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Where EP is short for ‘Epic Po­ten­tial’

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Album Reviews -

BEARFIST

smile You son Of A Bitch

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.

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STEPHEN HILL

JINJER

Mi­cro

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.

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SO­PHIE MAUGHAN

MAS­TER’S CALL

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.

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JONATHAN SELZER

MYRKUR

Ju­niper Ep

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.

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JOE DALY

TUSKAR

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.

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KEZ WHE­LAN

WO­VEN MAN

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.

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JONATHAN SELZER

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