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Reckless Intentions – ‘Lights’ Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Reckless-Intentions-Lights-1019x1024Jonni D reckons that Brighton four-piece Reckless Intentions are “very much indicative of the current crop of bands on the pop-punk scene”, and that their debut EP is “a microcosm of the issues plaguing the genre as a whole”… To have more light shed on why he thinks so, click the link:

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Lionize/Skypilot – Belfast, Voodoo – 7 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 10 August 2017 04:30

Lionize - BelfastWhen Lionize take to the Sophie Stage at Bloodstock tomorrow evening, it will the last of a run of 12 dates across the UK and Ireland in support of their forthcoming sixth full-length studio album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, which is being released on 8 September. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the Maryland quartet when they pulled into Belfast this past Monday to make some noise on an otherwise relatively quiet night:

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Wraith – ‘Revelation’ (Ice Rain Records/Cargo Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:30

Wraith artworkIf you had told a young Dave Prince back in 1993, when he saw Wraith in the old Tonypandy Naval Club, that 20-odd years later he would be reviewing a new album by them, he would have laughed at you. But, here he is, doing just that.  But, is it a revelation that the band can still cut it?  Click the link to find out why our man found himself totally blindsided by this killer comeback:

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Decapitated – ‘Anticult’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 04:00

Decapitated - Anticult - ArtworkWith Polish death dealers Decapitated about to head over to the UK to play the main stage at Bloodstock this weekend, Mark Ashby trawled his emails to find the band’s recently released seventh studio album. If you want to find out if it ripped his head off, all you have to do is click the link:

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The Über Rock interview: Hank Upton (Lionize) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 19:13

Lionize - HankMaryland groovers Lionize currently are finishing off a 12-date UK and Ireland tour, which culminates at Bloodstock this coming weekend. Über Rock caught up with bassist Hank Upton when they pulled into Belfast, to chat about their new album, ‘Nuclear Soul’, and how it sees a further evolution in their sound, as well as a few hints about what to expect when they hit the stage at Catton Hall on Friday evening:

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Barb Wire Dolls – ‘Rub My Mind’ (Motörhead Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:30

Barb Wire Dolls - Rub My MindDave Prince is smitten.  Yes, our resident Prince Of Parp has fallen love – with a bunch of riot-grrl punkettes who have come his way from the sunny island of Crete (via Los Angeles, where they were discovered by the late Lemmy Kilmister) and an album which has him positively drooling in his praise… and raiding his piggy bank to get more, more, more of those Barb Wire Dolls:

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Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions – ‘Not Wired Up Right’ (STP Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 04:00

Spunk Volcano - Not Wired UpAs co-owner and editor-in-chief of this esteemed site for little under a year now, Mark Ashby of course is extremely familiar with the name of Spunk Volcano. After all, Über Rock has a been a big supporter of the man and his various projects – including, of course, those punk rock anarchists Dirt Box Disco – since virtually day one. So, he decided to see for himself what all the fuss has been about… is he not wired up right? Click the link to find out:

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7HY – ‘For the Record’ (Lion's Pride Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:30

7HY artwork7HY’s logo looks remarkably like that of Shy – but, that’s hardly surprising, as it’s the latest project from former Shy drummer Alan Kelly… but what will our resident prince of parp be placing on the record?  Will it be a massive thumbs up? Or a reluctant “thanks but no thanks”?  Actually, he’s in two minds about it, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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The Lurking Fear – ‘Out Of The Voiceless Grave’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Monday, 07 August 2017 04:00

The Lurking Fear coverFeaturing members of At The Gates, God Macabre, Disfear and Skitsystem, The Lurking Fear is a new death metal super group who seek to “bring sheer, natural weirdness and horror back to the scene” and who want their music to be “ugly, twisted and possessed”. Have they succeeded?  We could think of only one person to answer that question, and that is our newly recruited “queen of extreme”, Stephanie Rose:

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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 05:00

Steelhouse Festival generic imageHardly does one Steelhouse festival end than the Über Rock team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen are already putting in place their travel fans for the next episode – that is, once they’ve dried out from this year’s adventures. Click the link as they recall what went down on the mountain, from technical problems to records being set to the effect of some performers on certain parts of the female anatomy, this time last week:

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Milk Teeth/Employed To Serve/Wallflower - Glasgow, King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – 30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 06 August 2017 04:30

Milk Teeth - Glasgow - 1With the Über Rock team scattered to the winds during the last weekend in July, Allan Maxwell chose to remain a little closer to home, venturing no further than Glasgie’s legendary Wah Wah Hut for a rather noisesome triple billing of rock ‘n’ roll fury:

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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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Steelhouse – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 29 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageGetting to this year’s Steelhouse proved to be one of the Über Rock team’s most gruelling adventures yet, as Murphy’s Law seemed to have applied itself to the outward leg of the trip from Belfast to Ebbw Vale and then on to the mountain top that is home to Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!).  When they got there, the field was already ankle deep in mud – but the prospect of some damn fine rock ‘n’ roll brightened their hearts, as you’ll find out on the other side of this link:

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Ramblin’ Man Fair – Maidstone, Mote Park – 28/30 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Luke Appleton   
Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:00

Ramblin Man sigilSmall websites can often find their resources stretched to the limits when there are clashes such as two major festivals at opposite ends of the country on the same weekend.  But, it’s all about how you use those resources available to you at the time… and so Über Rock was delighted to take up the offer from our occasional guest contributor, Iced Earth bassist Luke Appleton, to head down to the south eastern corner of England and soak up the atmosphere, and the live action, at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair.  In the first of our two part overview of the weekend, we offer his personal perspective on the bands and the festival as a whole:

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Steelhouse Festival – Aberbeeg, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm – 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:30

Steelhouse Festival generic imageIt was a case of Murphy’s Law in action for the Uber Rock management team as they travelled from Belfast to the Welsh valleys for the seventh iteration of Europe’s highest festival (yes, folks, it’s official!), with missed flights and cancelled trains conspiring to ensure they didn’t make it up the mountain for the first evening’s party… fortunately, David O’Neill already had his waterproofs at the ready and braved the monsoon-like conditions on top of the Steelhouse mountain:

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ZZ Top / The Red Devils – Dublin, 3Arena - 28 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 04 August 2017 04:00

ZZ Top posterWhile half of Über Rock’s Belfast team were making their annual pilgirimage to the top of a mountain in south Wales, Marc Leach was also heading in a southerly direction – but just over the border to the fair city of Dublin, to tick another band off his bucket list, in the form of those good ol’ suvern boogie maestros ZZ Top.  Click the link to find out why our man wasn’t complaining of havin’ the blues at the end of the night:

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