Where EP is short for ‘Epic Potential’
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sELF-RELEAsED It’s fairly one-paced, completely unoriginal, technically unremarkable, but this Essex quartet’s third EP of grooving modern metal will knock you on your arse regardless. Work on songwriting and we’re in business, lads.
nApALM With maniacal grooves, intoxicating melodic flashes and djent-fuelled twists married to gritty metalcore blasts, these Ukrainians continue to impress. These five tracks of relentless, shit-kicking fury leave you wanting more.
Morbid Black Trinity Ep
sELF-RELEAsED Bulldozing their way through the gruffer end of black metal but generating a touch of the epic from their barbed whorls, this UK-based, Iranian-fronted outfit are driven by elbow grease rather than any sense of otherness.
RELApsE This immaculately produced two-song teaser showcases lush, popinfused metal (Juniper) and the spectral solemnity of medieval Danish folk
(Bonden & Kagen). Gorgeous in its execution and infuriating in its brevity.
The Tide, Beneath, The Wall
RIFF ROcK This Milton Keynes sludge duo get even heavier on their second EP, sandwiching the nononsense Beneath between two 12-minute odysseys, bolstering thick riffs with genuinely inventive powerhouse drumming.
Revelry (In Our Arms)
UnDERGROOVE Helmed by ex-Acrimony guitarist Lee Roy Davies, this debut five-track lashes Prong-style grooves and Smashing Pumpkins melody to its motorrevving, blues-bruised riffs and rough’n’tumble odes to their Welsh home base.