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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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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – IMMINENCE

As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 18 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter by the day, and life starts to return to some sense of normality, a healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – WARD XVI

As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 16 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights grow brighter by the day, and life starts to return to some sense of normality, a healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

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The Über Rock Singles Club – Awesome August (Volume One)

Well, with a few exceptions, the pathway out of the dark tunnel that has been the past 16 months finally seems to be getting clearer day by day, as we slowly take those vital steps back to at least a semblance of the normality we enjoyed before the pandemic wrecked chaos on our collective and individual lives. Yes, there are still some restrictions in place in some parts of the Über Kingdom , but the signs are increasingly positive, not least in terms of the summer festival season being up-and-running again, and the light on the horizon is growing ever brighter – and it’s not just ‘cos we’re being blessed with a rare sunny summer!

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Subterranean Masquerade – ‘Mountain Fever’ (Sensory)

John B loves it when he can say that an album is unlike anything he has heard before. Sure there are a lot of similarities to things he has heard but as a package, this is a new experience for him. This combination of styles and instruments defies all his expectations. That being said, bear with JB while he stumbles to try to explain what he loves about an album in a style he has never tried to put words to before. What a wonderful first exposure though.

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Machina Kore – ‘Blood In Code’ EP (Self-Released)

It could be argued that the emergence of Machina Kore from the darkness of the pan(dem)ic year that was 2020 is also the emergence of the band’s constituent members from their own personal darknesses into a new and vibrant light. Two of the characters involved in this story will already be familiar to long-term ÜR readers, and followers of the Northern Ireland metal scene…

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – NANOWAR OF STEEL

Well, it looks like the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 13 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights may be growing brighter day by day, with the vaccination programme being rolled out with increasing pace and the various roadmaps seeming to actually present some form of direction and pathway back to at least a semblance of the normality we enjoyed before the pandemic wrecked chaos on our collective and individual lives.

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