Top 15 EP’s of 2015

2015 was a great year for EP’s. Here is a list of my favorites!


Honorable Mention: Anchor by Birds of Tokyo

Location
Australia

Label
EMI Music

Music Videos
Anchor

Past Releases
› Day One
 (2007)
› Universes (2008)
› Birds of Tokyo (2010)
› March Fires (2014)

Support
Birds of Tokyo Store

BIRDSOFTOKYO.COM

Honorable Mention: Cycles by Dharmata

Location
West Palm Beach, FL (USA)

Label
Independent

Music Videos
Pursuit of Perfection

Past Releases
Dharmata (2012)

Support
 Bandcamp


15. Gone by Watu

Location
Göteborg (SE)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Gone

 

 

 


14. Bloodlines by Vain Velocity

Location
Thessaloniki (GR)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
End It All

Past Releases
› The Odds Are Even (EP) 
(2009)
› Synergies 
(2011)
 Emerge & See (2013)

Support
 Bandcamp


13. Obedience by Kubark

Location
Milano (IT)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Bleach

Past Releases
 Kubark (2009)
 Ulysses (2011)

Support
 Bandcamp


12. City of Glass • Sky of White by Absent Hearts

Location
Perth (AU)
Kirkby (UK)

Label
Unsigned

Past Releases
August Earth (2012)

Support
Bandcamp

 


11. With These Hands* by Tell Amarosa

Location
Melbourne (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Support
› Bandcamp

 

 

 

*2014 RELEASE


10. The Calm, the Storm by The Sun Explodes

Location
Carlisle (UK)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 The Unnatural

Past Releases
 Emergence (2012)
 We Build Mountains (2013)

Support
 Bandcamp
Big Cartel


9. Dark Waters by Enova

Location
Phoenix, AZ (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
 Hell (Is A Far Way Down) [Lyric Video]

Past Releases
 Counterpart (2012)

 

 


8. Neon by Port Noir

Location
Södertälje (SE)

Label
› Razzia Records
› Century Media Records

Music Videos
Neon

Past Releases
 Puls (2013)

Support
 Port Noir Store

PORTNOIR.COM

7. Iridescent by Majora

Location
Newcastle (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Iridescent (Live in Studio)

Support
Bandcamp

 

 


6. Stellar Circuits by Stellar Circuits

Location
North Carolina (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Penny Dreadful

Support
Bandcamp
Merch Store

STELLARCIRCUITSMUSIC.COM

5. Hats, Gloves, and Grandfather Clocks by Forecast Tomorrow

Location
Sydney (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Despondent Become

Support
Bandcamp

 


4. Latitudes by Red Light Sound

Location
Adelaide (AU)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Latitudes

Past Releases
Signals Fade
(2011)

Support
Bandcamp


3. ‘I’ III I III by To Whom It May

Location
Galveston, TX (USA)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Bypass
Ghost

Support
Bandcamp
To Whom It May Store

TOWHOMITMAY.NET

2. Collide by No Transitory

Location
Aukland (NZ)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Vessel (Lyric Video)
Wingspan (Acoustic)

Support
Bandcamp

 


1. Caripito by Miosis

Location
Gothenburg (SE)

Label
Unsigned

Music Videos
Scotoma

Past Releases
Konvolut
(2007)
› Albedo Adaption
 (2009)

Support
Bandcamp
Miosis Store

MIOSIS.SE

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It’s hard to believe we are already nearly a third of the way through 2016. Music-wise, the year has been off to somewhat of a slow start, but things are steadily picking up with some big releases on the horizon: namely Deftones, Katatonia, and Thrice. Of course, the first third of the year hasn’t been completely void of new material. To kick things off, Opia dropped their magnificent debut (Eon), The Word Alive took a surprising and pleasant turn away from metalcore with Dark MatterO‘Brother gave us their beautiful new work (Endless Light), and Port Noir just released their full-length sophomore record (Every Way the Wind Carries).

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Top 30 of 2013 • LP Edition

Where to begin… I have had a lot going on this last year and have repeatedly pushed my blog aside. I’ll get straight to the punch though; last year was an incredible for heavy progressive/alternative music. Below is a list of my favorite albums released in 2013. Originally I had started an overview section for each album, like I included with the EP Edition, but after much consideration and procrastination, I simply decided to leave it out this time around. It would have ended up being another year before this was released had I added the same amount of detail for each band.

As always, it was a very long process putting this together and incredibly difficult coming to a final decision about the order to place these albums with my continuously-evolving preferences. There will probably be days I’ll wish I’d done something differently, but it just came time I quit with the edits and got the article out there. So enjoy! I hope to release my top EP & LP lists of 2014 by January of next year. Without further hesitation, I give you my top 30 albums of 2013!


