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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – DISTRICT 97/ALL THEM WITCHES

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven whole days since we last awarded our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ title, and, despite the ongoing, and many cases renewed, lockdowns in many parts of the Überverse, we are still receiving a healthy bundle of submissions for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ title. Many of them are produced against the background of continuing quarantine conditions in some countries, while others reflect artists being able to return and flex their creative muscles once again…

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The Über Rock Singles Club – Helloween Havok (Special Edition)

It’s may be only a week since the Singles Club opened its virtual doors and we fired up the death decks with a selection of the finest single-track releases to have come our way in recent weeks, but it’s Halloween week and our favourite time of the year here at ÜRHQ, so here we are again with a seasonal selection of spooky tunes for your aural delectation. OK, admittedly some of them do have a rather tenuous connection to this time of year but, hey, it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?

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Über Rock Introduces… Seek Harbour

While there have been many negative aspects of the ongoing lockdowns, such as the absence of live gigs for the better part of the past seven months, one up side has been being able to use the extended periods of downtime to seek out new bands and new talent. One such recent discovery to come our way earlier this month was southern English metal crüe Seek Harbour and their latest single, ‘Sleepless Water’. With the band also celebrating a new management deal, Monk took the opportunity to find out a little bit more about the four guys, their background and the challenges of getting their product out there in the midst of a pandemic…

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Goo Goo Dolls – FanTracks Livestream – 24 October 2020

While he’s taken in quite a few live streams to get his music fix in the last 7.5 months he’s been shielded due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, this is the first DJ Astrocreep has actually reviewed one. Our normally travelling gigaholic caught the Goo Goo Dolls in Manchester not so long ago and was pleasantly surprised both by some of their catalogue he wasn’t otherwise aware of and the sheer uplifting atmosphere within the sweatbox of the Manchester Ritz, meaning the big lad had something tangible to compare the live stream setting to…

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Truth Decayed – ‘Modern Day Illusion’ EP (Self-Released)

Billed as offering “a stark commentary on a world marred by decayed morals and skewed truths, where fakeness reigns supreme, adding to the ever-growing bouquet of terror plaguing a society already in turmoil”, this debut two-track EP comes to us all the way from South Africa, a country re-establishing itself in recent times as a hotbed of new metal sounds. Truth Decayed may be a new name, but their collective members have many years’ experience on the scene in the scene in that particular corner of the Überverse, and brought together by the need to bring something positive out of the darkness of the global lockdowns.

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Raging Speedhorn – ‘Hard To Kill’ (Red Weed Records)

If ever an album lives up to its name, it is this, the sixth full-length studio offering from Raging Speedhorn… no, sorry, make that Raging FUCKING Speedhorn! Because, just as the combination of a global pandemic and government inaction are doing their best to kill off the music industry as a whole (but, it will survive, if in a vastly different way to that which we recognized previously), so ‘Hard To Kill’ is evidence that you can’t keep a good band down, at least not for long.

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Armored Saint – ‘Punching The Sky’ (Metal Blade)

If you were asked to compile a list of, say, the dozen most revered bands in the history of American heavy metal, there would be no doubt that the name Armored Saint would feature pretty close to the top. While not the most prolific of bands – this is only their eighth studio album in their 38-year career – each release has always been something of an event in itself, eagerly anticipated by their legions of diehard, extremely loyal fans the length and breadth of the Überverse: and, it has to be said that ‘Punching The Sky’, their first new material in five years and an album more than two years in its creation and development, is most certainly no exception.

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Deep River Acolytes – ‘Alchemia Aeterna’ (Argonauta)

Monk first came across Finnish heavy blues/doom proponents Deep River Acolytes around the middle of 2018, when their second album, ‘The Hour Of Trial’, exploded its way out of the towering speaker stacks in the ÜRHQ studio and into he aural cortexes. The boss man has one abiding impression remaining from that introduction, and that is the fact that ‘The Unknown Grandeur’ was one of the singularly most impactful opening tracks he had heard to any album in a very – no, make that VERY – long time. It most definitely, and defiantly, was up there with the likes of ‘Black Sabbath’ or ‘Planets Collide’ in those terms…

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Deathless Dogs – ‘Five Across The Eyes’ (Self-Released)

They say that some of the best creativity comes out of adversity and trauma. The past nine months of various pandemic-infused global lockdowns has proven this point, with some great music having been produced in what could be seen to the most impossibly adversarial circumstances. But, it is also an ethos which has been exemplified by Wisconsin’s Deathless Dogs for the past decade, from when guitarist/singer Eddy Krogman started sharing lyrical ideas based on his experiences in the Iraq War with his childhood friend, drummer Dan Speer. In the intervening period, the duo have gone on to self-release three albums, with a fourth in the pipeline. In the meantime, they have presented us with this cathartic five-track EP…

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Gallows Circus – ‘II’ EP (Self-Released)

To be honest, Monk hadn’t come across Kent quartet Gallows Circus until this, their second EP (as if you hadn’t guessed from the title) popped into the inbox here at ÜRHQ a week or so back. Given that it came from one of the few PR agents whose judgement the boss man trust almost implicitly – one who doesn’t send out any oul’ shite willy-nilly, but targets us journalists with stuff he genuinely believes we will like (or at least give an honest listen) – he had no qualms about checking out his latest recommendation…

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Indie Place – ‘Persistent Visions’ EP (Freemood/Heavy Load/Tanzan Music)

Despite what their name might suggest, Indie Place are actually a heavy metal band – more precisely, one in the classic NWoBHM-meets-West Coast classic rock trope – which is why they caught our attention here at ÜRHQ. The brainchild of Italian guitarist/producer/songwriter Gianfranco Previ, they seek to appeal to a wider, international audience by virtue of the fact that they have an American singer, Aiden (no surname, no pack drill with this boy), which means that you don’t have to battle with what can sometimes be impenetrable vocal accents…

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