Year End: The 10 Best EPs of 2013 Part 1

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Before we start our list of the 10 best EPs of 2013, please remember that this list was decided by one person and therefore represents the opinions of one person. This will likely not reflect your own opinion but that’s okay; there’s room for more than one opinion in this crazy world of ours and your’s is just as valid. As per the theme of UK Scumscene, this list also contains releases by UK bands ONLY. Okay then, let’s get this show on the road:

10) Seagraves – Weight of the World

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The UK hardcore scene has grown exponentially in recent years and while there’s plenty of acts doing beat-downs and gang vocals, not many can actually claim to have written something smart and memorable. Seagraves pulled this off brilliantly on their debut (and unfortunately only) EP as the whole record is stuffed with catchy riffs and interesting song writing. It’s not often that a band with exclusively harsh vocals can pull off such memorable song-writing, but this a true testament to the work of guitarists Niall Wright and Jonathan “Beefy” Kirk as the hooks for songs like Hollow Lies and Wrong will be stuck in your head for weeks. Seagraves might be gone but the music lives on. Crank it:

9) Grand Collapse – Grand Collapse

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What we said:

“There’s no two ways about this; Grand Collapse are your new favourite punk band. These eight and a half minutes showcase a band who know exactly how to make memorable punk music and deliver it with enough raw energy and emotion to make buildings shake. Now if only the band had more than three songs to their name… *nudge nudge wink wink*”

Click here for the full review.

8) Opium Lord – The Calendrical Cycle: Prologue – The Healer

What we said:

“Opium Lord have successfully whet our whistles. At only 2 songs long, they’ve managed to put forward some of the most engaging yet down-right horrible doom known to man (I mean that in the nicest possible way). The only downside to this EP is that it’s all over far too soon. We’re hoping that the mention of a “prologue” in the EP’s title means that a full-length isn’t too far behind. The Calendrical Cycle has us begging for more and we cannot wait to hear it.”

Click here for the full review.

7) Employed to Serve – Counting Crows

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What we said:

“Counting Crows is a staggering follow-up to one of my favourite metal releases in recent years. At only 2 tracks in length it does more than some bands can do over their entire career. Employed to Serve have once again made us imagine how amazing they would sound on a full-length album and when these 8 minutes come to a close you’ll be gagging for more. Avoid this band at your own peril; they’ll find you soon enough.”

Click here for the full review.

6) God Damn – Heavy Money EP

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2013 has been a difficult one for God Damn who suffered the horrible set-back of having guitarist Dave Copson put out of action in a horrible traffic accident just before the release of the Heavy Money EP. Thankfully Copson is now on the mend, but this does mean that God Damn have had to soldier on as a two-piece while Copson recovers. Despite these set-backs, God Damn delivered their best collection of songs to date and the Black Country fuzz-rockers showcase a huge range of styles on their Heavy Money EP. The highlight of the record has to come in the form of the instrumental ‘New Invention Victory Club’ which builds from a gentle, eerie, little melody into an all out assault on the ears.

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About Lewis Clark

Long time fan of rock and metal, webmaster and lead writer at UK Scumscene. Occasional co-host of Catbird's Sunday Roasting on TotalRock.com, 12pm to 3pm every Sunday View all posts by Lewis Clark

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