Gig Reviews
Belphegor/Enthroned/NervoChaos – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 12 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:40

Belphegor BelfastEarlier this week, the island of Ireland was battered by some of the worst storms in living memory… but, what had gone largely unnoticed by the weather forecasters was the black metal firestorm that had been unleashed in its capital cities the previous week, as Austrian overlords Belphegor brought their ‘Totenritual’ tour to the Emerald Isle, leaving it barren and desolate in their wake.  Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were among the survivors of this triple headed holocaust:

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Andrew O’Neill – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms - 9 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:20

Andrew ONeill tour poster - croppedHave you ever noticed that Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray is the spitting image of comedienne Helen Lederer? No!  Well, they could have been separated at birth!  That was one of pearls of wisdom which educated Martin Haslam when he sat down for stand up Andrew O’Neill’s ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ show. To find out what more he learned, click the link:

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Today Is The Day/Fashion Week – Cheltenham, Frog and Fiddle - 5 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:40

Today Is The Today Cheltenham According to Rich Hobson, the UK has a long way to go, in terms of catching up with noise punk, and while the genre is finally (and thankfully) gaining a foothold over here, fans have to settle from visits from US bands who have ensured that it remains “an ever-present murky stain sitting between the worlds of metal and punk”. And so our resident expert in all things noisy Maine visionaries TITD, as he explains on the other side of this link:

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HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:00

HRH SvD 2017Year two of HRH's Stoner vs Doom had a pretty big set of shoes to fill, but with the likes of Saint Vitus, Ten Foot Wizard, Truck Fighters and Kadavar playing, the bill looked like it could live up to the previous year's hype.  But did it?  The mysterious DJ Astrocreep ventured over the Pennines to team up with our Sheffield crue to find out – and so can you, on the other side of this link:

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Papa Roach/Ho99o9 – Glasgow, O2 Academy - 7 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:15

Papa Roach Glasgow 2017LA rap-rock pioneers Papa Roach recently returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll (well, some of it anyway), is support of their acclaimed ‘Crooked Teeth’ album, which most agreed marked a return to form for the band. The Glasgow show was also being filmed for their upcoming new single release. Allan Maxwell was front and centre to see if Jacoby Shaddix and co were indeed ‘Born For Greatness’ – and you can find out too, on the other side of this link:

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Bush/RavenEye – Glasgow, ABC – 26 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Friday, 13 October 2017 04:20

Bush - GlasgowSmack in the middle of an extremely busy period for tours and one-off live shows, Hannah Reid once more trod the well-worn path in the heart of Glasgie town for something like her fourth gig in five days (who says we don’t work our hit team of reviewers hard here at UR) to check out what promised to be an energetic double bill. Click the link to find out what went down front and centre:

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Mayday Parade/All Get Out/With Confidence – Glasgow, O2 ABC – 21 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:20

Mayday Parade GlasgowFloridian indie rockers Mayday Parade probably picked a good time to hit the UK in support of the tenth anniversary of their ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ album, ripping up stages up and down the UK as Hurricane Irma was simultaneously ripping up their home state. We sent Hannah R along to catch up on the action as it went down on the Glasgow leg of the tour:

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Living Colour/Stone Broken – Bilston, The Robin 2 – 27 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:42

Living Colour BilstonPlaying on a miserable Wednesday night, in a small town just outside two major cities, the odds were against Living Colour. Yet, in what seems to be a recurrent theme for the band, they took one look at adversity and spat right in its face, putting on one of the best shows of the year, as Rich Hobson now elaborates:

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Voodoo Six/SKAM/Wakedown – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 20 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six Sheffield 2017Voodoo Six certainly have been kicking up dust recently, what with a new album and a recent tour to support its release. Always a great believer in supporting homegrown, independent bands and labels, Über Rock decided to take in not just one but two dates on said trek… following on from Geno D’s recent review of the Sheffield gig, we present Rich Hobson’s thoughts on what went down a few nights later in Wolverhampton:

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Overoth/Rabid BitchOf The North/Mordrake/Isolation/Incursion – Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club – 28 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:00

22264658 10212582462868947 2078474143 nOver the summer, we took David O’Neill out of his comfort zone and asked him to review the debut album from Belfast metallers Rabid Bitch Of The North. Last weekend, we took him even further outside his musical boundaries and sent him along to review them, and fellow Northern Ireland black metal crew Overoth, on the first night of trio of dates to promote both their current releases. Click the link to find out how he got on:

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Sharks – London, The Lexington – 24 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:00

Sharks Islington 1Two years after reforming, Sharks are calling it a day again – albeit, they assure us, temporarily.  They brought this particular chapter in their story to an end with a special “farewell” show in the heart of Kings Cross – and, of course, Über Rock, in the shape of Jim Rowland, was front and centre to report on this historic night of punked up rock ‘n’ roll by two of the greats of the game:

