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The Über-Rockin’ Guide to Download Festival 2017 – Day One (Friday 9 June) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:45

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017In exactly a month's time, some 60,000-plus rockers and metallers will be gathering in a field in the east Midlands to pay homage to the music that they, and ergo, love,  and enjoying some seriously good (and probably some pretty dodgy) music, as the spectacle that is Download - hopefully without the added 'r' this year - officially kicks off the summer season.  As part of our build up to the biggest weekend on the UK rock scene, Rich Hobson presents his guide to who he reckons will be the "must see" acts on the first day:

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Kobra And The Lotus – ‘Prevail I’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:30

KobraAndTheLotusPrevail1As revealed our recent interview with the band’s dynamic frontwoman, the latest album from Canadian metallians Kobra And The Lotus is the first in a two-part release.  Marc Leach popped the shiny little platter in his CD player, turned the volume up to 100 and got lost in the immensity of the project… and he’s already salivating at the prospect of the second instalment:

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Semi-Final 2 – Belfast, Voodoo – 5 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 12 May 2017 04:00

OracleThe quest to find the hottest new bands to perform at this year’s Bloodstock festival is well and truly under way all over the British Isles, and beyond.  In some regions, the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition is entering its climactic stages.  Such is the case in Belfast, where Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were on hand to see which metal warriors would battle their way through to the grand finale and take a step further towards a coveted slot on the New Blood stage at Catton Park in August:

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Life Of Agony – ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:30

LoA artworkIt’s been 12 long years since Life Of Agony’s last album, ‘Broken Valley’.  To say that the intervening years have been traumatic would be a severe understatement – but, now they’re back, and with a kick ass new release… ahead of the publication of his massive interview with LoA bassist Alan Robert, Jonni D gets into the album’s groove:

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Days Of Jupiter – ‘New Awakening’ (Metalville) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:00

Days Of Jupiter coverOne of the new generation of hard rock bands following in the footsteps of fellow Scandinavians Volbeat in an attempt to bring big, arena-sounding anthems to the masses, this third album from Sweden’s Days Of Jupiter lives up to all the superlatives hurled at in the press release which accompanied it to URHQ, as Mark Ashby found out:

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The Ghost Wolves – ‘Texas Platinum’ (Hound Gawd! Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:00

The Ghost Wolves artWhen he reviewed the debut album from the Texas duo that is Carley and Jonathan Wolf back in August 201, Dom Daley was slightly underwhelmed, but could bucket loads of potential. Two and a half years down the line, and he finds himself totally enraptured by their brand of punk rock blues – as will you when you click the link:

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Jon Lord – ‘Windows’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:30

Cover Jon Lord WindowsThere can be no doubt that the late Jon Lord was one of the most ground breaking musicians of his generation. Not only was he the stalwart keyboard player with first Deep Purple and then Whitesnake – inspiring a legion of copycats with his trademark Hammond-organ led style of playing – but he was also an immensely talented composer in his own right, and was one of the first musicians to break down the boundaries between the classical form in which he was trained and the hard rock mien in which he made his name. Now, five years after the maestro’s death, Mark Ashby opens his aural windows and wraps his ears around the latest re-issue of one of his long lost crossover projects:

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Bitch Queens – ‘L-O-V-E’ (Lux Noise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:30

Bitch Queens coverÜber Rock’s Dom Daley has always had his finger – even if it’s just his pinkie – on the pulse and been in on the ground floor of helping to uncover many fantastic bands… Bitch Queens are one band he has championed from the beginning and watched grow before his eyes into the potential world-beaters he reckons they are today. Click the link as Double D spreads some rock ‘n’ roll L-O-V-E:

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Astral Doors – ‘Black Eyed Children’ (Metalville) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:00

Astral Doors artworkFor their past seven albums, Swedish power metal crew Astral Doors have been flying the flag for the legacy of bands like Black Sabbath, Dio, Rainbow… hang on a second, is Mark Ashby seeing a common thread in there? Indeed, he is… click the link to find out how he reckons AD frontman Nils Patrik Johansson could well have had a certain other ’s vocal chords transplanted:

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Vodun/Ten Foot Wizard/Shot Down Zed – Coventry, The Pheonix - 12 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 08 May 2017 05:00

vodum-1 34375676221 oVisually striking, and with a unique blend of musical styles that most definitely all their own, Vodun definitely are one of the most exciting bands around, especially when they play live. So, Rich Hobson needed no second invitation to fire up his trusty Über-mobile and head down the motorway to Coventry to catch this eclectic and exciting trio in action in a very intimate environment:

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Baz Francis – ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks’ (Magic Cat Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 08 May 2017 04:30

Baz Francis coverIt’s no secret that Über Rock have been big fans of the Baz Francis, the man with a power pop plan, since day one, and we are always excited to receive the happy go lucky tunes that the Magic Eight Ball singer/songwriter sends our way. Now, following a limited release live venture last year, he launched his first solo album into the potentially stormy tides of the rock ‘n’ roll ocean. Our man Ben Hughes charts his progress:

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Seether – ‘Poison The Parish’ (Spinefarm/Canine Riot Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 08 May 2017 04:00

Seether - PTP artWhile our man Jonni D has been a long-time fan of Seether, he has always had one niggly little problem with their recorded output – and that has been that it has tended to be too polished in its radio-friendly production. However, as he has been finding out, all that has changed now that frontman Shaun Morgan has taken over the helm, resulting in an album that “represents the band in all of their sonic and emotional rawness”:

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From Monsters of Rock to Drownload… 36 years in the mud of Donington Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 05:00

download 2017 line up web poster 3134 approved 27.04.2017It’s coming to that time of year… the summer festival season! And while most people are looking forward to what’s coming up – and, yes, we’ll be doing that in due course - Über Rock’s Nev Brooks casts a roving eye over his shoulder to the very beginning of the grand-daddy of them all, at least in the UK, as he looks back on his highlights of the festival that became Download as we know it today:

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The Über Rock Singles Club – Post-Record Store Day Evaluation Edition Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 04:30

approved image lrg 2013Dom Daley wanted to wait for the 2017 edition of Record Store Day to pass before opening the doors of the Singles Club for the month of May, because he knew it would throw a few corkers his way. And, that indeed it deed, as you can find out by clicking the link and joining the rock ‘n’ roll party (bringing you own beverage of choosing is optional):

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Duncan Reid Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 07 May 2017 04:00

Duncan Reid - Camden 1Who would have thought that one of UR’s favourite power pop punk rock ‘n’ roll songsmiths used to struggle to produce a single word, never mind a tune? Yep, indeed he did folks, as Dom Daley found out when he caught up with ex-The Boys bassist turned Big Head Duncan Reid following his recent triumphant Camden show to discuss his transition from sidekick to main man:

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Handmade Festival 2017 – Leicester, University - Sunday 30 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 06 May 2017 05:00

Handmade 2017 logoIf the Saturday of Handmade Festival 2017 taught our man Rich Hobson anything, it was that the UK has a burgeoning rock scene right now, brimming with acts that have plenty of radio appeal and more than a few great riffs to enjoy. Sunday, then, was that scene’s uglier, snottier punk cousin, the line-up stacked with some of the greatest racket inducing acts our nation can produce. Click the link to catch up on all the dirt that went down:

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