October CD
Revolution Saints – ‘Light In The Dark’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:20

REVOLUTION-SAINTS-litd-COVER-ltd 600x600‘Light In The Dark’ is the second album from the “super group” made up of Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich.  But, does it offer just that?  Well, our very own king of all things melodic, Dave Prince, is a big fan, and you can find out why by clicking this link:

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Pänzer – ‘The Fatal Command’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:00

Panzer - Fatal Command artworkSchmier, frontman with German bruisers Pänzer reckons that “contemporary heavy metal sounds like kindergarten”. Does he now? So, what has he done to rectify the situation, or move the genre to the next level of its education?  Click the link to find out if Jonni D finds the answer in the grooves of their second album:

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Unsane – ‘Sterilize’ (Southern Lord Recordings) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:00

Unsane artworkRich Hobson reckons that bands who are more than 20 years into their career have three options musically – double down on the sound that brought them adoration in first place, evolve and experiment or chase every passing trend in a bid to win new fans.  Which option have Noo Yawk noiseniks Unsane gone for on their eighth studio album? The answer is on the other side of this link:

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Deadsmoke – ‘Mountain Legacy’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:20

HPS058 Deadsmoke-MountainLegacyapproved small 2013‘Mountain Legacy’ is what DJ Astrocreep openly admits to is his “goblin moment”. Find out he means as he descends into a very dark, dank and dismal place on a journey he won’t easily forget, and looks forwarding to repeating again, and again, and as soon possible, by doing what you’re just to and clicking this wee link thing:

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The Plastic Tones - ‘Wash Me With Love’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00


The Plastic Tones artworkGerald Stansbury’s plans to review this new offering from Finnish DIY pop punks The Plastic Tones a little while back went somewhat awry, when Hurricane Harvey decided to rip itself through his home state of Texas.  However, with the situation somewhat calmer, he found time to revisit the album, and found himself awash with love for the result:

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The Bloody Beetroots – ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ (Last Gang Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 09 October 2017 04:00

The Bloody Beetroots artworkElectronic dance music is something that UR, naturally, would never touch with a million ten-foot long subways, but when an album drops that features collaborations with the likes of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as well as former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever, Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam and the Gallows guys, then the intrigue level went through the ceiling. Click the link to find out what happened when Mark Ashby ventured into the mysterious world of the man by the name of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo:

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business - ‘Destroyers Of The Soft Life’ (ATO Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:20

JRoddyCover 72 400Gerald Stansbury reckons that with this, their fourth studio outing, JRW and his bandmates have definitely done the business to produce a timeless rock album that, given a few breaks, could become huge in the mainstream, where people will mistakenly think they are an “overnight success” – when, in fact, they’ve spent years honing their craft and, indeed, this release. Click the link to find out more:

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Suspect Parts – ‘Suspect Parts’ (Taken By Surprise Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:00

Suspect Parts artworkFeaturing ex and current members of bands like The Briefs, Clorox Girls, Maniac, Ripchord, Radio Dead Ones and Red Dons, Suspect Parts, combine ‘60s pop and bubblegum with late ‘70s California beach punk and powerpop. After releasing four singles, their self-titled full-length debut album is finally here. Recorded straight to analog tape in the negative 15 degree cold of a January in east Berlin, Our man Double D records in ten tracks in 24 minutes make up one of the best albums of the year and the antidote to the pending winter darkness:

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The Darkness – ‘Pinewood Smile’ (Cooking Vinyl) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:00

The Darkness - Pinewood SmileThe Darkness are most definitely one of those Marmite bands – you either love ‘em… or you adore ‘em! Über Rock’s very own prince of parp most definitely falls into the latter category, and he reckons their fifth studio album contains some of their best work to date. Click the link to find out why:

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Vanity – ‘Perspective//Empathy’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:00

Vanity artworkAnyone who knows UR big boss Monk, and has read some of his reviews on here, will know that he generally has little, if any, time for the genre that has become known as “metalcore” over the past few years. As with any deviation from the mainstream, he initially found it an interesting and innovative diversion, but equally quickly felt it had become as stale as much of what had preceded it… but, would this new EP give him a new perspective and find him empathizing with the genre once again? You know how to find out:

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Voodoo Six – ‘Make Way For The King’ (Cadiz Music/White Knuckle Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 02 October 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six - Make Way For The KingThere can be no doubt about it: for the past couple of decades, the British rock and metal scene has been dominated by a handful of bands who, quite justifiably, could be regarded as the closest the genre has to royalty. But, it is inevitable that we soon are going to face a dilemma, and it is that of succession. Are Voodoo Six about to live up to their claim on their new album? Click the link to find out why Mark Ashby reckons not quite yet:

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The Haunted – ‘Strength In Numbers’ (Century Media Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 16 October 2017 04:30

The Haunted ArtworkIt’s been a good – no, make that a great – year for metal albums, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum… and it looks like it’s not quite over yet, as Nick Russell discovered when he wrapped his ears around the ninth album from The Haunted and found that there is indeed ‘Strength In Numbers’. You can too, when you click the link:

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William Patrick Corgan – ‘Ogilala’ (Martha’s Music/BMG) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:00

WPC Ogilala coverapproved small 2013A full 12 years after last doing so, William Patrick Corgan, the visionary (and only core member) behind Smashing Pumpkins, today releases only his second solo album. As Rich Hobson found, in between avoiding questions about reunions of one shape or another, he doing what he always has: he is writing; he is performing and he is excelling, sharpening his pen for the day he will once again inhabit the seat of crown-prince of alternative music. Click the link to find out more:

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Mother Engine – ‘Hangar’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:20

Mother Engine artworkDJ Astrocreep delves deep into the world of the concept album with this spaced-out epic third album from psyched-out progsters Mother Engine and their tale of rebuild both a mythical spacecraft and their own sound. Wondering what madness we’re on about? Well, click the link to find out more:

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36 Crazyfists – ‘Lanterns’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:00

36crazyfistslanternscdTo Rich Hobson, Alaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists’ latest opus is all about triumph, at both personal and professional levels. With 2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ being a powerful and moving release which dealt with heavy themes of loss and bereavement, and rightly hailed by many as the band’s best release to date, our many reckons they’ve more than stepped up to plate with its follow up, exceeding all expectations in the process:

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Vultures United – ‘I Still Feel Cold’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:40

Vultures United artworkDouble D first came across West Coast punks when they released a cassette a few years back.  Now, they have returned with an epic double album’s worth of new material which our man reckons is just rammed to the gills with more than an hour’s worth of “hardcore off-kilter punk rock”… Click the link to find out more:

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Deathtraps - ‘Justice For The Risca One’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:20

Deathtraps artworkThe downside of this reviewing malarkey is that you often stumble across an amazing band, only for them to implode/disband while your enthusiasm is white-hot. Such was the case with The Sick Livers. The plus side is that this can, if you’re lucky, lead to several bands rising, phoenix-like from said ashes. So, we – or rather Martin Haslam - present Deathtraps:

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Gypsy Roller – ‘Gypsy Roller’ (Alive And Kicking) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:20

Gypsy RollerGrab your stack boots and smear some of that glitter grease on your pretty little boat race, ‘cos Dom Daley has stepped back in time and straight back into the Bolan era with a dose of (T-R)exstacy that delivers a foot-stomping glam slammin' shandybanging romp that he reckons you should wrap your ears, and your hard-earned cash around asap. Click the link to find out more:

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The Volcanics – ‘Oh, Crash…’ (Citadel Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 04:20

Volcanics artworkYou want some full tilt bullshit free rock ‘n’ roll with a whole heap of attitude and plenty of bollocks? Well, of course you do – otherwise you wouldn’t be reading Über Rock every day, now would you?  So, while you’re hear, pull up a pew and scan your eyes over Dom Daley’s verdict on the latest batch of snotty-nosed action to wing its way into his inbox, this time all the way from the land down under where the men… well, play full tilt bullshit free rock ‘n’ roll with – yep, you get the picture:

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Jo Dog & The Desperados – ‘King For A Day’/’Every Star’ EP (Basement Boy Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 02 October 2017 04:20

Jo Dog Desperados artworkYeah. You know the name Jo Almeida. Just as well as you know the name Steve James. And Bam. Yep, the three guys that provided the musical backbone of the mighty Dogs D’Amour back in the day. Well, guess what? They’re back together and writing more great rock ‘n’f’n’ roll music, as Dom Daley will assert on the other side of this link:

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Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - ‘Keep It Greasy!’ (Rise Above Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 31 October 2016 04:00

Admiral frontHaving been knocked out by their support slot with Giuda at Camden Underworld this spring, Martin Haslam volunteered to review the new album by 70s-influenced power trio Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. So keen was he in fact that I bought said CD before UR hooked him up with a review copy. But, as our man rightly asserts, that’s as it should be: if you love a band’s work, you should pay for it.   Click the link to find out what he thought…

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