EP Reviews

The Xcerts

The Xcerts had a Late One

Hailing from Scotland, though you’d never be able to tell with their unaccented vocals and no bagpipes insight rockers, The Xcerts, release an acoustic EP titled Late One Night. It was recorded, of course, entirely over one late night. Commenting on this, vocalist, Murray Macleod said, “We recorded the entire EP in one night which lent a nice organic feel ...

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Ex members of Defiled, Ataris, and more showcase new band Lowlives with EP ‘Burn Forever’

Upon hearing the news that The Defiled had broken up in late 2016 to say that i was shocked is an understaement… … in my opinion they were one of the brightest and most original bands to have come out of the UK in a very long time, but despite always having hoped it was just a hiatus situation: I ...

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CONCRETE KINGDOMS

CONCRETE KINGDOMS bring their “proper rock attitude…”

The five-piece hard rock band CONCRETE KINGDOMS from Fife in Scotland are proud to bring their “proper rock attitude…” They have already been compared to Audioslave and Creed… and that can’t be bad, right? The band consists of: Mark Hawthorne on vocals, Ben Fraser on guitar, Mark Faulds on guitar, Douglas Fraser on bass and Grant Duncan on drums. Their ...

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Pastoratet THLM

Punk Rockers Pastoratet release THLM

When listening to Pastoratet’s THLM one thing immediately becomes apparent, how music is able to cross borders and language barriers to connect with listeners. Haling from Tidaholm/Skövde the members of Pastoratet have all been playing punk music since the 90’s in multiple different projects before Pastoratet formed in 2009. This experience really pays off when listening to this record with ...

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Into the Storm/Smooth Sailing

Into the Storm/Smooth Sailing split EP

Spilt EP’s are always interesting to review. They are something of a rarity these days, and are undoubtedly a risk, as there is so much potential for things to go wrong if not done well. This, thankfully, is not the case for Seattle based bands Into the Storm and Smooth Sailing. Of the six tracks that make up ‘Split’ that ...

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Paragnosis

Paragnosis – Clarity In Three (Redux)

Paragnosis… The obtaining of knowledge through an external source. But then you knew this already, didn’t you? Most musicians start off with just instruments, then look for a vocalist who fits into and complements the band’s style, but Paragnosis did things differently. After releasing their debut single in 2015, they decided to pursue their brand of Prog Metal with the ...

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Hell's Gazelles

Hell’s Gazelles set to release Take Your Medicine EP

Oxford’s Hell’s Gazelles are a bombastic ‘n’ hard-working troupe of balls-to-the-walls rockers consisting of vocalist Cole Bryant with Nath Digman on guitar, Rik Ridemark on bass and Luke Evans on drums. Sometimes they can be cerebral, sometimes quite ferocious… but they are always tremendously exciting. They’ve banged their riff-tickling little hearts out at live events such as Bloodstock, Breaking Bands ...

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finecreatures

Brighton’s FINE CREATURES to release Electric La, La Land!

Fine Creatures are a Brighton based 4-piece who met through university and a shared love of  ‘60’s pop and ‘90’s alt-rock. “When we first started, I always said that I wanted to be ‘the dirty Beatles’, says front man, James Hall. Not a bad summary actually, as this 5-track release, Electric La, La Land, is ripe with pop sensibilities scattered with echoes of ...

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CASKET FEEDER

CASKET FEEDER mix murky death metal and vicious hardcore to great effect!

British death metal scumbags Casket Feeder have cursed us yet again and brought misery to the world by means of this wicked 5-track EP of theirs bearing the charming title that is Scalps. Following last year’s Venomous Tongues EP, Scalps is basically more of the same, but delivered with even more conviction and spite compared to earlier on. The way ...

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Flickertail – Hurry Up And Wait

Flickertail hail from Sydney’s Inner West, but there’s apparently some Irish lineage in them too. They previously operated under the handle of The Bitter Sweethearts and drop names like Thin Lizzy, The Darkness and Oasis as inspiration if you filter that through a garage band you’re about on key. They operate on the catchy end of rock, tunes that by ...

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