Guitar World's Top 10 EPs of 2012
Two thousand twelve may very well have been the best year for the album as an artform since the rise of single-song downloads and streaming music services.
While we speculated last year that fans might start seeing more EPs as bands look for ways to keep their attention during ever-lengthening tour cycles, the full-length dominated this year, thanks to high-profile releases from Van Halen, Jack White, Rush, Aerosmith, Soundgarden and more.
But that's not to say things were slim pickings in the world of EPs, either. Down kick-started what they promise to be an EP-heavy period of their career with the typically sludgy set of The Purple EP. Scion continued being the coolest car company around by releasing new EPs from Revocation and Arsis through their Scion AV branch.
Even that little old band from Texas got in on the act, releasing the Texicali EP as a digital-only holdover until the official release of La Futura.
Our Top 50 Albums of 2012 list is proof that the LP still reigns supreme in 2012, but if you're looking for something more bite-sized, you can't go wrong with any of the choices below.
10. Lynch Mob — Sound Mountain Sessions
Interview: George Lynch Discusses New Lynch Mob EP, 'Sound Mountain Sessions,' T&N and More
01. Down — Down IV: The Purple EP
Exclusive Video: Phil Anselmo Introduces New Down Release, 'The Purple EP'
02. Revocation — Teratogenesis
Exclusive: Revocation Live at Relapse Records Label Showcase
03. How to Destroy Angels — An Omen
How to Destroy Angels Release "Ice Age" Music Video
04. ZZ Top — Texicali
Interview: ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons and the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach
05. Pelican — Ataraxia/Taraxis
Interview: Pelican Guitarist Trevor de Brauw on The Band's New EP, 'Ataraxia/Taraxis'
06. Arsis — Leppers Caress
Exclusive: Arsis Premiere New Song, "Six Coffins Wide"
08. Havok — Point of No Return
07. Intervals — In Time
Intervals: Aaron Marshall "Mata Hari" Intro Riff Lesson
09. TesseracT — Perspective
TesseracT Streaming New Single, "Nocturne"