Red Tide Rising Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks 2016 Top 10 New EPs List

Courtesy: Vanity Records

Courtesy: Vanity Records

2016 has been an outstanding year for new music.  New albums from every genre have flooded the market.  While albums take center stage for so many audiences and critics alike, they are not the only new recordings that are deserving of attention.  EPs deserve just as much attention as albums this year and every year.  Keeping that in mind, this critic has maintained a list of the year’s top new EPs throughout the year.

Now with the year’s final weeks winding down, Phil’s Picks begins its annual “Best Of” lists with a list of the year’s top new EPs as, again, they are deserving of as much attention as the mass of albums released across the board.  This year’s list is topped by hard rock outfit Red Tide Rising’s new EP Voices.  Also included in this year’s list are new EPs from Fenix TX, Silvertung, Orgy and many others.

As in previous years, the lists presented by Phil’s Picks are topped by the year’s top 10 new releases.  An extra five releases worthy of honorable mention are included, too.  That brings each list’s count to 15.  Having said all of that, here is the first of Phil’s Picks “Best Of” lists for 2016.  It is 2016’s Top 10 New EPs.


2016 TOP 10 NEW EPs


1) Red Tide Rising – Voices


2) Fenix TX – CRE.EP


3) Silvertung – Out of the Box


4) Tengger Cavalry – Mountainside


5) Aree and the Purehearts – Aree and the Purehearts


6) Into The Fire – Into The Fire


7) Essential End – Essential End


8) Not A Planet – Smokebombs and Cigarettes


9) Orgy – Talk Sick


10) KT Tunstall – Golden State


*11) Guttermouth – New Car Smell


*12) The Brevet – Embers Chapter 2


*13) Crystal Yates – The Other Side


*14) Death Valley Dreams – Death Valley Dreams


*15) Step Sisters – Thick


Tomorrow, Phil’s Picks will offer up 2016’s Top 10 New CD Re-Issues.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at

Tengger Cavalry Unveils ‘Mountain Side’ Video

Tengger Cavalry debuted its new music video this week.

The New York-based Mongolian metal act debuted the video for its song ‘Mountain Side’ on Monday.  The song is the title from the band’s newly released Mountain Side EP.  The video features live footage of the band presented in a rather psychedelic fashion.  Audiences can view the video online now via Noisey.


Courtesy: Tengger Cavalry

Courtesy: Tengger Cavalry


The band’s new video was directed by one of its own, Uljmuren, the band’s morin khuur player.  The morin khuur is also known as a horsehead fiddle.  It is considered to be one of the Mongol people’s most important instruments and a symbol of the Mongolian nation.  It is literally topped by a carved horse’s head and is played in the style similar to a cello.  Front man Nature Ganganbaigal noted Uljmuren’s experience behind the lens in discussing why the band opted to have him helm its new video.  “Before Uljmuren came to the US, he was a TV show and film director in Inner Mongolia in China,” he said.  “He participated in more than 200 episodes of TV show production. His TV show was very popular among the Mongolian community in China. The show discussed controversial conflicts between modern society and nomadic life. He also went to professional music school in Beijing and participated in multiple rock/metal bands.”

Tengger Cavalry was recently awarded a Bronze Medal for ‘Mountain Side’ as part of the annual Global Music AwardsMountain Side presents a mix of alternate arrangements of songs from the band’s latest full-length studio recording Blood Sacrifice Shaman (2015), folk recordings, and new songs.  Fans can stream Blood Sacrifice Shaman online now via the band’s Bandcamp site.  The complete track listing for Mountain Side is noted below.

Courtesy: Tengger Cavalry

Courtesy: Tengger Cavalry

Mountain Side EP track listing:

1. Intro

2. Mountain Side

3. War Horse (2016 version)

4. Mountain Side (acoustic)

5. Interlude

6. Mountain Side (Club Mix)

7. Krutaya Gora

8. Mountain Side (Instrumental)

9. Bonus-Tengger Cavalry (live)

10. Bonus-Folk Jam 01

11. Bonus-Folk Jam 02


Tengger Cavalry will launch a tour next month in support of its new EP.  The tour is currently scheduled to begin Saturday, May 14th in Naugutuck, CT.  It also includes a stop in North Carolina on Thursday, June 2nd.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

Courtesy:  Tengger Cavalry

Courtesy: Tengger Cavalry



5/14 – Naugatuck, CT @ Cooks Cafe

5/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

5/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter

5/18 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

5/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

5/22 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings

5/24 – Seattle, WA @ Highline

5/25 – Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon

5/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room

5/27 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick

5/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room

5/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock

5/31 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog

6/1 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia

6/2 – Asheville, NC @ Mothlight

6/4 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall


More information on Tengger Cavalry’s new EP is available online now, along with all of the latest updates on the band’s upcoming tour, and all of the band’s latest headlines at:





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