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Martin Barre – Preston, Guildhall – 6 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:40

Martin BarreFollowing on from his recent interview with Jethro Tull founder and all-round guitar genius Martin Barre, Über Rock’s most travelled reviewer hit the road again, albeit to somewhere a little closer to home, to catch the man in live action. Click the link to find out why, even at the age of 70, he can still shred better than many youngsters a fraction of his age:

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Bell – ‘Tidecaller’ (High Roller Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:20

Bell Traveller artworkHang on there, just one second… UR boss Monk’s Scandinavian brothers may know a thing or three about the doom metal genre, but in this latest offering from the land of his forefathers its protagonists seem to have forgotten something – that in a genre which relies on a heavy bottom end to its sound, it needs just a smidgeon of, well, bottom end, as in a bass sound… Click to link to find out why this particular release lacks that all important ingredient:

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Opium Warlords – ‘Droner’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Monday, 20 November 2017 04:00

svart129 opiumwarlords droner 3000pxAn EP that lasts longer than a lot of full-length albums? Three “songs” that, between them, clock in at almost an hour in length? Well, that’s what happens in the world of drone, and there are few better exponents of the art than Sami ‘Witchfinder’ Hynninen, who has returned after a hiatus exploring doom and black metal – and even electronic music - to bore into our psyche with this, the fourth Opium Warlords offering. DJ Astrocreep delves into its murky depths:

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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 Rock Interview: Tom Farrelly (Third Lung) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 19 November 2017 04:00

Third LungFollowing on from his review of their soon-to-be-released new EP, Gerald Stansbury reached out to Third Lung singer/guitarist Tom Farrelly to chat about the origins of the project, the writing processes the band employs and how work is progressing on that traditionally difficult second album:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 11 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:40

The Brink HRH XIIt hardly seems like a week has passed since the ÜR team of Monk and DQ were preparing to once more enter the rock ‘n’ roll emporium that is Camp HRH for the third and final day of the franchise’s flagship festival. But it is, and so no better time than to cast a backward glance and share their memories of another day of on stage action. You can see through the fog of time elapsed by clicking on the link that tells you what to do:

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Third Lung - ‘Breaking Late’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:20

Third Lung artworkWhile bands have their whole lives to write their debut album, the difficult follow up album has snake bit many bands over the years. However, Gerald Stansbury reckons that Third Lung have asserted some serious confidence by releasing an EP as the follow up to the first record, in the process putting put out six songs that, for him far exceed their debut album. Click the link to find out why our man believes that, if these six songs are a hint of what’s to come, the band could have a breakthrough year in 2018:

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Sniff The Riff Vol 1 – Manchester, Rebellion – 21 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 18 November 2017 04:20

Sniff The Riff Sound Of OriginHave you ever just looked at a line up and thought it seems too good to be true? That was just the scenario our resident DJ faced when he saw the bill for Sniff the Riff Vol.1. Having experienced far too many instances of promises not being delivered upon, or the dreaded clashes that happen that a lot of festivals that the worry is always there that he’ll miss something important. Nevertheless, he used more of his frequent traveller miles and ventured forth, hoping that, for once, someone would get it right… did they? Find out on the other side of this link:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 10 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:40

YandT HRHIt was the morning after the night before, but there was barely time to recover from the first evening’s storming performances, especially by Dee Snider, before the UR team and the rest of the assembled HRH horde stormed straight back into the heart of the rock ‘n’ roll action… It turned out to be an eventful day, where the music wasn’t always to the forefront of our thoughts, as you can find out by clicking the link that allows you to do exactly what it says:

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My Vitriol/Magic Mountain – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:20

My Vitriol tour posterSixteen years after producing what Ben Hughes regards as a seminal album that married angular guitars and lazy harmonies that combined the sounds of The Smashing Pumpkins and The Posies, My Vitriol are back out on the road promoting a new, albeit fan-only, album. So, when the tour pulled into his favourite local venue, where was our man gonna be but front and central?

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The King Is Blind – ‘We Are The Parasite We Are The Cancer’ (Calva Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Friday, 17 November 2017 04:00

The King Is Blind artworkapproved small 2013It may have taken Nick Russell a while to get around to reviewing the second album from East Anglian noise makers TKIB, but he reckons it’s worth the wait, as he draws comparisons with genre-defining metal albums such as Behemoth’s ‘The Satanist’ and Gojira’s ‘Magma’. Click the link to find out more about a release which the big man reckons is “insightful, interesting and thought-provoking”:

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Hard Rock Hell XI – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Camp – 9 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:40

Dee Snider HRHAs the Hard Rock Hell franchise plants its feet very firmly in its second generation of operation, it is extremely clear that its popularity has not in any waned – in fact, if anything it continues to grow, which brings in itself problems. With this year’s attendance figures breaking all previous records, the main arena, as the weekend progressed, suffered severe problems with over-crowding… but, we’ll address that issue in due course. In the meantime, Monk and DQ look back on the events of the first evening:

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Witterquick – ‘Fire & Ice’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:20

Witterquick Fire Ice artworkIt was the morning after the Friday night before, and UR supremo Monk didn’t want something too heavy too early, so he slipped this little shiny disc into ye olde deck of death to see if it would help wake him up gently… Did it do the trick? Click the link to find out:

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Divide – ‘Embers’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 16 November 2017 04:00

Divide EmbersHaving recently undergone both a line-up change and a slight shortening of their name, Glaswegian alt-rockers Divide are just about to release their latest EP, before heading out on a headlining tour early in the New Year. Would said mini-opus ignite Allan Maxwell’s inner fire? Click the link to find out:

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Y&T/Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 8 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:40

YandT BelfastY&T’s end of year UK tours have become something of a ritual. This year, their annual visit included a return to the Hard Rock Hall festival: but, two days beforehand, they made an overdue visit to one city, and one venue, which has really taken the band to their buxom… and URHQ’s management team were down the front, soaking up the sweat before boarding an early morning flight to the wilds of the Welsh coast to do it all over again:

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Vice – ‘Veni Vidi Vice’ (Pride and Joy Music) Print E-mail
Written by Phil Cooper   
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 04:20

Vice artworkIt has been almost 30 years since German hard rockers Vice last bothered the charts with a new release – but, now they’re back in action and attempting to pick up where they left off… Have they succeeded? Well, click the click and find out why Phil Cooper reckons they haven’t quite risen to the challenge:

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