I can not begin to tell you how happy I am to finally own this EP. Ever since happening across the track Grim Reefer months ago I’ve been sporadically trying to find a social media and sales outlet for this band.
It’s not their fault, it’s my own technological stupidity. After realising I could expand the info under the YouTube info and a bunch of links to everything I’ve ever wanted was there all along. Lesson learnt, I’d be embarrassed about it if I cared enough about technology.
So anyway, Cloud…
Who Are They?
They are Jeff “Trash” Hartwell on guitars, Josh Dower in Bass and Scott Rebarchek on crash symbol smashing duties. They are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Instrumental. Epic. Atmospheric. Stoner Doom Metal. And that is all that is required to be said.
Today in art corner we have an album cover by Mark Paich, and lets face it, it fucking rocks.
The opening track, Cosmic Carousel, starts with a guitar intro that posseses all the eery resonance of a church organ and grand acoustics of being recorded in a religious building. We’re then introduced to the fuzzy, angry riff that eventually paves the way for the heavy blues tone that takes control and drives the song. The leads, using a cleaner, more classic warm tone add a nice additional layer to the track. The track travels from atmospheric to balls out rock and back again, hitting truely epic status halfway through with almost tribal tom work and reverb laden guitar tone.
Unpolished is like a little bridge between the two main tracks on the EP. Again, full of atmosphere, all played over the sound of running water and rain. Its a swampy, not heavy but dark and moody, peice.
Then you get to hear the magnum opus of the EP. Grim Reefer. Everything is on point in this track. Incredible drum work, driving bass both overlayed by heavy but crisp guitar work. All the instruments do their part in creating epic soundscapes in this track. This is 7min 34 second of my life that felt like 1 minute, such is the power and draw of the music. You simply must hear this track.
I’m every bit as impressed with this EP as I hoped I would be, having finally found it.
If you can buy it ($6) buy it here, it’s a must have in Doomers collection. You can also have a listen below, it’s a little bit of genius;
These guys who have another recording on the way so give them a follow and see whats next.