Gig Reviews
Johnny Cage And The Voodoo Groove/Thee Manatees – Cardiff, 10 Feet Tall – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 04:30

16265184 10210840466820597 6279046626366514074 nIt may have taken him a while to get his motor revved up, but the gigging machine that is Nev Brooks is back on the road again and once more hunting down the best live bands in the best venues. Click the link to find out what dystopian adventures he got up to when he went in search of some rock ‘n’ roll infused with ye olde voodoo groove:

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Black Peaks/Employed To Serve/Making Monsters – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 05:00

black-peaks-1 32292743380 oBrighton bruisers Black Peaks caused something of a ruckus among the Über Rock team last year, with Rich Hobson comparing the “post-hardcore-meets-alt-rock” of their debut album, ‘Statues’, to the likes of Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones and proclaiming their live shows as the perfect counter-argument to Gene Simmons’ failed claim that “rock is dead”… with this is mind, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen didn’t really have much of a choice when the south coast mob announced that they were intending to pummel Belfast into submission for the first time than to dander ‘round to our local and see what all the fuss was about:

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Holy Dog – Cardiff, Portland House - 22 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:00

holy dog picNewest Über Rock recruit Dean Glyn Morris seems to have a knack of tracking down quality gigs in the most unlikely of environments. Hence, why he recently found himself in the middle of an art gallery, enjoying the debut solo performance by one half of Them Dead Beats. Was this in itself art of a higher form? Click the link to find out:

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Lacey/Speaking In Shadows/Autumn Ruin – Manchester, Sound Control – 21 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 04:00

LACEY ELECTRIC SETHaving seen the band known as Lacey before, supporting Bowling For Soup, Lindsey Appleton understandably was intrigued to see them do their own headline show, kicking off their recent tour in a small capacity venue such as Sound Control. Was she disappointed? Click the link to find out:

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Heel Of Achilles/Call To Arms/Words That Burn/Lock Horns/Ketos – Belfast, Voodoo – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:16

32364748081 e275e837cb zOne of the more attractive aspects of this game called music journalism is the joy of discovering new music – and especially great new music – by artists with whom you were previously unfamiliar. Just imagine our editor-in-chief’s sense of ecstatic expectation when he realized that four of the five acts being showcased this particular evening had not previously crossed his radar. Would his sense of rapture still be unbridled at the end of the night? Click the link to find out:

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Avenged Sevenfold/Disturbed/In Flames - Birmingham, Genting Arena - 13 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:48

A7X Disturbed Poster - Square“Metal is dead” is a phrase which is often bandied about, along with the question of who will step up to the mark to become the massive headliners of tomorrow, especially with 2017 seeing so many of the big name veteran acts allegedly taking their final bows… Well, don’t utter references to the genre’s pending demise too loudly around Rich Hobson: because, as he argues in this in depth review, some of the contenders for the crown of “metal kings of the future” might just have already started their coup and usurped the throne…

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The Crawling/Scimitar/Neamhní – Belfast, Voodoo – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 04:00

The Crawling - Voodoo Belfast 3Things were getting seriously bad for Über Rock head honcho Mark Ashby. It had just been TOO long. The withdrawal symptoms were all there, for all to see: the hot sweats were getting worse and the shakes were extremely noticeable. It had been three weeks since his last fix and if he didn’t get another soon – very soon… imagine his relief then when our resident gigaholic got his first live hit of the new year. Click the link to find out if this evening of black metal, thrash and doomish deathliness satisfied his needs:

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Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse – 18 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 23 December 2016 05:00

DSC00157It was 1980, and an album was released that Martin Haslam reckons genuinely changed his life. He was 13 years old. Thirty-six years later, and to our man, it still sounds as fresh and amazing as the first time he played it. So, how could we let him miss this opportunity to see it performed live for the final time in its entirety? Click the link to find out if the teenage angst has survived into middle age:

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Maverick / Safire – Belfast, Voodoo – 16 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:30

Maverick - Voodoo Belfast - 2“It’s not every day you say goodbye to a founding member of a band.”  The words of Maverick singer David Balfour, outlining the context of this special gig, as it was the band’s last with drummer Mike Ross, who is shortly to depart these shores to make a new life for himself on the other side of the Atlantic.  It was gonna be an emotional night for the band, as well as their families, friends and fans who had gathered to give the boy a fittingly raucous send off… Among them were our own Mark Ashby and Dark Queen:

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Imperial State Electric / Gentlemans Pistols – Camden, The Underworld – 8 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 05:00

iseConsidering he was a huge Hellacopters fan back in the late 90s/early noughties, Jim Rowland did wonder to himself why tonight was the first time he had been to see Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric. However, that was soon answered when he was reliably informed that this was only the second time the band have played London since they released their debut album back in 2010… click the link to find out what went down at this hotly anticipated return:

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Conjuring Fate (‘Valley Of Shadows’ album launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:30

