December CD
As December Falls – ‘Live at the Rescue Rooms’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Allan Maxwell   
Friday, 29 December 2017 04:20

As December Falls coverAs the year hurtles towards its inevitable conclusion, and December once again prepares to fall of the end of the calendar for another descent into history, Allan Maxwell keeps things as short as the nights and as to the point as a scalpel when he tells us about the debut live album from Nottingham pop punks ADF:

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Deathgod Messiah - 'Abomination Chants from Beyond the Grave' (Ascension Monuments) Print E-mail
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Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:00

Deathgod Messiah artworkIt may be fast approaching the day of present exchanging but the black metal community, and especially America’s Deathgod Messiah, have a very special gift for us – a compilation album designed to ensure that all those not of a kvlt persuasion choke on their turkey and reach for the holy water, as our newly appointed prince of all things extreme, Cronohn Pipror explains on the other side of this link.

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Tragik – ‘Tainted’ (Rock Company) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:00

Tragik Tainted front500They say that you shouldn’t judge a book, or an album, by its cover. But, in the case of this particular offering, it is very hard not to do so. I mean, take a look at the fucking thing. Ripped straight from the tackiest Eighties playbook of gratuitous titillation, what lurks behind it turns out to be a half decent, if somewhat erratic AOR album from one of the hardest working names in the business, as the boss man explains on the other side of this link:

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Pretty Boy Floyd – ‘Public Enemies’ (Frontiers) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:00

PRETTY BOY FLOYD pe CoverBe honest, how many of you would have expected, that, in 2017, there would be new music from Pretty Boy Floyd? Well, we didn’t, but that is exactly what we've got - and our very own Prince of Parp, for one, is more than happy with it. Click the link to find out why he reckons PBF are not only a band reborn but have come up with a mighty impressive set of hair metal earworms:

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Crazy Squeeze – ‘Savior Of The Street’ (Wanda Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 15 December 2017 04:20

Crazy Squeeze artworkWe reckon that, before this year is out, our man Dom D is gonna have a heart attack, so excited does he get about the constant stream of quality rock ‘n’ roll, or punk rock 'n' roll, or whatever you want to label it, that keeps coming across his radar.  Here’s another bunch he reckons should most definitely be on your radar this present exchanging season:

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American Glutton – ‘Dish Served Cold’ (From The Ashes Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:40

American Glutton record coverOur big boss man just loves a good old-fashioned power trio. Just bass, drums and guitar, with one of ‘em doubling up on vocals. Bands like Cream, classic Motorhead, ZZ Top, Rabid Bitch Of The North… straightforward and honest, with nowhere to hide: just music presented at its rawest and most visceral. And it’s that tried and tested formula which this new band busting out of Jacksonville, Florida follow, as you can find out by clicking this ‘ere link:

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16 Ton Rockers – ‘Limited Edition DeLuxe’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:00

16 Ton Rockers logoAlthough only formed in 2016, the members of 16 Ton Rockers have been kicking around the Stockholm punk scene since ’77, and therefore know a thing or three about rock ‘n’f’n’ roll – probably nearly as much as our Double D, who always has thoroughly enjoyed everything he has heard from the band. Does that enjoyment remain uncontained with this, their latest platter? Click the link and do what it tells you to find out:

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The Cowboys – ‘Volume 4’ (Drunken Sailor Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:00

The Cowboys Vol 4 artworkDom D reckons that if there’s ever an album that earns the epithet of being a punk 'n' roll mess then it is this fourth (how’d we guess?) offering from The Cowboys.  Our man who knows about such things reckons it’s a real “mind fuck”, as schizophrenic offering that straddles the ‘70s, 80s and embraces pop to alternative to punk to create a great record. You know what to do to find out more:

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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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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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Hooded Priest – ‘The Hour Be None’ (I Hate) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:00

Hooded Priest artworkAlthough staples of the Dutch and Flemish, and wider European, doom scene for a little more than a decade now, Hooded Priest have taken a full seven years to follow up their debut album, ‘Devil Worship Reckoning’ – which beggars the question of what they’ve been doing in the intervening period… Well, you can find out on the other side of this link, as our very own Monk in darkly garb casts his verdict on their just-released second album:

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Satanic Warmaster - 'We Are The Worms That Crawl On The Broken Wings Of An Angel' (Werewolf Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 04:40

Satanic Warmaster artworkAfter 20 years of churning out some sickeningly blasphemous music, one of Finland’s most prolific black metal bands have chosen the Christmas season to release this wonderfully titled retrospective compilation… which also seems a good time to introduce our very own newly appointed Satanic warmaster, Cronohn Pipror, who delivers his verdict on the other side of this link:

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Fear The Fallen – ‘The Order’ (Sound House Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 18 December 2017 04:00

Fear The Fallen artworkWe all know of albums that have left an immediate impression on us, be that for better or worse.  Then we have the growers; those gems who patiently reveal their intricacies to us layer by layer.  And, of course, there is that unenviable category of a record that no matter how many times you listen to it will fail to leave any kind of indelible mark, or elicit much emotion whatsoever from the listener.  Which will it be in the case of Jonni D and his experience with Fear The Fallen’s debut effort? Click the link to find out:

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Still Living – ‘YmmiJ’ (Rock Company) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 15 December 2017 04:20

Still Living artworkAn AOR concept album with an unpronounceable title? OK, hold it against a mirror and you’ll get a clue as to the story behind this gem of a discovery from Brazil (via bespoke Dutch label Rock Company)… hold on: Brazil? Doesn’t it just produce black and death metal bands? Apparently not, as Monk found out – and you can do by follow the instruction on the link:

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First Wave – ‘Toxic Rock and Roll’ (The Honey Label) Print E-mail
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Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 14 December 2017 04:20

First Wave artworkBig Nick Russell may like his music slightly more muscular, and darker in tone, but even likes to dabble in other arts and move out of his comfort zone, which is why we find him entering Dom Daley's bailiwick by exploring the British punk scene and endeavouring to find out if it indeed can produce some ‘Toxic Rock and Roll’… You can find out if he did on the other side of the link:

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Trust – ‘Hellfest 2017’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 04:20

Trust Live at Hellfest coverThere is no doubt that Trust’s place in the canon of heavy metal is assured.  For two reasons.  One to do with a certain drummer once of their parish, and the other to do with a certain song made famous by one of the Big Four… having officially split up more than three decades ago, they occasionally return for live performances, one of the most recent of which was captured on this shiny little silver disc for which our Monk slipped on his Cloak of Reviewing Doom to evaluate:

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Scream Serenity – ‘Eye of the Storm’ (3MS Music) Print E-mail
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Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:40

Scream Serenity artworkThe odds seemed against Scream Serenity when their debut album popped into URHQ’s inbox… First of all, they’re from the same town as The Darkness: not a good start!  Then, they list influences from Alter Bridge and Shite… sorry, Shinedown, as well as Black Stone Cherry and TOAD.  As three of those four are not exactly the top of UR head honcho Monk’s listening pile… However, they are some of David O’Neill’s favourite bands of the past five years, so the MP3 was fired his way and he was immediately despatched into the eye of this musical storm to see what sort of aural battering it delivers:

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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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