May CD
Dan Baird - ‘SoLow’ (JCPL) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 04:30

Dan Baird - SoLow artworkIt’s been 21 years since Dan Baird last graced us with a solo album in the truest sense of the world – and our man Stateside reckons it is one of his strongest bodies of work in his storied career. Click the link to find out why and read his in depth analysis of an album born of the experience of what has happened in those intervening years:

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Voyager – ‘Ghost Mile’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 31 May 2017 04:00

Voyager Ghost-MileHave you ever wondered what groups like Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet would sound like if decided to play metal instead of synth pop? It sounds like a big ask – but our man Marc Leach reckons he has found the answer… Intrigued? Then click the link to find out more:

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Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind – ‘Super Natural’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:00

jim jones righteous mind-super naturalThe sun may have been shining of late, but things are definitely dark and moody ‘round at Dom Daley’s gaff, as he discovers that his old mucker Jim Jones is ploughing an altogether more Gothic mien with his latest project. Click the link to find out what we mean:

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Veridian – ‘40826D’ (Primordial Records) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 29 May 2017 04:00

Veridian artworkReading upstarts Veridian have named their debut EP after the hexadecimal code for the colour from which they take their name.  But, did it have our recently unretired retro rocker David O’Neill getting all colourful himself, or did it just blend into the background, to be passed on to his son?  Click the link to find out:

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The Dirty Denims - 'Back With A Bang!' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 26 May 2017 04:00

The Dirty Denims artworkWith a name like The Dirty Denims you can take a pretty fair guess at what style of music this Dutch four piece rock 'n' roll band are cooking up.  Ben Hughes was the man tasked with venturing into the kitchen and seeing if he could stand the heat generated by their latest EP:

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Defences – ‘With Might And Main’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 04:30

Defences Album CoverIt’s no great secret that metalcore as a genre has been run through the mill in recent years. Following the scene’s boom in the Noughties, much of the successive music has become more and more polished in an attempt to appeal to a younger crowd; one that is less likely to be predisposed to the more traditionally ‘metal’ elements of the style. However, a few promising exceptions to the homogenous metalcore norm have been making some very noticeable waves of late. Jonni D hails the entrance onto the scene of just one such band - Defences:

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Bad Sam – ‘Bring Me The Head Of...’ (Kriminal Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:30

Bad Sam artworkComing out of nowhere, a new Bad Sam album hits the streets without any fanfare at all - but it is a most welcome gift, at least as far as our man Dom Daley is concerned, who finds it the perfect antidote to all the mayhem going on around him in the world outside his own little punk ‘n’ roll kingdom. Click the link to find out what happened when he lit the fuse and then sat on top of this particular powderkeg:

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Biters – ‘The Future Ain't What It Used To Be’ (Earache Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:30

Biters - Future coverWe’re not gonna beat about the bush with any fancy intro here. Biters have a new album out. It’s a work of rock n roll art. And there can be only one man tasked with educating you about this work of genius. So, without further ado, click the link and get on with it:

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Danzig – ‘Black Laden Crown’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 22 May 2017 04:30

DZ BLC-C 1500x1500There’s no denying that Glenn Danzig belongs in the pantheon of the all-time great characters in the history of rock music. From his time in the Misfits through much of his solo material, Danzig has remained an iconic figure whose dark charisma has inspired everyone from Metallica to AFI. However, according to our man Jonni D, there is also no denying that Danzig has failed to age gracefully when it comes to his recent creative output. Has he rectified the situation with his forthcoming new album? Click the link to find out why JD’s low expectations were more than fulfilled:

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite Size Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:00

Cover Art - If There Was Ever Any DoubtMark Ashby has dug out another bunch of ye olde extended players from the bottom of the Über Rock mailbag – and an eclectic mix it is once again, from “loud and shouty” alt-punk through prog to some fairly brutal deathcore and gothic noir nonsense, via a group of undoubted rock goddesses making their long overdue return… so, click the link to jump right in and immerse yourselves in this month’s selection of EPs:

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Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’ (Randale/Pirates Press Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:30

Cock Sparrer - Foreverapproved smallNothing may last forever, but, in the brand new album from Oi pioneers Cock Sparrer, Nev Brooks has found an album that is going to hang around for quite a while and is likely to become one of the cornerstone classics of the genre. Click the link to find out why he’s already singing along at the band’s live shows – and they ain’t until September!

