EP Reviews

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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Blood Divisions - Cardinal One

Review: Blood Divisions – Cardinal One

Founded by core members Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE), David Austin (Nasty Savage), and Ed Aborn (Intersonic Cyber Symphony), Blood Divisions features a roster of supporting musicians who are current or former members of bands such as Obituary, Death, Nasty Savage, Six Feet Under, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach, Deicide, Massacre, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more. The result is a mixture of classics ...

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Dante’s Theory Amut

Review: Dante’s Theory – Amut

If there is one thing that some of the guys do in Singapore, it’s rattling out some amazing music. You don’t somehow imagine that a country like Singapore could muster up such amazing pieces of writing, but they do! At least Dante’s Theory does, first track ‘Qiamat Heretics’ is proof of that. The vocal scorches with unfathomable rhythms and salacious beats ...

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Falls of Rauros - Vigilance Perennial

Review: Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial

I wonder why there is always a shroud of mystery surrounding black metal bands? All I have to go on are four ordinary names and have no idea what each of them play. They mysteriously formed in the latter part of 2005 and cover themes from nature to anarchism. I believe their name originated from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of ...

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Taco Hell - Retainer

EP Review: Taco Hell – Retainer

The idea that music has to be perfect is a plague on rock and roll. Over-produced and over-played albums have seen the genre lose its sense of freedom and in 2017 a lot of bands don’t even sound like bands. Instead, they are a selection of perfectly formed pieces slotted together. The flat pack furniture of the musical world. All ...

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Seasons Hollow – To Suffocate Silence

Review: Seasons Hollow – To Suffocate Silence (EP)

Seasons Hollow are currently a small band looking to create a big impact. The five-piece that call Hereford their home have been working away and recently released the efforts of that work the form of the four-track EP, To Suffocate Silence. The list themselves in the hard rock/metal genre, and with the opening track ‘Last Confession’ they definitely fit the ...

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Grave Plague - The Infected Crypts

Review: Grave Plague – The Infected Crypts

There’s nothing like old school death metal, the untamed, unyielding and savage assault that forms a mosh pit in the blink of an eye and takes revenge on the ears in such a brutal way. ‘Arise The Infected’ is that and more. It’s vice like grip squeezes the senses until they can’t take anymore. It’s like going through the wringer head ...

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Memoriam - The Hellfire Demos II

Review: Memoriam – The Hellfire Demos II

Focusing on the themes of death, loss and war Memoriam was formed after the tragic death of Martin ‘Kiddie’ Kearns (Bolt Throwers Drummer) in September 2015 and was originally a band who decided to play cover tracks of songs that had influenced each member in turn. However, after creating some of their own tracks it was obvious that the band ...

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