September CD
Cradle Of Filth - ‘Cryptoriana - The Seductiveness of Decay’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:40

COF CryptoriaGerald Stansbury admits that, over the past 20-odd years, not all of Cradle Of Filth’s albums have connected with him.  So, what would he think of the band’s 12th studio album, unleashed upon an unsuspecting Überverse this very day?  Well, there’s only one way to find out, isn’t there? And to click the link and get lost in it’s dark embrace:

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Ice War – ‘Ice War’ (Shadow Kingdom Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Phil Cooper   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:20

Ice War artworkIce War – or, rather, Jo Capitalicide – believes in keeping his metal simple, taking it back to its roots and eschewing all the fancy modern trickery and sub-categories which have made their way into the genre… Looking to deliver a hard-hitting metal album that has its roots firmly entrenched in the early days of metal with a rounded sound that owes nothing to the more modern stylings, can Ice War provide a fresh delivery to a classic sound? Phil Cooper has the answers on the other side of this link:

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The Darts ‘Me.Ow’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:40

The Darts artworkWith one half of the band – drummer Nicole Laurenne and bassist Christina Nunez – previously having been members of The Love Me Nots, The Darts had already gone a long way towards winning over Gerald Stansbury to their new project… so, would he find that their debut album would indeed be the cat’s whiskers?  Click the link to find out:

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Dyscarnate – ‘With All Their Might’ (Unique Leader Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:00

Dyscarnate - With All Their Might ArtworkQuite how UK death metal trio Dyscarnate have been so shamefully underappreciated by the metal community, both on their home turf and abroad, is something of a mystery to our man Jonni D, as he reckons that, with three albums under their belt and over a decade into their career, these lads have been the most consistent purveyors of death metal on this side of the Atlantic. Click the link to find out why he reckons they might be just about to break through with all their might:

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Paradise Lost – ‘Medusa’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:20

Paradise Lost - MedusaOn a constant path of reinvention, Paradise Lost have never been a band to shy away from taking musical left turns whenever the mood took them. The only consistent throughout their career has been a dogged adherence to reinventing the wheel in expanding the boundaries of what a band could achieve within doom metal. without alienating their fanbase. So why should ‘Medusa’, the band’s 15th studio album, be any different? Rich Hobson has the answers:

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Josh Todd & The Conflict – ‘Year Of The Tiger’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:30

Josh Todd Conflict artworkFollowing the surprise departure of guitarist Keith Nelson earlier this year, Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd decided to go solo – well, sort of, as he brought rhythm guitarist Steve Dacanay and drummer Sean Winchester along for the ride as well.  Our man Double D gets his claws into the project’s debut album and finds himself slightly conflicted by what he hears:

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Trucker Diablo – ‘Fighting For Everything’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:30

Trucker Diablo - FFEYou sort of know what to expect from a new Trucker Diablo album: big riffs, big hooks, big choruses – everything big, in fact. And their fourth album delivers just that – and more, as it is their heaviest, and also their most personal to date. Click the link as David O’Neill explains just what keeps the big truck rollin’:

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Moonlight Desires – ‘Just The Hits: 1981-1985’ (Infamous Butcher Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 15 September 2017 05:00

Moonlight Desires coverThere are those who would say that, like most of the UR crüe, our ‘Prince Of Parp’ is still living in the Eighties! If that is the case, then he may well have found the soundtrack to his life. Will he resist those moonlight desires or will he strut his funky stuff to just the hits of the era? Click the link to find out:

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Jag Panzer – ‘The Deviant Chord’ – (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:00

jagpanzerdeviantcdUR’s resident shredder has been busy this week: this is his fourth review in as many days – and this time he is stepping back in time to hook up with a band who trace their roots back to the heady days of 1980s metal. But, have they managed to re-discover the deviant chord and remain relevant 30 years later? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and that’s by clicking this link thing and reading on:

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Ctulu – ‘Cultus In Tenebris’ (Static Tension Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:00

Ctulu artworkMarc L is a busy boy this week, and this morning he checks into the Über Rock coffee house for a rather tasty slice of black metal all the way from the dark heart of northern Germany. Click the link to find out what happened when he entered the weird and wonderful world of Lovecraft, brought to light by three leather clad brutes who take their name from one of the products of his fervid imagination:

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Concordea – ‘Over Wide Spaces’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:00

Concordea artworkOur resident shredder Marc L loves a surprise… so, you can imagine his reaction when, after calling at URHQ one fine evening, he was handed a little shiny disc and told “try that one: I know fuck all about them, so you can be our guinea pig”. What he found inside the beautiful artwork that enclosed said object was the debut album from a new Russian band, which in turn totally blew him away. Click the link to find out why:

