January CD
Bailer – ‘Bailer’ (Distro-y Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 19 February 2018 04:20

Bailer artworkThere’s certainly no shortage of impressive hardcore among the current new crop of bands in the scene, making Irish quartet Bailer’s self-titled EP all the more notable. Following on from two previous short collections of blistering metallic hardcore, Jonni D reckons that this third effort proves that the increasing hype surrounding the band is in fact well and truly deserved, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Listener – ‘Being Empty: Being Filled’ (Sounds of Subterrania) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:40

Listener artworkKansas City band Listener play a style of music that defies pigeonholing into any particular category. With a post-hardcore soundtrack of angular riffage and breakbeat drums laid down with great fervour by Kris Rochelle and Jon Terrey, it’s the vocal delivery of main man Dan Smith that makes Listener stand out from the crowd as Ben H explains on the other side of this link:

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Fu Manchu – ‘Clone Of The Universe’ (At The Dojo Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 09 February 2018 04:00

Fu Manchu artwork“Scott Reeder provides some of the most pornographic usage of cow bell in recent memory…” That phrase right there stopped UR editor Monk dead in his tracks when he was reading through Jonni D’s review of this, the 12th album from Californian fuzzmeisters Fu Manchu and their first in four years. You see, the boss man loves himself some cowbell, but will it be enough to sell this opus to him? Click the link to find out our man with the same initials as our favourite whiskey’s verdict:

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Crimson Star – ‘Bay View’ (Salop Road Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:20

Crimson Star artworkClaiming influences that range from early Soundgarden through Royal Blood and QOTSA (which band with a stoner edge to their sound doesn’t draw from the Queens’ well) to Muse, Crimson Star are another clear indication of how far metal, as a genre, has evolved and transformed itself, while at the same time, and importantly, stayed true to its roots. Click the link and Monk will explain everything:

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Druid Lord – ‘Grotesque Offerings’ (Hells Headbangers) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:00

Druid Lord artworkBilling their sound as “eerie and utterly crushing doom/death metal”, Florida’s Druid Lord soak their molten creations in obscure, horror-inspired lyrics from beyond the grave, taking as they do considerable influence from old horror films, and particularly the atmosphere cloaking the classic movies of Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and John Carpenter. But, just how grotesque are their resulting musical creations? Jim R dons his darkest cloak to provide the answers on the other side of the link:

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Amyl And The Sniffers – ‘Big Attraction’/’Giddy Up’ (Homeless Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 29 January 2018 04:00

Amyl Sniffers artworkYou may well have heard about a band with a female singer being touted as “the next big thing” for 2018 in certain circles...well this is not about that band! That band is from LA and goes by the name of Starcrawler (who you can read about elsewhere on Über Rock very soon). Well, Ben H reckons that what LA can do, Australia can do better, bolder, dirtier and with more aggression. Click the link to find out why this combination of two previously released EPs may well prove to be one of the essential punk rock releases of the year already:

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Ozone Mama – ‘Cosmos Calling’ (Ripple Music) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 26 January 2018 04:00

Ozone Mama artworkOur resident DJ reckons that it has become a common trend in the last couple of years to see bands describe themselves as psych/stoner, as the market for such has grown, whilst the sound of the band sounds barely akin to anything of the genre. While there is a lot to be said for doing something different/experimental, there are too many that simply do not create anything which is really fitting for either genre. Therefore, he finds it nice to say, for once, that this third album from Hungary’s Ozone Mama is not such a case, as he explains on the other side of this link:

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Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons – ‘The Age of Absurdity’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Thursday, 25 January 2018 04:20

Phil Campbell ATBS ArtworkFollowing the death of Lemmy Kilmister in December 2015, there never was any question that Motörhead would cease to exist, with drummer Mikkey Dee subsequently joining The Scorpions and guitarist Phil Campbell choosing to plough his own furrow, and in the process teaming up with his own sons – hence the monicker for this new project from the Pontypridd-born axe slinger.  Our man with the same initials gets his critical teeth into the subsequent debut album, and you can find out what he thought on the other side of the link:

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Greyfell – ‘Horsepower’ (Argonauta) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:20

greyfell coverapproved small 2013There are albums that are heavy. And then there are albums that are HEAVY. Über boss Monk reckons that this second offering from French psychedelic doomsters Greyfell most definitely falls into the second category. Find out why on the other side of the link:

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Marco Mendoza – ‘Viva La Rock’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:20

Marco Mendoza artworkIt is often said that if you want anything doing it’s more likely to get done by a busy person.  There can’t be anyone in the music business much busier than Marco Mendoza at the moment.  Off the back of a world tour with The Dead Daisies and recording their new album and touring Europe himself before Christmas, he found time to write and record an album of his own.  Click the link to find out if it is indeed a case of ‘Viva La Rock’ for the workaholic bassist:

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Will Varley – ‘Spirit of Minnie’ (Xtra Mile Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Lizzi Maxwell   
Monday, 22 January 2018 04:20