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Shellac/Iona Fortune – Birmingham, The Asylum – 6 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 04:00

Shellac - BirminghamIn the world of noise rock, Steve Albini is the undisputed king. Frontman of Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac, Albini’s contribution to noise is one of the single-most important in the genre’s history, not just as a writer but also on a production level. His name is synonymous with punk rock morals and noise rock abrasion. It’s fair to say then that his arrival in Birmingham with Shellac, his flagship band for the past 25 years, came with a high level of anticipation. Was it fulfilled? Click the link and Rich Hobson will tell you:

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HRH Stoner vs Doom – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 1 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:20

HRH SvD 2017Today’s instalment of Über Rock is brought to you by the letters D and S – standing for doom and stoner respectively – and by the number two, as, in the second part of our day of bringing to you heavy and sludgy, DJ Astrocreep descends once more into the darkness to report from the eventful second day of the second iteration of the bespoke HRH SvsD festival in the heart of Steel City. Click the link to find out what the big man from Merseyside made of the slightly re-jigged bill:

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Alter Bridge/As Lions – Belfast, Ulster Hall – 8 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:30

Myles Kennedy Alter Bridge BelfastIt is very rarely, if ever, that any artist visits the same territory during a touring cycle – never mind the same town, or even the same venue, and within the space of less than four months. But, that’s exactly what Alter Bridge have just done on their most recent return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  Yep, as promised at the end of their debut visit to this particular corner of the Überverse, here they were again… for another sold out show. And, of course, the UR team were there (well, we had to be or Monk probably would have been getting divorce papers):

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Alter Bridge & The Parallax Orchestra – London, The Royal Albert Hall – 3 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 14 October 2017 04:00

Alter Bridge - Royal Albert HallJust four short months after their last visitation, Alter Bridge recently returned to the shores of the British Isles for a short run of dates that saw them, somewhat ambitiously, play a different set list on each of the five nights. In the first of a double header of reviews from this quick visit, Rich Hobson took a pew in the historic Royal Albert Hall for the second of two shows which saw them perform with The Parallax Orchestra:

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All Them Witches/The Ghost Wolves – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:00

All Them WitchesRich Hobson reckons that Nashville’s All Them Witches are a band far beyond their years, sounding much more seasoned than their five years of history would suggest, moulded and shaped by the road, masters of their craft, their set an expansive and adventurous journey. Our boy down the front says they don’t have legs; they have a tour-bus and a sense of adventure which may yet take them to the ends of the earth and back – all we can do is join them on the way and enjoy the ride, which is just what he did when they pulled into Brum recently:

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Life of Agony/Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics/Blood Runs Deep – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 22 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 09 October 2017 09:18

Life Of Agony BirminghamA band well used to facing up to adversity, it would take more than a disappointing turnout – perhaps attributable to two other quality gigs taking place in the same venue – to prevent Life of Agony from sending bodies crashing to the floor and proving once again why they remain one of the most creative and relevant bands in the otherwise muddied field by the name of ‘alt metal’. Click the link to find out what went down this fine evening:

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Inglorious/ Wayward Sons – Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:20

IngloriousIt was going to be a hot night in the valleys for sure, when this double header of a tour forsook the usual hotspots of Cardiff and Swansea, instead heading to the more intimate environs of Pontypridd. Of course, Über Rock loves nothing more than heading off the beaten track in search of rock ‘n’ roll, and so David O’Neill headed to the converted church which was the unlikely setting for the return to Wales by these two rising stars of the British rock firmament:

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Waterparks – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – 24 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:20

Waterparks GlasgowIt’s a busy period for shows and tours at the moment, as evinced by the fact that UR’s crack team of reviewers are out virtually every night of the week at one gig or another up and down the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n Roll… Stepping up to the pit wall on this occasion was Hannah Reid, who swapped her DMs for her flip-flops and some fun down the Waterparks in Glasgow:

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Danny Vaughn – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 23 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:20

Danny VaughnHaving done so on every occasion in the past, there was no way The Dark Queen was going to miss this latest visit by one of her favourite singers to her little corner of the Überverse. So, the camera was checked and rechecked, the beers were ordered and the bus was boarded for the trip deep into the Antrim hills to get up close and personal on what proved to be an epic night, which started with Mr V getting caught up in a particularly Northern Ireland phenomenon. Click the link to find out more:

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MassMatiks/Youth Killed It – Glasgow, The Garage – 17 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:40

MassMatiks - GlasgowShe’d been a wee bit quiet for a while… but, when she wakes up, beware! In the second of her double of dose of live reviews this fine Saturday, Hannah Reid once again travels back into the dark heart of Glasgow to bring us her thoughts on another night of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. Forget lying back munching on bamboo shoots, you’ll find this panda front and centre of the nearest mosh pit:

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