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The HU – ‘The Gereg’ (Deluxe Edition)’ (Better Noise Music)

If there was one band whom you couldn’t miss in 2019, it was quite possibly The HU, who came storming out of Mongolia with the ferocity of that most famed of their ancestors, Genghis Khan, and proceeded to conquer the world with their blend of traditional throat music and modern metal miens. Here in the Über Kingdom, their debut full length offering smashed its way into the album charts, and the band rampaged across Europe on a sold out tour – one of the last by an international act before the continent went into lockdown over the Covid-19 pan(dem)ic.

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The Über Rock Singles Club – Beating The Isolation Blues (Part Four)

My oh my (to quote the mighty Mr Holder), doesn’t time fly when you’re in lockdown? With one day moulding into the next seemingly quicker than before, it’s hard to believe it’s been a fortnight since the Singles Club opened its virtual doors and we fired up the deathdecks with a selection of the finest short-form releases to have come our way in recent weeks. Yet, here we are again with another bumper pick of the crop – a massive 23 tracks in total for your aural and visual delectation, whittled down from the 250+ submissions which came our way over the past 14 days or so…

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Sons Of Apollo – ‘MMXX’ (InsideOut Music)

For five guys that are as prolific with both releases and supergroups as these guys, Astrocreep admits Sons Of Apollo had initially passed him by. One of our photographers wanted to cover their gig, so he agreed to review it. The big man sat to one side, the gig kicked off with the phenomenal ‘God of the Sun’ and he was instantly hooked. Fast forward a couple of years and we are on to their next full release in ‘MMXX’. How does it fare against ‘Psychotic Symphony’? Read on and find out!

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HRH Punk I – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 6 October 2019

Having had previous plans he couldn’t get out of, our resident gigaholic missed what was a strong opening day of the first instalment of HRH’s latest venture, HRH Punk. However, our very own travelling wilbury once more ventured over the Pennines to Steel City to catch the action on the second day, during which he found some tasty treats counter-balanced by some disappointments…

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Final – Belfast, Voodoo – 17 May 2019

In what proved to be the most tightly contested battle in the history of the competition, it was a case of third time lucky for Belfast-based groove crüe Lock Horns as they stormed to an extremely well-deserved victory in this year’s Northern Ireland leg of the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition to win a coveted spot at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival. Not that they had an easy ride, both in terms of their own performances and the sheer quality of the opposition which they faced, both throughout the competition and on this spectacular night of heavy metal beatdowns par excellence.

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Generation X – ‘Generation X (Deluxe Edition)’ (Chrysalis Records)

When you look back at the original wave of punk rock, there were so many classic debut albums – The Damned, Sex Pistols, The Ruts, X-Ray Spex, The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Ramones, The Saints – the list goes on. Perhaps one that slips under the radar a little is the self-titled 1978 debut by Generation X, perhaps because their career was eclipsed by Billy Idol’s subsequent ‘big rock’ success. This month sees the release of a beautifully packaged deluxe edition reissue, on both CD and vinyl, newly remastered from the original production tapes and including 11 previously unreleased recordings. It contains the original UK 11 track album with all the A and B-sides of their singles from the period, 11 previously unreleased outtakes, a single mix and a number of mixes made by engineer Alan Winstanley.

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Stone Leaders – ‘Stone Leaders’ (Vanity Music Group)

Stone Leaders trace their origins back to early 2016 when renowned session drummer John Macaluso – known for his work with Ark, Yngwie Malmsteen, TNT, Symphony X and James LaBrie, among others – was contracted to do a drum clinic in the Croatian capital of Zagreb. But he needed a band, so the promoter hooked him up with guitarist/vocalist Ivan Mihaljevic and bassist Marko Karacic, from local band Side Effects. The trio, and especially Macaluso and Mihaljevic, clicked immediately and so began the long road towards the release, three years later, of this debut studio offering from the project.

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Stiff Little Fingers/Eddie & the Hot Rods – Kentish Town, O2 Forum – 24 March 2019

March seems to be the month of choice for an SLF tour, and The Forum seems to be the London venue of choice too, and here we are once again, on the last night of the ‘Ignition’ tour with what promises to be a great combination as they team up with Eddie & the Hot Rods. Click the lonk to find out why our very own JR agrees with the ‘Best Live Band’ acccolade they subsequently picked up at the Vive Le Rock Awards a few nights later…

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Tesla – ‘Shock’ (UMC)

ÜR boss Monk first came across Tesla back in early 1987. he was about 18 months into his journalism career and writing the only rock column being published on a regular basis by any Northern Ireland newspaper. A copy of an album called ‘Mechanical Resonance’ by an unknown band from Sacramento plopped onto his desk. Monk was immediately drawn to it – and to say it blew him away would be the understatement of the millennium!  He reckons he has burned out three copies of the album, and still rates it as one of the best pure hard rock albums ever, never mind one of the classic debuts of all time. Now, here we are a little more than three decades later and Tesla are about to drop their eighth studio album…

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