been oozing from the speakers of Marc Leach’s stereo over the few week, and twisting a blade into his cerebral cortex with a collection of infections heavy metal songs delivered straight from the heart of the Emerald Isle.  Click the link to find out more about this second album from one of the best bands Ireland has produced in recent years:

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Love Zombies - 'Passionfruit' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:30

Love Zombies Passionfruitapproved small 2013Putting the debut long player from Love Zombies in the hands of a Ginger Wildheart fan would be a pretty risky prospect, wouldn’t you think? After all, the tale of Hollis'sudden departure from the ranks of Hey! Hello!, on the eve of the release of the band’s second album, is widely known. But, hey, we like to live on the edge here at Über Rock, so what did we do? Yup, we shared the love with our #1 GW fan:

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Blind Guardian - ‘Live Beyond the Spheres’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:30

Blind Guardian liveVirtually on the eve of their return to the UK, as special guests to Amon Amarth on the Friday night of this year’s Bloodstock, Blind Guardian have released a massive three-disc live set, covering virtually their entire career across its 22 tracks… Gerald Stansbury was the man tasked with diving into its power metal epicness:

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Chesty Malone And The Slice 'Em Ups – ‘We're Still Dead’ (Wrecked Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Chesty-Were-StillDead-CoverWhen the world has gone to hell in a handcart, what better saviours can we have than a bunch of zombie-loving Misfits-jamming-with-The Stooges punk-ass children of the walking dead?  Yep, only rock ‘n’ roll provides the alternative to the fucked up world in which we live – and brother Dom Daley of the church of Über Rock is gonna tell you how:

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Peter Perrett – ‘How The West Was Won’ (Domino Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 10 July 2017 04:30

Peter-Perrett-How-The-West-Was-Won-Packshot-72-dpi-400x400approved small 2013He may have been out of the spotlight for so long that many people may have assumed they had missed the tabloid footnote about his death… but, lo and behold, the former Only Ones frontman is not only very much alive and kicking, but he also has produced a beautiful, personal and touching comeback solo album, as our very own Dom Daley found out:

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The Rolling Stones – ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’/’Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78’/’Checkerboard Lounge: Live In Chicago 1981’ (Eagle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:00

Stones - Ladies artworkThis review really should need no introduction. After all, it is, ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling fucking Stones: one of the singular greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. Always at their best in the live arena, Mark Ashby gets all nostalgic with these three unearthed gems which have just been given their first ever CD release. So, please lend him your eyes:

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Onslaught - ‘In Search of Sanity’ (Dissonance) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 07 July 2017 04:00

Onslaught In Search Of Sanity artworkOnslaught’s third solo album split their fans: it was their major label debut and featured a new line-up, including the addition of Steve Grimmett on vocals – but many felt that their sound had become too polished, even commercialized, in the process. Almost three decades after its initial release, Gerald Stansbury wraps his ears around the latest deluxe reissue of this controversial thrash classic:

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