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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: 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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MINE
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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EP: Hawk Eyes – That’s What This Is

August 16th, 2013

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Hawk Eyes
That’s What This Is
In One Ear Industries
19 August 2013

by David Keevill

Another EP, yet another way for Hawk Eyes to prove that the biggest melodic hooks don’t necessarily come in the most obvious packages. Over their last few releases, the Leeds four-piece have moved away from brontosaurus-sized riffs and into much more alternative dizzying territories; the band have learned how to fit pathologically insane licks into even the most disjointed of passages, with a healthy dose of brazen cheek thrown in for good measure.

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EP: American Head Charge – Shoot

July 2nd, 2013

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American Head Charge
Shoot
Self-released.
23 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

You don’t hear this a lot and it’s a travesty: American Head Charge made one of the best albums of the whole nu metal era with the Rick Rubin-produced The War of Art. Oh, and they weren’t even Nu Metal either really. They were always more Ministry than, er, Methods of Mayhem. They were a bit Faith No More too, if Faith No More were into steampunk and nasty sex things. Which they were, now that I look back.

Anyway it’s been a while, but AHC have a new thing out. As an aside, by some wild coincidence I’ve started watching WWE again. American Head Charge and WWE. It’s like the last 12 years didn’t exist or something. Gawd, I wish they didn’t.

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EP: My Dying Bride – The Manuscript

May 20th, 2013

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My Dying Bride
The Manuscript
Peaceville Records
13 May 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Whilst peers like Paradise Lost and Anathema have gone through a litany of musical changes, experimenting with Depeche Mode style electronics and glorious anthemic rock songs, My Dying Bride have mercifully continued to wallow in their Keats-meets-Castlevania misery, writing melodic dirges for those moments at four in the morning when you’re not miserable enough for Khanate, but still feel a bit naff anyway.

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