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Year End: The 10 Best EPs of 2016

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10) Cold Summer – Fight to Survive

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“Regardless, Cold Summer have finally hit their groove on Fight to Survive. This is an extremely bold and fearless record that sees all the pieces of the Cold Summer jigsaw puzzle fit together comfortably. If fist-pumping, anthemic post hardcore music is what you crave in life, then Fight to Survive is an EP you can rely on.”

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9) Conjurer – I

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Despite making a name for themselves in the UK underground’s live circuit for what feels like ages, Conjurer finally released their debut EP this year and it’s fantastically difficult to categorise which is always a fun job as a music critic. This EP is a seriously challenging slab of metal that draws on so many different elements from genres as wide and diverse as death metal, classic rock, black metal and doom metal. Conjurer manage to sound like Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me and Deicide running at each other full pelt across a room with the resulting impact birthing whatever Conjurer are.

8) Wren – Host

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Wren continue to impress us with their huge, atmospheric take on doom metal. Host may be only 4 tracks long, but there’s an awful lot of music to indulge in. This is a creepy and forlorn take on doom that intersperses the music with elements of post rock to create a truly desperate and bleak tone that permeates the entire record. If you’ve been looking for a doom release that could probably make you emotionally well up, then Wren will certainly deliver that. Host is a really unique record from a band who are doing something very interesting with this genre.

7) Terrible Love – Change Nothing

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“Terrible Love’s Change Nothing is an incredible debut from a band that comes with a lot of expectation and they absolutely deliver. This is a remarkably accomplished start to a band’s career that I hope lasts for a very long time.”

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6) Nembutal – Pay to Die

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When bands put out releases like this I always get tempted to just write, “FUCK” and leave it at that. Nembutal’s follow-up to their 2014 demo is about as no-nonsense as hardcore punk records come. The goal of every song on Pay to Die is to play as loud and fast as possible and it just so happens that Nembutal are bloody excellent at doing both. Nembutal’s music has about as much depth as a roadside puddle, but if you enjoy your hardcore punk being played with as much energy as the human body can muster then you absolutely have to listen to Pay to Die.

5) Allfather – Bless the Earth With Fire

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“Allfather have evolved significantly since their debut EP and with Bless the Earth with Fire we see the band writing more diverse and interesting songs that complement the shift towards sludge metal. It also rocks like a mother fucker.”

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4) So-Crates – v1

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“Overall, v1 is an accomplished and intense debut from an extremely exciting new band. If you’re a fan of post hardcore and math rock then you’ll find a lot to love here and despite some niggles regarding the production, the song-writing really does shine bright and offer a record that is greater than the sum of its parts.”

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3) Underdark – Mourning Cloak

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Nottingham’s Underdark exploded out the gates with a black metal release that’s scarily accomplished for a first drop. Mourning Cloak is a wonderfully textured and beautifully structured EP that betrays how heavy it is. The ebb and flow of every song on this record is so gloriously natural and well placed that there’s a dream-like quality to the music that’s at juxtaposition with all the screaming and double-bass drumming on offer. Underdark are a very special band that instantly have my attention and have me begging for more.

2) Watchcries – Watchcries

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Another EP that took me by complete surprise, Watchcries’ debut self-titled EP is never short on ideas. This 3 track offering of metallic hardcore fuses itself with elements of death and black metal and instantly grabs you by the collar and gets right in your face. Watchcries have no interest in nuance; this is a band who are itching to make the most visceral and aggressive metal they can and if this debut is anything to go by then their next record might actually kill you.

1) Razoreater – Vacuum of Nihil

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“Vacuum of Nihil is a loud, noisy, racket of a metal EP and it contains Razoreater’s finest work to date. This band has only managed to get more ferocious with every record and still manage to find new ways to assault your ears. Vacuum of Nihil might have been a long time coming but when Razoreater deliver a record as disgustingly vicious as this it makes you realise that it might have all been worth it. This is an essential UK metal release.”

