May News Updates
FESTIVAL NEWS: Bloodstock announces nine more bands – and more club nights Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:44

With just ten more weekends until Bloodstock, nine more bands and a whopping 26 more club nights have been confirmed.

Fresh from their recent opening slot on CKY’s comeback tour, Puppy will appear on the Sophie Lancaster Stage on the Sunday.  The band said: "We're beyond excited to be playing Bloodstock. Every year we're in awe of how good the line-up is, so for them to ask us to jump on board is a real privilege.  See you guys in the pit for Megadeth!"  

 

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The One Hundred – who release their new album ‘Chaos + Bliss’ comes out on Fridayday (2 Junee) via Spinefarm – will appear on the Sophie stage on the Saturday, as will Welsh rockers Florence Black and Midlands thrashers EradikatorMorass Of Molasses have been added to Fridayday’s Sophie bill.

 

Full details have also been announced for the Thursday party night bill.  Joining already-confirmed headliners Battle Beast will be Ramage Inc., Gurt, The Infernal Sea and Wind Rose.

 

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10 - 13 August.  Standard weekend camping tickets are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee) from bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) and under fours go free!  Day tickets will be released in the near future, with pre-registration available at www.seetickets.com/register/bloodstock. VIP and camper van tickets are sold out.


The second phase of Bloodstock club nights start this weekend:


Friday 2 June – Nottingham, ‘Tactical Assault’ at The Level, NTSU (featuring Evil Scarecrow)
Saturday 3 June – Hanley, ‘Devil’s Night’ at JJ’s
Saturday 10 June – Glasgow, The Cathouse
Saturday 17 June – Coventry, The Phoenix
Saturday 24 June – Sheffield, The Corporation
Saturday 24 June – Norwich, ‘Meltdown’ at The Waterfront
Saturday 24 June - Birmingham - Eddie’s Rock Club
Monday 26 June – Reading, Sakura
Thursday 29 June – Exeter, ‘TPT’ at Timepiece
Friday 30 June – London, ‘Voodoo’ at Elektrowerkz
Friday 30 June – Camberley, The Agincourt


Saturday 1 July- Hanley, ‘Devil’s Night’ at JJ’s
Saturday 1 July – Brighton, ‘Apocalypse’ at Envy
Saturday 1 July – Wolverhampton, Civic Hall
Friday 7 July – Leicester, ‘Feedback’ at Firebug
Friday 7 July – Woking, Schism
Friday 7 July – Reading, ‘The Pit’ at Face Bar
Saturday 8 July – Coventry, The Phoenix
Saturday 8 July – Southampton, ‘Apocalypse’ at The 1865
Friday 14 July – London, ‘Project Mayhem Pirate Party’ at Electric Ballroom
Saturday 15 July – Burnley, Sanctuary
Saturday 22 July – Norwich, ‘Meltdown’ at The Waterfront
Saturday 22 July – Birmingham, ‘Uprawr’ at Asylum
Saturday 22 July – Middlesbrough, ‘SUMO/Holy Shit’ at Medicine Bar
Saturday 29 July – Birmingham, Eddie’s Rock Club
Saturday 29 July – Sheffield, The Corporation

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Camden stage times released Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 May 2017 17:00

If you’re heading to next weekend’s Camden Festival, and need some help with the enormous planning operation which will be involved in trying to catch your favourite acts out of the 250 bands playing across 25 venues, then help is at hand, because the stage times have been released:

 

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They also can be downloaded HERE.

 

For last minute changes, or updated information, follow the festival’s official Facebook page and Twitter feed. A few tickets remain available.

 
SINGLE NEWS: Biters show some ‘Stone Cold Love’ on new video Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:44

Biters have released a video for 'Stone Cold Love', the lead single from their new studio album, 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be', which was released last Friday.

 

 

Biters frontman Tuk tells us about how 'Stone Cold Love' came to be:

 

"I sat down with my buddy Scott (Stevens) to write a tune.  We sat for hours trying to come up with something that felt perfect, but were hitting a dead end.  We said 'fuck it' and went to his local hang out, ate some cornbread, drank a few beers and talked about music.  We spoke about T Rex, Queen and Slade, shit like that, how cool those big drum grooves were. 

