Category: CD Reviews

D R O T T – ‘Orcus’ (By Norse Music)

D R O T T is comprised of Arve Isdal from Enslaved, Ivar Thormodsæter of Ulver and Matias Monsen. With their varied musical background ranging from metal and jazz to classical music, they create the genre which can only be described as D R O T T. Inspired by forces of nature, superstition and spirituality, the trio explores light within darkness through their music. The trio, who came together just last year, released their self-titled EP this past March 2021, to great reviews.

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Green Lung – ‘Black Harvest’ (Svart Records)

Since 2019’s debut ‘Woodland Rites’, Green Lung have taken the underground scene by storm and emerged into the wider metal collective with a cult like fanbase lauding their recordings and live shows. It’s not taken long for people to catch on and now there is a palpable excitement around the London five piece. Their recent performance at Bloodstock has many champing at the bit for new music and with ‘Black Harvest’, Green Lung are happy to oblige.

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Four Trips Ahead – ‘Remnants’ EP (Dr Music Records)

Sometimes you get the most unexpected pathway into liking a band. When it comes to Four Trips Ahead, it was a case of their label owner Torsten giving DJ Astrocreep permission to use releases on his label as background music on his Twitch streams. The big lad went through all the label’s previous releases, came across this band and immediately thought, ‘they are actually REALLY good’, to the point that he now uses ‘Step Into My World’, from their previous release ‘… And The Fire Within’ as his opening track every stream, and thus a fan was born…

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Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’ (Parlophone)

A band that needs no introduction, Iron Maiden continue their 46-year career with album number 17, ‘Senjutsu’. Roughly translated to meaning tactics or strategy, they employed a highly tactical approach to drip feeding information to the legion of fans in the release build up. The hype generated a fevered sense of excitement that culminated in the release of lead single ‘The Writing On The Wall’ and then finally the album details proper. Maiden fans can be divided into a number of categories, there are those that prefer any one of the three vocalists over another, those that prefer earlier Bruce-led Maiden to latter day. There is regularly fierce debate over preferred line ups and best albums. However, one thing that brings them all together is the chance to hear new music.

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Desperate Measures – ‘Rinsed’ EP (Easy Action Records)

Forgive the pun, but punk quartet Desperate Measures are well and truly ‘Rinsed’ in the sound of Eighties punk, as both this just-released new EP and the fact that they are due to hit the back alleys and sweaty clubs of the Über Kingdom next month in support of The Professionals evince. Originally formed in New Zealand in the early Eighties, the band released a four-track EP and a live album before splitting up, only for lead singer Eugene Butcher to re-emerge, in London, some 20-odd years later with the first of several new incarnations of the band…

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Rituals – ‘Awake’ EP (Self-Released)

It is an unfortunate circumstance within the music business that there are many bands who share the same name, which can often cause confusion to the listener, especially when they play two different forms of music (and enjoy relatively close geographic proximity). Take the example of two bands by the name of Rituals. A quick internet search reveals that one hails from Edinburgh and play what can best be described as gothic-infused electro-punk. But, it is the other, from just 120 miles down the coast in Newcastle-Upon Tyne, in which we are interested…

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Hawkwind – ‘Somnia’ (Cherry Red)

Following the critically acclaimed 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album ‘Carnivorous’ and the live album ‘50th Anniversary Live’, space rock legends Hawkwind, down to the core trio of Dave Brock, Richard Chadwick and Magnus Martin, are back with a new studio album ‘Somnia’ – loosely a concept album making many allusions to sleep through Roman mythology and the God of sleep Somnus, sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation. But will it be a nightmare, or a sweet dream…?

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Liz Cooper – ‘Hot Sass’ (Thirty Tigers Records)

When you read through the PR blurb you’re sent, seeing an artist described as a mix between Courtney Love and Lou Reed is always quite likely to grab your attention – it doesn’t sound like one of the first combinations that would even spring to DJ Astrocreep’s own mind, for sure. Then he followed the train of thought of how that would even sound – good job Mr PR man, you’ve hooked me. Given their quite differing musical approaches, as well as eras, the big lad simply HAD to have a run at it and see quite how the mix would work.

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Stevie R Pearce And The Hooligans – ‘Major League Son Of A Bitch’ (Heavy Rocka Recordings)

Stevie R Pearce is another of those artists whose name should be more than familiar to Über Rock readers, as he has been kicking about the ÜK rock ‘n’ roll scene for the best part of the past decade, not least as the erstwhile guitar-slinger for hire for the one and only Jizzy Pearl and his current incarnation of sleaze rock gods Love/Hate… Now, after some time plotting his own solo career, SRP has re-united with another bunch of rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ hooligans to rip it up with this brilliant second, and much-delayed, full-length offering (it was originally due to be released earlier this year but, as with everything else in life over the past 18 months, things got a bit COVIDicated).

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