EPs OF ThE YEAR
Sometimes good things come in small packages
Battle Against Damnation one of 2018’s surprise success stories, this all-female Japanese power metal crew bagged a
Best New Band Golden God, and wowed Bloodstock fest to boot.
ThE FEVER 333
Made An America aKa What Jason aalon Butler Did Next, Made An America married the punked-up intensity of letlive with bonus levels of hip hop and big beat to create a whole new animal.
Scalps a guttural rumble of blackened noise, this brain-imploder from the milton Keynes newcomers turned an otherwise stunning summer all grimy and horrible.
Created Sick Sounding like a mammoth on speed throwing a tantrum, this
outrageously heavy slab of fuzzy hardcore shook buildings when God complex hit the road with employed to Serve in may.
hUNDRED YEAR OLD MAN
Rei Part screamo lost in atmospheric reverie, part post-metal pilgrimage to the ninth circle of the psyche, this three-track eP took familiar sonic signposts and planted them in a vast, enthralling no-man’s land.