 

“Right then a light bulb went off and we headed back to studio with a fresh start and within hours finished writing the song, demoed it and tracked lead vocals!  I was so fucking delirious I couldn't tell if it was good or not.  A few weeks later, Scott sent me the finished demo while I was on tour in Kansas. I remember cranking it in the van outside of this fake old wild west town and thinking "Goddamn, this is so good!”.”


Read our review of 'The Future Ain't What It Used To Be’ HERE.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Myrkur and more added to Damnation line up Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 18:39

Danish black metal songstress Myrkur is the latest international act to be confirmed for this year's stacked Damnation Festival, which takes place at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.

 

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She will appear on the Jagermeister Stage, joining a triple-headliner cast of Bloodbath, Sodom and Paradise Lost.



Australia's Psycroptic, Canada's Beyond Creation and Sweden's post-rock outfit PG. Lost have been added to the Eyesore Merch Stage, which will also feature the likes of Nordic Giants and Agent Fresco.



Tickets are on sale now, priced £40 plus booking fee, from www.damnationfestival.co.uk/tickets and www.leedstickets.com.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Bernie Marsden and King King to head up HRH Blues 2018 bill Print E-mail
Monday, 22 May 2017 18:43

The line-up for the 2018 instalment of HRH Blues, which takes place at the O2 Academy in Sheffield on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April.

 

Bernie Marsden and King King will be headlining the event, with a supporting cast that will include The Pat McManus Band and, keeping it in the family, Steve Nimmo.

 

The full line-up is:

 

HRH Blues 2018 Poster

 

Tickets and all other details, including accommodation, are available HERE.

 

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Amplified completes full line up with final headliner confirmed Print E-mail
Monday, 22 May 2017 13:02

Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons have been confirmed as the final headliner at the Amplified Festival, which takes place at Quarrydowns in Gloucestershire from 21 – 23 July.

 

The former Motörhead guitarist and his band will headline the Red Stripe Main Stage on the Saturday night. They join other main stage headliners Puddle Of Mudd and Reef, as well as Acid Reign, Diamond Head, Evil Scarecrow, Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys and Milk Teeth.

 

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Amplified is also offering everyone who buys a weekend ticket the chance to win a unique 'Iron Man' themed Harley Davidson Sportster XL833N, valued at £12,000. 

 

Day and weekend tickets are available HERE

 

www.facebook.com/amplifiedfestivalUK/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Wednesday 13 wants to be 'Cruel To You' on new video Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 May 2017 10:17

The Duke of Spook, Wednesday 13, has released a new video for 'Cruel To You', the latest single from his forthcoming album, 'Condolences', which itself is released on 2 June via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.

 

 

Wednesday said of making the video: "[It] turned out to be so much fun and director Tommy Jones made my comic book dream come to life.  Running around sunny Los Angeles chasing a girl and her dog with an axe was certainly a first for me, haha!  This song and video is definitely a throw back to the more fun, campy side of Wednesday 13."

 

Wednesday 13 will headline the Dogtooth Stage at Download Festival on Saturday 10 June.  Prior to this, he plays as well as two shows in Dublin (Thursday 8 June at Voodoo Lounge) and Belfast (Friday 9 June at Limelight 2).  Support on these latter dates comes from So Long Until The Seance.

 

www.facebook.com/officialwednesday13

 

 
ALBUM NEWS: Prong to release new album in July Print E-mail
Friday, 19 May 2017 11:14

Prong will release their new album, ‘Zero Days’, on 28 July 28 via Steamhammer/SPV.

 

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Prong frontman Tommy Victor talks said of the album:



"I must say a lot of effort was put into this new recording. From the minute I would get off tour, I would consolidate ideas from the road and form new ones. Again, the focus was on creating good songs. We wanted this record to be modern as well as holding justice to all the previous releases.

 

“Again, and maybe even more than normally, I went crazy meticulous with the lyrics. I had built up a lot to say and I wanted to articulate them in the most intelligent way possible.I firmly believe the mission was accomplished all around. We are really pleased with the performances on this record, as well. It's a solid outing. We have the anthems, the bangers, the thrashers, the grooves, everything that makes up a PRONG record. It's definitely a record to listen to start to finish!!"

