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EP: De Profundis – Frequencies

July 21st, 2014

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De Profundis
Frequencies
Self-Release
19 June 2014

by Pete Long

With a new full player due out later this year, London-based De Profundis want your attention. The four song EP Frequencies is their means of grabbing it and to ensure it works, they’re releasing it for free. Considering the quality of their 2012 outing The Emptiness Within, with its Death-meets-Opeth take on Death Metal, that’s a generous offer.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: EP2 by Yards

June 2nd, 2014

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We first wrote about Yards almost a year ago and we wrote that about six months after we realised they were well good. Yes, you might think that we like to keep things from you but we actually really like telling you about our favourite new sounds. With two members from two of our favourite bands (The Ghost of a Thousand and Astrohenge), it is not surprising that we like Yards. The good news is that the Brighton/London hardcore quartet have released their second EP and it’s called EP2.

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EP: Falls of Rauros / Panopticon – Split EP

May 9th, 2014

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Falls of Rauros / Panopticon
Split EP
Bindrune Recordings
29 April 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Panopticon’s career output been fairly prolific, with the one man band giving us four full lengths (with another due this summer) and seven split releases (including the one we talk about here). It’s in stark contrast to Falls of Rauros who, in a similar time scale, have released two full lengths a handful of early demos and this split. Both though, tread their own path of nature inspired black metal with the former often turning to slightly different sounds depending on the records theme while the latter are firmly planted in that Cascadian sound that’s been rife these last few years.

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EP: Sigiriya – Darkness Died Today

April 30th, 2014

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Sigiriya
Darkness Died Today
Candlelight Records
21 April 2014

by Pete Long

If something looks, swims and quacks like a duck, then it sure as hell has a lot of duck-like qualities, regardless of whether it actually is said bird or not. In similar vein, when you get most of Acrimony in a band – Stu O’Hara, Paul Bidmead and Darren Ivey – it’s probably going to sound pretty good. You feel safe expecting something a bit heavy, a bit groovy. There’s a lot to live up to with Acrimony’s legacy, even with a new name, even with an album already released under that name.

Sigiriya’s Darkness Died Today lives up to these expectations.

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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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