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Maverick – ‘Ethereality’ (Metalopolis Records)

One of the advantages of being a music journalist operating within a fairly close knit community such as the city of Belfast, as opposed to a sprawling metropolis such as London or New York, is that you can very often find yourself coming across a band at the very nascent stages of their career and then watching them blossom and grow over time, develop and mature from a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears NKsOTB into a seasoned and determined well-honed rock ‘n’ roll machine. Such a case in point are Maverick, who are just about to prove my point in the most emphatic way possible, with this, their third full-length studio album…

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Grillijono K.O. – ‘Napalmia Korville’ (Inverse Records/Secret Entertainment)

Punk rock is one of those things that John B either really loves or really hates. He doesn’t often find that there is a middle ground. Either it is badass and gets me pumped or it is noise that he can’t stand to be in the room with. It always elicits strong feelings. So, going into this the question is always the same: will he love it or hate it? Well, we won’t make you wait too long for the answer. He loved it. Honestly, one of his favourite punk albums he has heard in a while. One that stands out in JB’s mind for sure and will for a long time.

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Hollowstar/Daxx & Roxane – New Wave of Classic Rock Webfest – 26 February 2021

BoJo The Clown may finally have published his much-vaunted “roadmap” towards post COVID pan(dem)ic “normality”, but at least as far as the music business is concerned, any sight of light at the end of the tunnel is still the faintest of glimmers in some far-off distant future, with more shows, tours and festivals continuing to be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled for what seems like the umpteenth time. Thus, the only “normality” which those of seeking our regular fix for live music continues to exist only in the virtual world of cyberspace, via livestreamed events such as this, the latest in a weekly series brought to us by the lovely people behind the wonderful New Wave of Classic Rock Facebook group, who have continued to fly the flag for the genre, in all its forms, with these showcases of some of the finest ÜK acts around… The formula is basically the same every week, with two bands performing a handful of songs, either in full electric format or stripped back to an acoustic alternative, with each set preceded by interviews with the acts concerned.

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Infernalizer – ‘The Ugly Truth’ (Rockshots Records)

It is not all that often that John B gets to say this, but this is unlike anything he has ever heard before. Not really because any one aspect is totally unique, as he can hear where the roots and inspiration come from, but because he has never heard this combination of elements put together quite like this. He loves it when something takes him by surprise like this. It is refreshing. Unfortunately, he’s not going to say it is perfect. he does have some mild critiques but, overall, he feels it is one hell of a debut album…

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Ghosts of Atlantis – ‘3,6,2,4’ (Black Lion Records)

We can largely all agree that the last year or so has been pretty bleak. Now for some of us, there is the whisper of a promising step of getting back to a ‘normal’ state of affairs and with winter certainly turning to spring there is a vague sense of uplift. However, Suffolk based five-piece Ghosts of Atlantis would like to introduce you to their brand of melodic led black metal. Incorporating elements that liken their sound to Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth, it’s safe to assume that these guys are not in the cheery sunshine business. That being said, there are some melodic high points contained within eight track debut, ‘3,6,2,4’. They’re just wrapped in a package of brooding macabre that goes along with hailing from the ÜKs Witch County.

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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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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – THE DUST CODA

Well, 2021 may have may have finally taken its 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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Über Rock Introduces… Scarred

Four years after their last release, Luxembourg progressive/tech metallers Scarred last month returned to the fray with their third, self-titled album, their first to feature new vocalist Yann Dalscheid. Although the album somehow slipped under our radar in reviewing terms, we thought we’d make up for that criminal oversight by catching up with drummer Laurent Kessel to chat about the band, the album, the challenges of the year-long pandemic and breaking out of the tiny landlocked principality in which they are based.

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Evergrey – ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’ (AFM)

If there’s one thing that can be said about the ongoing COVID pan(dem)ic it is that it most definitely has shifted every aspect of the world’s focus, and in particular the way we live our everyday lives. Everything has become much more insular, with millions of people locked behind closed doors, unable to undertake many of the “normal” activities which we previously took for granted, such as meeting up with family and friends – or even being able to say a simple “goodbye” when such a tragic circumstance arises. As far as the music business is concerned, the C-19 era certainly has been a time of almost cataclysmic change, with everyone in the industry forced to re-evaluate even the simplest tasks, such as how to be creative and continue doing what they love to do…

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Attika – ‘Metal Lands’ (Pure Steel)

If there’s one record company upon whom you can rely to deliver the sort of music their name suggests then it is the German label Pure Steel, who specialize in (mostly) no nonsense, straight ahead heavy metal of the traditional kind – the sort that gets you banging your head and air guitaring around your living room like a six-year old who has just consumed an entire bag of jelly babies (and, believe us, having seven grandchildren, Monk knows exactly what that is like). The latest exemplar of this predictive approach is this, the comeback album from Floridian old school graduates Attika.

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