 

Prong kick off an extensive European tour at the Graspop Metal Meeting on 16 June, and visit the UK and Ireland on the following dates:

 

Tuesday 18 July – Glasgow, Audio

Wednesday 19 July – Belfast, Voodoo

Thursday 20 July – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge

Friday 21 July – Manchester, Rebellion

Saturday 22 July – Camden, Underworld

 

www.facebook.com/prongmusic

 

Prong 2017 Tour Flyer

 
ALBUM NEWS: Michael Monroe to issue career-spanning 'Best Of' collection Print E-mail
Friday, 19 May 2017 09:32

In the leather-bound history of heartfelt rock 'n' roll, not only will Michael Monroe have at least one chapter all to himself, but his name will be colourfully threaded throughout, such has been his impact, his appeal and his ongoing never-surrender story; a powerful, inspirational tale told in detail on 'The Best' – the first official collection of his (ongoing) solo musical exploits, featuring prime tracks from 1987 right up to 2017...

 

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 "This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career, including four songs from the Little Steven-produced 'Demolition 23' album, which has been unavailable for over 20 years, plus some special rarities and previously unreleased bonus tracks," says Monroe.

 

Icon, song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, media personality, flamboyant force of nature and one of rock's most celebrated and uber-kinetic front-men, Michael Monroe has been a name and a (much-photographed) face on the scene since 1979 when he played a central role in the formation of Hanoi Rocks – legendary Finnish glam-punk heroes who came within a rolling paper's width of taking the world by glitter-storm.

 

 Were it not for cruel and fickle fate, Hanoi – who disbanded for the first time in 1985, then finally in 2009 – might have ended up as an arena act; but whatever obstacles were thrust in their path, they were never less than the real deal, and major names like Guns N' Roses were ready to acknowledge their influence and their worth (G N' R would go on to issue the European Hanoi catalogue in the US via their Uzi Suicide imprint).

 

Over his three-decades-plus in the spotlight, Michael has befriended and performed with a whole host of artists and acts, including Guns N' Roses and Slash; Lemmy, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Little Steven, Ian Hunter, the front-man has shared stages and studios with them all, but since that first break-up of Hanoi in the mid-'80s, he's essentially been pursuing his own path, and it's this solo activity that forms the basis of 'The Best' – almost two hours' worth of career-spanning music, re-mastered by Svante Forsback and sequenced by the great man himself.

 

 As well as key, high-profile numbers such as 'Dead, Jail Or Rock 'N' Roll' (from second solo album, 1989's 'Not Fakin' It', the promo clip for which features an onstage cameo from Axl Rose) and ''78' (from 2011's 'Sensory Overdrive'), this two-CD set also showcases some 'from the vaults' moments for collectors and completists, with bonus tracks and previously unreleased songs strategically placed to make the journey both scenic and surprising.

 

 

"There's a couple of extra special tracks like 'It's A Lie', sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover 'Magic Carpet Ride' featuring Slash, left over from the 'Coneheads' soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in rock 'n' roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!"

 

Two other previously unreleased songs are 'Fist Fulla Dynamite' and 'Simpletown', outakkes from the 'Blackout Stakes' album (2015), plus there's the new single 'One Foot Outta The Grave' to bring things nicely up to date, showing Monroe’s continued commitment to a genre (we're talkin' rock 'n' roll here, straight from the source!) he has both celebrated and driven forward with unbridled passion, energy and emotion, not to mention a natural front-cover flair.

 

'The best' will be released on 9 June via Spinefarm Records.

 
ALBUM NEWS: Leprous to release 'Malina' in August Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017 12:13

Norwegian progsters Leprous are to release their fifth studio album, 'Malina', via InsideOut Music on 25 August.

 

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They will follow the release with a full European tour, which will include the following dates:

 

Thursday 2 November - London, The Dome

Friday 3 November - Dublin, Voodoo Lounge

Saturday 4 November - Leeds, Damnation Festival

 

www.facebook.com/leprousband/

 
Chris Cornell dies at the age of 52 Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017 08:06

Former Audioslave and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell - regarded as one of the most iconic voices of the post-grunge era - has died at the age of 52.

 

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No further information is available at this time, but the singer's representative, Brian Bumbery, told Associated Press, that his death, in Detroit, had been "sudden and unexpected".

 

Everyone at Über Rock extends their deepest sympathy to Cornell's family and friends.

