EP Reviews

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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Adrian Pain & the Dead Sexy - Mixed Messages

Reviews: Adrian Pain & the Dead Sexy – Mixed Messages

Well it’s a bloody good start for a strangely titled band – for me the sexy comes within those lungs of steel along with the melodic bounce that embraces the ears with such ferocious momentum. It is just a sheer joy to behold. The words ‘nu-metal’ and ‘core’ need not fill you with dread as it does some, for me ...

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Desert Kingdom - Desert Kingdom

Review: Desert Kingdom – Desert Kingdom

This EP is bound to lift you out of your shoes and across the floor, make no mistake it is so heavy the floor is juddering in defeat! The rhythms are monumental and fuelled with balls of steel. Stoner rock is just superb listening – when you think of it, it sounds like a bunch of hippies have got together ...

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Sertraline - Guilty

Review: Sertraline – Guilty

The name Sertraline for anyone like myself that has had to take the drug will know it lightens mood and literally pulls you out of depression, and so Sertraline has been good for me, so it is quite an honour to be able to review a band with such a positive name for starters. The band now have a new ...

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Drude - Drude

Review: Drude – Drude

I am loving the start of this it’s dream-like and classical, not that I say that often, going more for the large joint with the most meat on its bones, which surprisingly enough it has just magically transformed into, what a fantastic track. Plus I like the name Drude it’s simple and just sums up the band really well as ...

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Alter Eden - Tigers And Lambs

Review: Alter Eden – Tigers And Lambs

Myles Kennedy fronting Black Peaks is far too simplistic a description for Alter Eden. Yet, it’s hard to deny its usefulness as a shorthand for their rather distinctive sound. Technical metal with tinges of mathcore, but with a singer who wouldn’t be out of place on American rock radio belting over the top of it, it’s certainly not something you ...

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Pissed On - The Hanged Man

Review: Pissed On – The Hanged Man

“Pissed On is very excited to release our debut EP the Hanged Man via Advocate Records. This record had drawn influence from a wide variety of acts such as Pig Destroyer, Discordance Axis, Swans, and Noothgrush as well as embuing the sounds of hardcore, grindcore, black metal, harsh noise, and death metal. Thematically, this record carries a narrative through 5 ...

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