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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Black Bullets Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:00

The Black Bullets Promo ShotThis week’s video choice is from a band who have been on the UR radar for a while now, thanks to three excellent EPs released over the period of the last half decade. ‘Dolls’ is their new single, which was released on Friday – and we rather like it (well, we wouldn’t have chosen it if we didn’t, would we?):

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Reject The Sickness Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 07 January 2018 04:00

approved image lrg 2013We’re dusting down a number of our favourite features from the Uber Rockin’ archive and giving them a fresh lease of life for 2018, and among them is our ‘Video Of The Week’. Click the link to find out who has been chosen to kick of the new year of our pick of the best new promo clips to be released each week:

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’17 Of ‘17’: Über Rock’s Gigs Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:20

Belfast Limelight crowdEvery year, Über Rock’s team of crack writers and photographers attend hundreds of gigs, from checking out unsigned bands in sweaty backstreet bars to the biggest festivals and arena shows in the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. More often than not, we pay into these shows, supporting live music at its most grassroots level, in order to help nurture the talent of the future. So, what were the gigs that most captured the imaginations and thoughts of our crue in 2017? What shows stood out above the rest? What ones made us want to see and hear more of the bands concerned?  Well, 13 of our contributors plundered their memory banks and told us just that… so, without further ado, here is our choice of our ’17 Of ‘17’:

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View From The Merch Stand: Four Nights On The Road With Michael Monroe Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 24 December 2017 04:40

Michael Monroe CroppedChristmas came early for Über Rock’s very own Double D when he was asked to go out on the road with one of THE legends of the glunk scene… the living legend that is Michael Monroe. The only condition?  He had to sell a few T-shirts in order to earn his keep. In return, however, he was given full access to all the behind the scenes shenanigans and therefore was able to bring Über Rock’s very special Christmas present to all our long-suffering readers – this very special overview of four days on the road with one of the greats of the business:

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MOANLOAD 2018 – What The Fuck Are You Lot Complaining About? Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:00

Download 2018 HeadlinersWith the winter chill well and truly set in and the finishing line for ‘best release list of 2017’ within spitting distance, the time is high to get stuck in with announcements for the bands that will grace our shores come festival season 2018. With that in mind, this past week Download Festival announced its headline line-up for next June. Running from 8 to 10 June at Donington Park, Download Festival is indisputably the biggest out and out rock and metal fest in the UK, challenged only by specialist fests like Bloodstock and Rebellion in terms of sheer excitement. Yet, even with the announcement of three of the biggest names in the game, inevitably the moaners have come out in force to complain because, after all this is the same crowd that started the #whynotDyingFetus campaign in earnest. With that (and a pithy pun) in mind, Rich Hobson presents a round-up of the acts announced for Download Festival 2018 so far, looking at exactly who they are, what you should check out if you don’t already know them (having just emerged from your pre-historic cave) and exactly why they are a great booking for Download Festival and the greater rock community…

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Rockingham Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:02

Rockin RobinWho said the “festival season” was over? Yeah, I know the twat that said it, but he’s wrong, because there are festivals all year round – it’s just that some of them have the sense to move indoors during the more inclement months (do we actually get clement ones?). One of Team Über’s favourites is also one of the new kids on the block, in that it is only its third iteration… ladies and germs, we present to our personalized preview of the melodic rock feast that is Rockingham:

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The Singles Club - Sensational September Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:30

Mick JaggerIn all the time he’s done the Singles Club, Dom Daley has come across some fantastic singles. It’s a format he can't get enough of and, whilst it might now come in many guises and formats, he still loves hearing a great single by a band or singer. But even he reckons that his month’s batch, without exception, is the strongest and finest selection to date. Click the link to find out why:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… HRH Sleaze Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 05:00

HRH Sleaze posterThe latest addition to the growing roster of Hard Rock Hell indoor/residential festival weekends, HRH Sleaze does exactly what it says on the poster, drawing together a collection of legendary proponents of the dirtier end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, as well as some of the finest young talents endeavouring to footsteps and become the next big (hair) sensation… Taking place at the Sheffield Academy next weekend, this year’s inaugural event features a truly mouth-watering menu of acts, and is bound to ensure that hairspray sales in Steel City will go through the ceiling. So, what can we expect, musically that is? Well, settle back and start your preening, ‘cos here is our guide to the bands we’re most looking forward to seeing/hearing:

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The Über Rockin' Guide to... Hair Metal Heaven Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:30

Hair Metal Heaven - Squareapproved smallHull and the phrases ‘City Of Culture’ and ‘Hair Metal Heaven’ may not seem logical bed buddies, but lo and behold they are, with both descriptions currently and imminently fitting the north-eastern city like a well-worn pair of spandex trousers… Our closet glam fan Ben Hughes took a few moments out from back combing his blonde wig and perfecting his finest pout to pick out his highlights of the weekend in which hairspray sales in Yorkshire undoubtedly will go through the roof:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Hobgoblin New Blood Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareOver the past two days, we’ve hopefully given you plenty of food for thought (and fuel for debate) with our Über Rockin’ guide to this year’s Bloodstock, which takes place in exactly four weekend’s time. On Friday, we guided you through the bill on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and yesterday we picked out our highlights from the main Ronnie James Dio stage… today, we turn our attention to the New Blood and the 12 bands that we think are most worth checking out:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (Ronnie James Dio Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 15 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn exactly four weeks’ time, we’ll be slap bang in the middle of what many people regard as the only “true” heavy metal festival in this corner of the Überverse, Bloodstock. Like many festivals, it’s a combination of factors: checking out some of your favourite bands, catching up with some you’ve never seen (or perhaps even heard) before, and maybe ticking a few off your bucket list to boot. Yesterday, we provided our guide to some of the quality acts who will be hitting the Sophie stage; today, we turn our attention to the main arena and look at some of the bands the UR team will be hoping not to miss:

