Interviews
The BIG Über Rock Interview - Stevie Pearce Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:20

Stevie PearceTrying to pin down guitarist Stevie Pearce is like trying to catch a jack-in-the-box with a firecracker up it’s ass – virtually impossible, as the UR team found out at last month’s HRH Sleaze festival, where we supposed to sit down with for a natter about his new project, The Hooligans. It didn’t work out – but, we’re made of determined stuff, and Dom Daley finally managed to corner him, nail his feet to the floor and interrogate him on the band, their recently released debut album, working with Jizzy Pearl and Kory Clarke and what the future holds for this workaholic musician:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:00

Jaret Reddick posterJaret Reddick, best known as the frontman of US pop-punk pranksters Bowling For Soup, has just rounded off a short run of dates on Shit Island, telling the stories behind the songs, and performing them in stripped-down interpretations of same, on what he branded the 'Heartache & Hilarity' tour.  Über Rock's Linzi A caught up with one of her teenage heroes, and the man who provided the soundtrack to much of that period of her life, just before he took to the stage in Manchester, to talk about crowd-funding, divorce and Frank Turner... Intrigued? Well, the full conversation, with no edits, is on the other side of this little link to a massive interview:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Dean ‘Denzel’ Pearson (Mutation) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 04:30

Mutation - Denzel croppedAs Ginger Wildheart prepares to unleash his latest creation, Mutation, upon us, with a string of dates designed to level the venues involved, we have been getting under the skin of the project, and of the people involved. This week, it’s the turn of that prolific music-making machine, and the beating heart behind much of Ginger’s solo material this past decade, Denzel, who is quizzed by Rich H:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Criminal Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 08 September 2017 20:00

Criminal band picGuitarist Anton Reisenegger pulled double duty at last month’s Bloodstock – taking to the main stage with Brujeria and then fronting his own band, Criminal, across the site in the Sophie tent later that same evening.  In between, our backstage correspondent grabbed him (metaphorically anyway) for a quick chat about the 20th anniversary of the ‘Dead Soul’ album and the challenges of a changing music industry:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Ginger Wildheart Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 04:00

Ginger MutationMan of many talents and even more bands (four at the last count?), Ginger Wildheart is a musician who should need no introduction to the readers of Über Rock. His project Mutation, on the other hand, might… His foray into the more extreme end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, it’s not quite what you would expect from this troubled troubadour. To get to grips with this distinctly heavy metal-oriented project, Rich Hobson recently sat down, separately, with each of its three protagonists – and who better to start with than with the main man? Click the link for further erudition:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Endeavour Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:30

Endeavour BOA FlyerIn the latest of our series of interviews conducted with just some of the bands who appeared at the recent Bloodstock festival, Linzi A chats to Chris and Iain from Bristol prog metallers about their show, how they had to shorten it at the last minute – and how the guitarist managed to impale his eye on his instrument!  Nice!

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Shrouded Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 03:30

Shrouded flyerShrouded should need little introduction to Über Rock readers, as we have been championing this four-piece death metal outfit from the upstart city of Lisburn for nigh on four years now, following their career from when they were teenagers playing their first shows to the hallowed stages of Bloodstock, where our inquisitress caught up with guitarist Shane to talk about the role of fluffy pink unicorns in extreme music:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Decrepit Monolith Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 25 August 2017 16:00

Decrepit Monolight sigilAs Über editor Monk noted in his review, Newcastle black metallers Decrepit Monolith certainly possess a sense of the dramatic when it comes to their stage shows.  Still caked in corpse paint and fake (or was it?) blood, they turned a few heads in the backstage area as they marched straight from the Hobgoblin tent for a rendezvous for our intrepid interviewer by the name of Linzi A:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Ward XVI Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 03:30

Ward XVI BOA FlyerOn the Saturday morning of Bloodstock, the doors of the lunatic asylum were opened and early-comers were given a glimpse inside, where it was very clear that the inmates had most definitely had taken over and were throwing the wildest of parties – all thanks to Ward XVI and their frenetic brand of costumed alt-goth metal. Linzi A put on her best straightjacket and checked herself into the adjoining cot for a chat:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Devil’s Playground Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:48

Devils Playground logoThe latest in our chats with just some of the bands who played the recent Bloodstock festival sees Linzi A entering the Devil’s Playground to talk to the winners of the Coventry leg of the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition about their experienced – and about the effects of being locked in a darkened room! Intrigued? Click the link to read the full story:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Whitechapel Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:30

Alex Wade - WhitechapelFollowing their stunning early afternoon set on Bloodstock’s main Ronnie James Dio stage, Linzi A caught up with Whitechapel guitarist Alex Wade for an impromptu chat about their set, the growth of the US festival scene, their desire to tour the Middle East – and fans’ body art! Click the link to find out more:

