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Album review: Overhead – ‘Haydenspark’ (Self-Released)

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Overhead – ‘Haydenspark’ (Self-Released) http://bit.ly/2SjeHOK When a band prefaces their description of their music with the word “progressive”, that, as far as UR boss Monk is concerned anyway, naturally comes with certain preconceptions. When he sees the word “progressive” in a band’s biog, then he expects them to do something that is just that: break down musical boundaries, or push themselves to create new ones, rather than just adhere to accepted, airy-fairy norm of the genre whose name they employ. So, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that Finnish quartet Overhead do just that, albeit in a [read on]

Album review: The Über Singles Club – Happy Fuckin’ Christmas

December 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Über Singles Club – Happy Fuckin’ Christmas http://bit.ly/2PVsQ2p Well, it’s that time of year, when we drink too much (hang on – is that not nearly every day at ÜRHQ?), eat too much and spend way too much on things we don’t need or even want… but, what we do like to spend a lot of time on at ÜRHQ is listening to quality rock ‘n’f’n’ roll – and that is something we definitely both need and want. So, here is a special edition of the Singles Club with our pick of the best festive-themed offerings tickling our deathdeck speakers in the lead up to the visit by the big [read on]

Album review: Gin Annie – ‘100% Proof’ (Off Yer Rocka)

December 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gin Annie – ‘100% Proof’ (Off Yer Rocka) http://bit.ly/2QFKpcd Generating significant buzz over the past year, not least by being dumped in the middle of Belgium by an unscrupulous promoter who couldn’t pay his bills, Gin Annie have now released their long-awaited debut album and are set to start 2019 off on the right foot. As Gerald S asserts, this isn’t a band that is interested in creating a new genre in music but instead focus on creating modern hard rock songs that acknowledge the past while staying firmly grounded in the present. This should help them appeal to fans of modern rock and old folks like him who [read on]

Album review: A Pale Horse Named Death – ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ (Long Branch Records)

December 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Pale Horse Named Death – ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ (Long Branch Records) https://ift.tt/2V52TBw Tim Bolitho-Jones reckons that ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ might be the most morose hour of music committed to record this year (even though it’s not released for nearly another month). He also believes that the third full-length by Brooklyn goths A Pale Horse Named Death could only be more unsettling if it found a way to perch above your chamber door and mutter the word “nevermore” occasionally. Click the link to find out why he asserts that it’s an overwhelming listen and if you make it to [read on]

Album review: A Pale Horse Named Death – ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ (Long Branch Records)

December 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Pale Horse Named Death – ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ (Long Branch Records) https://ift.tt/2V52TBw Tim Bolitho-Jones reckons that ‘When The World Becomes Undone’ might be the most morose hour of music committed to record this year (even though it’s not released for nearly another month). He also believes that the third full-length by Brooklyn goths A Pale Horse Named Death could only be more unsettling if it found a way to perch above your chamber door and mutter the word “nevermore” occasionally. Click the link to find out why he asserts that it’s an overwhelming listen and if you make it to [read on]

Album review: Tuskar – ‘The Tide, Beneath, The Wall’ (Riff Rock)

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Tuskar – ‘The Tide, Beneath, The Wall’ (Riff Rock) https://ift.tt/2SMML5w Now that the festive season is upon us, there’s no better time to pick up ‘The Tide, Beneath, The Wall.’ This three-track EP from Milton Keynes sludge duo Tuskar is 20 minutes of nightmarish hell music, dragged from the deepest, darkest charnel pit and vomited unpleasantly into life. It’s a snapshot of screaming, Lynchian madness and about as pleasant as crawling naked through a room full of used needles while dragging the corpse of a beloved family pet behind you. So, the perfect accompaniment to a night of sledging beneath the twinkling [read on]

Album review: Jawbone – ‘Jawbone’ (Self-Released)

December 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

Jawbone – ‘Jawbone’ (Self-Released) https://ift.tt/2USLEDt While many new generation British “revivalist” bands have ploughed the tried and trusted furrow of reinvigorating the Seventies blues rock sound of the likes of Mott, Free, The Faces et al, London based Jawbone have taken a slightly different tack with this, their eponymous debut album, as Monk now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: The Über Rock Singles Club – Dismembering December

December 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Über Rock Singles Club – Dismembering December https://ift.tt/2jRM5yp Time once again for our twice monthly singles round up and it’s DJ Astrocreep in the listening chair again, having a sift through the plethora of singles sent in to ÜRHQ over the past couple of weeks to weed out the very best across the rock, metal, punk and blues genres and bring them to you in this here rundown of what has tickled his fancy aurally and visually: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: JT Ripper – ‘Gathering Of The Insane’ (I Hate)

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

JT Ripper – ‘Gathering Of The Insane’ (I Hate) https://ift.tt/2PBrE48 Billing their demographic as being “traditionalist metal maniacs and people turning their backs towards polished mainstream sounding abominations that flourish everywhere”, German power trio JT Ripper certainly deliver what they say on their own tin, as Monk now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]

Album review: JT Ripper – ‘Gathering Of The Insane’ (I Hate)

December 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

JT Ripper – ‘Gathering Of The Insane’ (I Hate) https://ift.tt/2PBrE48 Billing their demographic as being “traditionalist metal maniacs and people turning their backs towards polished mainstream sounding abominations that flourish everywhere”, German power trio JT Ripper certainly deliver what they say on their own tin, as Monk now explains: from CD Reviews [read on]