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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Top 15 of 2013 • EP Edition

This year I have put together my first lists for my favorite albums of the year. The first list is the EP edition. It has been a terribly difficult list to construct, simply because there has been so much great music pouring out this year from every direction. Ordering this thing was an absolute nightmare, especially since many of these albums are so different by nature. It’s never settling to compare two albums together that are from completely different genres.

So as you read through, you’ll be able to see why it would have just been impossible to even consider combining EP’s and LP’s in the same list. Just far too much talent out there, and it was a definite challenge in itself to put each list together separately! I’ve spent many hours on this one and have even more music to write about on the upcoming list. So there you have it. Scroll down and take a look below at my favorite EP’s of 2013.

15. North Til Dawn // North Til Dawn

Overview:

North Til Dawn are a fairly new discovery for me, but after listening through their EP a few times recently I was certain it deserved a spot in my list of favorites for the year. Texas is currently the strongest home of heavy rock in the US that I know of, and there are actually two other bands besides North Til Dawn on this list that are also from the area. You’ll definitely want these guys as an edition to your collection if you’re a fan Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin, Memory of a Melody, etc.

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  • Separate
  • Helpless
  • Broken Faith

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14. Downfall Rising // Downfall Rising

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Another up-and-coming band, this time from Lufkin, Texas – Downfall Rising, released their powerful debut EP this year and added to that strong heavy rock movement Texas has to offer. They are currently my favorite female-fronted band and I look forward to seeing what they have in store for 2014. If hard rock groups like Evanescence, Flyleaf, Antonamasia, or The Letter Black are your cup of tea, Downfall Rising should be as well.

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13. 8 // Uneven Structure

Overview:

Uneven Structure, from France, is one of the power-houses of current progressive metal and djent music. They are signed with Basick Records, which has arguably the best lineup of bands on any single record label, yielding names such as Skyharbor, Circles, Alaya, and many, many others. 8 was originally an EP released by Uneven Structure back in 2009 before their 2011 full-length debut, Februus, but they recently decided to re-work and re-release it this year to bridge the gap between Februus and the next full-length album they are currently working on, hopefully for a 2014 release.

The band’s sound blends beautiful atmospheric layering with heavy riffs and rock solid screams + clean vocals, coining a sound that I’m sure many young bands and musicians will be taking inspiration from in the years to come. Although the digital download of 8 separates the EP into eight tracks, hard copies only contain one track titled “8” since the band intended the EP to be listened to as one, steady flow of music. Even if 8 isn’t quite what you’re into, be sure to give Februus a rightful listen as well. It is currently one of my favorite progressive metal albums, and I believe it is a much better indicator of what to expect from Uneven Structure in the future.

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12. What We Have Become // Adesta

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It was just a few days prior to the release of this article that I was introduced to a splendid progressive rock band called Adesta from Poughkeepsie, NY. Their debut EP, What We Have Become, was just released on the 15th of December, and I am very pleased my acquaintance from overseas, Adam Serja Fasora, discovered these guys and recommended them to me.

Since then I’ve listened through their EP a few times and added it to the list very last minute. What We Have Become is an incredibly solid debut release. Chances are that it will continue to grow on me with more listens and quickly climb up my list of favorites. But for the time being, it will stand at number twelve. Take a listen to Adesta’s music if you like Tool, Deftones, or Kaura. My guess is you’ll be pleased with what you hear!

Label: Adesta - What We Have Become

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Innocence
  • Haste
  • Balance

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11. Faceless Man // The Hungry Mile

Overview:

The Hungry Mile marks yet another band from Australia (this time from Sydney) with so much potential. I’ve been hooked ever since the first time coming across their music and listening through their Faceless Man EP. So far the band has released a self-titled, two-track EP along with Faceless Man and even more recently a single called “The Heretic.”

I am certain when these guys release a full length album or a lengthier EP, it will fall much higher on my list of favorites out of any given year, mainly since I’ll be able to compare albums more respectably rather than a two-track EP vs. a four or five-track EP. If you are fan of any other up-and-coming bands from Australia, or even the bigger names like Karnivool, Cog, or Dead Letter Circus, I recommend The Hungry Mile to you!

