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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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The Über Rock Singles Club – Mayhem in May (Volume One)

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, trial live events taking place 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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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – DEFTONES

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 BoJo’s much-vaunted roadmap 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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Them Bloody Kids – ‘Radical Animals’ (Self-Released)

Having lived in the North West for the better part of a decade now, Jonny B used to hearing the phrase “them bloody kids” being bandied around and generally it’s referring to the hordes of kids that hang around in places like the park or outside McDonalds. What he didn’t expect is for this well-used phrase to be taken on as a band name, and he certainly didn’t expect the resulting band to hail from London! But, hey, stranger things have happened we guess, so let’s take a look at what this politically charged album from Them Bloody Kids has to offer…

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Mike IX Williams (EyeHateGod)

New Orleans sludge/doom crossover legends EyeHateGod released their latest album, the UR-approved ‘A History Of Nomadic Behavior’, earlier this month. Subsequently, Monk took the opportunity to grab a chat with frontman and lyricist Mike IX Williams to chat about the album and its creation against the backdrop of a global pandemic – and what turns out to be its rather prophetic title. They also chatted about a variety of other issues,..

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The Über Rock Singles Club – March Madness (Volume One)

Well, 2021 may have may have finally taken its reasonably confident steps into its third month, with some light seeming to finally appear at the end of the tunnel for what otherwise has been pretty much of another shitstorm of a year, with the vaccination programme finally starting to take effect and BoJo’s much-vaunted “roadmap” out of the crisis finally having some form of, albeit loose, timetable. Of course, it comes too late for the first half of the festival season, with Download, Glastonbury and the Heretic Festival already shelved for the second successive year and other events also facing the inevitability of further cancellations, while it remains to be seen if there will be any longer lasting restrictions on live events, either indoors or outdoors. With the path to our previous level of “normality” still a long way off, at least 2021 is continuing to share something more positive in common with the past 12 months, in that it already has produced some terrific new music, with the promise of plenty more to come, if the inbox here at ÜRHQ is anything to go by…

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The Über Rock Singles Club – NWoCR Special

Well, 2021 may have may have finally taken its first reasonably confident steps to the end of its second month, with some light seeming to finally appear at the end of the tunnel for what otherwise has been pretty much of another shitstorm of a year, with the vaccination programme finally starting to take effect and BoJo’s much-vaunted “roadmap” out of the crisis finally having some form of, albeit loose, timetable. Of course, it comes too late for the first half of the festival season, with Glastonbury already shelved for the second successive year and other events, such as Download, also facing the inevitability of further cancellations, while it remains to be seen if there will be any longer lasting restrictions on live events, either indoors or outdoors. With the path to our previous level of “normality” still a long way off, at least 2021 is sharing something more positive in common with 2020, in that it already has produced some terrific new music, with the promise of plenty more to come, if the inbox here at ÜRHQ is anything to go by…

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THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: ÜBER ROCK’S TOP ALBUMS OF 2020

Over the course of a year, our Über team listens to literally hundreds of albums, and once again we set them the onerous task of selecting what they feel to have been the best new releases of the past 12 months. In total, our crack team submitted more than albums for consideration, with their lists then fed into our state-of-the-art musical abacus to calculate our final top ten albums of 2020.

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THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: REMEMBERING LIVE SHOWS

To paraphrase a certain much over-played song by Led Zeppelin, “does anyone remember live shows?” Yes, we do… those occasions when we would travel the length and breadth of the Uber Kingdom, worshipping at the altar of rock ‘n’ roll and experiencing the best bands around in the environment in which they were best enjoyed – down the front in a hot and sweaty moshpit (or from the safety of the VIP area at the back of the room!)…

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THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS: 2020 “COVERED”

We’re not normally fans of cover versions here at ÜRHQ, but it has to be admitted that 2020 has seem a plethora of them – perhaps a hefty percentage more than in any “normal” rock ‘n’ roll year – as artists have adapted to the various global lockdowns and used modern technology to either present their takes on favourite songs or collaborate (virtually) with like-minded fellow artists to put new twists on perennial favourites.

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