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Review: Cold Summer’s Fight to Survive

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It’s been a fair old while since we’ve heard from our friends in Cold Summer. Their 2013 self-titled mini-album left us feeling like the band were rushing their material out of the door, but no such criticism can be laid against their new EP Fight to Survive.

The band are still churning out angular, post hardcore anthems, but there’s a confidence on Fight to Survive that really steps things up a notch. From opener Bear Eats Wolf, you can instantly hear how significantly tighter Cold Summer are as a unit and the band don’t drop a note throughout the entirety of the track. We’ve got a seriously powerful performance on the drums, a beautifully constructed series of guitar melodies that burst into sharp, jagged riffs for the choruses and some fantastically memorable and saccharine vocals to top it all off.

Now I know I’ve previously given Cold Summer some grief over relying on songs they’ve had in their repertoire for quite some time, but even though Car Crash (In Progress) and Waiting appear again on this EP, they finally appear in the way they were always meant to. As we’ve previously mentioned, Cold Summer sound so much more confident and accomplished on this EP and that shows clearest on these re-workings. There have been some subtle changes to the structure of these tracks and they’re much more dynamic and infectious as a result. This really is Cold Summer firing on all cylinders.

There’s also been a considerable amount of effort put into this EP’s production. The music sounds considerably brighter than previous releases and it suits the band’s earworm melodies so much better than before. If there’s one complaint to be made about the production, it’s the way the guitar chords often sound like they’re being cut off in certain passages, almost like the guitarist is using a kill-switch. This is extremely obvious on EP closer Something, Nothing, No-one and it’s a peculiar decision that dates the EP, making it sound like an early 2000s nu-metal release in places.

Regardless, Cold Summer have finally hit their groove on Fight to Survive. This is an extremely bold and fearless record that sees all the pieces of the Cold Summer jigsaw puzzle fit together comfortably. If fist-pumping, anthemic post hardcore music is what you crave in life, then Fight to Survive is an EP you can rely on.

8/10

Cold Summer’s Fight to Survive is out now and available to purchase direct from the band.


Review: Cold Summer’s Cold Summer

Post hardcore mob Cold Summer are back with the follow up to their Wake EP in the form of their self-titled debut album. Following on in a very similar fashion to Wake, the album takes influence from bands like Hundred Reasons, Hell is for Heroes and Funeral for a Friend and while it can be abrasive at times, it’s generally a more melodic affair with memorable chorus’.

If you’re new to the band then there’s plenty to like. Every song is brilliantly written with highs and lows, heart-on-sleeve melodies and moments of raw aggression. Cold Summer have an incredible knack for writing catchy yet extremely hard rocking songs and there’s not a single point on the entire album where it feels like a passage was lazily written and shrugged off as something “that’ll do”.

So there’s a strong recommendation if you’re new to Cold Summer’s music. But what about those of you who have already heard their Wake EP? Well, you might be a little bit disappointed by Cold Summer’s debut album as it only contains 3 new songs you haven’t previously heard. It’s this lack of new material that hindered our enjoyment of the record.

The 3 new songs in question are The Fallen, Ships and Processed Lives and while they’re excellent songs that fit in well with the 4 tracks that previously appeared on Wake, they’re not enough to justify this album as an entirely new release. In addition to the 4 tracks that previously appeared on Wake there’s also a new “alternative version” of Waiting which is essentially a stripped-back, semi-acoustic version of the song and while it’s fine and certainly helps add some variation to the record, you’ve already heard the song by this point just in a different guise.

The album also comes in at a pretty short 23 minutes which means it’s incredibly difficult to recommend to existing fans of the band. Cold Summer’s self-titled album offers a bit of a “value for money” dilemma; if this album was sitting on a shelf for £12 at a HMV, would you feel like you got your money’s worth?