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Dream Evil – ‘Six’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 04:30

Cover ArtworkAfter a break of seven years, Swedish heavy metal titans Dream Evil are back to unleash some more old school, cheesy metal to the world with their sixth release entitled…well… ‘Six’, funny enough.  Click the link to find out why they sent our resident shredded, Marc Leach, back to his teenage years when he put that needle in that there groove:

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Alestorm – ‘No Grave But The Sea’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 29 May 2017 04:30

Alestorm No Grave artworkAvast ye landlubbin’ swine, it’s time to crack open the rum and hoist the mainbrace, ‘cos everybody’s favourite pirate metallers are back in port, and with a crackin’ new album in tow… pressganged into joining the scurvy crew and risking getting ‘Fucked With An Anchor’ is cabin boy Marc Leach, who sat up all night writing this review – well, the drink was free, after all:

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The Chuck Norris Experiment – ‘Chuck Me’ (Transubstans Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 26 May 2017 04:30

Chuck Me artworkHands up if you want a good old school hard rockin’ album that's doesn't harbour any pretensions and is what it is, and from the sleeve to the production says “fuck you, we came to rock” - and that's what it does. Too slow down the back there – but right up the front was the one and only Dom Daley, waving feverishly and screaming “Chuck Me Sir!”:

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Harem Scarem – ‘United!’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 26 May 2017 03:30

haremscaremunitedcdThey may have officially stopped recording back in 2009, but they return to the UK later this year for the third edition of the Rockingham festival – which sounds like as good an excuse as any to drop a new album, if you ask us… David O’Neill plugs himself into ye olde stereo deck and discovers just one of the musical pleasures he missed while enjoying parenthood:

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Duncan Reid & The Big Heads – ‘Bombs Away‘ (LBH Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 25 May 2017 04:00

7600-cover rgbIn his recent interview with this very website that constantly kicks the ass of musical mediocrity, Duncan Reid admitted that he had never even attempted writing a song during his tenure with The Boys. Now, with his third album since going “solo”, Dom Daley reckons he has honed the craft to nigh on perfection. Click the link to find out why:

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Hunter & The Bear – ‘Paper Heart’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:00

Hunter Bear Paper HeartJim Rowland is a big fan of up-and-coming beat combo Hunter & The Bear and their fiercely independent approach to everything they do. So, will their debut album set his paper heart on fire or will it get all soggy with tears of joy? There’s only one way to fined out, and that’s by clicking the link:

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Warrant – ‘Louder, Harder, Faster’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 04:00

WARRANT lhf cover 3000Making a welcome return to the Über Rock pages after a bit of a break, our very own king of parp wraps his ears around the first new Warrant album since the death of Jani Lane six long years ago… but, does it have our man celebrating the band’s return with a slice of a certain-flavoured pie, or will he be heading for the door as hard and fast as possible? Click the link to find out:

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Various Artists – ‘Max's Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond’ (Jungle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 22 May 2017 04:00

MKC 1976 coverDom Daley may be best known to many regular readers for bringing us the hottest new punk talent from across the rock ‘n’ roll Überverse… but today he turns back the clock and unearths a true musical artefact, in the shape of this re-issued compilation capturing the spirit of New York – and specifically a certain renowned hotbed of then emerging talent. It’s an experience you can share by clicking the link:

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Control Freaks – ‘Mindless Entertainment’ (Slovenly Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:00

Control Freaks artworkWe all love a bit of mindless entertainment… you know, the sort of stuff you stick on late at night when you don’t really want to concentrate anything, but just want some kinda noise in the background to take your mind off the travails of the day you’ve just had? Well, in the case of Dom Daley, it’s snotty, sloppy – and, above all, LOUD – garage punk that he turns to… and you can as well, when you click the link:

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Custard – ‘The Realm Of Tales’ (Pure Steel Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:00

Cover Custard A Realm Of TalesI do like me a bit of custard now and again, especially on my sticky toffee pudding! Mrs A ain’t so fond of it though… Marc Leach, on the other hand, absolutely loves the stuff – but a certain flavour of it… that being the German power metal variety. Only it doesn’t come out of a tin or a packet, but exploding out of his speakers… click the link to find out what we’re on about:

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