EP Reviews

Tigercub - Evolve or Die

Review: Tigercub – Evolve or Die

Brighton three-piece Tigercub sit in an interesting place in the overall British rock scene. One foot firmly placed in the indie scene that is currently thriving, and the other in territories much heavier and complex than their indie contemporaries would ever go into. Past tours with Pulled apart by horses, Demob Happy and Black Peaks show that they are not ...

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War Gods Of The Deep - Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

War Gods Of The Deep – Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

Not to be confused with the early 60s horror movie based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem though that’s possibly where the name came from, War Gods of The Deep may not even be a band just one guy. Both their/his website and Facebook site are purposely obscure. However, should music sounding like Metallica brats weaned on Kiss who still ...

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Best Ex - Ice Cream Anti Social

Review: Best Ex – Ice Cream Anti Social

Formerly known as Candy Hearts, Best Ex is the new project from Mariel Loveland. Except it’s not really a new project but more of a spiritual re-branding as they’ll continue to play Candy Hearts material. Whatever you call it, they’ve dropped their first EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, which sees them move away from bubblegum pop punk and into straight up pop ...

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Jack The Envious

Review: Jack The Envious – In Your Own Way

Jack The Envious are something of a breath of fresh air. The London based quartet offer catchy hooks, punk like musicianship and memorable lyrics that all combine for a shot of emo punk adrenaline, conjuring up memories of the early days of My Chemical Romance. In Your Own Way is the band’s second EP in as many years and expands ...

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Backflip - The Brainstorm Vol. II

Review: Backflip – The Brainstorm Vol. II

Backflip is a hardcore band from Lisbon, Portugal. They play high energetic hardcore songs with sing-a-long choruses, breakdown passages and melodic riffs all based on various influences! One should never judge a book by the cover as if they do they are going to get their eye wiped! This is some serious metal and Inês Oliveira shows off her talent ...

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Atonement Theory - Illumination

Review: Atonement Theory – Illumination

The sound of electronics and industrial mixes have always caught my attention for the sheer thrill of feeling the powerful smack it gives out with each new tune that flows through the sound waves. Atonement Theory also have that earth shattering vocal that always brings a smile to my face as it just goes with industrial metal like hand in glove. ...

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The Riven – Blackbird

Review: The Riven – Blackbird

London outfit The Riven are a new band with an old feel, keeping the heavy, dirty sound of rock and blues alive. Blackbird is their debut EP, a five track release that sounds like a true encapsulation and harnessing of that raw power of an energetic, live performance, but in the studio. Like all the best ideas, The Riven came ...

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Senses Fail - In Your Absence

EP Review: Senses Fail – In Your Absence

Senses Fail‘s latest offering In Your Absence is striking for several reasons. Firstly the lack of the band’s signature heavy sound, replaced by a much calmer, lighter acoustic tone. Secondly by the weight offered up by the lyrics. Vocalist Buddy Nielsen’s wife reportedly suffers from multiple sclerosis and there is a real sense on this EP that the gravity of ...

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Provoker - The Long Defeat

Review: Provoker – The Long Defeat

If I could describe The Long Defeat in one word it would be atmospheric. This debut five track EP from Provoker is good, very good, and perhaps that is down, in part, to a niggling notion throughout that, as good as it is through speakers and headphones, it very much needs to be seen live to be truly appreciated. And ...

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rising up

EP Review: Rainbreakers – Rise Up

A million years ago, Island Records did a package tour with Crawler, Boxer and Moon, Shrewsbury four piece Rainbreakers recall some of the edgy blues and soul of those bands. They also seemingly liked the ballads they heard on their granddads’ copies of Free’s Highway album and how Simply Red similarly applied such chord structures on their moms’ copies of ...

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