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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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Dream Awake – ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:30

Dream Awake artworkapproved small 2013Having cut their creative teeth on their debut EP, ‘Pathfinder’, Dream Awake look set to cause quite a stir in their local Belfast scene – and hopefully further afield - with their second release, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath.’  Click the link to find out why Jonni D is quick to make sure that he doesn’t pigeonhole the band as simply a metalcore act and didn’t hold his breath to get into the groove of this tasty little EP:

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Hexenklad – ‘Spirit Of The Stone’ (CDN Records) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 04:00

Hexenklad artworkConceived in the darkened forests of Ontario, ‘Spirit Of The Stone’ is the debut album from Canadian blackened folk metallers Hexenklad, and features the combined talents of some of the country’s finest practitioners of the art. But, does it speak to our Scandinavian “queen of extreme”, or did it fall on deaf ears? Click the link to find out:

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Casket Robbery – ‘The Ascension’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 03:30

Casket Robbery 2017 EP CoverFollowing on from last year’s debut album, ‘Evolution of Evil’, Wisconsin death metallers Casket Robbery have unveiled their new line-up via a three-track EP, which recently dropped into the inbox of the returning Nick Russell. Click the link to find out why he thinks this is a band who have a promising future in the normally unforgiving world of extreme music:

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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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Obey The Brave – ‘Mad Season’ (Epitaph) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:30

Obey The Brave artworkAccording our man Jonni D, Obey The Brave may have had a bit of a false start, creatively speaking, with their earlier material, but with third album ‘Mad Season’ they finally have found their stride with a significant step forward with an offering that “demonstrates a surprising level of experimentation”… Click the link to find out more:

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Necrosis – ‘Mythogenesis’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Rose   
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 04:00

Necrosis artworkIt has taken Danish death metal trio Necrosis a full decade to release their debut album.  Has it been worth the wait?  Well, who better to answer that question than Uber Rock’s very own Scandinavian “queen of extreme”, the otherwise demure-sounding Stephanie Rose?  Click the link to find out why she thinks it is missing one or two key ingredients needed to melt her blackened metal heart:

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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 Dukes Of Bordello – ‘Lowdown 'n' Dirty’ (Death Or Glory Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 21 August 2017 04:30

Dukes Of Bordello artworkEverything Dom Daley does, he does 'All In The Name Of Rock And Roll', which is why he was only too happy to get ‘Lowdown 'n' Dirty’ with this second album from self-styled “Rock n Roll trashcan troubadors from the seedy side of town…” The Dukes Of Bordello.  The result was that he found himself having to break the habit of a lifetime and turn the volume on his stereo down!  Click the link to find out why DD is proud to be 'Down In The Gutter' after spinning this particular platter:

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Thy Art Is Murder –‘Dear Desolation’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Monday, 21 August 2017 04:00

Thy Art Is Murder - Dear Desolation - ArtworkAccording to our man with the same initials as our favourite tipple, it’s been a funny old year when it comes to deathcore, with the likes of Suicide Silence and Fit For An Autopsy splitting their fanbases by experimenting with both their own and the genre’s sounds. Now it seems that it’s up to Thy Art Is Murder to restore the balance… have they succeeded or did they leave Jonni D feeling even more desolate than before? Click the link to find out:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 13 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Sunday, 20 August 2017 04:30

Megadeth - Bloodstock 2017Following the announcement, the previous evening, of two of the three headliners for next year’s event (they’re Gojira and Nightwish, in case you’ve been asleep for the past eight days or so), excitement levels were understandably high when the Über Rock team arrived at Catton Hall for the third and final day of the 2017 iteration of Bloodstock. Click the link to find out if anything happened to change that mood:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 12 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:30

Kreator - Bloodstock 2017So, the Über Rock crüe survived the first day of last weekend’s Bloodstock festival reasonably intact… but, even a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast – and the fact that the sun was shining – could not prepare for them for the Saturday’s shenanigans, which included world record attempts and other assorted lunacy. With The Dark Queen ensconced front and centre in the various photopits, boss man Monk called on the assistance of our resident hobbit to get him through the day:

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Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 4 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 19 August 2017 04:00

Aaron Buchanan liveHaving caught Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics at Camden Rocks earlier in the summer, there was no way Nev Brookes was gonna miss their first ever Welsh headline appearance – especially as he reckons it is one of the last times they will play in such intimate surroundings… it was an evening which also clearly demonstrated the need to keep Cardiff’s music scene alive, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Bloodstock – Walton-on-Trent, Catton Hall – 11 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby (with additional reporting by Rich Hobson)   
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:00

Amon Amarth - Bloodstock 2017Located in a normally quiet and secluded corner of south Derbyshire, Catton Hall holds a special place in the hearts of many metallers, as once a year it explodes into life as 15,000-plus people descend upon for the annual extravaganza that is the mighty Bloodstock festival.  Among those making the annual pilgrimage were your trusty Über Rock team, who now deliver their verdict on what went down on the first full day:

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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 Dogs D'Amour – ‘Swinging The Bottles: The BBC Radio Sessions’ (Cargo) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 18 August 2017 04:00

Dogs Damour Swingin The Bottle cover300dpi 1024x1024Back in the day, Dom Daley couldn’t get enough of those dastardly rock ‘n’ roll pirates The Dogs D’Amour.  And all these years he still can’t – which is why this recently issued set of recordings made for dear old Aunty Beeb could not have had a more timely release, as they catapult Double D back to the days of the youth to recall a time when these four reprobates were once the most untouchable band in the country:

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