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EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

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Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

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EP: Sisters Of… – Follow Me As A Ghost

March 3rd, 2014

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Sisters Of…
Follow Me As A Ghost
Crowquill Records
24 March 2013

by Ruth Booth

Ever dependent on the teller and the told, histories can be misleading. Sisters Of… is built around multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker, best known from associations with The Appleseed Cast, Blackpool Lights and Reggie and the Full Effect. It’s an interesting pedigree, and one that says near fuck all about the earthy slab of alt-metal that is their debut EP, Follow Me As A Ghost.

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EP: Wild Throne – Blood Maker

February 26th, 2014

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Wild Throne
Blood Maker
Brutal Panda Records
04 March 2014

by Pete Long

If your band is called Dog Shredder, you have one of two options. 1) Keeping it, which will make people think you’re a Grindcore band that loves Beavis and Butthead. 2) Change it. That’s what Wild Throne chose to do, and Blood Maker is the first EP released since the name change.

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EP: Atlases – Upbringing

February 4th, 2014

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Atlases
Upbringing
Self-Released
20 January 2014

by Gavin Lloyd

We may all cringe now at teenagers who write “MUSIC IS MY LIFE!!!!!!!!1!!1!” in their twitter bios, but we all felt like that at one point. At some time in your life some piece of music has meant something to you. The fact that we’re bombarded with more music than ever, and that most of it is merely OK, means that bands should really be striving to really connect with their audience. If you’re a new metalcore band then it should be of paramount importance.

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EP: Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates

January 18th, 2014

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Drudkh/Winterfylleth
Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Season of Mist
21 January 2014

by Tom Gibbons

The Ukraine’s black metal underground is so underground that one of its leading bands, Drudkh, has a “no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs” policy, and then streams their latest EP on Bandcamp. Awesome right? But it goes deeper – this EP isn’t just Drudkh covering lesser-known bands from the Ukranian scene (Hefeystos, Unclean, Sacrilegium) but also inviting the very English folk/black metallers Winterfylleth to contribute a cover of Hateforest’s ‘The Gates’ to conclude this four song split EP.

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EP: Malthusian – MMXIII

December 3rd, 2013

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Malthusian
MMXIII
Invictus Productions
22 November 2013

by Pete Long

A band’s name should tell you something about them. Malthusian have named themselves after the theories of the Reverend Malthus regarding the role of war, disease and famine in keeping population levels sustainable. It is a name heavy with connotations of pessimism, inhumanity and cruelty. Given that MMXIII is the first release from the Dublin based four-piece, that name is the best clue of what to expect from this three song demo.

It is a very accurate guide.

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EP: Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys – Split EP

November 19th, 2013

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Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys
Split EP
Palm Reader Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

Self Defense Family are a strange one. They’ve changed their name so many times you can never be sure what they’re actually called; they’re wildly prolific yet they’ve only managed three albums in 10 years; and despite the fact that they practically live on social media, their inane chatter and lack of a proper website means that Wikipedia remains the best way of keeping track of their discography.

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EP: Whores – Clean

October 29th, 2013

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Whores
Clean
Brutal Panda Records
29 October 2013

by David Keevill

In a digital landscape where every single cut you ever make will end up on the internet, you’ve got to be sure that each time you flick the light off at the recording studio that you’re completely satisfied with what you’ve created. EPs are no longer valid places for musical overflow. B-sides and off-cut compilations can pass muster as one-offs (hopefully Rise Against won’t be quick to repeat this year’s Long Forgotten Songs), but fill your extended play with offal and you’ll immediately shed any credibility you’ve fostered within your fanbase.

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EP: Departures / Moose Blood – Split EP

October 25th, 2013

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Departures / Moose Blood
Split EP
Fist in the Air / No Sleep Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

You can’t blame for Departures for their sincerity; hardcore has always taken itself far too seriously and the Glaswegians’ particular brand has been inherited from a time when the genre was becoming increasingly self-aware and beginning to develop poetic pretensions. While this kind of music can feel desperate, primal and life-affirming, Departures fall into the trap of sounding meticulously-studied and a little too slick.

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