30. Emergent // Emergent


Emergent - EmergentLocation:

  • Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dead Letters
  • Erode
  • Reflect to Forget

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


29. Dayshell // Dayshell


Location:Dayshell - Dayshell

  • Southern California (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Share With Me
  • Not Coming In
  • I Owe You Nothing

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


28. A Thousand Wings // White Moth Black Butterfly


Location: White Moth Black Butterfly - One Thousand Wings

  • Nottingham (UK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Paradise
  • Omen
  • Reluctance

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


27. Endorphinia // Follow the White Rabbit


Location:Follow the White Rabbit - Endorphinia

  • Moscow (RU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • War Song
  • Zzz(Zzz)
  • All Night and Day

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


26. Rescue & Restore // August Burns Red


Location:August Burns Red - Rescue & Restore

  • Lancaster, PA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Fault Line
  • Creative Captivity
  • Spirit Breaker

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


25. Inside/Out // Sleep Parade


Location:Sleep Parade - Inside:Out

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Inside/Out
  • Devil’s Door
  • 2:09

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

Support:


24. The Grieving // Shreddy Krueger


Location:

Shreddy Krueger - The Grieving

  • Kelowna, BC (CA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hazel the Apparition
  • In Ruin
  • Empress

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


23. Blacklistt // Blacklistt


Location: Blacklistt - Blacklistt

  • West Auckland (NZ)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Red Hush
  • Icon
  • Always

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

[ as Blindspott ]

Support:


22. Kingdom of Fear // Agent


Location:Agent - Kingdom of Fear

  • London (UK)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Dark Dreams
  • Vondelpark
  • Kingdom of Fear

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


21. Anthropocene // Being


Location:Being - Anthropocene

  • Orlando, FL (USA)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Air Atlantic (feat. Spencer Sotelo)
  • Cosmonaut (feat. Misha Mansoor)
  • Arcane Academic (feat. Gabriel Riccio, Travis Orbin & Justin Gosnell)

Music Videos:

  • N/A

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


20. Dethroned & Uncrowned // Katatonia


Location: Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned

  • Stockholm (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Hypnone
  • The Racing Heart
  • Lethean

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


19. aXiom // Boil


Location:Boil - aXiom

  • Aarus (DK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Darkest
  • Equilibrium
  • Vindication

Music Videos

Other Releases:

Support:


18. Between Here and Lost // Love & Death


Location:Love and Death - Between Here and Lost

  • Various

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Chemicals
  • Whip It
  • My Disaster

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

[as Brian “Head” Welch ]

Support:


17. The Isolation Process // The Isolation Process


Location:The Isolation Process - The Isolation Process

  • Stockholm (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Dead End
  • Victims of the Masses
  • Underneath It All

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


16. Vol 3… Panthalassa // Helm


Location:Helm - Panthalassa

  • Gold Coast, QLD (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • To the Wolves
  • Drag the Anchor
  • Cull

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


15. Cornerstone // This Misery Garden


Location:This Misery Garden - Cornerstone

  • Geneva (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Mr. X (Was Right)
  • Crowded Hallway
  • Holy Clutch

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


14. Asymmetry // Karnivool


Location:Karnivool - Asymmetry

  • Perth (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • We Are
  • Aeons
  • Sky Machine

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


13. Puls // Port Noir


Port Noir - Puls

Location:

  • Södertälje (SE)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Index
  • Sun dé Man
  • Thorns

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


12. Shrine of New Generation Slaves // Riverside


Riverside - SONGS Location:

  • Warsaw (PL)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Escalator Shrine
  • Deprived (Irretrievably Lost Imagination)
  • The Depth of Self-Delusion

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


11. Black Out the Sun // Sevendust


Location:Sevendust - Black Out the Sun

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Black Out the Sun
  • Decay
  • Faithless

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


10. Emerge & See // Vain Velocity


Location: Vain Velocity - Emerge & See

  • Thessaloniki (GR)

Label:

  • N/A

Recommended Tracks:

  • Lanthanum
  • Bona Fides
  • Vinegar
  • Junkie Spoon
  • Choreography

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


9. Passing Through the Zer0s // Temple of Thieves


Location: Temple of Thieves - Passing Through the Zeros

  • Atlanta, GA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • The Discovery of Something Greater Than Kelsie Grammar
  • Mr. Hixx
  • Parasite
  • Soul Inside
  • Reaping

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


8. Lux // Gemini Syndrome


Location:Gemini Syndrome - LUX

  • Los Angeles, CA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Resurrection
  • Mourning Star
  • Pleasure and Pain
  • Basement
  • Take This

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

  • N/A

Support:


7. The Living Infinite // Soilwork


Location: Soilwork - The Living Infinite

  • Helsingborg (SE) 

