EP Reviews

Half-Life show no signs of decay on EP ‘I’ve Got To Survive’.

Many bands earn their spurs playing covers in venues of, shall we say, questionable suitability. Been there, done that back in ’79 at Tudhoe Working Men’s Club. A similar path, but in Italy, was the starting point for Half-Life except for this band: formed in 2015 by Andrea Lippi (vocals), Guerrino Mattioni (guitar) and Manolo Cogoni (drums) and Gianluca Olraitz ...

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Cursed Earth

Cursed Earth release The Deathbed Sessions

The moment we here at RAMzine saw that Australian head crushers Cursed Earth were about to drop a star-studded EP, our blackened hearts calloused hearts got racing like a cheetah on speed. All too often some great names have dropped from our scene for one reason or another and this looked all too likely for the Perth riff lords. Following ...

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Interpol indulges the ear with new EP, ‘A Fine Mess’

Interpol’s latest EP, A Fine Mess, serves as a robust and worthy successor to last summer’s album, Marauder. What is perhaps the most notable aspect of A Fine Mess is that it is consistent in its strength; it exists without choppy transitions, nor does it attempt to infuse each track with any musical element it does not need. Interpol has ...

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Here Comes The Rain Again

Warmrain… Here Comes The Rain Again           

This is a four-track precursor to Warmrain’s debut album, Back Above The Clouds, scheduled for June release and, if it’s anything as good as this EP, I’m definitely interested in hearing it.  This is an EP likely to appeal to anyone who enjoys the kind of music performed by John Mitchell and Steven Wilson and other similar artists, indeed anyone whose ...

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The Shrine

The Shrine are in a Cruel World

I love it when I’m researching a band for a review and find other bands out there with the same name. The Shrine are a heavy rock/metal band from California, not I’m pleased to say, the Devon based group that are ‘the premier wedding and function’ band! The trio of skateboarding wastrels have three previous albums 2012’s Primitive Blast, 2014’s Bless ...

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VULTURE INDUSTRIES

Eccentric avantgarde geniuses Vulture Industries unearth Deeper

The wonderfully eccentric avantgarde geniuses that are Vulture Industries recently unearthed this 2-track 7″ vinyl single, and if you consider yourself a fan of everything that is weird and captivating, Deeper is most certainly for you as this glorious piece of work perfectly illustrates why these manic Norwegians are one of the most fascinating musical ensembles out there today. This ...

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Gloo

Gloo reigns supreme with riotous new EP ‘Stop and Stare’

Gloo’s 2018 debut album A Pathetic Youth made far more than a splash upon its release, it catalyzed a tidal wave. It is a welcome rarity, yet a rarity no less, for a band’s inaugural album to be so impactful and polished, yet that was precisely what the Littlehampton-based trio delivered. When a band starts off that strong, it’s natural ...

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The Xcerts

The Xcerts – Wildheart Dreaming

With both a supporting tour and a massive headlining tour coming up, Scottish rockers The Xcerts are a band we’ll hopefully hear a lot from in 2019. The first thing we get is a four track EP titled Wildheart Dreaming, a lyric taken from their hit song ‘Feels Like Falling In Love.’ What is Wildheart Dreaming exactly? To The Xcerts, it ...

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Straytones

Straytones say Beware, Dark Lord!

Straytones are an psychedelic rock/garage rock band from Kiyv, Ukraine and they have just released their third offering, a three track, ten minute long EP rather grandly called Beware, Dark Lord! Here Comes The Bell-Man. The three-piece band are Artem on guitars and vocals, Marina on drums and vocals, and bassist Vova. Should you wish to check them out online, be aware that there ...

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Beach Slang

Beach Slang does Minnesota music titans proud on new EP, MPLS

Leave it to Beach Slang to pack a tremendous punch in just two songs alone, and to sweeten the deal, have those songs not even be their own. The band may be from Philadelphia, but they’ve taken on covers from two of Minnesota’s finest musicians in their latest EP, MPLS: Paul Westerberg and Bob Mould. Westerberg and Mould were in The ...

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