Icaro – Icaro EP – 85%

I didn’t know much about Icaro before this review, so I looked into them. They are a 3 piece band from New Zealand who apparently released this EP as fast as possible. For a rush job, this EP is pretty smooth and paints a ridiculously bleak atmospheric picture which each passing track. Fantastic use of […]

Arbor Lights – Arbor Lights EP – 84%

A fun little EP by Arbor Lights. At just 17 minutes long its really over before it even begins. The first two songs are very poppy high energy numbers before the album takes a more serious tone with “Post-Rock/paper/scissors”. The EP flows well and other than being too short, it has a lot going on […]

Inspirative – When We Talk [ep] – 84%

Post Rock from Thailand! I absolutely love these guys, but it’s so hard to find their music. Without a bank transfer to Thailand you can’t even get their  first album, which is a real shame because it’s beautiful. When We Talk is a 3 track EP and more of the same great Inspirative I heard […]

Blonde Bear – Blonde Bear EP – 81%

This four-track offering by Blonde Bear, an australian band composed of two brothers is just over 20 minutes long. While good, it’s far too short and ends before you can really get a feel for their style.  And although I don’t care for the vocals, the rest of it is solid. 3/4/12 Pay what you […]

Millhaven – Automata EP – 83%

Definitely one of the more interesting sounding bands I’ve heard this year. Mellow and gentle most of the time with an occasional roar.  I have to say that I really enjoyed this 3-track EP. It’s a solid effort that shouldn’t go overlooked.  3/4/12 Pay what you want on bandcamp:  http://milhaven.bandcamp.com/

Pelican – Ataraxia / Taraxis EP – 93%

Huh? All of these songs are under 6 minutes. Is this the same Pelican that just a few years ago led us marching into the sea for 20 minutes? Yep, same Pelican! The intro song features a beautiful tune played over the building of a wall of guitar static. Lathe Biosas starts, an uptempo but […]

Sleepmakeswaves – Sleepmakeswaves [US EP] – 86%

This EP is fantastic and all the songs really sync together have great synergy. Chilling, relaxing, this is everything a post-rock album should be.  I particularly enjoy the prominent bass featured throughout the album. 3/18/12 Just $2 on Bandcamp! http://sleepmakeswaves.com/album/sleepmakeswaves-us-ep

Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra – The West Will Rise Again – 74%

This is a 4 track tour EP from Silver Mount Zion. Has a sort of low-fi feel to it that I can dig. No where near their best work though and I feel like this album really missed the mark with me. I found myself mostly uninterested with it, which is a shame because I […]

Crosses ††† – EP2 – 88%

Being a huge Deftones fan, I really like Crosses. I feel that anything Chino lends his voice to is a must check out album. I feel like these songs on EP2 offer a little more then the ones on EP1, more refined sound as if the band is coming into it’s own. I really dig […]

Surgeon – Surgeon EP – 95%

Absolutely brilliant guitar work here. The right combination of Intricacy and technicality, the band does a fantastic job on their epic build ups. They have a very distinct sound and vibe and this is simply a monster EP that could pass for an album. Every song just keeps getting better than the last! I’ve read […]