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Devin Townsend/Haken – Glasgow, SWG3 – 9 December 2019

A long haul from the previous evening’s entertainment of The Flower Kings and friends in London up to Glasgow was in store for or Über Kingdom traversing gigaholic to catch Hevy Devy live, with Haken likely to provide more than adequate support with their own melodic brand of prog metal. Though not the big lad’s first time in Glasgow, it is his first time in SWG3, an apparent warehouse conversion, something that often bodes ill for sound quality, given experience of others.

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Acid Reign/Scimitar/Acid Age – Belfast, Voodoo – 8 December 2019

Ding, ding, seconds out – round three! Yes, three massive thrash gigs in the space of eight days ensured that Belfast’s metal community had very little opportunity to rest their weary neck muscles, with this return of H and his troupe capping off the week’s activities, which had been started in fine style by Sacred Reich and continued by the midweek thrashtastic line-up headed by Municipal Waste that had laid, erm, waste to the nearby Limelight just a few nights earlier. The focus of tonight’s action switched to another of our favourite venues, Voodoo, for what promised to be another evening of fast-paced heavy metal action…

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Human Fortress – ‘Reign Of Gold’ (AFM)

Right out of the gate John B has to mention the album cover. Whoever the artist was that put it together, mad props. If I had seen this album on the shelf at the store, he would have bought it based on the art alone. It just screams power metal. You look at it and you have a pretty good idea of what you should expect. The real question is: does the music live up to the high bar that the great art sets? Do we get this epic, hard-hitting and aggressive fast-paced power metal journey that we expect? Or does it let us down?

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Cormac Neeson & The Unholy Gospel Band – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 7 December 2019

When an artist steps away from a project in which they have been deeply involved for most of their adult life, it can be a cathartic experience, but also a revelatory one, in terms of allowing the individual concerned to explore new avenues for their creativity. And so it has proven for Cormac Neeson, best known to UR readers as frontman of high-octane Northern Ireland hard rockers The Answer, who have been on an extended hiatus for the last two years. Not that the charismatic singer has been idle in that time: far from it.

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Hellsodomy – ‘Morbid Cult’ (Saturnal)

OK, this is something John B can get behind. This is an album that delivers on exactly what you want and expect. Dark and aggressive this is the type of black metal that the local priest warned you would drag you to hell as a kid. Had you listened to him back then you would miss out on this epic album now. Sure it probably was not a priest in everyone’s life but the point is JB thinks most of us knew someone that was freaked out by our taste in music and imagines this is the kind of thing that most of those people had in mind. It will terrify the weak and that is great!

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The Flower Kings/iamthemorning/Rickard Sjöblom – London, Scala – 8 December 2019

Only one gig in the UK by Roine Stolt and his Flower Kings, and, of course, it’s a London date? Ah well, it’s another long bus ride down to the nation’s capital, then, for our travelling gigaholic. With the previously announced support Kayak having to pull out due to medical reasons, Rickard Sjöblom and iamthemorning stepped into some pretty big shoes to fill the support slots…

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The Sweet/Novatines – Barrow-in-Furness The Forum – 7 December 2019

In an unusual turn of events, Jonny B did not have to travel across the country to get to tonight’s gig. Instead he merely had to walk down the road from his house because, in what is possibly an UR first, I’m here for a gig in Barrow-in-Furness. This small forgotten area of the country is mostly known for its shipbuilding heritage, but as the second biggest town in Cumbria you may be surprised at the calibre of bands that pass through. Tonight is certainly a high calibre event, with legendary glam rock band The Sweet hitting the town for the first time since 1973 to bring us a night of glam goodness. Considering this is right on his doorstep, there was no way that he could miss this one, so he got himself down to The Forum to see what’s in store.

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The Über Rock Singles Club – December’s Dunkers

As the year races to its inevitable conclusion, the number of single releases coming our way has slowed down a touch – but that doesn’t mean there has been any decline in the quality of material being released. Far from it, in fact because, as the year progresses, it has become harder and harder to whittle down the numbers from several hundred submissions each fortnight to the dozen or so final choices that we present to you…

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