Author: Team Uber

Anaal Nathrakh – ‘Endarkenment’ (Metal Blade Records)

Things are pretty bleak at the moment. Everyday brings a new selection of dreary news either direct from the media or through the social platforms where comment sections are rife with ignorance, intolerance and tin foiled hat finger pointing. Music is an escape, a safe retreat in which the listener can unplug and unwind. This is known. ‘Endarkenment’ is not an escape. The new album from Anaal Nathrakh delivers a nihilistic sledgehammer of social commentary right to your face and shouts at you from the first note through the next forty odd minutes. The way it does this though is musically brilliant.

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Various Artists – ‘Rock N’ Roll Manifesto 7″ Series Vol 1’ (Stamp Out Disco)

If you’re looking for a perfectly curated punk rock ripper then look no further! ‘Rock N’ Roll Manifesto 7” Series Vol 1’ is nine minutes of pedal to the metal underground greatness. The Rock N’ Roll Radio Show has been taking over the airwaves thanks to Greg Lonesome for several years and he’s putting together a 7” series of all the bands you need to hear! ‘…Volume 1’ consists of hits from Tiger Touch, Fret Rattles, JJ & the Real Jerks and Missile Studs. So, let’s stage dive right into this one!

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Tallah – ‘Matriphagy’ (Earache Records)

Lesley M had not heard of Tallah before now, but was drawn to review their album because of its concept. ‘Matriphagy’ is  based around the idea of a son’s catastrophic psychological breakdown having faced years of abuse, torture and imprisonment by his mother. A quick look at some of the live performances from the Pennsylvania-based band as they try to deliver the story of ‘Matriphagy’ reveal chaotic scenes. Highly aggressive and energetic, the first impression of Tallah is that they do a very good job at coming across as unhinged.  Based on this album, we wouldn’t like to be there when this young man exacts his retribution…

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Vyrion – ‘Nil’ (Self-Released)

Well, John B has been gone for a while, so he had high hopes for the first album he would receive when he came back to reviewing action. When ‘Nil’ landed in his email he was not disappointed. It is one hell of an album to get back into the swing of things with. Aggressive yet grounded, every track keeps your attention – as he now explains…

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Magnolia Bayou – ‘Strange Place’ (Self-Released)

The album that Jonny B is checking out today has possibly one of the most appropriate names to describe the world at the moment: it really is quite a ‘Strange Place’. But fortunately for us, even this isn’t stopping the album releases coming through to ÜRHQ, which means it’s time for our man to delve in and get to grips with Magnolia Bayou’s ‘Strange Place’ to see just how strange it is…

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