Conjuring Fate 1It seemed fated (sic)… and so it proved to be. Back at the tail of August 2015, Conjuring Fate were one of two bands to play wedding of UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… no, not the reception, but the actual ceremony itself. Now, fast forward to this past weekend and the band finally get around to releasing their long-awaited debut album: and, guess what? It just “happens” to “coincide” with Mrs A’s 50th birthday! It couldn’t have been planned better… or could it? Click the link to find out what went down on this particular evening:

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The Wonder Years/Trash Boat/Tiny Moving Parts – Belfast, Empire Music Hall - 29 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Saturday, 04 February 2017 04:30

The Wonder Years 2Having sold out in Dublin the previous evening, The Wonder Years arrived north of the Irish border for this, the second night of their current European tour. We sent our man Jonni D into the pit to report from the frontline and discover if, live, the band could take him any closer to heaven:

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JC’s Hopeless Sinners - Cardiff, Fluidity Freerun Academy – 20 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:00

Hopeless Saints 1Über Rock today welcomes another new recruit to our ever-expanding corps of committed writers (and, believe me, some of them truly should be committed...), with the arrival of Dean Glyn Morris, representing it from Cardiff city. For his debut offering, our new man popped along to an unlikely venue for an evening of some intimate blooze:

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Cursed Sun/Scimitar/Drakonis/Neamhni – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 21 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 20:17

Cursed Sun - Jones - Limelight BelfastIn his last review, UR boss Mark Ashby found himself writing about discovering new bands… well, less than 24 hours later he found himself on more assured territory, as he and The Dark Queen came out of hibernation again to check out four more bands from in and around the Belfast area as they attempted to lay devilish waste to the city’s most iconic venue:

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Meshuggah/The Haunted - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 17 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:30

Meshuggah - Belfast 2As editor-in chief, I’m going to be brutally honest here: our Marc Leach practically shit his boxers when I asked him did he want to review and shoot Swedish tech metal gods Meshuggah! Hell, it was like an outtake from ‘The Walking Dead’ at URHQ, as he practically bit my arm off… but, did they sate his bloodthirst for loads of widdly-widdly wankery? Well, their light show certainly did. As for the rest? Click the link to find out:

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The Boys/The Vulz – London, 100 Club London – 6 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:30

It takes something pretty darn special to make Dom Daley spend ten hours in a car on a 400 mile round trip… but, then, there’s nothing really more special than a 40th anniversary gig, is there?  Our man headed to London Town’s famed 100 Club – one of the last of the city’s legendary rock n roll venues – to party the night away with one of his favourite bands, who put on a blinder of show, even if one member only had one wing… to find out what we mean, click on the link:

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Ginger's Birthday Bash - London, Kentish Town Forum - 17th December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 04:00

TEK-HH-171216-53Thirty quid for a gig ticket, £90 for a train down to London, £15 on Tubes, £18 for two double JD and cokes... seeing Ginger puke onstage mid song tonight ...priceless! Yes, Mr Wildheart wasn’t going to let the small manner of a dose of the lurgy get in the way of him hosting his annual Birthday Bash down Kentish Town way… just a week before Christmas, our man Ben Hughes made the trip from Yorkshire to our nation’s capital and his report now officially kicks off the new gig reviewing year here on Uber Rock:

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Trucker Diablo / Hell’s Addiction – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 17 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:00

Trucker Diablo DRC 2Apparently it’s almost the time of year called Christmas. Or Coca-Cola-Mas as we call it ‘round here. Whatever you make of this festive period, it does herald one thing – the annual Trucker Diablo party at one of Über Rock’s favourite haunts, the Diamond in Ahoghill Rock City… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen donned their finest party gear, boarded the beer bus and headed into the hills for this annual rock n roll hootenanny:

 

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Kvelertak / Skeletonwitch – Sheffield, Corporation - 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:30

Kvelertak 1The first Saturday in December was a good night for rock n’ roll in Sheffield: at the other side of town, countless NWOBHM bands were reliving the good old days in the Academy for Hard Rock Hell’s ‘Xmas Rocka’... but Matt Bunting chose to venture to Corporation to see two of modern metal’s more exciting bands.  Click the link to find out what was thrown down:

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The Posies / The President Lincoln – Bristol, The Louisiana – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

The Posies Bristol 1A little while back, Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson found himself at one of those gigs which, instead of the band playing out their stadium-filling potential rather “creates a special and personal relationship for fans, which in turn creates a sense of fierce pride in the band and their achievements”. It’s taken a while for our man to put his thoughts into words – well, he did move house in the interim – but you can click the link to find out what went down at what also turned out to be something of an UR family reunion:

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Rock & Roll Circus Xmas Charity Bash – Abertillery, Dolls House – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 06:00

15338802 10209664480307115 3242938495726283472 nIt may be coming to the end of the year, and most people starting “winding down” for the so-called “festive season”… but, not us here at UR! We’re rock ‘n’ roll animals – and none more so than Nev Brooks, who this weekend returned to one of his favourite stamping grounds for the annual fundraiser organized by our good friends over at the aptly named Rock & Roll Circus radio show….

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