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Parasite Blues
  • Long Live the Misanthrope
  • Rise Above the Sentiment
  • Tongue
  • The Living Infinite I & II

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


6. Nothing More // Nothing More *


Location:Nothing More - Nothing More

  • San Antonio, TX / New Orleans, LA (USA)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Take A Bullet
  • Jenny
  • This is the Time (Ballast)
  • The Matthew Effect
  • God Went North

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:

 * [ Note – For those wondering why Nothing More is on this list rather than next year’s… It was released independently by the band in the summer of 2013; then in 2014 it was re-released after NoMo was signed to Eleven Seven Music. ]

5. Infinitas // Circles


Location:Circles - Infinitas

  • Melbourne (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Verum Infiniti
  • Radiant
  • Erased
  • Visions
  • Another Me

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


4. Living Mirrors // Disperse


Location:Disperse - Living Mirrors

  • Kraków (PL)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Choices Over Me
  • Unbroken Shiver
  • Message from Atlantis
  • Profane the Ground
  • Butoh

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Journey Through the Hidden Gardens (2010)

Support:


3. Altered State // Tesseract


Location:Tesseract - Altered State

  • Milton Keynes (UK)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Of Mind – Nocturne
  • Of Mind – Exile
  • Of Matter – Retrospect
  • Of Matter – Resist
  • Of Energy – Singularity

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


2. The Catalyst Fire // Dead Letter Circus


Location:Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Kachina
  • Lodestar
  • I Am
  • The Cure
  • The Veil

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:


1. The Tide, the Thief & River’s End // Caligula’s Horse


Location:Caligula's Horse - The Tide, The Thief & River's End

  • Brisbane (AU)

Label:

Recommended Tracks:

  • Into the White
  • A Gift to Afterthought
  • Water’s Edge
  • Dark Hair Down
  • All is Quiet by the Wall

Music Videos:

Other Releases:

Support:

Heavy Progressive // Autumn 2013 Update

Recently

It has been quite some time since my last post, and with my current schedule it has been difficult to make room for writing among the other things that are currently occupying my time. But nevertheless, to say many things are happening in progressive music would be an understatement. Loads of great releases have been happening in just these last two to three months.

Dethroned & Uncrowned by Katatonia, Ninth of May‘s self titled debut, Puls by Port Noir, Lux by Gemini Syndrome, Blacklistt‘s self-titled album, Infinitas by Circles, Dayshell and Emergent‘s self-titled debuts, With Wings by Knave  and what ended up being possibly the most surprising album for me this year and a personal favorite, The Tide, the Thief & White Moth Black ButterflyRiver’s End by Caligula’s Horse.

Also recently, Dan Tomkins (Skyharbor, Absent Hearts, ex-TesseracT) released a new album under one of his many side projects, White Moth Black Butterfly. The album is much nearer to his work with Absent Hearts… A melodic, ambient wave of sound that will leave even the greatest of metal fans in an ethereal daze. And just a few days from now (November 22nd) another release will be happening. It is one I have been looking forward to for quite some time now – an EP titled Cognitive Dissonance by Glass Empire.

Of course among the list of new albums, there are many bands also releasing singles which only increases the hype of new music for 2014 or possibly even later this year. This would include bands such as Guards of May with “Numbers,” Mercury Sky with “Victim to the Sea,” Forever the Optimist with “Revolutions,” Head Filled Attraction with “Kom Ombo,” The Isolation Process (featuring ex-Lingua members) Glass Empire - Cognitive Dissonancewith “A Simple Gesture” and a new album set for December 12th, Opus of a Machine with “Parallels,” The Hungry Mile with “The Heretic,” etc.

Many of the singles listed were released in conjunction with music videos, but another recent release has come from Socionic with a second stunning music video from their Identity EP; this time for the track “Epiphany.” And for even more news, Broken Iris has released an audiobook/novel which is an extension of their debut release, The Eyes of Tomorrow.

Just when I thought 2013 couldn’t get any better, the ex-Rishloo members who had created a fan-funded project called The Ghost Apparatus (due to the unsettling departure of vocalist, Andrew Mailloux) announced the return of Andrew and the rejoining of Rishloo!

Rishloo - 2013

Up-and-Coming Releases

That is only what has already been released! So much more is in store for the next year and by too many bands to even list in one article. I can hardly even keep track anymore. But to give just a few more I’m looking forward to, Carthasy has a full length release on the way, Saturate have announced new material for 2014, but unfortunately they have parted ways with lead singer, J. Miller. They are currently searching for a replacement (my vote is that they get ahold of Darroh Sudderth since he is no longer busy for Fair to Midland).

