February CD
Mage – ‘Green’ (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 05:00

Mage - GreenFor their third full album, Leicester stoner demons Mage went down the pledge campaign road, proving more than successful, with their target was reached well ahead of schedule. Nick Russell delves deep into its grooves and emerges more than satisfied that he has found a band more than capable of rising above the morass of doom/stoner bands which he reckons are cluttering the British scene at the moment:

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The Sly Persuaders – ‘The Sly Persuaders’ (Roadkill Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:30

Sly Persuaders coverCiting the likes of Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, The Birthday Party and The Cramps, Nev Brooks reckons that it may be only the end of February but he has already found his favourite album of the year… He didn’t need much persuading to share his thoughts:

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Pryapisme – ‘Diabolicus Felinae Pandemonium’ (Apathia Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 27 February 2017 05:30

Pryapisme-Diabolicus-Felinae-Pandemonium-CD-DIGIPAK-55133-1Cat rock anyone? Yes, you read that right… French avant-garde quintet Pryapisme have an unhealthy fascination with our feline friends, as Rich Hobson found out when he delved into their mysterious Zappa-inspired world of prog, jazz, video-game music and even disco. Of course, this review comes with all the appropriate warnings that should surround such "batshit aural acrobatics":

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 26 February 2017 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Mark Ashby once again hops back and forth across musical boundaries, jumping from deathcore to glunk to heavy-ass blues to, well, the downright weird, as he digs deep into the latest pile of EPs to wing their way to URHQ:

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Zombie Motors Wrecking Yard – ‘Supersonic Rock ‘N Roll’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 24 February 2017 04:30

Zombie Motor Wrecking Yard artworkZombie Motors Wrecking Yard may sound like some Tarantino-style B movie, but in fact, as Phil Cooper discovered, an Australian crew out to spread their particular brand of supersonic stoner rock via chugging riffs and foot-stomping rhythms. Click the link to find out more:

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Antropofagus – ‘Methods of Resurrection Through Evisceration’ (Comatose Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:00

Antropofagus MORTE artworkJonni D had been hungering to get his teeth into some good old-fashioned brutal death metal.  So, when we sent the new slab of same from Italy’s Antropofagus, he quickly sharpened his favourite knife, tucked his napkin into his blackest T-shirt and carved himself a slice of the action… but was his hunger satisfied?  Click the link to make a meal of this slab of extreme metal:

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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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Suicide Silence – ‘Suicide Silence’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 04:00

SuicideSilence2017Have Suicide Silence, with the release of their revelatory new album, just reinvented, or re-energised, a genre that was dead at its core? Our man Rich Hobson reckons maybe so… Click the link to find out more:

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Angel Martyr – ‘Black Book Chapter One’ (Iron Shield Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Monday, 27 February 2017 04:30

Angel Martyr artwork“If you’re a fan of classic heavy metal then this is a 21st century band for you.” So asserts Phil Cooper of this, the debut album from an Italian trio who initially had him thinking of Spinal Tap playing prog! Confused? Click the link and you won’t be:

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Sista Fista – ‘Pap Smears Are For Pussies’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:30

Sista FistaJason Daniel Baker admits that he found it hard to open up this second CD from controversial Toronto punk gals Sista Fista, describing it’s artwork as “horrific”. In fact, so confrontational are these young ladies that not only did we struggle to find a copy of said cover online, we also couldn’t track down any reviews. But, at Über Rock, we pride ourselves on fighting the forces of mediocrity and standing up for freedom of expression. So, if you’re a prude, don’t click the link… if you’re open-minded like us, read on... you might get more than your eyes opened:

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Fueled Hate – ‘March Of The Pigs’ (Attic Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Friday, 24 February 2017 04:00

Fueled-Hate-March-of-the-PigsAnyone who popped by the Jägermeister tent at last year’s Bloodstock may have caught Corby’s Fueled Hate creating a bit of chaos:  so enthusiastic was the response that the barrier in front of the stage had to be replaced at the end of their.  Will Nick Russell break anything in his enthusiasm for their debut album, or will he be swimming in swine swill?

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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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