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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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EP: Blues Pills – Devil Man

October 7th, 2013

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Blues Pills
Devil Man

Nuclear Blast

21 October 2013

by Karma Bertelsen

If you’re reminiscing and moaning of the days when the majority of contemporary hard rock didn’t sound like a Led Zeppelin rip-off band, here’s a little EP to jolt your faith back in place. Blues Pills are to release their first piece of recorded work since signing to Nuclear Blast, and trust me, you’re going to want this mere four-track EP. It’s going to carry your mind and soul out of the haze and into a high of a new musical experience.

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EP: Necro Deathmort – EP1

September 24th, 2013

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Necro Deathmort
EP1
Distraction Records
16 September 2013

by Daniel Cairns

I’ve long felt a bit like Necro Deathmort superfan-apha. They were one of the first bands I reviewed when I started writing for some dreadful little extreme metal zine a few years ago (you get a firm handshake for guessing which one correctly), and it’s lovely  to see them getting nerdier and nerdier as they go on.

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EP: Cult of Luna – Vertikal II

September 17th, 2013

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Cult Of Luna
Vertikal II
Indie Recordings
23 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Cult of Luna’s latest EP came as one hell of a surprise , given the length of time it took for them to get around to the devastating, electronica-spattered masterpiece that is Vertikal. “More of that could only be a good thing!” We thought. It kind of is and it kind of isn’t, and which end of that you sit at will depend very much on you. There’s a shift of focus here that may make you very uncomfortable indeed.

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EP: MINE – Disappear

September 6th, 2013

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Disappear
Holy Roar / Cult Culture
30 September 2013

by Ollie Connors

Back in 2004, Saosin were on the brink of emergence into the big leagues, until vocalist Anthony Green upped sticks in the middle of the Warped Tour. He went on to form Circa Survive, who are still going strong four albums down the line whilst Saosin…flounder. MINE don’t sound even a little like Saosin or Circa Survive, but there is a certain parallel to be drawn.

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EP: Now, Voyager – Tell-Tale Hearts

August 19th, 2013

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Now, Voyager
Tell-Tale Hearts
Destroy Everything Records
19 August 2013

by Ollie Connors

For a young band, having lofty ambitions is no bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. Having creative vision of huge scope gives you a tangible goal to achieve; however, as so often is the case, ardor can run rampant and focus can be lost. This, unfortunately, is the fate that befalls Now, Voyager’s second EP Tell-Tale Hearts – a four-tracker that reveals a band with ample ability, but crucially, lacking in cohesive direction.

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