I believe Divine Ratio have announced a new EP or something of that nature for 2014, Thrones by Basick Record‘s Alaya is sure to be released in the near future, Pinwheel posted “Fear not, new music in the works!!! 2014 has a lot in store!!!,” and Malrun has been working on their third album, in the midst of the unfortunate break-up of vocalist, Jacob Løbner’s, other band Boil. Ursa has had new songs in the works now for a while, Order of Voices and Empty Yard Experiment have been recording, Stealing Axion are near their goal for a fan-funded album, one of my favorite female-fronted bands,  Antonamasia, have officially announced new material for 2014, and let’s not forget Bill Sanchez and Jason Broussard‘s new project, Tranzhumanist, who will be releasing their debut EP (wrote an article about them that you can view HERE).

Sounds of Sirus have also announced their second release is close to ready, although it was completely shocking news to find out their incredible singer, Josh Day, had passed away. My humblest condolences to everyone in the band or close to Josh. His voice, ideas, and passion will always be with us in such an inspiring way.

Cog 3

While not all bands have made much open discussion about their recent studio work, some have dropped small hints or informal estimates, and others I just hope to hear new content from in 2014. These include groups such as Breaking OrbitChaos Divine, In the Silence, JurojinKauraSocionic, SkyharborSurrender the Sun, etc.

Finally, let’s not forget some of the legends. The Occupants, which features the Gower duo from Cog, has been working on brand new tunes, as well as Lesser Key – a band which includes Tool’s founding bassist, Paul D’Amour (who also has another project called Feersum Ennjin which is very worth checking out) and is signed to Sumerian Records. Last but not least, I don’t mind the lengthy gap and don’t want a new album until the guys think it’s ready, but I certainly still have my fingers crossed that Mr. Keenan will make his way into the studio to track some vocals so that Tool will finally be able to release their fifth LP. I’m sure there are bands that I forgot to mention there, and I will add more as I think of them. But this next year is sounding more exciting by the minute, wouldn’t you say?

Lesser Key

Future Writing

Although I’d love to keep writing individual articles for each band that I follow, it has proven to be a very time-consuming endeavor. Not to say it will never happen in the future… I’d love to dedicate paragraphs to each band that keeps me going day after day, but 2013 is quickly wrapping up and there is so much going on, both in my life and progressive rock/metal, that I thought this summary would be the best way to highlight everything rather than separated articles/reviews. I sincerely hope everyone has enjoyed the new music this year as much as I have and I am always willing to discuss music, whether in the comments below or on a more personal level via Facebook, Twitter, etc. My info is in the Page Info section of The Undertow.

As far as the rest of this year goes, I will probably try to get out at least two more articles (hopefully more) by the end of 2013. I have just added a few new bands to my list on the Tool: For the Fans – Part II & Helpless and Awake in the Undertow articles. If you are not familiar, they started out as lists of bands I enjoy who have a similar sound or have found inspiration in Tool. Over time the list has progressed from solely Tool-inspired bands into a list of my favorite bands, many of which I have just recently discovered. Dead Letter Circus - Catalyst FireAlthough the list has become quite extensive there are some bands who I have not added simply because they have so little in common with Tool.

It is for that reason that my next list will be dedicated to a heavier genre of music. Recently I have become more and more intrigued by progressive metal and djent. Of course the word “djent” stirs countless controversies as to what its definition is, whether it’s a genre or not, etc. To tell you the truth, I only have seen mixed ideas as to what “djent” actually refers to after reading definitions and arguments in the comments on various YouTube videos. But overall, I am not that concerned with specific genres/sub-genres of music or arguing about what is what. I use djent merely to categorize a unique, innovative style of music that has roots or elements of progressive metal, and that is partially due to the perception I have gotten from seeing the word used in other contexts. Hopefully other fans of this music will be able to see past whether I’m using the word correctly or incorrectly and just focus on our similarity in taste.

After that, and more toward Christmas, I plan on writing about my favorite albums of 2013. It will include releases such as Altered State by TesseracT, The Catalyst Fire by Dead Letter CircusInfinitas Puls - Port Noirby Circles, Lux by Gemini Syndrome, Nothing More‘s self-titled sophomore release, and of course as I mentioned earlier The Tide, the Thief & River’s End by Caligula’s Horse.

I am also hoping that Puls by Port Noir will be on the list, but I am still patiently waiting for either a US release of the album or a release that ships internationally so I can buy it (I am picky about buying music digitally unless I absolutely have to). But from what I’ve heard from the album so far, they sound like an incredibly refreshing up-and-coming band, and I very much look forward to hearing Puls all the way through.

Well, this has certainly been one of my lengthier articles, but as always, I hope that all the heavy progressive listeners out there are able to find at least one piece of worthwhile info from my writing. Until next time!