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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup)

Earlier this week, Bowling For Soup made up for forsaking the loyalty of their fans on the island of Ireland by playing back-to-back sold-out shows in Belfast and Dublin. Monk and The Dark Queen caught up with frontman Jaret Reddick just prior to the former date for a chat about their love of this part of the Überverse, their forthcoming 25th anniversary celebrations, his recent collaborative album with Kelly Ogden and 26-hour long video shoots.

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Crypt Of The Riff Vol. 3 – Voodoo, Belfast – 18 April 2019

The Easter weekend holds a very special place in the hearts of metallians on the island of Ireland. Not because of any religious reasons – well, perhaps of a different kind, as it marks the first instalment of the Siege Of Limerick, the bi-annual celebration of all that is great about the genre in this corner of the Überverse, and the closest thing the island has to a proper metal festival. It has also become traditional for some of the visiting bands from other parts of the Überverse to turn their trips into something of mini tours – which is why this show, originally booked as two different gigs but intelligently brought together, came about.

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Enforcer – ‘Zenith’ (Nuclear Blast)

ÜR boss Monk first came across Swedish NWOCR cheerleaders Enforcer back at the turn of the decade, while hunting through the shelves of his local record store on his lunch-break. The owner recommended that he check out this new album called ‘Diamonds’: what had broad it to his attention was the fact that it had just been released on Earache, a label better known at that time for the more extreme end of the heavy metal spectrum, but which had recently taken the bold step to diversify its roster… Anyway, almost a decade down the line, and with ‘Diamonds’ still a favoured play on ye olde death decks, Enforcer are back with their fifth album, and their first in four years…

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Amon Amarth – ‘Berserker’ (Metal Blade Records/Sony Music)

Next Friday (3 May) sees the return of Viking death metal legends Amon Amarth. The Swedish five-piece embark upon their 11th full length album and according to lead singer Johan Hegg, this is them at their refined best. Looking to push forward from 2016’s well received ‘Jomsviking’, ‘Berserker’ features twelve new tracks promising to deliver everything that fans of the band have come to expect and more. So, with long ships on the horizon and a new raid inbound, what can be expected?

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Spy # Row – ‘Blood Brothers’ (Fastball Music)

Despite the fact that they have been together for around 14 years, Frankfurt trio Spy # Row are very much young kids on the Über Rock block: not only is this their debut album, but add into the mix the fact that their youngest member (unfortunately their bio doesn’t say which one) only turned 21 last year, and their youth is extremely apparent. However, what is immediate equally obvious is that this is no wet-behind-the-ears crüe of inexperienced kids playing at the rock music game, as ‘Blood Brothers’ is a hugely accomplished album that would put many bands twice or three times their age to shame…

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