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The Über Rockin’ Guide to… Slam Dunk 2019

Long the crown jewel of UK pop punk, hardcore and ska inclinations, Slam Dunk has long held a reputation as a fan-friendly fixture of festival season, bringing together some of the biggest names in pop punk, punk rock, hardcore, ska and – particularly in recent years – metalcore to act as a counterpoint to the Vans Warped Tour which once toured the US. Traditionally split between a Northern, Midlands and London-adjacent location, the festival is a one-day event that promises to kick festival season off with a bang. Though somewhat pulled back for the 2019 event (the Midlands event no longer going ahead), Slam Dunk is as strong as ever as its remaining two sites look to get bigger than ever before.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Laura Ozholl and Shelley Walker (JOANovARC)

London hard rockers JOANovARC are about to release their second, on this occasion self-titled, album, which they will back up with a series of live shows. UR took the opportunity to catch up with guitarists Laura and Shelley to chat about the album, some of it’s lyrical themes, how they draw inspiration from adversity and those much-publicized travails with the PledgeMusic funding mechanism.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (Downfall of Gaia)

German extreme metal progressives Downfall of Gaia are now celebrating their 11th year as a band, having transformed themselves from a crust-inspired early sound into something more adjacent to post-metal and atmospheric black metal as the years have worn on. The fruits of their labour can be heard on ‘Ethic of Radical Finitude’, the band’s fifth record and a headlong plunge into a sea of post-BM atmospherics that take the frosty fury of black metal and affix it to the stunning textual diversity of post metal.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Robin Staps and Mattias Hägerstrand (The Ocean)

Formed at the start of the millennium, German metal experimentalists The Ocean have managed to create music spanning a number of impressive subgenres and styles, including everything from sludge and post-metal to symphonic and avant-garde. At the heart of it all is a band who has never wavered in their ambition, creating stunning works of art that consistently show their worth as some of the finest metal releases on the scene right now.

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