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Mother Engine – ‘Hangar’ (Heavy Psych Sounds) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:20

Mother Engine artworkDJ Astrocreep delves deep into the world of the concept album with this spaced-out epic third album from psyched-out progsters Mother Engine and their tale of rebuild both a mythical spacecraft and their own sound. Wondering what madness we’re on about? Well, click the link to find out more:

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The Plastic Tones - ‘Wash Me With Love’ (Svart Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:00


The Plastic Tones artworkGerald Stansbury’s plans to review this new offering from Finnish DIY pop punks The Plastic Tones a little while back went somewhat awry, when Hurricane Harvey decided to rip itself through his home state of Texas.  However, with the situation somewhat calmer, he found time to revisit the album, and found himself awash with love for the result:

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Mayday Parade/All Get Out/With Confidence – Glasgow, O2 ABC – 21 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:20

Mayday Parade GlasgowFloridian indie rockers Mayday Parade probably picked a good time to hit the UK in support of the tenth anniversary of their ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ album, ripping up stages up and down the UK as Hurricane Irma was simultaneously ripping up their home state. We sent Hannah R along to catch up on the action as it went down on the Glasgow leg of the tour:

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36 Crazyfists – ‘Lanterns’ (Spinefarm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:00

36crazyfistslanternscdTo Rich Hobson, Alaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists’ latest opus is all about triumph, at both personal and professional levels. With 2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ being a powerful and moving release which dealt with heavy themes of loss and bereavement, and rightly hailed by many as the band’s best release to date, our many reckons they’ve more than stepped up to plate with its follow up, exceeding all expectations in the process:

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Life of Agony/Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics/Blood Runs Deep – Birmingham, O2 Institute – 22 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 09 October 2017 09:18

Life Of Agony BirminghamA band well used to facing up to adversity, it would take more than a disappointing turnout – perhaps attributable to two other quality gigs taking place in the same venue – to prevent Life of Agony from sending bodies crashing to the floor and proving once again why they remain one of the most creative and relevant bands in the otherwise muddied field by the name of ‘alt metal’. Click the link to find out what went down this fine evening:

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The Bloody Beetroots – ‘The Great Electronic Swindle’ (Last Gang Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 09 October 2017 04:00

The Bloody Beetroots artworkElectronic dance music is something that UR, naturally, would never touch with a million ten-foot long subways, but when an album drops that features collaborations with the likes of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as well as former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, Anders Friden of In Flames, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Jason Aalon Butler of Letlive/The Fever, Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam and the Gallows guys, then the intrigue level went through the ceiling. Click the link to find out what happened when Mark Ashby ventured into the mysterious world of the man by the name of Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo:

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Living Colour/Stone Broken – Bilston, The Robin 2 – 27 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 09:42

Living Colour BilstonPlaying on a miserable Wednesday night, in a small town just outside two major cities, the odds were against Living Colour. Yet, in what seems to be a recurrent theme for the band, they took one look at adversity and spat right in its face, putting on one of the best shows of the year, as Rich Hobson now elaborates:

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Inglorious/ Wayward Sons – Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre – 30 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:20

IngloriousIt was going to be a hot night in the valleys for sure, when this double header of a tour forsook the usual hotspots of Cardiff and Swansea, instead heading to the more intimate environs of Pontypridd. Of course, Über Rock loves nothing more than heading off the beaten track in search of rock ‘n’ roll, and so David O’Neill headed to the converted church which was the unlikely setting for the return to Wales by these two rising stars of the British rock firmament:

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Voodoo Six/SKAM/Wakedown – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms – 20 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six Sheffield 2017Voodoo Six certainly have been kicking up dust recently, what with a new album and a recent tour to support its release. Always a great believer in supporting homegrown, independent bands and labels, Über Rock decided to take in not just one but two dates on said trek… following on from Geno D’s recent review of the Sheffield gig, we present Rich Hobson’s thoughts on what went down a few nights later in Wolverhampton:

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Waterparks – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – 24 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:20

Waterparks GlasgowIt’s a busy period for shows and tours at the moment, as evinced by the fact that UR’s crack team of reviewers are out virtually every night of the week at one gig or another up and down the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n Roll… Stepping up to the pit wall on this occasion was Hannah Reid, who swapped her DMs for her flip-flops and some fun down the Waterparks in Glasgow:

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Overoth/Rabid BitchOf The North/Mordrake/Isolation/Incursion – Cardiff, Fuel Rock Club – 28 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Saturday, 07 October 2017 04:00

22264658 10212582462868947 2078474143 nOver the summer, we took David O’Neill out of his comfort zone and asked him to review the debut album from Belfast metallers Rabid Bitch Of The North. Last weekend, we took him even further outside his musical boundaries and sent him along to review them, and fellow Northern Ireland black metal crew Overoth, on the first night of trio of dates to promote both their current releases. Click the link to find out how he got on:

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Vultures United – ‘I Still Feel Cold’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:40

Vultures United artworkDouble D first came across West Coast punks when they released a cassette a few years back.  Now, they have returned with an epic double album’s worth of new material which our man reckons is just rammed to the gills with more than an hour’s worth of “hardcore off-kilter punk rock”… Click the link to find out more:

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J. Roddy Walston & the Business - ‘Destroyers Of The Soft Life’ (ATO Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Friday, 06 October 2017 04:20

JRoddyCover 72 400Gerald Stansbury reckons that with this, their fourth studio outing, JRW and his bandmates have definitely done the business to produce a timeless rock album that, given a few breaks, could become huge in the mainstream, where people will mistakenly think they are an “overnight success” – when, in fact, they’ve spent years honing their craft and, indeed, this release. Click the link to find out more:

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Deathtraps - ‘Justice For The Risca One’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:20

Deathtraps artworkThe downside of this reviewing malarkey is that you often stumble across an amazing band, only for them to implode/disband while your enthusiasm is white-hot. Such was the case with The Sick Livers. The plus side is that this can, if you’re lucky, lead to several bands rising, phoenix-like from said ashes. So, we – or rather Martin Haslam - present Deathtraps:

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Suspect Parts – ‘Suspect Parts’ (Taken By Surprise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 05 October 2017 04:00

Suspect Parts artworkFeaturing ex and current members of bands like The Briefs, Clorox Girls, Maniac, Ripchord, Radio Dead Ones and Red Dons, Suspect Parts, combine ‘60s pop and bubblegum with late ‘70s California beach punk and powerpop. After releasing four singles, their self-titled full-length debut album is finally here. Recorded straight to analog tape in the negative 15 degree cold of a January in east Berlin, Our man Double D records in ten tracks in 24 minutes make up one of the best albums of the year and the antidote to the pending winter darkness:

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Gypsy Roller – ‘Gypsy Roller’ (Alive And Kicking) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:20

Gypsy RollerGrab your stack boots and smear some of that glitter grease on your pretty little boat race, ‘cos Dom Daley has stepped back in time and straight back into the Bolan era with a dose of (T-R)exstacy that delivers a foot-stomping glam slammin' shandybanging romp that he reckons you should wrap your ears, and your hard-earned cash around asap. Click the link to find out more:

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