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The FINAL Bloodstock Interview – Courtesans Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:00

Courtesans - Bloodstocj thumbLast month’s Bloodstock festival may be fading in many people’s memories, but it remains very much to the forefront of others, mainly because of the vast majority of amazing sets by some pretty damn fucking incredible bands… one of the true discoveries of the weekend, as far as the UR team and many others were concerned, were Courtesans, who delivered a set that can only be described as outstanding.  Our backstage queen caught up with them afterwards, and you can find out what they chatted about right on the other side of this link:

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In Conversation With… Colin McFaul (Cock Sparrer) and TJ McFaul (Bar Stool Preachers) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 03:30

Cock Sparrer - CardiffAs we said yesterday, we’ve got a double hit of punk old and new for you this weekend.  First up, Dom Daley reported from the frontline of the gig that saw Cock Sparrer returning to south Wales for the first time in almost four decades. They were ably supported by The Bar Stool Preachers – the band fronted by Tom McFaul, son of Sparrer singer Colin.  Before said gig, our Nev pulled up a stool with the father and son team for a rather unique chat:

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The BIG Uber Rock Interview – Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 08 September 2017 16:00

Arch Enemy - Will To PowerNow over two decades into their career, Arch Enemy are beginning to reap the greater rewards of longevity in the metal scene.  Although the last few years have seen significant changes within the band, it’s done nothing to slow them down.  If anything, this is a band revitalized, as is apparent from their formidable new album, ‘Will To Power.’  We caught up with bassist Sharlee D’Angelo prior to today's albus release, to get some insight as to how the band pushed the boundaries of their signature sound like never before, resulting in their most diverse work to date:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Blaakyum Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 03:30

Blaakyum sigilOne of the first Lebanese metal bands to have their music played on their country’s national radio, Blaakyum recently returned to the UK after a ten-year break to play the Hobgoblin stage at Bloodstock. Our intrepid back stage reporter tracked them down and pinned them to a chair to talk about how they get mistaken for a black metal act and the difficulties of trying not to sound like every other Middle Eastern band:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - GraVil Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:00

BOA SquareAlways the chatty type – not even her famous musician brothers can get a word edgewise when she starts gassing – Linzi A spent almost the entire weekend of the recent Bloodstock festival haunting long-haired heavy metal type dudes and getting them to open their hearts to Über Rock.  In the latest of her despatches from the front line, she talks to Tony and Sparx from London death dealers GraVil:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Wolfheart Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Friday, 25 August 2017 19:00

Wolfheart band picWhen Mel B sauntered across to the Sophie stage at Bloodstock the other weekend to check out Finland’s Wolfheart, she didn’t quite know what to expect – other than the fact that they describe their music as “winter metal”… the result just blew her away.  Afterwards, she went on the hunt backstage and tracked the guys down for a chat about their music, writing, singing and rhyming in English and the mind-boggling eight flights that it took them to get to the stage at Catton Hall:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Reaper Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 05:00

Reaper - Bloodstock 2017In the latest of our series of interviews conducted with just a small handful of the 100+ bands who played Bloodstock recently, Linzi A pulled up a chair with Daniel Moran from Liverpool thrashers following their highly impressive performance on the New Blood stage, to talk about their experience, the work of the Sophie Foundation and their forthcoming debut album:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Winterfylleth Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:04

Winterfylleth - Bloodstock 2017Following their main stage performance at Bloodstock the other weekend, Linzi A took the opportunity to chat with Winterfylleth frontman Chris Naughton about Britain’s foremost metal fest and its importance to the scene, as well as their “most ambitious and polarising” album to date, in the shape of their forthcoming sixth full length release:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Internal Conflict Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Monday, 21 August 2017 16:00

Internal Conflict flyerFollowing a hugely impressive set on the Sophie Stage on the first morning of Bloodstock, Linzi A caught up with Adam and Dan from Leicester metalcore monsters Internal Conflict to talk about moving up the festival’s ranks, the invaluable work of the Sophie Foundation and how much work being in a band actually involves:

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The Bloodstock Interviews – Dendera Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 18 August 2017 03:30

Dendera artworkWe didn’t give poor Linzi A much time to breathe when she broke her Bloodstock duck earlier this month… hardly had she pitched her tent and we had her diving into the thick of the action, with a list of interviews as long as her arm to conduct.  Her first victim, sorry subject, was Ashley Edison, vocalist with Dendera, who also turned out to be a BOA virgin; but, as you’ll see, the conversation quickly turned to Harry Potter:

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