 
TOUR NEWS: Life Of Agony confirm September dates Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:10

As revealed in our recent interview with bassist Alan Robert, Life Of Agony have confirmed their return to UK shores for a run of dates in September.

 

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Read our interview with Alan Robert HERE.

 

Read our review of Life Of Agony's new album, 'A Place Where There's No More Pain', HERE.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Battle Beast and Devilment added to Bloodstock bill Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:00

Battle Beast have been confirmed as the Thursday night headliners on Bloodstock’s Sophie Stage, while the Dani Filth-fronted Devilment have been added to the Ronnie James Dio main stage on Friday.  

 

Battle Beast bassist Eero said of the announcement: “We're psyched to be taking on Bloodstock for the first time. We had a great time playing in the UK this spring, and it's really neat to be returning there so soon. Looking forward to seeing all our friends again soon!”  

 

 

Dani Filth added: “Obviously the band are really looking forward to playing the festival, and as a English band it will definitely be an honour to play the main stage on what is tantamount to the best British festival out there. Hopefully festival goers will come and check Devilment out: we intend on putting on quite a raucous heavy metal spectacle!”  

 

 

The first batch of additions from the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals also have been announced. 

 

Coventry winners Devil’s Playground, Swindon champions Merithian and Brighton victors Enslavement will all appear on the New Blood stage on the Friday.  On Saturday, it will be the turn of Sheffield champions BA’AL and Dublin’s top dogs ZhOra, while  Sunday sees Slovenia's Mist roll in, as part of the band exchange with MetalDays, alongside CD application winners Heathen Deity and Belfast M2TM victors Shrouded.

 

The new announcements join headliners Amon Amarth, Ghost and Megadeth, as well as the likes of Archg Enemy, Kreator, Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, King 810, Brujeria and many more.

 

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire from 10 - 13 August.  Standard weekend camping tickets are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee), while children’s weekend tickets are just £35 (+ booking fee) - and under fours go free!  Details about day tickets will be announced in the near future. VIP and camper van tickets are sold out.

 

www.facebook.com/bloodstock

 

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ALBUM NEWS: Dragonforce unveil 'Ashes Of The Dawn' video Print E-mail
Monday, 15 May 2017 19:05

Dragonforce have released a new video for ‘Ashes Of The Dawn', the third single to be taken from their new album, ‘Reaching Into Infinity’, which is released on earMUSIC this Friday (19 May).

 

 

Dragonforce play the following UK dates in support of the album release:


 
Wednesday 4 October – Glasgow, The Garage
Thursday 5 October – Newcastle, Riverside
Friday 6 October – York, Fibbers
Saturday 7 October – Sheffield, Corporation
Sunday 8 October – Manchester, Sound Control
Wednesday 11 October – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Thursday 12 October – Cardiff, Globe
Friday 13 October – London, Electric Ballroom
Saturday 14 October – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
Sunday 15 October - Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Monday 16 October – Dover, The Booking Hall

 

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ALBUM NEWS: Eagles Of Death Metal to release historic Paris concert Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:59

Eagles of Death Metal are to release the recording of one of their most emotional and intense gigs later this summer.

 

 ‘I Love You All the Time – Live at The Olympia in Paris’ will be issued on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD via Eagle Rock Entertainment on 4 August.

 

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The concert was recorded on 16 February 2016 – just over four months after terrorists shot 89 people dead at EoDM’s gig at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, on 13 November 2015.  The band returned to Paris to complete their show as part of the ‘Nos Amis’ tour, performing at the Olympia Hall, dedicating the show to all those who lost their lives at the Bataclan.

 

Speaking before the show, Eagles of Death Metal co-founder and lead singer Jesse Hughes said: “The people of Paris have always been incredible to us, and our feeling of love towards this beautiful city and its people has been reinforced a million times over this past month. Hearing the stories of the survivors, the injured and those who have lost loved ones has been overwhelming. Not returning to finish our set was never an option.”


 
The line-up for this historic show features Jesse Hughes (vocals, guitar), Joshua Homme (drums), Dave Catching (guitar), Matt McJunkins (bass), Julian Dorio (drums), Eden Galindo (guitar) and Tuesday Cross (keyboards). As well as the full Olympia concert, bonus material includes three live video tracks from the band’s October 2015 performance at LA’s Teragram Ballroom.

 

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