(Just a few days ago we published Fork Tongue’s list of the year’s best demo’s, and now we bring you his list of the year’s best EP’s. More of his lists will be coming in the days ahead.)
I used to hate EP’s. My thought was always, “hey guys, just wait until you have enough material for a full length”, and that was that. I’ve softened on that over the last couple of years because I realized I was missing out on some good stuff. Case in point, 2013. If I hadn’t decided to separate EP’s from LP’s, a few of these would be candidates for my best album list.
1. Bölzer – Aura
Seemingly everybody knows about Bölzer already, and rightfully so. If you ever wanted a Death Metal band to border on the dissonance of Deathspell Omega or Blut aus Nord, here you go. These guys are poised for big things whenever they decide to drop an LP. Now, go get lost in “Entranced By The Wolfshook”.
2. Armour – Death Threat
Nuclear War Now isn’t known for releasing NWOBHM stuff, but they hit a home run here. Also not expected is to see a guy from Black Metal bands like Satanic Warmaster and The True Werewolf fronting a NWOBHM band, but he does it and does it well in a somewhat nontraditional way. Catchy stuff.
3. Ranger – Knights of Darkness
These guys landed on my best demo list also. Old school 80’s Speed Metal. As I said about the demo, it’s as if Exciter made a baby with Razor. If that appeals to you as much as it does to me, well then, you’ll enjoy this.
4. Eternal Khan – Primitive History
If Faustcoven cleaned up a bit and added the vocalist from Negative Plane, you would have Eternal Khan. This is Blackened Doom of the highest degree, and an LP is eagerly anticipated.
5. Black Magician – The Pursuivant
Speaking of Doom, not many things floored me in 2013 quite like Black Magician’s 2012 opus, Nature Is The Devil’s Church. It somehow flew under my radar until I caught it this year and I suggest you go find it also. In the meantime, you can check out The Pursuivant from 2013. Doom of the highest caliber and oh, that tasty Hammond Organ.
Bone Sickness – Alone In The Grave
Churchburn – Churchburn
Ash Borer – Bloodlands
Horrifying – Euphoric Existence
Black Magick SS – Symbols of Great Power
Happy listening! Comment below with your favorite EP’s!