December CD
Core Of Io – ‘Part II: Europa’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:20

Core Of Io artworkYou know, at heart, UR boss Monk just a good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roller.  He doen’t really like the fancy things in life… a roof over his head, his beautiful wife by his side, a decently cooked steak and a slab of chips… He likes the basic things in life. The same applies with his music:  basic.  After all, he grew up on a diet of AC/DC, Motorhead, Rose Tattoo, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Guns ‘N Roses… So, why he’s getting all techy on us this fine morn? Click the link to find out:

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J.D Hangover – ‘J.D Hangover’ (Annibale Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:00

jdhangoverAt Über Rock, we know a thing or two about JD hangovers: we’ve had more than our share of them in our time… but, this is one which our man Double D gladly will enjoy any day that ends in a “y”, as he reckons this sort of blues garage rock and roll malarkey is good for you.  Click the link to get the prescription that Dr Daley has written just for us all:

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Psychedelic Witchcraft – ‘Sound Of The Wind’ (Listenable) Print E-mail
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Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 11 December 2017 04:20

Psychedelic Witchcraft artworkSecond albums, as is well known, can be rather awkward. Do the band stick to their initial sound, or look to expand into other areas? Click the link to find out the answer in the case of Psychedelic Witchcraft, courtesy of our resident DJ:

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Warrior Soul - ‘Back on the Lash’ (Livewire) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 08 December 2017 04:00

Warrior Soul Back On The LashSometimes, being a rock ‘n’ roll fan can be a frustrating thing. Take Gerald Stansbury and Kory Clarke: our man fondly harkens back to a period when Warrior Soul were a breath of fresh air in a world which was seeing the fall of ‘80s hard rock and the ascent of grunge… but, somehow, in more recent years, he has not really connected with any of Clarke’s output. So, it was perhaps understandable that he approached a new album with a mixture of optimism and trepidation, Find out which won through on the other side of the link:

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Purple Hill Witch – ‘Celestial Cemetery’ (The Church Within Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:00

Purple Hill Witch artworkAccording to the PR blurb that came with this, the second album from Norways’s PHW, evokes “hallucinogenic visions of occult rituals” and is the “soundtrack for witch hunting across celestial cemeteries”. Does it indeed? Click the link to find out what our resident witch-hunter general thought when he immersed himself in its grooves:

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Sittingthesummerout – ‘Brick and Mortar’ EP (Ghost Factory Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:00

Sittingthesummerout artworkOur Prince of Parp has been displaying somewhat more eclectic tastes of late, and reckons that these five songs from Italian quintet Sittingthesummerout are a great introduction to what could turn out to be your new favourite post hardcore band. Top find out what he’s on about, click the link and do what it tells you:

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First Base – ‘Not That Bad’ (Drunken Sailor Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:00

First Base artworkOur resident expert in all such matters, Dom D reckons that power pop is a fine line between getting it right and failing miserably: you can mix in an amount of snot 'n' attitude, but too much or too little and it doesn't sound right. So, have this bunch of Canadian reprobates got the formula right on this, their second collection of rock ‘n’ roll toons? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that is to follow the link:

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The Emergency Please – ‘Remember You’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 04 December 2017 04:00

The Emergency PleaseThe summer (what fucking summer?) may be a memory fading fast in our mental rear-view mirrors, but this trio of south coast groovers are determined to ensure it carries on forever with their bright and breezy pop punk levity. Click the link to see if it had Monk basking in the sunshine of its love:

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Rain – ‘Abstract Vision’ (Venn Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:40

Rain AV artworkSwindon's Rain, who have been championed by Radio 1 Rock Show's Daniel P Carter, may be the pure opposite of the big hair, parptastic keyboards that Dave Prince normally salivates over, but he always welcomes the chance to hear new bands creating new music, and doing it to the extent that he reckons seeing them, in this case, rewriting the shoegazing emo rulebook. Click the link to find out why:

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Grave Digger – ‘Healed By Metal’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:00

696 GraveDigger CMYKMarc Leach may not believe in all that there ‘new year new me bullshit’, but he does believe in keeping busy… and, of course, in the power of good old fashioned heavy metal to cure all life’s ills – as he found out when he wrapped his ears around this, the 18th studio album from German thrash legends Grave Digger:

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Derek Davis - 'Revolutionary Soul' (Apocalypse Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:00

dd rev soul cd cover 11 17Most people will have heard of Derek Davis as the main man from Babylon A.D. and the Robocop 2 track ‘Kid Goes Wild’. But here in 2016 we find Derek releasing a new soul/funk/rock–inspired solo album in the form of ‘Revolutionary Soul’.  Dave Prince was the man tasked with checking it out:

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The Starling Radicals – ‘Promiseland Vol. 1’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 11 December 2017 04:40

The Starling Radicals artworkBusting out of the febrile rock ‘n’ roll breeding ground that is south Wales, where seems to be breeding quality wrecking crews faster than the local rams can inseminate herds of ewes, The Starling Radicals come with a reputation for confrontation, having literally fought Morrissey and chased James Dean Bradfield through a park.  But, does their latest EP see them live up to that reputation?  Click the link and Monk will explain:

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Klaus Joynson & The Type 40 – ‘New Adventures In Time & Space’ (K.ULTRAX) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 11 December 2017 04:00

Klaus Joynson artworkMarc Leach openly admits to being shocked and horrified when UR boss Monk sent this concept album based on the story of the myriad doctors by the name of Who winging his way?  Why did it evoke such a reaction?  Well, because he’s a lifelong fan of the cult TV series and he wasn’t involved in this timely (sic) project!  Click the link to see what he thought of it, once he’d calmed down:

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Soraia - ‘Dead Reckoning’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 04:20

Soraia artworkA driving gaffe led to Little Steven introducing Gerald S to Philadelphia’s Soraia and their latest album. Intrigued? So were we… but we know the story, and you can discover it by clicking on that little link that tells you what to do if you want to embark on another musical adventure, thanks to two men of extremely discerning musical tastes:

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Humanity Check – ‘Humanity Check’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:40

Humanity Check artworkUR supremo Monk admits to not having heard of Irish metal trio Humanity Check before they sent him their debut EP (complete with nicely written letter). But, then, he can’t be expected to know every band on the island, can he? Click the link to find out why he was not only delighted to discover a new talent from a region bursting with it, but also wants them to subject his ears to more of their aural assault:

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Bark – ‘Like Humans Do’ (Sound Of The Hound Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:20

Bark Like Humans Doapproved smallIt is often said that a dog’s bark is worse than its bite… well, as Monk discovered, in the case of these mongrels from the dirty back alleys of Antwerp, one is as effective as the other, as this, their second album threatened to rip both his eardrums and his speakers to shreds. Click the link to find out how:

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The Scaramanga Six - ‘Chronica’ (Wrath Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 04 December 2017 04:20

Scaramanga Six artworkTwo years on from ‘The Terrifying Dream’, Martin Haslam’s then Album Of The Year, The Scaramanga Six return with ‘Chronica’. A double album in four movements, can it possibly meet their own high expectations? And will it meet those of our man with the tastiest line in snazzy hats we know? Click the link to find out:

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The Singles Club – December Sleigh Ride Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:00

Steve Conte artworkWell, last month Dom D reckoned he might have closed the Singles Club for another year… but, lo, another unexpected of releases has forced him to re-open the doors and throw one last hurrah for 2017. Click the link and do what it says to see what he reckons should be top of every self-respecting rock ‘n’ roller’s wish list this coming present exchanging season:

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Ian Gillan – ‘The Voice Of Deep Purple: The Gillan Years’ (Store For Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:00

Ian Gillan Gillan Years coverUR boss Monk has always been a massive fan of Ian Gillan and his voice. Hell, he was in the man’s fan club when they were both much younger than they are today. So, imagine his excitement when a box set called ‘The Gillan Years’ landed on his doormat… could it contain long overdue re-releases of albums such as ‘Glory Road’ or ‘Double Trouble’? Click the link to find out why he was slightly disappointed by its actual contents:

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Meshuggah – ‘The Violent Sleep Of Reason’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 29 December 2016 05:00

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of ReasonAs 2016 winds its way to its inevitable conclusion, Nick Russell once again casts his eye over his shoulder to another “one that got away”… with late always being better than never, our man finds that Swedish “techno gods” Meshuggah once again have set the bar extremely high. Click the link to find how much so:

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Testament – ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 04:30

Testament - The Brotherhood of the Snake 2016As Uber Rock prepares for the inevitable end-of-year round up of round ups, Nick Russell takes a wee step back in time to appraise an album which somehow we mysteriously missed out first time around… the latest offering from the thrash band that didn’t quite make it into that elite group known as ‘The Big Four’ but in many fans’ opinions are right up there with them… Click the link to join the brotherhood of Testament:

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