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Tuesday The Sky – ‘Drift’ (InsideOut Music) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 04:00

Tuesday The Sky artworkTuesday The Sky is the latest project from Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos, which found its gestation in the downtime between the completion of the band’s last album, ‘Theories Of Flight’, and the subsequent touring cycle. It’s ten tracks of ambient instrumental prog – no, not quite what our Mark Ashby expected either… but did he drift along on its vibes, or did he drift off to sleep? Click the link to find out:

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Love Zombies - 'Passionfruit' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:30

Love Zombies Passionfruitapproved small 2013Putting the debut long player from Love Zombies in the hands of a Ginger Wildheart fan would be a pretty risky prospect, wouldn’t you think? After all, the tale of Hollis'sudden departure from the ranks of Hey! Hello!, on the eve of the release of the band’s second album, is widely known. But, hey, we like to live on the edge here at Über Rock, so what did we do? Yup, we shared the love with our #1 GW fan:

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Gypsy Roller & Gen Genocide – ‘We Got You Covered’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 13 July 2017 04:00

Gypsy Roller artworkOur very own godfather of punk ‘n’ roll, Double D (and that’s not his moobie cup size!) found himself digging ‘way back into his memory cells when this collection of cover versions winged its way onto his turntable of doom before uncovering a mixed bag of cool and sleazy tunes… but then, he wouldn’t have his music any other way, would he?

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Blind Guardian - ‘Live Beyond the Spheres’ (Nuclear Blast) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:30

Blind Guardian liveVirtually on the eve of their return to the UK, as special guests to Amon Amarth on the Friday night of this year’s Bloodstock, Blind Guardian have released a massive three-disc live set, covering virtually their entire career across its 22 tracks… Gerald Stansbury was the man tasked with diving into its power metal epicness:

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Elevn – ‘Digital Empire’ (Digital Heavy Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 04:00

ElevnWith a sound that evokes the spirit of early John Carpenter movies, Jonni D reckons that the blazing sunshine of mid-July may not serve as the best setting for listening to listening to this debut album which pays tribute to the ‘80s horror genre through a mixture of heavy industrial and darksynth… but, what the hell, we can always give it another spin at Halloween (sic), can’t we?

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Chesty Malone And The Slice 'Em Ups – ‘We're Still Dead’ (Wrecked Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Chesty-Were-StillDead-CoverWhen the world has gone to hell in a handcart, what better saviours can we have than a bunch of zombie-loving Misfits-jamming-with-The Stooges punk-ass children of the walking dead?  Yep, only rock ‘n’ roll provides the alternative to the fucked up world in which we live – and brother Dom Daley of the church of Über Rock is gonna tell you how:

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Gov’t Mule – ‘Revolution Come… Revolution Go’ (Spinefarm) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 04:00

Govt Mule artapproved small 2013Über guv’nor Mark Ashby reckons that Gov’t Mule should really need no introduction to fans of the country-blues-rock genre. But, for those who do, he’s happy to tell that a project that started as a spin-off from the Allman Brothers might well be outlasting the band that spawned it, especially on the evidence of this epic tenth studio album:

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Peter Perrett – ‘How The West Was Won’ (Domino Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 10 July 2017 04:30

Peter-Perrett-How-The-West-Was-Won-Packshot-72-dpi-400x400approved small 2013He may have been out of the spotlight for so long that many people may have assumed they had missed the tabloid footnote about his death… but, lo and behold, the former Only Ones frontman is not only very much alive and kicking, but he also has produced a beautiful, personal and touching comeback solo album, as our very own Dom Daley found out:

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Amplifier – ‘Tripping With Doctor Faustus’ (Rockosmos) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 10 July 2017 04:00

Amplifier - Trippin artworkLanding onto the desk of Über Rock in an explosion of earth-shaking riffs and giddy arena rock aspirations, Rich Hobson reckons that it’s safe to say Amplifier might be one of the best kept secrets in British rock. Click the link to find out why he reckons the Mancunian space rockers trade in nothing less than total rock domination:

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The Über Rock Interview: Simon Gordon (Kill II This) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 05:00

Kill II This 2Four years ago, Mancunian metallurgists Kill II This returned to action after a decade-long hiatus, re-energized and re-invigorated and ready to start from the bottom all over again… Über Rock’s Linzi A recently caught up with the band’s “new kid on the block” – singer Simon Gordon to find out what is going on in the KIIT camp at the moment:

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Blue Oyster Cult – Nottingham, Rock City – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:30

Blue Oyster Cult - GlasgowLike many fans, Jim Rowland spent many a year wondering if he would ever see one of his favourite bands play this here Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n Roll ever again. But, over the past few years, the New York legends have become increasingly regular visitors to this corner of the Überverse, with the result that our man was able to catch them not once but twice within the space of less than a month. Click the link to find out what he made of his second close encounter of the Cultish kind:

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British Summer Time: Green Day/Rancid/The Living End/The Hives/The Damned/Bash & Pop/Jesse Malin – London, Hyde Park – 1 July 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 09 July 2017 04:00

Green Day BST header croppedDom Daley freely admits to not like big open air festival-type events, and therefore the prospect of trooping up to London to join 60,000 people standing in a park to watch Green Day put him in a bit of a quandary… but, then the supporting cast was announced – and, bang, his credit card got suitably battered. Click the link to find out why he’s glad he splashed the cash and left home at 5.30 am to enjoy a day of hot (literally) punk rock action:

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The Über Rockin’ Guide To... Ramblin’ Man Fair Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 05:00

Ramblin Man sigilWith the festival season well and truly in full swing, and virtually every empty field in the country being given over to celebrations of music in all its myriad and wonderful forms, Über Rock’s highly trained team of reviewing ninjas have already been hard at work, and are preparing for the next phase of hot ‘n’ sweaty rock ‘n’ roll action at the end of this month… With that in mind, we present our guide to the dozen “must see” bands at the Ramblin’ Man Fair:

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‘Playing It Forward’: John Farnham/Jimmy Barnes/Noiseworks/Diesel – Melbourne, Hisense Arena – 28 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mel B   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:30

John Farnham Poster - CroppedThe ‘Voice Of Australia’, John Farnham, recently headlined a very special benefit show in Melbourne. The show was inspired by guitarist Stuart 'Chet' Fraser, and his battle against lung cancer, and despite only being announced three weeks beforehand, it demonstrated the generosity of Aussie music fans when it comes to looking after one of the talents who has entertained them for a generation. Über Rock’s Mel B was among the 10,000 people who crammed into the Hisense Arena for this one-off celebration:

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The Rolling Stones – ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’/’Some Girls: Live In Texas ‘78’/’Checkerboard Lounge: Live In Chicago 1981’ (Eagle Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 08 July 2017 04:00

Stones - Ladies artworkThis review really should need no introduction. After all, it is, ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling fucking Stones: one of the singular greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. Always at their best in the live arena, Mark Ashby gets all nostalgic with these three unearthed gems which have just been given their first ever CD release. So, please lend him your eyes:

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – ‘Live In Birmingham 2016’ (Eagle Records) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 07 July 2017 04:30

ritchieblackmoreliveinbirminghamcdThere is no doubt that, when legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore announced that he was returning to play rock ‘n’ roll, there was much excitement among fans of a certain generation. His three comeback shows last summer quickly sold out… Now, the last of them, at Birmingham’s Genting Arena, has been released for those who weren’t there to enjoy: but, will they? Click the link to find out why Mark Ashby has major problems with the quality of the performance recorded:

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