Will Varley Spirit artworkFollowing on from the success of his album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ and tours with the likes of Frank Turner, Billy Bragg and The Proclaimers, British folk singer Will Varley returns with his upcoming fifth album, ‘Spirit Of Minnie’ – one which Lizzi Maxwell says marks a change in direction for the artist. Find out what she means on the other side of this link:

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Hammr – ‘Unholy Destruction’ (Hell’s Headbangers) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:00

Hammr artworkJim R loves his metal fast, furious, frantic – and utterly filthy! Not to mention raw, rabid and ready to rip his face face off! So, you can imagine his black hearted joy when he came across this debut album from Cleveland extremists Hammr. Click the link and prepare for metallic destruction of unholy proportions:

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Tribulation – ‘Down Below’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 04:00

Tribulation artworkOne of the beauties of life as a music critic is that you sometimes don’t know what is lying just around the corner, and even after many years in this hoary old business you still can get taken by surprise. Despite extensive research into the band in question, that is exactly what happened to Big Nick recently when he dropped the needle in the groove of Tribulation’s fourth long player. Click the link to find out how:

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Professor And The Madman – ‘Disintegrate Me’ (Fullertone Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 04:00

Prof And The Madman artworkapproved small 2013Who are Professor And The Madman? That was a question exercising the mind of Dom D from the second the email alerting us to the imminent arrival of this new trans-Atlantic punk “supergroup” featuring past and present members of The Adolescents, D.I. and The Damned popped into the UR inbox. However, being the punk ‘n’ roll detective that he is, it didn’t take our man long to unravel the mystery, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Lena Hall - ‘Obsessed: Hedwig’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 29 January 2018 04:20

Lena Hall artworkGerald S had no idea who Lena Hall was before he stumbled across this six-track EP. Turns out she is an acclaimed American actress renowned for movies such as ‘Sex And The City’, ‘The Graduates’ and musicals such as ‘Cats’ and ‘42nd Street’. Having also fronted a rock band, her latest solo release is inspired by her dual appearance in the Broadway smash ‘Hedwig And The Angry Inch’… but, is it an Uber Rocker? You’ll have to click the link to find out:

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The Cops – ‘First Offense’ (Artificial Head Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 26 January 2018 04:20

The Cops artworkHalt! You’re under arrest! Hands behind your back, ‘cos you’re being taken down the station… unless, of course, you’ve got a nice big box of fresh donuts, in which case we’ll let you off with a warning. After all, it is your first offense (sic)! Click the link to find out why Dom Daley would freely hand himself in down the nick and spend a night in the cells in the company of the latest album from this Houston punk rock crue:

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Witchcryer – ‘Cry Witch’ (Ripple Music) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 25 January 2018 04:40

Witcvhcryer artworkapproved small 2013Ever wonder how and when Über Rock’s crack team of review ninjas find the time to bring you, our lovely readers, their thoughts on the small proportion of the hundreds of albums we are sent every week that we are actually able to listen to and then write about? Well, some of us do an awful lot of travelling – and none more so than our resident DJ, who found his eardrums blown away by this debut album as he trekked from Liverpool to Sheffield. Click the link to find out why he hasn’t been grabbed by a first offering as much since he heard Black Sabbath’s self-titled opus:

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Evertim – ‘Your Heaven Held Me Well’ (Fox Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 25 January 2018 04:00

Evertim artworkThey may only be on their second EP, but Allan Maxwell reckons Brighton quartet Evertim already have mastered the art of expertly written pop punk/emo masterpieces which signify a band on the verge of something big. You can find out why on the other side of this link:

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Eulogy – ‘Back to Life’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 04:00

Eulogy Back To LifeEulogy are a three-piece band from the Welsh Valleys whom David O’Neill has seen a few times at his favourite grass roots venue, The Dragonffli.  So, it was only fitting that he wrap his ears around this, their debut EP, produced by excellent Neil Garland of Hand Of Dimes.  Click the link to find out what high praise he heaps upon them:

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Typhoon – ‘Offerings’ (Roll Call Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Tuesday, 23 January 2018 04:00

Typhoon artworkTim Belitho-Jones reckons that you could never accuse Typhoon of being short of ambition. ‘Offerings’, the Portland-based band’s fourth album, is a 70-minute concept record about the impact of memory-loss, which our newest reviewing ninja describes as “dense and overwhelming listen”.  Click the link to find out why he reached that conclusion:

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The Xcerts - ‘Hold On To Your Heart’ (Raygun Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Monday, 22 January 2018 04:00

The Xcerts artworkAllan Maxwell reckons that 2018 could be the year that The Xcerts become a household name, aided by extensive tour and abetted by a fourth album “more polished than Vin Diesel’s scalp”. Click the link to find out why our man is getting excited by “something that could come straight out of a ‘Breakfast Club’-style soundtrack”:

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