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Messugah/The Haunted - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 17 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:30

As editor-in chief, I’m going to be brutally honest here: our Marc Leach practically shit his boxers when I asked him did he want to review and shoot Swedish tech metal gods Meshuggah! Hell, it was like an outtake from ‘The Walking Dead’ at URHQ, as he practically bit my arm off… but, did they sate his bloodthirst for loads of widdly-widdly wankery? Well, their light show certainly did. As for the rest? Click the link to find out:

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SPREADING THE DISEASE - The Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:00

100Spreading The Disease – we don’t need to guess where they took their name from – describe themselves as a “contemporary metal band”. Based in Kent, the band was formed in 2014 by bassist Steve Saunders, who decided that, after five years in The Self-Titled, it was time to move on and do something new. With 2016 having been a pretty crap year in terms of losing so many iconic rock and metal icons, it was also a traumatic one for STD, with the departure of drummer Edd Saunders (no relation), as Lindsey Appleton found out when she caught up with Steve and singer Adam May:

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The Hot LZ’s – ‘Aggravate My Mind’ (Hate Street Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 20 January 2017 04:30

The Hot LZs artworkThe cover of the debut album by Oregon upstarts The Hot LZ’s has bars on it.  Uber Rock’s head man Monk reckons they should be behind bars for crimes pertaining to the abuse of the apostrophe.  But, the, they wouldn’t be able to make the sort of steaming hot platters of punk rock that our man Dom D loves so much, would they?

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Jack Russell's Great White – ‘He Saw It Comin' (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 20 January 2017 04:00

Jack Russell artworkFor many years now, Great White – like a lot of other hair metal veterans – have had two incarnations of the band doing the rounds of the Überverse’s live circuit.  The advantage of the Jack Russell version, of course, is that the man is the voice of the original group… it still makes reviewing this new album a strange beast for our very own Prince of melodic rock, Dave Prince.  Did he see this one coming? Or was he blindsided?  You know what to do pop pickers:

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Camel Of Doom – ‘Terrestrial’ (Solitude Productions) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 20 January 2017 03:30

Camel Of Doom - TerrestrialKris Clayton was only 13 when he first put together his doom metal project – which may explain why its name sounds like a B list character from some D&D imitation console game… but, making music is a very serious business, and 16 years after he first started out, he has now given us the fourth full lengther from Camel Of Doom. Mark Ashby got lost in the heaviness…

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Sharks – ‘Killers Of The Deep’ (SMS Music) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 04:30

Sharks - Killers Of The DeepFor the uninitiated, Sharks were a supergroup of sorts founded by former Free bassist Andy Fraser in 1972, and featuring guitarist Chris Spedding and vocalist Stephen ‘Snips’ Parsons.  Despite a huge fanfare and plenty of financial backing, the whole project fell apart just two years later.  Now, more than 40 years later, Messrs Spedding and Parsons are back with a new line up and a new album.  Jim Rowland jumps in at the deep end to find out if they’ve still got plenty of bite:

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Stephen Pearcy – ‘Smash’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 04:00

Stephen Pearcy - SmashStephen Pearcy may seem to have spent more time recently in and out of a court room than a recording studio, but despite his recently settled legal wrangles with former bandmate Bobby Blotzer he has managed to find time to lay down his fourth studio album, which lands at the end of this month… Can the Ratt frontman still smash things up as a solo artist? Dave Prince certainly thinks so:

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Code Orange – ‘Forever’ (Roadrunner Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Thursday, 19 January 2017 03:30

Code Orange artworkIt’s not often you get references to Black Flag, Converge, Entombed, Meshuggah, Korn and New Order all in one review – unless by some weird happenstance they would be playing the same festival… But, that’s exactly what our man Nick Russell hears in this, the third album from Pittsburgh heavyweights Code Orange. Click the link to find what brand of paracetamol he’s on:

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Avenged Sevenfold/Disturbed/In Flames - Birmingham, Genting Arena - 13 January 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 21:48

A7X Disturbed Poster - Square“Metal is dead” is a phrase which is often bandied about, along with the question of who will step up to the mark to become the massive headliners of tomorrow, especially with 2017 seeing so many of the big name veteran acts allegedly taking their final bows… Well, don’t utter references to the genre’s pending demise too loudly around Rich Hobson: because, as he argues in this in depth review, some of the contenders for the crown of “metal kings of the future” might just have already started their coup and usurped the throne…

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PAUL BOYD: A Personal Tribute Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:58

NHA Paul Boyd-270x270Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby pays a personal tribute to Paul Boyd, bassist with Belfast melodic rock band No Hot Ashes, who died yesterday (Tuesday 17 January).

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The Murder Of My Sweet – ‘Echoes of the Aftermath’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:30

The Murder Of My Sweet ArtworkThe last few albums from Swedish cinematic metallers TMOMS have been concept affairs, but on this latest offering, Dave Prince finds them returning to the format of standalone songs.  Will his ears be echoing with the aftermath of this particular aural experience? You know what to do to find out:

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The Connection – ‘Just For Fun’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 04:00

The Connection - Just For FunHow about an album full to bursting with other people’s songs? Not the most original idea… but when it’s this much fun, our man Dom Daley reckons it could well be bordering on illegal.  Click the link to make the connection between The Rolling Stones, The Dictators, Cheap Trick and Buddy Holly to name just a few...

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Pride of Lions – ‘Fearless’ (Frontiers Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:30

Pride Of Lions artworkWhat happens when two prodigious talents such as Jim Peterik and Toby Hitchcock team up?  Something pretty fearless, right?  Dave Prince enters the lions’ den to find out if this fifth album from the pair sees them still roaring as loud as ever?

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JOANovARC – ‘Ride of Your Life’ (Red Vixen Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 04:00

Joanovarc-810x810One of Über Rock’s genuinely most exciting discoveries of last year was a feisty little quartet from London by the name of JOANovARC.  They blew our very own Dark Queen away when they ripped up the second stage at Hard Rock Hell in November.  Now, Rich Hobson delivers his verdict on their debut album, which was released at the same time as that breakthrough appearance.  Have the girls taken our man on the ride of his life?  Click the link to find out:

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Sepultura – ‘Machine Messiah’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 03:30

Sepultura - Machine MessiahWith a whole raft of old school bands showing that they can still make great music, Nick Russell reckons the pressure was well and truly on Sepultura to produce the goods with this, their 14th album. Did they fold under the burden being placed upon them, or did they rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out, isn’t there?

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Gone Is Gone – ‘Echolocation’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 16 January 2017 04:30

EcholocationIf there was one genre that ruled the roost in 2016, it was prog – at least according to our man Rich Hobson. And it’s not hard to see his point when you take into account the likes of Ihsahn tilling the frozen fields of post-black metal, Opeth recounting the hazy ‘70s glory days of the likes of Yes and Pink Floyd or Gojira doing a near clean sweep of ‘Album of The Year’ lists in major publications with their stunning ‘Magma’. The good news is that 2017 seems have kicked off in the same vein, thanks to Gone Is Gone, a band featuring members of Mastodon, QOTSA and At The Drive In…

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