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The Über Rock Singles Club – Post-Record Store Day Evaluation Edition Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013Dom Daley wanted to wait for the 2017 edition of Record Store Day to pass before opening the doors of the Singles Club for the month of May, because he knew it would throw a few corkers his way. And, that indeed it deed, as you can find out by clicking the link and joining the rock ‘n’ roll party (bringing you own beverage of choosing is optional):

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The Rumours – ‘Hot Bang!’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 05 May 2017 05:00

The Rumours - Hot Bang artworkÜber Rock’s new American correspondent is of a generation who remembers a pre-internet era, when albums were often bought on the strength of an article – or even just a photograph – or a band in a magazine. And, we’re glad to report, that that spirit of experimentation still excites him even in the days of readily-available streaming services… click the link to find out how:

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The Black Angels – ‘Death Song’ (Partisan Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 05 May 2017 04:00

The Black Angels artworkThe first album in a little more than four years from Texas psych rockers The Black Angels was written and recorded in large part during the US election campaigns in the latter half of last year. The music it contains is described by the band themselves as “part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease”. Click the link to find out if they’ve captured the trauma of its backdrop:

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Pussywhips – ‘Pussywhips’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:30

Pussywhips artThe first thing Dom Daley did after he had finished listening to this new album from Pussywhips – and we all know he loves being whipped by a bit of pussy – was press repeat and turn it up even louder. Click the link to find out why he reckons this no holds barred offering sounds like The Cramps on a really (good) bad trip or Ron Asheton playing with the Jesus & Mary Chain:

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The Vibrators – ‘Past, Present And Into The Future’ (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:30

The Vibrators artAs its title suggests, this new crowd-funded album from punk royals The Vibrators features no fewer than all seven members from various incarnations of the band over the years. Dom Daley dug deep in his pockets, made his pledge of allegiance and now delivers his verdict:

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Fischer-Z – ‘Building Bridges’ (BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:30

Fischer-Z-Inlay-01-360x360The name Fischer-Z is synonymous with founder, guitarist and vocalist John Watts, who has presided over numerous incarnations of the band on and off for the past 40 years. This year, BMG will be bringing together the entire back catalogue of Fischer-Z to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band, but ‘Building Bridges’ is an all new offering, on which long-time fan Jim Rowland delivers his verdict:

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The Fuzztones – ‘Gonn Primitive With Craig Moore’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:30

The Fuzztones - Gonn PrimitiveDom Daley gets all primitive with this new live album from the kings of garage fuzz, released via the excellent Spanish Bang! Records label and featuring the king of the genre himself, Mr Craig Moore.  Click the link to find out what he made of this double elpee listening package:

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Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions – ‘Ram Raid’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 28 April 2017 05:00

Spunk Volcano - Ram Raid coverLead guitarist with Dirtbox Disco, Spunk Volcano erupted back into action in March, with both a new album from his “main” band and this new EP from his side project. It’s taken our man Rich Hobson all this time to wipe off the volcanic ash of the resultant aural explosion – and acquire himself a new laptop – to share his thoughts on this slice of punk rock lunacy:

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Freddy And The Phantoms – ‘Decline Of The West’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 28 April 2017 04:00

FreddyATP artworkFreddy And The Phantoms come slip sliding out of the smoky back street bars of Copenhagen with this hugely impressive fourth album, which easily metamorphoses the boundaries between blues, jazz, swing and rock ‘n’ roll with an assured aplomb. Mark Ashby slipped into its grooves to find a release he finds “a joyous album which somehow manages not to sound happy, but at the same time is far from depressing”:

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Wolfpakk – ‘Wolves Reign’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 04:00

Wolfpakk artworkWith a host of well-known names once again lending their talents to this latest offering from the project fronted by metal legends Michael Voss and Mark Sweeney, it promised much… But, is its bark worse than its bite, or is the Wolfpakk snapping and snarling with intent? Phil Copper entered the cage and took his life in his hands:

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Sons of Death Valley – ‘Fathers Of The Free’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:00

Sons Of Death Valley artworkPhil Cooper takes a trip into the deserts of Scandinavia (yeah, we know) to search out the mix of gritty blues and break neck paced rock and roll that is the latest offering from Danish psyche stoner mob Sons Of Death Valley. Check out their tales of cowboys and the search for inner freedom by clicking on the link:

