EP Reviews

Crossfaith - Wipeout

Review: Crossfaith – Wipeout

We used to live in a world where 90% of the music you heard was from the USA or the UK. Now, thanks to the internet, we’re able to listen to and enjoy music from all over the world. Japan’s music scene in particular has had quite an impact on Western audiences in recent years, and among those bands absolutely ...

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Cold Years

Review: Cold Years – Northern Blues

Britrock has had a tough couple of decades. In the nineties, we were producing bands like The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and The Manic Street Preachers. Sadly, recent years have seen that section of British music struggle to gain any traction. The occasional bright spot aside, we haven’t had big rock bands. Or at least we didn’t. Because the rock is beginning ...

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TWILIGHT'S EMBRACE

TWILIGHT’S EMBRACE reveal Penance, with highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression

The British doom metallers Twilight’s Embrace are an interesting outfit with a highly captivating yet utterly bleak sound and expression that perfectly encapsulates what gloom and melancholy are all about. Slow, bone-crushing riffs interwoven with haunting melodies and heartfelt vocals are the order of the day here. The four compositions that constitute Penance have a natural and organic flow to them ...

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American Glutton record cover

American Glutton – Dish Served Cold

The North American continent is so long and wide you can be popular locally in a way undreamt of in the UK or Europe.  Thus out of Jackson, Florida comes American Glutton a hard rock/ heavy metal band featuring three veteran performers: Raven Cain, a solo artist in his own right as the group’s vocalist, Tommy Harrison, guitarist for Denver rock ...

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Holly West – Mokita

There’s a generation of males out there for whom a woman wearing a black leather cat suit can be forgiven almost anything. From middle-aged men once boys who thrilled to Diana Rigg as Emma Peel tossing bad guys around in The Avengers or their younger brothers watching Suzi Quatro on Top of the Pops. Thus, when we are greeted by ...

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THE GREEN DOOR, Wolf In The Fold 

THE GREEN DOOR takes the listener on a mesmeric journey on Wolf In The Fold

Following on from their eponymously named debut album in 2011, San Francisco band The Green Door have now released a six track EP, Wolf In The Fold. The band took their name from a comment made by Bob Dylan in his 1966 documentary, Don’t Look Back, meaning ‘the concept of a green door standing as an image of mystery enclosing ...

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Seven Stories High - Deadweight

Review: Seven Stories High – Deadweight

Pop-Punk kids, now is your time to fix up, look sharp and listen, as you may be about to discover a new favourite band (feel free to thank us later). Welsh quintet Seven Stories High are coming straight back out of Swansea with a brand new four track EP, Deadweight, a kickass, albeit all too brief romp through the heavier ...

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BARSHASKETH & OUTRE - Sein / Zeit

Sein/Zeit is anything but run-of-the-mill black metal by Barshasketh and Outre

Having the excellent Scottish black metal combo Barshasketh team up with Poland’s sinister and experimental outfit Outre is a brilliant move. We are talking about two strong musical entities who have both perfected their own sound and style of otherworldly black metal by means of great releases that ooze quality and class. Both bands possess the ability to transport the ...

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Drakonis – The Great Miasma

Review: Drakonis – The Great Miasma

The members of the Irish black/death metal quintet Drakonis are about to unleash this third EP of theirs entitled The Great Miasma upon the unsuspecting masses in early December via Hostile Media. There is a lot to look forward to here if cleverly written, dynamic, and atmospheric extreme metal appeals to you. Consisting of three well-composed and nicely arranged songs that ...

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Code - Under The Subgleam

Review: Code – Under The Subgleam

Black metal is a genre often ridiculed by many in the metal community. It’s unsurprising, really, considering that a vast majority of musicians in the genre resemble what would happen if you set Gene Simmons on fire. But for every group of melting KISS rejects, there’s a band that truly elevates past the cliches associated with the scene, and becomes ...

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