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Dio Returns – London, O2 Academy – 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:20

dio returns 5057355638There had been a lot of talk before the Dio Returns gig about the use of the Dio hologram with a live backing track for his vocals. Both sides were quite vociferous in their opinions, one arguing that he should be left to rest in peace, others saying they had never had the chance to see him live so this was as close as they could get. There were numerous counter-arguments to anything either side could put forward… we sent our resident DJ along with an open mind, and equally open ears and throat, and you find out what he thought right here:

Evil Blizzard/Ruts DC – Preston, 53 Degrees – 16 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:00

Evil Blizzard Preston posterOn many occasions, our resident DJ has attempted to describe Evil Blizzard to people, the most succinct comparison being that they sound like Hawkwind took a really bad acid trip and tried to write some punk songs, whilst they look like a cross between Slipknot and Led Zeppelin… Intrigued? So were we, which why we asked to tell us more about their end-of-year co-headline show with perennial ÜR faves Ruts DC:

Wolfsbane – Pontypool, The Dragonffli – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:40

Wolfsbane PontypoolEver since he joined the UR team last year, David O’Neill has spent a lot of time not only discovering the best in new music but also a lot of exciting stuff that he missed during years misspent doing other less important things!  The latest “blast from the past” to cross his aural radar are those rock ‘n’ rollers with more leather on their hides than the pigs that produce that other well-known export from Tamworth, the mighty Wolfsbane:

Mississippi Bones – ‘2600 A.D. And Other Astonishing Tales’ (Kozmik Artifactz) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:20

MISSISSIPPI BONES coverA glimpse at both the title and the artwork of this damn fine album may initially suggest the expectation of some B-movie style low-brow sci-fi concept from a bunch of nerdy post-graduate progsters… but, what Mark Ashby found lurking in its grooves was indeed a beast of a most different hue, as you can find out by clicking the link:

Doll Hazard – ‘Transatlantic Meltdown’ (TrainWreckords) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 05 January 2018 04:00

Doll Hazard artworkapproved small 2013The name of the latest band to attract our Ben H’s attention isn’t some post present-swapping health and safety warning – although it contains a collection of songs so infuriatingly infectious it should probably come with one of its own!  Click the link to find out what happened when a member of the Dirtbag Republic and a self-proclaimed Suicide Bomber met head-on on a glunk-fuelled collision course:

Gogol Bordello – Manchester, Academy – 12 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:40

Gogol Bordello tour posterEven a virtual nonstop gigging machine such as our resident frequent traveller needs a break now and again – and, so it was that, two weeks before Chrimbo, the big man found himself heading down the M62 for the last time last year to join in the party being thrown down Manchester way by those members of gypsy punk’s lunatic fringe known as Gogol Bordello.  Click the link to get in on all the frontline party cannon action:

Various Artists – ‘Smacked! A Tribute To Llara 'Claude' Peltola’ (Alive And Kickin’ Music) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:20

Smacked artworkTwo decades after his untimely demise comes this tribute to the former Smack/The Fishfaces/Fellow Reptiles singer and songwriter, curated with love by a bunch of contemporaries, friends and some of today’s finest young up-and-coming glunksters, to prove that his music is still very much alive and kickin’, as Dom Daley elaborates on the other side of this link:

Trono Alem Morte - 'O Olhar Atento da Escuridão' (Harvest Of Death/Signal Rex) Print E-mail
Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Thursday, 04 January 2018 04:00

Trono Alem Morte artworkapproved small 2013Portuguese black metallers Trono Alem Morte are so secretive they don’t have an online presence… but our resident expert in all things supremely extreme and sublimely evil has got these dark overlords sussed, reckoning they spend most of their time in blood-soaked basements, summoning demons to consume both themselves and unsuspecting listeners who manage to track down this malevolent masterpiece:

Asking Alexandria – ‘Asking Alexandria’ (Sumerian Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:40

Asking Alex artworkFollowing what could best be described as a “difficult” couple of years for the York metalcore combo – characterized by the departure of and subsequent reunion with frontman Danny Worsnop – AA returned at the end of last year with their fifth, self-titled album.  But, was it a triumphant return to form, or would its “sharp deviation” away from their established sound leave our man Jonni D scratching his head in confusion? Click the link to find out:

Flash House – ‘Brown Sauce’ (Gods Candy Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:20

Flash House artworkEveryone knows real men prefer ‘Brown Sauce’, especially on their bacon butties! Double D loves his on his rock ‘n’ roll as well, and reckons that the recipe served up by noisy bastards Flash House is particularly delicious. Click the link to taste some more of this venomous punk rock racket – but turn that amp up to ten before you do so:

Hammerfall – ‘Glory To The Brave’ 20th Anniversary Edition (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 04:00

Hammerfall Glory artworkIn case you’ve failed to notice, we’ve kicked off a rockin’ new year here at URHQ – and today we’re keeping the momentum going with the debut offering from the newest recruit to our growing band of talented and knowledgeable writers, as Tim Bolitho-Jones wraps his ears around a commemorative anniversary set that proves glory does indeed come to the brave:

Fields Of The Nephilim – London, Kentish Town Forum – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:45

Fields Of The Nephilim posterThe stars may not have been quite aligned for goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim’s ‘Saturnalia’ winter solstice celebration this year - due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the show had to be moved back one day – but that did not dampen the spirits of the Nephilim faithful one bit, and they were out in force at Kentish Town’s Forum for the band’s only UK show of this year. Among them, was our very own man in flour-covered black, Jim Rowland:

Lydia Lunch & Rowland S Howard – ‘Siberia’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:20

Lydia Lunch artworkapproved smallWhat a gem our maestro of all things punk 'n' roll has unearthed for you, oh lucky readers, to help see in the new year right here on Über Rock… This recently unearthed live recording from way back in 1993, featuring a band that includes a member of Sonic Youth and The Cramps, as well as two bonafide legends, which our man describes, quite simply, as “inspired”. Click the link to find out a little more:

Joe Satriani – ‘What Happens Next’ (Sony Music/Legacy) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 04:00

Joe Satriani artworkWhen it comes to contenders for the title of king of guitar wankery, there will many who will argue that there is one man way ahead of the rest of the field – and, that of, course, is ‘The Satch’. His 15th studio album is released less than two weeks into the new Über Rockin’ year and sees him collaborating with none other than Glenn Hughes and Chad Smith. Will it keep him in contention for that coveted crown? David O’Neill is the man with the answer:

Nikki Sudden & Rowland S Howard – ‘Johnny Smiled Slowly’ (Bang! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:20

Nikki Sudden artworkAnyone for a live album featuring the sadly departed Nikki Sudden and Rowland S Howard playing nothing but Jacobite's numbers?  Well, of course Dom D is the first with his arm in the air, as he kicks off 2018 in the same way he finished off 2017 – by diving headlong into the punk ‘n’ roll archives and coming up with another recently unearthed live gem, this time a unique recording from what seems hard to believe is now more than 40 years ago:

The Dogs - ‘The Grief Manual’ (Drabant Music) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 01 January 2018 04:00

The Dogs The Grief Manualapproved smallAnd, so, a new year dawns and with the promise of plenty more glorious rock ‘n’ roll moments to come our way over the coming 12 months.  Already, the albums, EPs, singles and tour dates are piling up and our team are positively salivating like rabid dogs to bring the best of the best, and the best of the rest… first out of the traps on this first day of the first month is Gerald S, with his thoughts on an album that in fact sees the light this very morn…


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