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While She Sleeps/Counterfeit/Blood Youth - Birmingham, O2 Institute - 6 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 18 February 2018 11:37

While She Sleeps cover shotComing fresh on the heels of one of the most anticipated (and important) UK metal gigs of the past decade – maybe even longer – it’s fair to say that hopes are extremely high for While She Sleeps right now. The band recently completed another headline tour, pulling a respectable crowd on a freezing cold night in Birmingham, which is where our man Rich H caught up with them:

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Electric Street Queens Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:20

approved image lrg 2013To be honest, this week’s choice for Video Of The Week was a bit of a no-brainer, and went straight to the top of the shortlist when Gerald Stansbury popped it into URHQ’s inbox… forget all the lovey-dovey Interflora Day bullshit that went down this is past week, this really is a bad romance – and a glorious slice of glammed-down sleazy punk ‘n’ roll to boot:

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The Über Rock Singles Club: February Fever Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:00

approved image lrg 2013Never let it be said that Double D’s sack (of singles that is, you dirty minded rock 'n' rollers) isn't bulging.  Its only February and boy have we been treated to a top-notch bunch of 45s.  This cluster is no exception with a lot of diversity for sure but no drop in the quality of bands still making singles and videos which is great when you have the attention span of a goldfish.  Click on the links and share the love folks. They do it for the likes of you, dear loyal reader, and long may it continue:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: David Reed Watson (Kill Ritual) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:05

David Reed WatsonWith a new album under their belt, Kill Ritual are about to head back out on the road, as opening act on Iced Earth’s epic North American tour, which kicks off this coming week in Indianapolis and runs through until the end of March. As the band started packing their bags and re-stringing their guitar, Linzi A dialled up ye olde trans-Atlantic telephone connection to grab a quick chat with vocalist David Reed Watson and get all the latest biz from the band camp (sic):

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Bullets And Octane/The Black Bullets/Psychobabylon – York, The Fulford Arms – 10 February 2018 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:32

The Black Bullets YorkThe Fulford Arms is steadily becoming the ‘go to’ venue for all Ben H’s gigging needs these days in York, proving that while some venues are content to go down the wrestling and tribute acts back alley, there are some promoters still staying true to the cause of rock ‘n’f’n’ roll, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Kaya Tarsus (Blood Youth) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:08

Blood YouthBlood Youth are the sharks of the hardcore scene right now, constantly moving from gig to gig, festival spot to festival spot, support slot to support slot. Talking of the latter, Rich Hobson managed to corner vocalist Kaya Tarsus before appearance in Birmingham, where they were opening for While She Sleeps, to find out how 2018 is looking for the band and where we can expect to see them next:

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Listener – ‘Being Empty: Being Filled’ (Sounds of Subterrania) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:40

Listener artworkKansas City band Listener play a style of music that defies pigeonholing into any particular category. With a post-hardcore soundtrack of angular riffage and breakbeat drums laid down with great fervour by Kris Rochelle and Jon Terrey, it’s the vocal delivery of main man Dan Smith that makes Listener stand out from the crowd as Ben H explains on the other side of this link:

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Razorbats – ‘II’ (Rob Mules Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:20

Razorbats artworkAlbum number two from Norwegian rock ‘n’ rollers Razorbats has been a long time a comin’, and wasn’t helped by both line-up and label changes… but, click the link to find out how, rather that falter and flounder in a sea of broken spirits, the band have picked them up, dusted themselves down and produced 12 tracks which have Double D positively salivating and proclaiming the release as a strong contender for album of the year:

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Jute Gyte/Spectral Lore – ‘Helian’ (I, Voidhanger) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 16 February 2018 04:00

Helian EP artworkThis split EP features two 20+ minute interpretations of a poem written in 1912/1913 by Georg Trakl, which the poet himself described as “the most precious and painful I have ever written”. So, how would our resident gigaholic feel when he downloaded it for one of his many road-trips? Would he regard it as a gem of a release, or find the aural experience to painful to endure? Click the link to find out:

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Thuum – ‘Through Smoke Comes Fire’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:40

Thuum artworkThe second track on this four-track EP by Bournemouth-based doom troop Thuum hit our resident DJ like a hammer in the chest, immediately causing him to think of Pantera with today's production values, and if Phil Anselmo was not a raging tit with a fucked voice… Intrigued? Well, you can find out more on the other side of this link:

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Valensole – ‘Make Pace’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Lizzi Maxwell   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:20

Valensole artworkWhen Valensole released their debut EP in March 2017, Nev Brooks was moved to describe it as “classic music in the making”, acclaiming it for stretching itself beyond the boundaries of its initial punk descriptive. Almost two years further on, how far have the Southampton trio moved forward, if at all? Click the link and Lizzi M will reveal all:

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Heavatar – ‘Opus II – The Annihilation’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 February 2018 04:00

Heavatar artworkAs far as UR boss Monk is concerned, there is one thing – apart from it being total shite – that can ruin an album for him, and that’s an awful production. Over the years, it has spoiled his enjoyment of what could otherwise have been many a fine album, confining them to the dustbin of heavy metal history. Click the link to find out why this project fronted by Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt is, sadly, another such example:

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An Evening With Knives – ‘Serrated’ (Argonauta) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:40

An Evening With Knives artwork‘Serrated’ is the debut album from Eindhoven-based doomsters, An Evening With Knives. Having a quick look at their social media as he first started to play the album, undoubtedly on one of his many journeys up and down the motorways of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll, our resident doom meister clocked the fact that they consider themselves to be doom/sludge outfit. But, on listening to said opus, he found himself disagreeing with their own assertion, as you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Suicide Bombers – ‘Suicide Idols’ (Suicide Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:40

Suicide Bombers Idols artworkThis latest album from Norwegian sleazesters Suicide Bombers first arrived at URHQ quite a while back – in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing, in fact. At the time, we took the conscious decision not to review it, and explained our reasons to frontman Chris Damien Doll. Being the gentleman that he is, Chris graciously accepted our reasons for putting this review on the long finger. But, things change with the passing of time, and so Double D gets stuck into this rather impressive slice of glunk at its sleaziest:

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The Wizards Of Delight – ‘The Wizards Of Delight’ (APF Records) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:20

The Wizards Of Delight artworkYou know that embarrassing dance your dad does at parties to try and look cool in front of your friends? Well, according to Tim Belitho-Jones, you can now say hello to the musical equivalent of that, as he reckons that the debut EP by The Wizards Of Delight is retro-rock worship at its most shameless; heavily in-debt to the likes of Deep Purple and The Stooges and revelling in how massively un-hip it is. It should be loads of fun, but instead it’s… well, you can find out on the other side of the link:

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Holophonics – ‘Fast Forward’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 04:00

Holophonics artworkAccording to Wikipedia, holophonics is… something with loads of big words in it that try to describe how we listen to music. UR boss Monk knows how he listens to his music – LOUD! And, as far as he’s concerned the the only aspect of holophonics’ role in our beloved artform that we’re interested in, at this particular moment in time, is this third album from a French alt-rock combo, as you can find out on the other side of this link:

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