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FESTIVAL NEWS: Badgerfest drops more names

The Über Rock-backed Badgerfest has dropped another three names for it’s upcoming Manchester showing later this year, with Borders, Ascaris and Elyrean joining the bill.

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Myrkur – ‘Folkesange’ (Relapse)

Myrkur? That's that black metal artist, right? Bollocks to that, there has always been a rather more refined and tasteful side of Myrkur's work that focuses on detail in harmonics and the beauty of minimalism to enhance her every action and sound, mixed with some much harsher sounds to show some of the darkness that may lie within. New album 'Folkesange' fully sheds the heavier side in search of times long gone, of days of old where the world was a far simpler place and deep into which the roots of her own Danish heritage reach deeply.

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HRH Metal IV – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 16 February 2020

The Über Rock team arrived back at the O2 Academy ready for the second day of HRH Metal, and Jonny B the only one of the pair of 'em that was feeling worse for wear. His reward? He got to cover all of the stages again, while Astrocreep smooched about in the backstage area chatting up the bands. Well, it served Mr Bakes right for shuffling in sometime around 5am that morning...

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Ascend The Hollow – ‘Echoes Of Existence’ (Dr Music Records)

Back at the turn of this current decade, ÜR boss Monk came across a groove metal outfit from south of the border, down Dublin way by the name of Xerosun, when they released a hugely impressive debut album, ‘Absence Of Light’. To say they made an immediate impression would be something of an understatement. Unfortunately, they failed to make a similar impression on their fist live appearance north of said border, playing to just three people (including yours truly, of course). All that changed a couple of years later when, with a re-invigorated line-up and much heavier sound, they returned to play a handful of packed out shows over the course of late Spring/summer of 2015. Another couple of years passed and a EP, ‘This Dark Rage’, emerged – and then silence… Well, now that has broken, as the Irish/Polish crüe have re-emerged into the light, in the guise of Ascend The Hollow, with an almost totally new line-up, another change in musical direction and this new opus.

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‘Confessions Of A Female Tour Manager’: The BIG Über Rock Interview – Kim Hawes

Kim Hawes can rightly be regarded as one of the true groundbreakers for women in the music industry, someone who broke through the glass ceiling of perceived prejudice and proved that anyone, if they put their mind to it, can achieve virtually any goal they seek to score. Having survived ten years working with Motörhead – an achievement only one other person could boast about – this former swimming instructor became one of only six female tour managers working anywhere in the music industry, bringing with it the equal amounts of grit and glamour which makes up life on the road with some of the biggest bands on the planet, from Rush to Black Sabbath. Last year, having ended her journey and stored her suitcases away for the last time, Hawes shared her experiences in her autobiography, the rather cheekily titled ‘Confessions Of A Female Tour Manager’.

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HRH Metal IV – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 16 February 2020

The Über Rock team arrived back at the O2 Academy ready for the second day of HRH Metal, and Jonny B the only one of the pair of 'em that was feeling worse for wear. His reward? He got to cover all of the stages again, while Astrocreep smooched about in the backstage area chatting up the bands. Well, it served Mr Bakes right for shuffling in sometime around 5am that morning...