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The Mighty Wraith/The Face Of Ruin/Remnant – Birmingham, Hammer And Anvil – 10 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:30

Mighty Wraith 2From Black Sabbath to Judas Priest, Napalm Death to Cathedral, Birmingham has spawned some of the most iconic metal bands on the planet. And yet, as the decades have waned on in the 47 years since the release of Black Sabbath’s monumental eponymous debut, the number of metal bands making it big from the region has steadily declined. But, while the scene no longer produces stadium-filling metal gods, that doesn’t mean it can’t still dream. Rich Hobson enjoyed a throwback to the heavy metal glory days when he took up the invitation to do just that with The Mighy Wraith:

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Bullet Proof Lovers – ‘Shot Through The Heart’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:00

BPL coverCall an ambulance folks, ‘cos our power punk expert Dom Daley reckons that our good friend Malibu Lou over the pond at Rum Bar Records is trying to kill him with the high quality of material he just keeps on releasing. Here, at URHQ, we reckon Double D would be better pouring himself a large one, with or without the coke and rocks, and chilling out in his Kevlar jacket… at least until the new RBR bomb drops:

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John 5 And The Creatures – ‘Season Of The Witch’ (60 Cycle Hum) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:30

John 5UR’s resident shredder Marc Leach quite understandably enjoys a bit of guitar wankery (you’d probably have to ask his beautiful wife about that of any other kind… and we’ll stop there before we get slapped). So, who better placed to wrap their ears around the eighth solo album for Rob Zombie’s resident six string maestro? Well, we couldn’t find anyone else, so here’s what yer man reckoned:

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The Urban Voodoo Machine/Slaughterhouse Cats - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 11 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:00

Photo 11-03-2017 23 37 20"We are The Urban Voodoo Machine and we play bourbon soaked gypsy blues bop 'n' stroll music and we will be doing it for a very long time!" So proclaimed Paul-Ronney Angel from the stage at the climax to the band's triumphant return to the best venue in the north -The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. Our man Ben Hughes was front and centre to find the men in red and black in resurgent form:

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Lesli Sanders – ‘My Eyes Are Greener On The Other Side’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:30

With his second solo release, Prophets Of Addiction frontman Lesli Sanders has once again eschewed the band’s punk ‘n’ roll sound for a collection of tunes stripped back to their barest, most heartfelt bones. Dom Daley gets all emotional as he explores this EP’s deeply personal grooves:

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Them Dead Beats – ‘Hang On A Second’ EP (Bywyd Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dean Glyn Morris   
Monday, 20 March 2017 04:00

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 12.37.44Returning to Über Rocking action with a bang, Dean Glyn Morris reckons there is no better time to be a fan of good old-fashioned blues rock.  he also reckons he might hang around for more than a second to check out a band who are anything but a bunch of dead beat rock 'n' roll bums.  Click the link to find out what he means:

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HRH AOR: Sordid Lies Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 04:30

URTV thmbWe're like to tell the truth here on the website to excite.  We don't believe in lies.  And especially not of the sordid kind.  Well, we didn't... until we met up with Valen Vain, the charismatic and colourful frontman of the Hull-based sleazesters by the name of - well, Sordid Lies.  Click the link to find out why mint green skintight leggings are now the de rigeur fashion accessory at UR headquarters this coming season:

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HRH AOR: Kane'd Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 03:30

KanedValley gals, and guys, Kane'd were one of a number of bands to play two sets at last weekend's HRH AOR fest - one on the second stage on the Friday afternoon, and a second, stripped down one, on the acoustic stage the following day.  Mark Ashby caught up with the three sisters, and two of the fellas, to get the lowdown on the band... once they'd got the small matter of a certain rugby match out of the way:

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Monster Truck/The Picturebooks – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 13 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:30

Monster Truck tour posterHaving just returned from the wilds of north Wales, where they had spent the weekend in the company of thousands of like-minded individuals at the HRH AOR festival, Über Rock’s Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen jumped straight back in at the deep end of the rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ‘round at their local pub, as Canucks Monster Truck made a super speedy return to the Northern Ireland capital.  However, as they found, it was a gig which did not come without its issues, not least in the audio-visual department:

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The Über Rock Interview: Monster Truck Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:15

Monster Truck tour posterCanadian four wheel driven rockers Monster Truck are currently ripping up stages across the UK on a headline tour in support of last year’s ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ album. Having earned rave receptions when they visited the island of Ireland with Nickelback last October, the band quickly made sure that was where their latest jaunt kicked off, as our editor-in-chief found up when he hooked up with them just before the first night’s show in Belfast:

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HRH AOR: Talking Shit with Silent Jack, Daylight Robbery and Hell's Addiction Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:00

URTV thmbLike most of our friends from the various webzines and radio stations, Team UR spent most of the Saturday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR fest camped out in the media zone, trying to cram in as many interviews with as many bands as possible... in our case, we very quickly started talking shit - quite literally.  Click the link to find out what went down in three of the interviews:

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Daycare For Jedi – ‘This Is What You Get’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:30

dfj cover layeredSince his arrival at Uber Rock just a few short weeks ago, Jonni D has proven himself a writer who can turn his ear to almost any subgenre. Today, he explores the territory that belongs to pop punk: but, did he leave his light sabre behind when he checked into this particular Danish nursery?

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Stiff Little Fingers/Theatre Of Hate – Kentish Town, The Forum – 10 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:00

slf-uk-tour-artwork-2017It’s hard to believe that Belfast punk pioneers SLF are marking their 40th anniversary this year… certainly, they show no signs of slowing town, with another run of tour dates currently under way and proving, as our man Jim Rowland found out when he wandered down Kentish Town direction, that, like your favourite website, they are still very firmly raising their rigid digits to musical mediocrity:

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HRH AOR: Devilfire Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 17 March 2017 03:30

URTV thmbWhen Devilfire were originally booked to play last weekend's HRH AOR they were called something different, before being forced to change their name... unfortunately, that came too late to get all the posters and so forth changed, so they appeared on the billing under their former name!  Confused?  Mark Ashby caught up with band founder Alex Cooper to explain the situation:

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – 11 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:20

LA GunsSo, despite everything thrown at them over the first two days, Über Rock’s intrepid husband and wife duo made it to the final leg of the first standalone HRH AOR melodic fest… what did it have in store for them and, more importantly, would they survive what it yet had to throw at them? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s the do thing with the link:

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Jon Lord – ‘Before I Forget’ (Purple Records/Cherry Red) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:30

Jon Lord - Before I ForgetReturning from a brief hiatus, Über Rock’s resident archivist Jonathan Kardasz once again plunges back in time to revisit a classic album… this time, it’s this 1982 gem from the late Jon Lord, featuring a stellar guest cast, now re-issued to fill that gap in any Deep Purple purist’s collection:

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