Cloudkicker
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3.5
great

Review

by Blindsided USER (64 Reviews)
August 12th, 2010 | 44 replies | 13,737 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's free, well put together instrumental metal. Let's face it you've got nothing to lose.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Musicians work hard to make the music that we love, so why not reward them? In this case, Cloudkicker, the solo project of Ben Sharp, is nothing more than an expressive, selfless effort to make some really great music at the listeners benefit. It’s all recorded by him, produced, and then distributed free over his Bandcamp page as a free download. Does he even require or ask for donations? Negative, ghost rider. Cloudkicker’s 2010 EP ]]][[[ is just three songs of pure metal harmony that bridge on the gap between post and progressive metal to meld a nice mix of two worlds that need reacquainting.

This EP fits nicely in with the progressive metal genre among giants such as Animals As Leaders or Scale The Summit. The first track “#” starts off rather lightly with more of a rock sense and then gradually builds into a serious metal groove after it hits the peak around three and a half minutes. The riffs in this song are most reminiscent of Between The Buried and Me or possibly another prized album of the year, Peril and The Patient by Called To Arms. While it seems for the rest of the song the same riff is recycled and used over and over again, the song is still consistent enough to keep the listeners attention at six minutes in length. The middle man, “%” is the prized possession of this short release. Although it doesn’t have an epic buildup in the traditional sense, the whole song gives off the feeling that you could expect one any moment. The guitar playing is fluid, not too heavy and not too light. In a much heavier sense it really reminds me of “Untitled 3” off of Sigur Ros’s ( ). The last track is “$” which starts off heavier, drops off in the middle and then picks up in the end again. It’s a rather standard instrumental until then end when Mr. Sharp displays his skills with a pretty fast fingered solo to finish off the EP in a good fashion. One element of the album that some might not agree with is the drumming which is done by software so it can get rather repetitive at times, but with the constant riffs blundering your eardrums you probably won’t even notice. Nonetheless, it’s another solid and free release from Cloudkicker. What have you got to lose besides 15 minutes of your time?

Cloudkicker's music can be downloaded free here: http://cloudkicker.bandcamp.com



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East Hastings
August 12th 2010



4391 Comments


What have you got to lose besides 15 minutes of your time?


Parallels
August 12th 2010



6640 Comments


hmmmm ill look into this later/ very interesting. pos'd

bloc
August 12th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Cloudkicker has never been my thing, too boring.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Blindsided
August 12th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bloc for fucks sake at least listen to %.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2010



30882 Comments


This sounds interesting

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

bloc
August 12th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol, just looked at the song titles. I honestly though those were just mistakes. Alright Joe, I will.

bloc
August 12th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, this was alright actually. % was cool, but I really liked #.

Blindsided
August 12th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I figured the you'd like the first track more since its somewhat After The Burial ish.

bloc
August 13th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Haha, I def hear it

climactic
August 13th 2010



18342 Comments


Every album ever made is free

IAJP
August 13th 2010



378 Comments


i downloaded this and a few others (Discovery, portmanteau) then, gonna enjoy it through the day. thanks for the rec, will let you know how i find it

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
August 13th 2010



7021 Comments


I like the beginning and end of this EP. The middle is just monotonous.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

DoubtGin
August 13th 2010



6748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I usually cant stand instrumental prog metal but since this is pretty short, I've come to enjoy it..

bloc
August 13th 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Downloaded the rest of the albums too, maybe spark a new liking for this guy.

Scoot
August 13th 2010



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Love all of this guy's work. Portmanteau is his best.

Check out his post-rock stuff under B.M. Sharp, it's amazing.

Digging: Unjust - Glow

Blindsided
August 13th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good to see this is getting some love.

Scoot
August 15th 2010



17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

He's got a full length in September called Beacons.

Puuuuuuuumped.

Sevhead
August 21st 2010



569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Is the full length under BM Sharp? Or another Cloudkicker?

climactic
August 21st 2010



18342 Comments


Cloudkicker

bloc
August 21st 2010



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How does one kick a cloud?



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