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Eagles in the Mud
  • Faceless Man

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http://thehungrymile.bandcamp.com

10. eVe // On Being Human

Overview:

On Being Human, from Murrieta, California, have actually been around for quite a while. They created their band page on Facebook back in 2004 and have built a fan base of near 25,000 followers since then. Their new EP, eVe, shows the steady progression of their musicianship since their debut album, To Light the Coal of Hearts, which was quite an impressive debut to say the least.

Currently the band has been working on the LP “counterpart” to the eVe EP which is to be called In Search of Adam. According to the band’s Facebook bio, the new album was set for a Fall of 2013 release, but it looks as though the release has been delayed a bit. So whether it comes out shortly after this article or early 2014, it is still an album I am very much looking forward to! I’d recommend On Being Human to fans of alternative bands such as Saosin, Story of the Year, or even Anberlin – all three of which I have been following for quite some time now.

Here is a preview and some studio footage of a track called “Rapture” from the new album. It sounds absolutely massive!

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9. EP // Aperture

Overview:

I mentioned the great heavy music coming from Texas. Progressive rock outfit, Aperture, is one of my favorites from the area. I was so close to overlooking the EP they released early in the year. It’s only tracks in length (and would have placed much higher on this list if it was a bit lengthier), but still a massive release for one of the most underrated bands I know.

They released an incredible EP back in 2011 called Now That You’re Awake. The band has been quiet on Facebook since May of this year, so I am honestly not sure whether or not there’s anything to expect from the band in the coming year or not. For the time being I’ll have to just keep enjoying the eight tracks they’ve released thus far. Aperture lists bands such as Karnivool, Dredg, Fair to Midland, Tool, 10 Years, and A Perfect Circle as some of their inspirations. Give them a listen and see what you think!

Label: Aperture - 2 Song EP

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Terra
  • Missing the Miracle

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8. We Build Mountains // The Sun Explodes

Originally I was going to include their new album in list of favorite LP’s this year, but after hearing the album through it didn’t seem appropriate since there are only five full-length tracks. I absolutely love their use of the briefer, semi-insrumental pieces as extra meat in between the longer tracks and wish more bands used that technique for EP’s. More often than not, EP’s end up as a preview of a band’s potential for writing music, and therefore, comes across as a few radio singles mashed into a short album rather than a flowing piece of music. I’ve only heard a few bands pull the latter off, and We Build Mountains by The Sun Explodes is one of those albums.

The band alternates between a great combination of aggression and delicacy, giving fans of both progressive rock and heavier metal music the best of both worlds. Give their tunes a spin if you enjoy bands like Helm, Circles, Twelve Foot Ninja, etc.

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7. Into the Ocean // Minora

Overview:

Into the Ocean is the second release by Minora, from Gothenburg, Sweden, following their debut full-length release, Imago. They fit in perfectly with the rapidly expanding dark rock/metal scene in Europe. Velvety keys layered over heavy guitars and melodic vocals is the sound Minora is known for, and I’d recommend to fans of Katatonia, Aoria, In the Silence, Janus, etc. *Hint, hint* You can expect to see one of Minora’s label mates from Razzia Records on my favorite LP’s of the year list! Guess who.

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6. Transience // Transience

Overview:

The progressive rockers known as Transience, from Melbourne, Australia, have shown they will be another force to reckon with after releasing their debut, self-titled EP early this year. They fit in perfectly with the Aussie atmosphere of bands such as Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Sleep Parade, Breaking Orbit, etc. And the band has recently announced they are nearing the end of the recording process for their next album, which I’d assume will be scheduled for an early/mid-2014 release. Definitely one to look forward to!

Label: Transience - EP

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Recommended Tracks:

  • Recreate
  • Chimera
  • Memory

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5. Everything Ever, At Once // When Prophecy Fails

Overview:

Another very young and underrated band from the UK, When Prophecy Fails. These guys certainly deserve loads of attention which it seems they are finally starting to receive, as they have signed with Monolithic Music Group this year and have even gotten some radio air time on the Aussie Alternative.