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Motionless In White – ‘Graveyard Shift’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 05 May 2017 04:30

Motionless In White - Graveyard ShiftWhen Motionless In White’s third full-length ‘Reincarnate’ was released in 2014, it was well received by their targeted demographic.  However, many of those outside their fan-base were fairly critical of how the band were wearing their influences a little too blatantly.  Have they moved on anything with this, their fourth full-length offering, released today (Friday)?  Click the link to find out what Jonni D thinks:

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Night Demon – ‘Darkness Remains’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 05:00

Night Demon artworkÜber boss Mark Ashby recently watched ‘Back To The Future’ for the umpteenth time. When he got up the next morning, he opened a barrack buster of his favourite cheap cider and listened to the second album from Californian metallians Night Demon – and admits to having experienced a severe sense of déjà vu, which you can share by sharing this here link.

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Chris Catalyst – ‘Life is Often Brilliant’ (Wrath Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 04 May 2017 04:00

Chris Catalyst - Life artMusic is one of the most universally sought forms of healing, helping most of us through some of the toughest times in our lives, as well as acting as a constant companion through the good times. It’s something our man Rich Hobson himself recently has been all too aware of, which is why he was delighted to stumble across “an album which takes all that life can throw at you and churns it into brilliantly sunny rock-via-britpop anthems”:

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Unbowed – ‘Through Endless Tides’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 04:00

Unbowed artworkIf you’re a fan of sweeping, grandiose music, mostly comprised of symphonic infused extreme metal, Über Rock’s Jonni D reckons he may just have found you a new favourite band, in the form of Unbowed. Click the link to find out why our young buck is raving about the epic soundscapes this Canadian mob are weaving on this self-released new album which he is delighted found its way across the Atlantic to UR’s Belfast HQ:

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Turbulent Hearts – ‘Foolish’ (Headcheck Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 04:00

Turbulent Hearts logoWhile this may be billed as their debut album, this full-lengther form LA punks Turbulent Hearts is actually a compilation of their first three self-released EPs rolled into one big package for international consumption. Would they get Dom Daley all a flutterby butterfly, or has it proven to be a foolish move? Click the link to find out:

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Axel Rudi Pell – ‘The Ballads V’ (Steamhammer) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 01 May 2017 04:00

ARP VWhen it comes to activity there is no one busier than Germany’s own Axel Rudi Pell, who after the success of his seventeenth release ‘Game Of Sins’ is back with extremely talented band to slow things down with his fifth instalment in ‘The Ballads’ collection. Who else would Über Rock assign to check it out than our very own resident shredder:

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Heath Green And The Makeshifters – ‘Heath Green And The Makeshifters’ (Alive Natural Sound Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Friday, 28 April 2017 04:30

Heath Green artworkHeath Green has been recording and performing in the Deep South for some 15 years and despite his undoubted talent as both a singer, keys man and songwriter he’s relatively unknown. Given the right breaks that might all change with this self-titled debut album from his new outfit, The Makeshifters, as Jonathan Kardasz explains:

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Barrio Tiger – ‘Ave Maria’ (Ghost Highway Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 04:30

Barrio Tiger - Ave MariaRight from its opening salvo, Dom Daley knew this new album was gonna be a hold on tight, hard rockin' ride of stunning calibre, coming out with its fist flying and ready to fight, rock and roll style. Click the link to find out why its subsequently busts his ass from pillar to post:

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Body Count - ‘Bloodlust’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Bunting   
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 04:30

Body Count - BloodlustWhen Body Count, the metal crossover project fronted by rap superstar Ice T, released their self-titled first album back in 1982, it was so controversial that it was quickly withdrawn from sale, before being subsequently being re-issued with a revised tracklisting. Almost three decades later, is the multi-talented movie star and producer still as pissed off as he was back then? Click the link for find out Matt Bunting’s verdict:

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Kill For Eden – ‘Petty Crimes’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:30

Kill For EdenNow and again an album pops through the letterbox here at URHQ which, when popped into the massive stereo on the top floor of our penthouse office, gets Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby truly go “what the absolute fuck is going on here?”. Click the link to find out what went on when he finally got past the front cover of this newbie from Kill For Eden:

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