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Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous – Kensington, Nell’s Jazz And Blues Club – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:20

Brian DowneySo, Jim Rowland is a drummer whose all-time favourite band is Thin Lizzy. So, it was a no brainer when the band’s former drummer rolled into the normally posh surroundings of London town’s swankiest borough… and, of course, he was gonna be reprising a lot of the band’s greatest hits from their halcyon days. Check out what our resident tub thumper thought by clicking the link with the wee instruction on what to do next:

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Sittingthesummerout – ‘Brick and Mortar’ EP (Ghost Factory Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 04:00

Sittingthesummerout artworkOur Prince of Parp has been displaying somewhat more eclectic tastes of late, and reckons that these five songs from Italian quintet Sittingthesummerout are a great introduction to what could turn out to be your new favourite post hardcore band. Top find out what he’s on about, click the link and do what it tells you:

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Camden, Dublin Castle – 26 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:40

TMTWNBBFN sigilHaving reviewed Andrew O’Neill’s recent ‘A History Of Heavy Metal’ stand up show, Martin Haslam finally got to see him with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. With support from Sister Witch, and a handful of new songs, everything aligned perfectly for our man with the snazzy hat to go back to the Dublin Castle for the first time in over 20 years:

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Bark – ‘Like Humans Do’ (Sound Of The Hound Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:20

Bark Like Humans Doapproved smallIt is often said that a dog’s bark is worse than its bite… well, as Monk discovered, in the case of these mongrels from the dirty back alleys of Antwerp, one is as effective as the other, as this, their second album threatened to rip both his eardrums and his speakers to shreds. Click the link to find out how:

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First Base – ‘Not That Bad’ (Drunken Sailor Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:00

First Base artworkOur resident expert in all such matters, Dom D reckons that power pop is a fine line between getting it right and failing miserably: you can mix in an amount of snot 'n' attitude, but too much or too little and it doesn't sound right. So, have this bunch of Canadian reprobates got the formula right on this, their second collection of rock ‘n’ roll toons? Well, there’s only one way to find out and that is to follow the link:

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The Scaramanga Six - ‘Chronica’ (Wrath Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 04 December 2017 04:20

Scaramanga Six artworkTwo years on from ‘The Terrifying Dream’, Martin Haslam’s then Album Of The Year, The Scaramanga Six return with ‘Chronica’. A double album in four movements, can it possibly meet their own high expectations? And will it meet those of our man with the tastiest line in snazzy hats we know? Click the link to find out:

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The Emergency Please – ‘Remember You’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 04 December 2017 04:00

The Emergency PleaseThe summer (what fucking summer?) may be a memory fading fast in our mental rear-view mirrors, but this trio of south coast groovers are determined to ensure it carries on forever with their bright and breezy pop punk levity. Click the link to see if it had Monk basking in the sunshine of its love:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Matt Dangerfield (The Boys) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:20

UMattMsChristmas may be fast approaching but Dom D is already looking past the annual present exchanging season and the month of January. Why? Well, that’s when The Boys pay what seems to be their annual visit to the iconic 100 Club. So, we send the man himself to catch up with Matt Dangerfield and find out the latest gossip from the Boys camp – and, boy, did he have some interesting stuff to let us in on.  So,ull up a chair pour yourself a drink and do what this link tells you:

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The Singles Club – December Sleigh Ride Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:00

Steve Conte artworkWell, last month Dom D reckoned he might have closed the Singles Club for another year… but, lo, another unexpected of releases has forced him to re-open the doors and throw one last hurrah for 2017. Click the link and do what it says to see what he reckons should be top of every self-respecting rock ‘n’ roller’s wish list this coming present exchanging season:

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Damnation Festival – Leeds, University – 4 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:40

DAMNATION2017 ParadiseLost 6257 CroppedWith the summer a fading memory and announcements already pouring in for 2018 festivals, you’d be forgiven for thinking that festival season 2017 is all but done and dusted – not quite. Dropping in November each year in the grim north of Leeds, Damnation Festival is the answer to metalheads’ calls for something truly brutal to get them through the winter, the primo extreme music event in the UK. Pulling together some of the biggest international names in the business is no small task, but Damnation has risen to the challenge each and every year in its 13-year run, as Rich Hobson explains:

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Cursed Sun – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 25 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:20

Cursed Sun JonesBirthdays and anniversaries are always important occasions, in every aspect of life, and so it was that Belfast groove metallers Cursed Sun decided to celebrate ten years together as one of Northern Ireland’s most respected wrecking crews by doing what they do best – throwing a little gig and inviting along any who cared to come or had nothing better to do… among the party-goers were our own Monk and DQ:

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BrainFreeze III - Ebbw Vale, Institute - 24/25 November2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 04:00

BrainFreeze III posterIn these days where festivals seem to be multiplying at a rate of knots, and more and more franchises are being rolled out UK-wide, Nev Brooks reckons that the excitement we used to feel at going to what was a unique event has maybe become dulled. But, then along comes something like BrainFreeze, which re-ignites his enthusiasm and makes him realize why he loves the underground music scene so much:

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Rain – ‘Abstract Vision’ (Venn Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:40

Rain AV artworkSwindon's Rain, who have been championed by Radio 1 Rock Show's Daniel P Carter, may be the pure opposite of the big hair, parptastic keyboards that Dave Prince normally salivates over, but he always welcomes the chance to hear new bands creating new music, and doing it to the extent that he reckons seeing them, in this case, rewriting the shoegazing emo rulebook. Click the link to find out why:

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Diamond Head – Belfast, Voodoo – 24 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:20

Diamond Head Belfast November 2017It was the start of busy weekend at URHQ, with DQ and Monk out covering three gigs in as many nights – but, hey, that’s rock ‘n’ roll, and they wouldn’t have it any other way… However, things didn’t look like they were going to get off to a great start as it turned out that the singers in not just one but both bands had been smitten down with the dreaded lurgy.  Did they battle through and prove that the show must go on? These aren’t pansy-assed pop divas, so of course they did – as you can find out on the other side of this link that tells you what to do:

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Ian Gillan – ‘The Voice Of Deep Purple: The Gillan Years’ (Store For Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 01 December 2017 04:00

Ian Gillan Gillan Years coverUR boss Monk has always been a massive fan of Ian Gillan and his voice. Hell, he was in the man’s fan club when they were both much younger than they are today. So, imagine his excitement when a box set called ‘The Gillan Years’ landed on his doormat… could it contain long overdue re-releases of albums such as ‘Glory Road’ or ‘Double Trouble’? Click the link to find out why he was slightly disappointed by its actual contents:

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Five Finger Death Punch - ‘A Decade Of Destruction’ (Prospect Park) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 04:40

Five Finger Death Punch A Decade Of Destruction ArtworkAfter a lengthy legal battle with long term label Prospect Park, and a period of widely reported inner turmoil, Five Finger Death Punch tomorrow release their first new music in two years, in the form of two new songs which kick off what is otherwise a “greatest hits” type package. Allan Maxwell prepares for their forthcoming visit to the Über Kingdom by delving into the package:

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