Although there are many bands When Prophecy Fails could be lightly compared to, they have managed to carve out their own unique sound, and surprisingly well considering the amounts of talent coming from all over the world. If Tool or Deftones are favorites of yours, be sure to give When Prophecy Fails a spin. They also released a self-titled, full-length album before the EP, so check that out as well. Just brilliant!

Label: When Prophecy Fails - Everything Ever, At Once

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4. Cognitive Dissonance // Glass Empire

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Another end-of-the-year release. This time by Glass Empire from Melbourne, Australia. Their debut EP, Cognitive Dissonance, was one I had been looking forward to for quite some time, and the wait paid off. All these amazing Aussie bands are sprouting up too quickly for me to even keep up with, and Glass Empire is yet another that holds a massive quantity of potential. The title-track of the EP is, by far, my favorite piece on the album, and I hope to hear more lengthy material like it in the future. These top five spots in my list were extremely hard to choose, and I’m sure I will go through a phase sooner or later where it will fall even closer to the top overall. Give Glass Empire a whirl if you’re a fan of Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus, Sleep Parade, etc.

Label: Glass Empire - Cognitive Dissonance

Recommended Tracks:

  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Clarity
  • Pariah

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3. | EP | Special Edition // Invocation

Definitely the heaviest hitting album on this list, next to 8 of course. Invocation is a progressive metal band from Milton Keynes, UK, with a captivating combination of heavy and clean guitars, similar to TesseracT or Monuments but without clean vocals.

I’ll be honest… When I began putting this list together I did not expect Invocation’s EP to rank quite so high, but as I listened to it over and over, it just kept growing on me without ceasing. It also helps that, in general, I have been enjoying the progressive metal genre more and more as of recent; especially if the music is in any way related to djent. I am so pumped to hear more music from Invocation in the coming year, and I believe they will be another band on this list who will be releasing another album in 2014.

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2. Damage the Memory // Saturate

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The only band from the US to make it into the top 5 of my list. Saturate is another fantastic group located in Texas. They have are currently working on their 3rd LP after the release of Damage the Memory this year. Sadly, late in 2013 it was announced they were parting ways with their lead vocalist which was a massive bummer since his voice played such a powerful role in the band’s music. Nevertheless, I am happy the band is moving on and continuing to make music which they do so well.

It was actually just recently posted that Saturate has found a new lead vocalist, and I look forward to seeing/hearing what the future holds for the band and their newest edition. That being said, the reason they have become one of my favorite bands is due to the music they’ve already released. So I must give plenty of credit to Soul Element, The Point of No Return, and Damage the Memory. Each album is stellar work, and I’d recommend them for anyone’s collection of music (but especially if you are a fan of bands such as Fair to Midland, Nothing More, or even Tool).

Here’s a preview of some new material they’ve been working on for album 4 (LP 3), and the debut of their new singer, Chad Midkiff – “Clarity Script (CLIP)ROUGH”

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1. The Wolves at Winter’s Edge // Like Thieves

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Like Thieves from Brisbane, Australia was a delightful surprise this year. Clint Boge, former frontman for The Butterfly Effect, is now the vocalist for this promising Aussie band. Their debut EP, The Wolves At Winter’s Edge, goes as my favorite EP of 2013. I’ve only read a bit about the disagreements between Boge and his former band, but he has definitely found a perfect match with Like Thieves.

I hope to hear more of the same refreshing material from the band on their future endeavors, and as far as the album goes, just excellent material. Absolutely cannot wait to see what these guys do with a full length album, because as far as EP’s go, The Wolves At Winter’s Edge completely rips it up. I’ve mentioned Australia’s brilliant music scene countless times, and it is bands like these that make it live up to all the hype.

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That concludes my top 15 EP list of 2013! I’m hoping some who read this are in agreement on at least on some of the albums I’ve listed. But the great thing about music is that everyone holds a different perspective. I always love reading lists of people’s favorite music at the end of each year, so be sure to connect with me and let me know of your favorites.

Go to the Page Info section toward the top section of my blog if you’d like to add me on any social networking sites. Next up will be my favorite LP’s of 2013, which I will desperately try to get out by the end of the year. Until then, happy listening and Merry Christmas!