Album Reviews

Album review: Zealot Cult – ‘Spiritual Sickness’ (Blood Harvest)

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Zealot Cult – ‘Spiritual Sickness’ (Blood Harvest) ÜR boss Monk first came across Limerick death metal crue Zealot Cult when they headlined the third iteration of the Necrofest shebang around the corner at his local pub at the beginning of October. Despite feeling that their set dragged a bit, their thick riffs, taut melodies and dark grunt helped to whet his appetite for the release of their debut album, which landed on the mat at ÜRHQ just a few short weeks later. You can find out if he was satiated on the other side of the link: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Kalidia – ‘The Frozen Throne’ (Inner Wound Recordings)

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

Kalidia – ‘The Frozen Throne’ (Inner Wound Recordings) Despite discovering Helloween back around ‘Keeper of the Seven Keys Part One,’ Gerald S never been a huge power metal fan with most of the similar artists he enjoys being rooted in the ‘80s or the ‘90s. Kalidia has changed that by knocking down his door with this “awesome” opus. Their follow up to debut album ‘Lies’ Device’ mostly delivers from beginning to end for our man fron the Lone Star state, as he now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: The Über Rock Singles Club – Once More Into The Breach

November 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Über Rock Singles Club – Once More Into The Breach So, it’s time for our new-look fortnightly Singles Club to bring you the best (in our humble opinions) in recent short-form releases, and this time our resident gigaholic picks out what tracks have been tickling his eardrums and clogging up his ‘phone screen during his travels the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom over the last couple of weeks. There’s a lot of competition, as we received close to 130 submissions in that period! With no more drum rolls required, let’s get started by doing the necessary: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Icarus Dive – ‘Among The Thorns’ EP (Self-Released)

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Icarus Dive – ‘Among The Thorns’ EP (Self-Released) ÜR boss Monk reckons that, despite their youth, Guildford alt rockers Icarus Dive are 20 years past their sell-by date… Why? Well, as you can find out on the other side of the link, he believes that, if they had been around 20 years ago then they might have been onto something fresh, but as it is… well, you’ll have to do the necessary to find out: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: Dead Fiction – ‘Dead Fiction’ EP (Meraki Records)

November 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Dead Fiction – ‘Dead Fiction’ EP (Meraki Records) Scottish power trio plays melodically charged, but still boisterous alternative rock. Sound familiar? No, Jonni D is not talking about Biffy Clyro, nor The Xcerts for that matter – seriously, he asks: what is it with all these knockout Scottish three-pieces? Now he reckons we have Dead Fiction to add that list, as he explains on the other side of the link: from CD Reviews [read on]

Alithia – The Moon has Fallen

November 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Alithia – The Moon has Fallen Saying that Australian band Alithia is a prog band is both an understatement and a criticism. As progressive music increasingly becomes a case of shade and light, the spoken and the screamed lyrics, it’s a criticism of a band with the depth and talent of Alithia to put that tag on them. It’s also an understatement to just say prog because they need to be in a segment all of their own. They are smart, hardworking and take risks largely without a net. They just jump. If you need any evidence of that go see them live. I last saw Alithia in support of Leprous. Here’s the Norwegians on stage, [read on]

Album review: Riot Horse – ‘Cold Hearted Woman’ (Metalville)

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riot Horse – ‘Cold Hearted Woman’ (Metalville) Nearly every other press release that lands at ÜRHQ these days has the word “revival” in it somewhere. It’s almost as if the people writing them feel that rock ‘n’f’n’ roll is a dead genre and in need of regeneration… Well, let me tell you, as this very kick ass site has been proving for almost a decade now, nothing could be further from the truth. The fact that bands are turning back the clocks and exploring the good old days, while at the same time injecting their own take into proceedings, is proof positive [read on]

Album review: Siblings Of Us – ‘Gargantua’ (RetroSynth Records)

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Siblings Of Us – ‘Gargantua’ (RetroSynth Records) As regular ÜR readers will know, Monk loves bands that defy automatic classification, ones which cross musical boundaries, don’t bend to the need for categorization and plough their own furrow, blending multifarious influences into their own diverse yet homogenous mix. The sort of experimentation that either works or it doesn’t. In the case of Bristol trio Siblings Of Us, it’s a case of it both sides of that equation, as the boss man now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]