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17 Of ’17: The Über Rock Albums Of The Year Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 31 December 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013It’s the last day of the year commonly known as 2017, and so there is no better time to look back on what the rock ‘n’ roll world has offered us up over the past 12 months. Yesterday, our crack team of writers told us what live experiences they had enjoyed most. Today, we present to you what albums have tickled their aural fancies over the past 365 days. Eighteen writers submitted more than 200 different albums, demonstrating both the diversity and richness has come our way over the course of this year about to consign itself to history… These choices were subjected to a rigorous and carefully monitored counting process to give us our overall ’17 Of ’17’:

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The Year In (Über) Rock – The Highs and Lows… Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 30 December 2017 04:00

UR UmlautsEach year, in addition to our annual lists and polls of the best gigs and albums of the year, we ask our writers to look back on what were their personal highlights – and lowlights – and also to look forward to the coming year, and give us their prediction as to who they think will be the breakthrough act of the coming 12 months… This year, we added a slight twist, by asking the team to share their ‘Funniest Rock ‘n’ Roll Moment’, and also nominate someone for the first ever ‘Gene Simmons Dickhead Of The Year’ award:

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OPINION: It’s time to #CutTheCrap on sexual harassment Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and Natalie Conway   
Sunday, 19 November 2017 04:20

UR UmlautsIt seems that every time you turn on the news, or open a ‘paper, there is yet another string of accusations and allegations about sexual misconduct being broadcast/published about yet another high-profile media “personality” or other public figure. Earlier this week, an online message inspired music publicist Natalie Conway to put her foot down and declare that it’s time to #CutTheCrap in relation to sexual harassment, in both the real and cyber worlds. Clink the link to find out what she had to say on this vital issue:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide to… Damnation Festival Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:40

Damnation 2017 Final PosterTwenty-seven bands, four stages and more furious noise than you can shake an Albini at – Damnation Festival is back, baby. The UK’s premier end-of-year metal gathering, Damnation has pulled together some blinding line-ups over its 12 year run, pulling together an assortment of viciously exciting bands at the cutting edge of noise, punk and metal – and the 2017 event is no different. Not sure who to watch? Let the Über Rock team of DJ Astrocreep and Rich Hobson guide you through the programme with their thoughts on the acts you simply cannot afford to miss on Saturday:

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The Ghost Of A Rock Legend Scuppered Our Album: The Story Of 'The Boys' Print E-mail
Written by Matt Dangerfield   
Saturday, 23 September 2017 04:40

The BoysExactly 40 years ago today, a then unknown band called, perhaps appropriately, The Boys, released their self-titled debut album. Little did they know that it would change the face of music, and especially pop punk, forever. On the anniversary of the album’s release, band founder and frontman Matt Dangerfield looks back on the story behind it, just on the other side of this link:

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Black Sabbath – ‘The End Of The End’ Premiere – London, Soho Screening Rooms – 6 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 04:00

black-sabbath-the-end-of-the-end-posterEarlier this year, the founding fathers of heavy metal declared that is was indeed ‘The End’, at least as far as touring is concerned.  Events around their last ever live appearance, in their home town of Birmingham, were recorded for posterity, with the resulting film due to be shown in cinemas at the end of this month.  Our man Jim Rowland was very lucky to be among the invited audience at a very special preview, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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From Mexico To Toronto: Introducing Introtyl Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:00

Introtyl 1Music truly is an international language, transcending boundaries of distance, geography and even time.  And those dedicated to sharing music whoever is prepared to listen to it are always more than happy to cross those boundaries in the name of the cause in which they believe – as our man in Toronto recently found out when he caught up with Mexican death dealers Introtyl on the last night of their Canadian tour:

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Baz Francis: The ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary – Part Three Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 23 July 2017 04:30

Baz Francis coverOver recent months, Magic Eight Ball frontman Baz Francis has been regaling us with tales of his adventures into the furthest reaches of eastern Europe, the Middle East and north Africa, with his exclusive Über Rockin’ tour diary. This third and final (for now) instalment sees our audacious troubadour travelling to the land of the midnight sun, teaming up with his bandmates and revisiting a fondly remembered holiday destination:

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The Tragically Hip awarded the Order of Canada Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 16 July 2017 04:00

The Order Of CanadaFollowing on from the announcement that frontman Gordon Downie - Canada's "patron saint of cool" - had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, The Tragically Hip took their final bow in front of a sold-out arena crowd in their hometown, as well as a national TV audience.  Subsequently, last month, the band were awarded their country's highest honour, in recognition of their contribution to the Canadian music scene, as our man in Toronto reports:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To… Bloodstock (The Sophie Lancaster Stage) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 05:00

BOA SquareIn the latest of our Über Rockin’ guides to the festival season, we turn our attention to the gargantuan, heaving metallic monster that is the mighty Bloodstock, which takes place at Catton Park in south Derbyshire in exactly four weeks’ time. And we begin our guide to what we reckon are the “must see” acts of the weekend at the place where all the action both starts and finishes, the Sophie stage. Click the link to find out who our hit team of heavy metal ninjas reckon are the bands you shouldn’t miss:

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