March CD
Vandroya – ‘Beyond The Human Mind’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 30 March 2017 04:00

vandroya artworkMarc Leach loves his power metal.  And in the new album from Brazilian purveyors of the genre Vandroya he might just have found himself in seventh heaven… Click the link to find out why, if he took his last breath right now he would be a happy man:

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Pyramaze – ‘Contingent’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:30

pyramaze artworkHuge symphonic soundscapes? Check.  Loads of guitar wankery?  Check.  Big choruses on long songs?  Check.  Must be Danish power metal then?  Check, check and check again.  UR’s resident shredder, Marc Leach, turns his amps up to 11 as he wraps his ears around the latest offering from the new look Pyramaze:

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Tom Baker & The Snakes – ‘Lookout Tower’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:30

Tom Baker artworkIf you’re a fan of the glut of fantastic hard rockin' pop pickin' bands that Dom Daley seems to be uncovering out there at the moment, then you need to click the link to find out why you should make no mistake about letting his latest discoveries slither their way on to your radar – and your turntable:

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The Hip Priests – ‘Those Fucking Boys - A Decade Of Disdain’ (Ghost Highway Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 27 March 2017 04:30

THP - TFB coverapproved small 2013Despite being ignored by the so-called mainstream media, The Hip Priests – a band constantly championed by us here at Über Rock – have managed to make it to their tenth anniversary.  To mark the occasion, they have released a 27 track compilation of all their singles, plus a few non-album tracks to boot.  Dom Daley wraps his ears around a collection which he reckons is the epitome of self-released, self-financed, self-motivated and self-belief sheer fucking doggedness:

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite Size Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013As regular readers will know, we love EPs here at Über Rock: those shiny little discs that sit somewhere between a single and a full-length album, but are all-too-often criminally ignored by the so-called mainstream media, quite simply because, more often than not, they are self-released offerings. Mark Ashby kicks musical mediocrity in the ass and turns his rig up to 11:

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Peter Murphy – ‘Bare Boned And Sacred’ (Metropolis Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:00

Pete Murphy BBS artworkGreat music endures, as Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy has been proving consistently over and over again over the course of the past few years. Dom Daley got under the bare bones of this latest live album, recorded live in Noo Yawk City, to enjoy the sacred songs reinvented and then bring you his autopsy:

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Happyness - ‘Write In’ (Moshi Moshi) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:00

Happyness - Write InHaving picked up an NME award for 2015’s debut ‘Weird Little Birthday’, Happyness are back with the follow up. Our man Jonni D wrapped his ears around it and reckons the Londoners haven’t quite written it in but rather, possibly, set the bar pretty high for every other alternative rock album this year:

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John 5 And The Creatures – ‘Season Of The Witch’ (60 Cycle Hum) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:30

John 5UR’s resident shredder Marc Leach quite understandably enjoys a bit of guitar wankery (you’d probably have to ask his beautiful wife about that of any other kind… and we’ll stop there before we get slapped). So, who better placed to wrap their ears around the eighth solo album for Rob Zombie’s resident six string maestro? Well, we couldn’t find anyone else, so here’s what yer man reckoned:

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Them Dead Beats – ‘Hang On A Second’ EP (Bywyd Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:00

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 12.37.44Returning to Über Rocking action with a bang, Dean Glyn Morris reckons there is no better time to be a fan of good old-fashioned blues rock.  he also reckons he might hang around for more than a second to check out a band who are anything but a bunch of dead beat rock 'n' roll bums.  Click the link to find out what he means:

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Jon Lord – ‘Before I Forget’ (Purple Records/Cherry Red) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:30

Jon Lord - Before I ForgetReturning from a brief hiatus, Über Rock’s resident archivist Jonathan Kardasz once again plunges back in time to revisit a classic album… this time, it’s this 1982 gem from the late Jon Lord, featuring a stellar guest cast, now re-issued to fill that gap in any Deep Purple purist’s collection:

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Telephone Lovers – ‘Telephone Lovers’ (Disconnected Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:30

Telephone Lovers artworkDom Daley dials his trans-Atlantic punk rock connections and get connected to a bunch of long distance loverboys who aren’t calling collect but rather themselves re-connecting with the roots of rock ‘n’ roll and kickin’ out damn fine power pop jams in the process. Click da link to check ‘em out, and then get outta here to check the album out:

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Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Live In San Francisco 1971’ (Wienerworld) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 04:00

Flamin Groovies Live coverA little more than 50 years after they first formed, the Flamin’ Groovies are about to release a new studio album.  Before that, however, Dom Daley turns the clock back to the band’s heyday and revels in the retro groove of this recently unearthed live recording, captured for all time in their home city:

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Vatican – ‘March Of The Kings’ (Pure Steel Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:00

Cover VATICAN March Of The KingsUR editor-in-chief Mark Ashby is by no means a religious man… far from it! He’s a fucking Viking by descent, his ancestors more used to burning down churches than kneeling down in them… so, what happened when he was invited to take a trip to the heavy metal version of the home of the Pope? Well, you’ll just have to click the link to find out:

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The Picturebooks - 'Home Is A Heartache' (Another Century) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 27 March 2017 04:00

Home Is A Heratache - CoverThe German duo of Fynn Claus Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink describe their album, released on the eve of their recent UK tour with Monster Truck, as being about “two best friends, being on the road, away from home for a long time, about the things that happened to us on tour”.  Ben Hughes dusts the highway dust off his boots to share their tales of drive-by shootings and personal discovery:

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The Dollyrots - 'Whiplash Splash' (PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 24 March 2017 04:30

The Dollyrots - Whiplash Smileapproved small 2013When Ben Hughes was half way through reviewing these 13 tracks of radio-friendly three minute bursts of sunshine from Californian pop punks The Dollyrots, his son walked in and asked him why he was listening to Avril Lavigne… But, hey ho (let’s go), our man reckons this slice of instantly recognizable day-glo power pop is the perfect antidote to the winter time blues now hopefully disappearing rapidly into our rearview mirrors:

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CJ Ramone – ‘American Beauty’ (Fat Wreck Chords) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:30

American BeautyWith his third solo album – which the man claims to have written in just two weeks - CJ Ramone has produced an opus which Dom Daley reckons not only continues to uphold the legacy of Da Bruddas but will also leave listeners with a broad grin of punk rock pleasure on their faces… Click the link to find out why:

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Bullet Proof Lovers – ‘Shot Through The Heart’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:00

BPL coverCall an ambulance folks, ‘cos our power punk expert Dom Daley reckons that our good friend Malibu Lou over the pond at Rum Bar Records is trying to kill him with the high quality of material he just keeps on releasing. Here, at URHQ, we reckon Double D would be better pouring himself a large one, with or without the coke and rocks, and chilling out in his Kevlar jacket… at least until the new RBR bomb drops:

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Lesli Sanders – ‘My Eyes Are Greener On The Other Side’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:30

With his second solo release, Prophets Of Addiction frontman Lesli Sanders has once again eschewed the band’s punk ‘n’ roll sound for a collection of tunes stripped back to their barest, most heartfelt bones. Dom Daley gets all emotional as he explores this EP’s deeply personal grooves:

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Daycare For Jedi – ‘This Is What You Get’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:30

dfj cover layeredSince his arrival at Uber Rock just a few short weeks ago, Jonni D has proven himself a writer who can turn his ear to almost any subgenre. Today, he explores the territory that belongs to pop punk: but, did he leave his light sabre behind when he checked into this particular Danish nursery?

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Dobermann – ‘Pure Breed’ (Wild Mondays Music/Horus Music UK) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:00

Dobermann - Pure BreedItalian rock ‘n’ roll trio Dobermann are out to prove their pure bred credentials with the release this past weekend of their Fabio Trentini produced fourth album, which features contributions from Adam Bomb and Bumblefoot. Our resident Kennel Club correspondent Jonni D donned the rubber gloves to do the necessary physical inspection – and, we’re happy to report – that the subsequent diagnosis is somewhat on the positive side:

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Jarrod Dickenson – ‘Ready The Horses’ (Proper Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:00

jarrod-dickenson-250x230Texas-born songwriter Jarrod Dickenson harks back to a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's, or indeed the world’s, imagination, and men wore hats every day. Jonathan Kardasz, returning to Uber Rock after a short lie down in a darkened room, donned his Stetson over his headphones and, on the day the man returns to these islands, checked out his latest album:

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