Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Well not really but here are my fave EPs of 2008. No real order here, but kind of. There is only one specific spot on this list and that is the main reason it was created. We'll start off with a little old school death metal.
Bloodbath - Unblessing The Purity
A great EP from a supergroup of Scandinavian fellows from bands such as Opeth and Katatonia. In my opinion it would be better if Dan Swano was still in the band, but you can't win them all. If you like good ol death metal, give it a whirl.

Ankh Amen Ra - Face The Day, Come What May
Let's just say that I love hip hop. I also love Egypt, maybe even moreso than hip hop, even though I haven't been there. This dude pretty much combines them from the cover art to his name. It's a nice ep with chill beats and good rhymes and Ankh has his head on straight by not giving you the ol guns bitches and drugs gimmick that is so popular. I'm pretty certain it was a free download when he dropped it so check for it.

Reign Supreme - American Violence
I will always and forever have a spot for heavy hardcore in my life and Reign Supreme scratched that itch when I first heard them. There is more than noticable Figure Four influence here but they do it well and I'm pretty sure we aren't gonna be seeing F4 play anytime soon. Regardless, they have a full length coming out this year and my fave song is on there and I already have a spot for it on my best of 2009 list! ha.

Alpha And Omega - Devil's Bed
Now I will admit that I wrote this off when I first heard it. I gave it a few more listens and was really into it. At first it was a little too Blacklisted derived but I realized that I love big riffs and this EP has them all over the place. This is a perfect example of a reason to give a record more than one spin. Now go do that.

Trapped Under Ice - Stay Cold
This band got hyped pretty damn quick and with good cause. This EP brings it, so hard. It's good front to back and I realize that this is only an EP but there isn't a time when you really want to fast forward or skip to the next track, except at the end of one song that has about 30 seconds of dead air.

Aspirations - EP!
I remember Stu telling me to check out his other project not long after we finished up a little tour with Daggermouth. I didn't get around to it and just let it slip. I saw that Aspirations was coming to town and it was a good excuse to see a friend that I rarely ever see. I went down there and was hooked from the get go. I picked up the EP! from my man and was cracked out instantly. Audio crack is all this is, with a touch of party hardcore thrown into the mix. I know this is a friend's project and all that and I could be a little biased but it's just amazing. I defy you to find a song on this record where you aren't bobbin your head or tappin your toes or even wanting to dance. Here is a little rememberance of that fateful night where friendships were shared and new amazing jams were heard.
Only the records left.

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