At a budget price there’s certainly plenty of post hardcore fun to be had with Cold Summer’s self-titled debut album, especially if you have yet to discover the band. Every song on this 8 track record is brimming with catchy melodies and massive riffs, but it’s all over with far too quickly and if you’ve already experience the band’s Wake EP then you might come away thinking that this album is essentially an expanded version of Wake. We can’t help but feel like Cold Summer missed their opportunity to really shine here. Hopefully they can correct this on their next release.

7/10

Cold Summer’s self-titled debut album will be released digitally and physically direct from the band on the 1st of July.


Cold Summer Preview ‘Ships’ from Debut Album

Post hardcore group Cold Summer (who we’ve said rather nice things about in the past) have revealed a new single called Ships which you can preview and purchase below:

Ships comes from Cold Summer’s debut album due July 1st 2013.

Cold Summer support Funeral for a Friend on April 20th at Warehouse 23 in Wakefield. You can get tickets by clicking here.


Review: Cold Summer’s Wake

Cold Summer are a post hardcore 4 piece from Wakefield making noise in a similar vein to Hundred Reasons and Funeral For A Friend. They’re also a relatively new affair having only kicked into action at the start of this year with their 2 track demo ‘Transitions’. While ‘Transitions’ sees the band in a stripped back and acoustic mode, their latest EP ‘Wake’ kicks things up a notch by being a fully electric piece showcasing exactly what the band are doing live.

So you could say that ‘Wake’ is Cold Summer’s first “proper” release as it is accurately portraying the band at this moment in their career and bugger me if it isn’t a good start. This is the sound of a band who are on a mission. The EP starts with the 2 punch combo of ‘Waiting’ and ‘Wake’ which feature some furious yet catchy riffs with clean-sung verses and screamed chorus’. It’s a bold statement and certainly grabs your attention.

Things really come to a head when ‘A is For Arson’ shows up. This is where Cold Summer bring their A game as guitarist Chris Harrison throws out his best riffs and also some brilliant variety. Vocalist Dan Feast is consistent throughout and while there’s nothing wrong with his screaming (it’s certainly fantastic during the bridge), it’s his clean vocals that prove how good a vocalist he really is. The chorus in ‘A is For Arson’ and even the final acoustic ballad ‘Mistakes’ will be stuck in your head for days. This really is post hardcore at its’ finest and it’s brilliant to hear from such a young band.

However, there is still room for improvement. The chorus in ‘Waiting’ could’ve been stronger if it was sung instead of screamed and the production could certainly use a bit of beefing up to give Cold Summer the big sound they’re aiming for, but this is still early days for what could become a real highlight in British rock. This EP flows wonderfully and showcases all the variety Cold Summer have to offer starting with a punishing slab of hardcore and finishing with a beautiful acoustic number; it almost feels like an actual album.

You can download ‘Wake’ from Cold Summer’s bandcamp at a name your own price (yes, even free). Keep this band on your radar because with the right production and more of a focus on Dan Feast’s singing over his screaming, they could be your new favourite band.

8/10


Our Total Rock Playlist (02/09/2012)

This Sunday gone (2/9/12) we co-hosted on Catbird’s Sunday Roasting over at Total Rock. For anyone that listened in (and for anyone that didn’t) I’ve compiled the list of tracks we chose.

If you click the tracks you will also be taken to a place where you can either listen to it or buy the release it comes from:

Cold Summer – A is Arson
God Damn – God Damn
Victorian Whore Dogs – Chin of Knoll
Prelude to the Hunt – Terror by Night
Aghast! – Look Alive
Crocus – 222E
Knife Crimes – World Past Saving
Swinelord – The Sandman’s Coming
Let it Die – No Escape
History of the Hawk – X is the New Y
Battle for Paris – Mason, Blow a Hold in That Fuckin’ Wall
Black Veins – …And Hell Followed
DSDNT – Break
Brotherhood of the Lake – Hard to Bear
End Reign – Release the Wolves
Rolo Tomassi – Old Mystics

Big thanks to Catbird for having us on the show again and an even bigger thanks to everyone who listened in and supported UK rock and metal.