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The Dowling Poole – Bedford, Esquires, 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:00

Dowling Poole - Bedford 3There is a corner of Martin Haslam’s heart that shall belong forever to the music of Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, be it the two albums they have produced together, or through their work with the likes of The Grip, The Wildhearts, Honeycrack, Cardiacs, and God Damn Whores… so, when they played one of only three gigs this year down his local, he really had to be front and centre, didn’t he?

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HRH Sleaze – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 3 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:00

Tyla - HRH SleazeSheffield may be best known as Steel City, but earlier this month it was transformed into Sleaze City when the Hard Rock Roll team unveiled their latest themed weekender. Always proud of the fact that they were born in the gutter, looking at the stars and revelling in their reflected light, the UR team headed braved the hairspray laden air to see what the second day of this bespoke festival had to offer:

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Moonlight Desires – ‘Just The Hits: 1981-1985’ (Infamous Butcher Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Friday, 15 September 2017 05:00

Moonlight Desires coverThere are those who would say that, like most of the UR crüe, our ‘Prince Of Parp’ is still living in the Eighties! If that is the case, then he may well have found the soundtrack to his life. Will he resist those moonlight desires or will he strut his funky stuff to just the hits of the era? Click the link to find out:

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Eagles Of Death Metal – ‘I Love You All The Time: Live At The Olympia In Paris’ (Eagle Vision) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:30

EODM-Love-You-All-The-Time-CD-cover-lrNo one should need reminded of the significance of the date 13 November 2015. It was the night gunmen burst into Paris’ Bataclan Theatre and massacred 89 music fans at an Eagles Of Death Metal gig. Three months later, the band returned to the French capital to complete the gig, with the result being captured for posterity on this new DVD/CD package.  Mark Ashby shares his thoughts:

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Black Stone Cherry – ‘Black To Blues’ (Mascot Group) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Friday, 15 September 2017 04:00

Black Stone Cherry - Black To BluesYou could say that David O’Neil is a bit of a fan of Black Stone Cherry. Well, he’s seen them at least once on every tour, and probably owns multiple copies, in every available format, of everything they’ve ever released. So, when this wee EP of blues covers was offered up for review, his email was the first in the UR inbox. Click the link to what he thought of the ‘Cherry-fication’ of these classic tracks:

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Blackmore’s Night – ‘To The Moon And Back’ (Minstrel Hall Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:30

Blackmores Night artworkAlways believing that honesty is the best policy, UR boss Mark Ashby freely admits that he’s never paid much attention to Blackmore’s Night, the husband-and-wife project that saw the former Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist more or less turn his back on rock music and abandoning his electric guitar for lutes, mandolins and the like. Now, with the release of a two CD retrospective, our editor-in-chief finds himself somewhat less than impressed with his exploration of the man in black’s back catalogue:

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Jag Panzer – ‘The Deviant Chord’ – (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 04:00

jagpanzerdeviantcdUR’s resident shredder has been busy this week: this is his fourth review in as many days – and this time he is stepping back in time to hook up with a band who trace their roots back to the heady days of 1980s metal. But, have they managed to re-discover the deviant chord and remain relevant 30 years later? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and that’s by clicking this link thing and reading on:

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Damn Freaks – ‘Damn Freaks’ (Mighty Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:30

Damn Freaks artworkItalian hard rockers are on a mission… to recreate the Eighties, and evoke the spirit of acts like White Lion, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Dokken and David Lee Roth. With their recently released debut album, UR editor-in-chief Mark Ashby reckons they might just about have fulfilled their ambition. Click the link to find out how and why:

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Ctulu – ‘Cultus In Tenebris’ (Static Tension Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:00

Ctulu artworkMarc L is a busy boy this week, and this morning he checks into the Über Rock coffee house for a rather tasty slice of black metal all the way from the dark heart of northern Germany. Click the link to find out what happened when he entered the weird and wonderful world of Lovecraft, brought to light by three leather clad brutes who take their name from one of the products of his fervid imagination:

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Charlie Bonnet III – ‘Sinner With A Song’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:30

Sinner-With-A-Song-CD-CoverWell, he’s gotta be a good ol’ country boy, don’t he? Yessirree, with a name like thon, you gotta know exactly what to expect, dontcha? And, you know something? You’d be goddamn right, son! Charlie Bonnet III is a cowboy hat wearing, geetar slinging country singer from way down south in Tennessee, with eight albums under his belt… So, what in the name of all the gods of rock ‘n’ roll is he doing here on Über Rock? You may well ask – and you can find why by clicking that wee link:

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Concordea – ‘Over Wide Spaces’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 04:00

Concordea artworkOur resident shredder Marc L loves a surprise… so, you can imagine his reaction when, after calling at URHQ one fine evening, he was handed a little shiny disc and told “try that one: I know fuck all about them, so you can be our guinea pig”. What he found inside the beautiful artwork that enclosed said object was the debut album from a new Russian band, which in turn totally blew him away. Click the link to find out why:

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Dirtbag Republic – ‘Downtown Eastside’ (Spawner Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 11 September 2017 04:30

Dirtbag Republic artworkThe second album from Vancouver glunk rockers Dirtbag Republic has got Ben Hughes all excited – so much so that he’s rhyming off comparisons to Hanoi Rocks, Cheap Trick and even the bruvas themselves, all while spouting enough superlatives to fill an entire edition of ‘Bullseye’! Click the link and join the Bennyman as he takes a trip into the seedy underbelly of downtown eastside:

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Alpha Tiger – ‘Alpha Tiger’ (Steamhammer/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Monday, 11 September 2017 04:00

Alpha Tiger artworkOur resident shredder Marc L reckons that if you open the window while listening to Alpha Tiger’s fourth, self-titled album, you’ll hear the neighbourhood dogs howling in pain! Why? Well, he reckons that there is one major flaw with this latest release from the German power metallers… click the link to find out what it is:

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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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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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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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