This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the lovely people of UG community discussing the matter of finest EPs ever released.
We received a healthy chunk of over 400 comments and plenty of votes, all of which were summed up into a nice little Top 25 rundown.
Before kicking things off, we'll note that honorable mentions include Hüsker Dü and "Metal Circus," Burzum's "Aske," Slayer's "Haunting the Chapel," Eminem and "Slim Shady EP," Brutal Truth's "Kill Trend Suicide," Mother Love Bone and "Shine," Gorguts' latest release "Pleiades' Dust," The Mars Volta and "Tremulant," One Day as a Lion's self-titled EP, as well as Queensrÿche's self-titled EP.
With all that stuff out of the way, let's proceed to the list. The goods await below.
25. Slowdive - Slowdive
Kicking things off with one of the finest shoegaze acts of all time, you folks voted Slowdive's self-titled EP to get this thing on the move. Released in 1990, about a year since the band's formation, the EP marked the very first Slowdive effort ever.
24. Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Marking the sole EP release in Between the Buried and Me opus thus far, "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues" was released back in 2011, marking the band's first collaboration with Metal Blade Records and the first part of a conceptual suite that continued with 2012's full-length album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence."
23. Mayhem - Deathcrush
This one's just a cult black metal album - Mayhem and "Deathcrush." Released in August 1987 as the band's first EP, the effort featured the lineup of Maniac, Euronymous, Necrobutcher, Manheim, and Messiah.
22. Twelve Foot Ninja - Smoke Bomb
Up next, you folks gave props to Twelve Foot Ninja's second EP, 2010's "Smoke Bomb."
21. Mogwai - My Father My King
Described as "two parts serenity and one part death metal," Mogwai's "My Father My King" is up next. Entirely instrumental, the Steve Albini-produced piece is based on a Jewish prayer called Avinu Malkeinu.
20. Jeff Buckley - Live at Sin-É
At No. 20, you folks voted Jeff Buckley's first commercial recording - 1993's "Live at Sin-é." The effort captures Mr. Buckley jamming on his trusty Fender Telecaster at the Sin-é coffeehouse in his neighborhood - the East Village in New York.
19. Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
It was this EP that marked the release of very first Black Flag music. The year was 1979, and the effort went by the name of "Nervous Breakdown."
18. Pearl Jam - Merkinball
In 1995, with three studio albums already under their belt, Pearl Jam joined forces with legendary Neil Young to release a two-song EP titled "Merkin Ball." The effort comes as a companion to Young's 1995 album "Mirror Ball," with songs from the two efforts complementing each other.
17. My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
UG user Bubu7 noted: "After many other minor EPs this was the first taste of what was to come in their full-length efforts. I think they still play all of these songs live, it's the only EP that they still consider this much and the reason is clear: every song sounds like first-class album material, nothing is worth of being called a B-side, pop melodies and cutting noise finally find the perfect balance."
16. Muse - Muscle Museum
Just so we're clear - there's the "Muscle Museum" single and there's the "Muscle Museum" EP, which made the list. Released in early 1999, the effort marked the band's second EP. It was limited to 999 hand-numbered copies.
15. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
Up next is the EP that marked the arrival of Mudhoney - "Superfuzz Bigmuff." Unveiled in 1988, the effort was named by two of the pedals the band was using during recording process: Univox Super-Fuzz and the Electro-Harmonix Big Muff.
14. Fugazi - Fugazi
As the first-ever recorded Fugazi effort, the band's self-titled EP featured a collection of seven tunes clocking in at around 23 minutes. Unlike every other Fugazi release that followed, this one features no guitar contributions from Guy Picciotto. It is also known as "7 Songs."
13. Periphery - Clear
Periphery are this week's Lucky 13 thanks to their 2014 EP "Clear." Guitarist Jake Bowen commented about the record: "'Clear' is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It's rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound. Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear's intro track 'Overture,' this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different."
12. Limp Bizkit - The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)
Very raw, very honest, Limp Bizkit and 2005's "The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)" are up next.
11. Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings
Hailed by some of you folks as the finest live EP ever, "Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings" brings Radiohead a step away from the Top 10.
10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada
According to Rate Your Music, this is the greatest EP of all time. According to UG community, it's in the Top 10. Canadian post-rock giants Godspeed You! Black Emperor and "Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada."
9. Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
Clocking in at 57:30, Dream Theater's "A Change of Seasons" 1995 EP is nearly two times longer than Slayer's full-length album "Reign in Blood" (28:58). That's prog for ya, although half of the record are covers...
8. Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
Consisting of eight Pixies tracks taken from the group's 1987 demo tape, "Come on Pilgrim" is the first more serious Pixies effort the world received. About a year later, they shook the world some more with full-length debut album "Surfer Rosa."
7. Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy
UG's very own N-D pointed out: "Maybe, one of the best electronic EPs ever - besides the title track (aka 'Pappy Mix'), it contains of maybe the best Aphex's tracks which are exclusive to this release."
6. Meshuggah - I
Nothing like a 21-minute one-song EP from Meshuggah to spice things up. The one and only "I" up next at No. 6.
5. The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton - Irony Is a Dead Scene
After original The Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Dimitri Minakakis left, but before Greg Puciato arrived to the gang, the boys have released an EP titled "Irony Is a Dead Scene," featuring none-other than legendary Mike Patton.
4. Nirvana - Hormoaning
3. Nine Inch Nails - Broken
2. Tool - Opiate
The silver medal goes Tool's major-label debut and the record that introduced them to the world in many ways - 1992's "Opiate."
1. Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
It is not a common case that an EP release contains some of the given artist's finest music, but that's the exact case with Alice in Chains' monumental 1994 EP "Jar of Flies." A gold medal for the boys this week!