CLOUD RAT: Qliphoth: LP

Fucking hell! Where have Cloud Rat been all my life? Or better yet, how far has my head up been my own ass all this time? There’s quite the heap of influences to uncover with each track but the album predominantly shines the spotlight on grind, metalcore, and perhaps even some black metal, though mostly by way of the rapid-fire, non-stop drum blasts. Some of the heavier riffs invoke the stoner sludge tendencies of bands like Eyehategod or Buzzoven. I seriously haven’t heard an album so varied in style yet so perfectly balanced since Soilent Green’s 1998 juggernaut Sewn Mouth Secrets. If there were any justice in this world, Cloud Rat would be sending many a shoegaze-core band running home to change their diapers. All hail Qliphoth

 –Juan Espinosa (Halo Of Flies / IFB / Moment Of Collapse / React With Protest / 7 Degrees)