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Belphegor – ‘Totenritual’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 22 September 2017 04:00

Belphegor - Totenritual - Artworkapproved small 2013Some people might have thought UR boss Mark Ashby is mellowing in his old age, what with all the country and blues albums he has been reviewing of late… nothing could be further from the truth, as now proves by turning up the speakers and thrashing like a maniac to some good old-fashioned black metal. Click the link to find out why he reckons that this, the 11th album from Austrian blasphemers, is a masterpiece of the genre:

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Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – ‘Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real’ (Fantasy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:20

LukasNelsonTPOTR rgbLukas Nelson is the son of one musical legend and a close collaborator with another – but does that stop him ploughing his own furrow as, ten years into his career, he finally gets around to releasing his debut album? Click the link to find out all about his famous connections and whether or not these have had any bearing on his own sound:

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The Gun Club – ‘Elvis From Hell’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:40

The Gun Club artworkIt seems like only yesterday that Dom Daley was mulling over some plundering of bedroom demos and recordings from The Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce.  Now, he’s delving back into the JLP archive with this newly unearthed double dose of more gems and rareties, and revelling in the experience. Click the link to find out more:

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Bigfoot – ‘Bigfoot’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 04:00

Bigfoot artworkapproved small 2013What’s that we here stomping its way out of Wigan and into big bad rock ‘n’ roll Überverse?  Is it the Abominable Snowman? Or a Yeti? No, it’s five lads on a mission, to rock your world to its foundations with their particular brand of riffage. Click the link to find out why David O’Neill is already converted to their cause:

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Kickin Valentina – ‘Imaginary Creatures’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:00

imgcreaturesalbum1UR boss Mark Ashby came across the name Kickin Valentina a few years back when he got a friend request on ye olde social media from a guy who turned out not only to have a connection to his past but also to be the drummer in said band… Click the link to find out why, a little way down the timeline, the fates once again aligned and da Monk man found that he wasn’t imagining things when their new album arrived on his doorstep:

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Midnite City – ‘Midnite City’ (AOR Heaven) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 18 September 2017 04:00

MIDNITE CITY 3000x3000pxHaving team up with the workaholic and Brit AOR guru that is Pete Newdeck, Rob Wylde is about to deliver a new album which is quite possible career-defining. Certainly, it is one he has always threatened, and wanted to make – and one which our very own ‘Prince Of Parp’ has been eagerly anticipating. Get ready to mop up the drool as he takes a stroll through the streets of Midnite City, right on the other side of this link:

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Blackmore’s Night – ‘To The Moon And Back’ (Minstrel Hall Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:30

Blackmores Night artworkAlways believing that honesty is the best policy, UR boss Mark Ashby freely admits that he’s never paid much attention to Blackmore’s Night, the husband-and-wife project that saw the former Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist more or less turn his back on rock music and abandoning his electric guitar for lutes, mandolins and the like. Now, with the release of a two CD retrospective, our editor-in-chief finds himself somewhat less than impressed with his exploration of the man in black’s back catalogue:

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Damn Freaks – ‘Damn Freaks’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:30

Damn Freaks artworkItalian hard rockers are on a mission… to recreate the Eighties, and evoke the spirit of acts like White Lion, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Dokken and David Lee Roth. With their recently released debut album, UR editor-in-chief Mark Ashby reckons they might just about have fulfilled their ambition. Click the link to find out how and why:

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Charlie Bonnet III – ‘Sinner With A Song’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:30

Sinner-With-A-Song-CD-CoverWell, he’s gotta be a good ol’ country boy, don’t he? Yessirree, with a name like thon, you gotta know exactly what to expect, dontcha? And, you know something? You’d be goddamn right, son! Charlie Bonnet III is a cowboy hat wearing, geetar slinging country singer from way down south in Tennessee, with eight albums under his belt… So, what in the name of all the gods of rock ‘n’ roll is he doing here on Über Rock? You may well ask – and you can find why by clicking that wee link:

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Dirtbag Republic – ‘Downtown Eastside’ (Spawner Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 11 September 2017 04:30

Dirtbag Republic artworkThe second album from Vancouver glunk rockers Dirtbag Republic has got Ben Hughes all excited – so much so that he’s rhyming off comparisons to Hanoi Rocks, Cheap Trick and even the bruvas themselves, all while spouting enough superlatives to fill an entire edition of ‘Bullseye’! Click the link and join the Bennyman as he takes a trip into the seedy underbelly of downtown eastside:

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