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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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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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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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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors - 'Capital Spirits - An Acoustic Evening Live In London' (Fanny Pack Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:00

Ryan Hamilton live album coverDefying the argument that it’s hard to capture the true essence of a band or their performance on a live album, Ryan Hamilton and his treacherous bandmates have just released one that does that – at least according to our man Ben Hughes, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Rhino Bucket – ‘The Last Real Rock 'n' Roll’ (Acetate Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:00

Rhino Bucket artworkIt’s another good week for rock ‘n’ roll here at Über Rock, and Dom Daley is in full on party mode, as he cracks open the beer – and the Jägermeister – and gets his groove on with a record that is 100 per cent goddamn guaranteed to get his hard rockin’ juices flowing… But, let’s hope that the title isn’t prophetic and that this isn’t the last real rock ‘n’ roll we’ll hear this (or any) year… somehow, we doubt it:

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Bernie Tormé - ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (RetroWrek Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:30

Bernie Torme artworkBest known to many rockers of a certain generation as the one-time guitar sidekick to Ian Gillan, Irish-born axeslinger Bernie Tormé has continued to trade licks in his own right, just recently producing this Pledge-funded triple album package, featuring two new studio sets and a live recording.  Tipping his Stetson to the Dublin Cowboy is our very own Martin Haslam:

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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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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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At The Drive-In - ‘in·ter a·li·a’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:30

ATDI artworkThe news that At The Drive In had reformed – for a second time – and were releasing their first album in 17 years took even the most dyed in the wool of their fans by surprise. Jonni D reckons that it could be argued that not only was this new release unexpected, but that it was largely unwanted by the band’s fanbase. Is he right? Click the link to find out:

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Complicated Men Of Leisure – ‘I’m Sorry If I Did Something You Feel I Need To Apologise For’ EP (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:30

CMOL coverComplicated Men Of Leisure is a side project from three members of Jaya The Cat, with a Random Hand thrown in. Nev Brooks ended up with a big shit-eating grin across his face after immersing himself in the deceptively summery but socio-politically charged vibe of their debut extended player. You can find out why by clicking the link:

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Baleful Creed – ‘Seismic Shifter’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:00

Baleful Creed artworkThe four years since the release of their self-titled debut album have been pretty seismic ones for Northern Ireland doomsters Baleful Creed, but they have come out the other side fighting, as Mark Ashby discovered when he took his head out of his speakers long enough to give his considered opinion on their imminent second full-lengther:

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Atomic Tomb – ‘Sons Of The Empire’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:00

Atomic Tomb artworkAccording to our man in Toronto, Atomic Tomb left a gaping hole in the tapestry of that city’s music scene when they temporarily turned their attention to other projects.  Well, the man who should know such things is delighted to report that they are back in action, and have a storming new album to boot – as you can find out when you click the link:

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