Category: Interviews

The Big Über Rock Interview – Ward XVI

So, the first festival of the year is finally upon us, in the shape of the HRH Metal shebang in the home of the genre, Birmingham. In the weeks leading up to this moohassive weekender, we have been chatting to some of the lower order acts to get their take on the event and find out what they are up to currently and in the near future… In our latest chinwag, we invited Preston-based metallians Ward XVI take time out of their day to day lives to grab a coffee and have a chat with us at ÜRHQ. They tell us all about the band’s plans, festivals and give us an update on their next album.

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THE BIG ÜBER ROCK INTERVIEW – LEFT FOR RED

So, the first festival of the year is finally upon us, in the shape of the HRH Metal shebang in the home of the genre, Birmingham. In the weeks leading up to this moohassive weekender, we have been chatting to some of the lower order acts to get their take on the event and find out what they are up to currently and in the near future… In our latest chinwag, we dialled up the hotline from ÜRHQ to the Midlands to catch up with a band seeking to follow in the footsteps of their fellow Stourbridge natives Diamond Head, in the shape of Left For Red.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation)

Dutch gothic metallers Within Temptation have been quiet for quite some time – but no more. They have come roaring back to life with a stunning new album, ‘Resist’, an opus which sees the band living up to its name by resisting all temptations to do anything other than plough their own furrow. So, what were we going to do to mark this very special moment in musical history? Well, how about dig a certain erstwhile UR contributor out of his long-term retirement and send him along to chat to the beautiful Sharon den Adel about said release and what the present and near-future hold for the band?

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Seven Hells

So, with the line up looking really solid for HRH Metal in Birmingham we catch up with another band set to blow the roof off this event, Leicester-based Seven Hells. This hard-hitting group are a testament to all that’s metal, with bone shattering riffs, which really get the blood flowing. Our Mistress Of The Moonlight pinned them down for a chat before experiencing their explosive set.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Stephen Beerkens (The Faim)

Having grown up in Perth, Australia, seeing The Faim grow up from the “small town heroes” they used to be is quite the shock for Jess R – but where they were headed definitely wasn’t to be unexpected. With the amount of potential that they had displayed in the early days of the band, growth wasn’t out of the picture. The Faim have begun to get a grip on their dreams and have now taken on multiple stages across the world, expanded their ability to perform even further and adapted to overcome pretty much anything that is thrown their way.

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THE BIG ÜBER ROCK INTERVIEW – PAUL LOGUE (EDEN’S CURSE)

Last year’s ‘Testament’ compilation album established the reputation of Eden’s Curse as one of the finest melodic metal bands to have been produced by these here islands in recent years. Now, as the band look forward to a headline tour of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll a bit later in the Spring, we took the opportunity to catch up with founder/guitarist for a quick natter about what 2019 holds for the Curse…

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Def Con One

It may be only January, but it’s hard to believe that the festival season is already just around the corner, kicking off with the third iteration of the HRH Metal shebang in the global capital of the genre – that’s Birmingham, mofos – next month. As part of the build up to the 2019 instalment of the annual celebration of the heavier end of the rock ‘n roll spectrum, Linzi A dialled up the ÜRHQ hotline to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for a chat with the gentlemen from Def Con One, to find out about where they are now and where they are going in the near future (well, apart from down the motorway to the Midlands, of course!).

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The Big Über Rock Interview – Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch)

Easily one of rock’s most reliable bands, Clutch have racked up a fervent following over a 27-year, 12-album career. With a sound that has traversed the disparate realms of hardcore, blues, stoner and good ol’ fashioned rock n roll, they have deftly navigated the transformation over the rock scene over the past couple of decades, managing to put out records which earned both critical acclaim and fan adoration in the likes of ‘Blast Tyrant’, ‘Pure Rock Fury’ and (most recently) ‘Earth Rocker and Psychic Warfare’. Bigger than ever and coming on bold with the release of ‘Book of Bad Decisions’ (ÜR’s album of the year, no less), a record which nods to the many varied styles of Clutch’s past records whilst still confidently striding towards the future. We caught up with drummer Jean-Paul Gaster at the tail end the band’s recent December trek to chat everything from longevity to the particulars of how they go about choosing setlists from their diverse career…

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