Cloudkicker
Fade


4.0
excellent

Review

by Scott Krasman USER (31 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2012 | 169 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Something old and something new.

While he hasn’t always had a diehard group of fans salivating over everything Cloudkicker, Ben Sharp has been setting his own personal bar with every subsequent release since 2008’s The Discovery. Those who have been with him since the beginning have seen a dramatic change in his overall sound. The days of being compared to Meshuggah are long gone. Indeed, if one simply skipped over Sharp’s five other releases (discounting Loop), he would sound almost completely unrecognizable. 2010’s Beacons was the peak of his progressive-metal phase, in that he took every loose end that needed fixing and brought everything together. It was a breathtaking experience that put Sharp’s name on the map, but it was also the end of the sound he had been working so hard to refine. 2011’s Let Yourself Be Huge was a complete and total departure from Beacons, making use of minimalism and gentle acoustic guitars. Despite not matching the overall effectiveness of its predecessor, it somehow managed to satisfy even the longest of his listeners. 2012’s Fade represents another change in sound, but it’s also a combination of everything Sharp has produced since his pre-Cloudkicker days.

The most obvious and immediate difference from Sharp’s past releases is that the bass is no longer hiding in the guitar’s shadow, making for a fuller and more complete sound. The chemistry between the instruments (while being notable before) has never been more evident, with twinkling guitar leads twisting and bouncing off each other above Sharp’s steady drumming. Some riffs, including the winding introduction to “Garage Show”, are up there with the most creative he’s come up with over the years. Though there are moments of sheer heaviness, they are unfortunately few and far between and that has to disappoint fans of his early releases. Whereas Beacons contained several jaw-dropping moments, Fade is less immediate and demands multiple listens to find a similar level of appreciation. One example of this is in the final minute-and-a-half of “Our Crazy Night”, where Sharp incorporates the main acoustic riff of “This isn’t” from Let Yourself Be Huge into an all-out jam session to finish the album.

Though Fade doesn’t quite live up to the majesty of Beacons, it’s still among his most enjoyable releases and serves as a solid addition to a very consistent discography. Sharp’s greatest appeal as an artist stems from his lack of self-promotion, allowing others to spread the word while offering all of his work for free. At the end of the day, he’s just a normal man with a normal life who happens to be quite the musician. Despite the success and notoriety that have become a part of his life, he hasn’t seemed to have changed a bit.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Scoot
August 3rd 2012


17814 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

ya get this

MO
August 3rd 2012


18859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

great review, hard pos

J0ckstrapsFTW
August 3rd 2012


3652 Comments


Pos, great album

CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2012


29889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pos man, good review. Haven't heard this yet. Is it streaming anywhere or just all over youtube?

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MO
August 3rd 2012


18859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

streaming on his bandcamp


http://cloudkicker.bandcamp.com/


Calc
August 3rd 2012


12249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its a free DL Captain but yeah tis good mellow rock

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CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2012


29889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet thanks MO, and hell yeah Calc, gonna dl right now. Man I love bandcamp!

CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2012


29889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening now, sounds awesome!

MO
August 3rd 2012


18859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

wait till the track Seattle, rules

Dimor
August 3rd 2012


1779 Comments


Nice, i definitely gotta hear this

CaptainDooRight
August 3rd 2012


29889 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"wait till the track Seattle, rules"

actually on it now, sounds epic

cagedescending
August 3rd 2012


4124 Comments


Listened to this a couple of times so far, digging it. Seattle does rule. I hope Ben reaches Beacons
heights of quality with this newish sound though, I reckon he might within the next couple of releases

oh and quality review, pos

oltnabrick
August 3rd 2012


31080 Comments


"something old and something new." that is exactly how I was going to start my review. O well I'm still reviewing this.

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mindleviticus
August 3rd 2012


8292 Comments


Sounds kick ass. gonna listen soon


wacknizzle
August 3rd 2012


13470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review Scoot. Sounds awesome, I need to check this out.

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mindleviticus
August 3rd 2012


8292 Comments


enjoy the pos. album kicks ass so far

breakingthefragile
August 3rd 2012


2961 Comments


Shitload of reviews getting featured today. This is a great review though, so congrats on the feature.

mindleviticus
August 3rd 2012


8292 Comments


Major Scale the Summit feel. I'm going to be listening to this for a while.

iamthenightmare
August 3rd 2012


754 Comments


Other than the cliched summary this is a great review. Album rules

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2012


23909 Comments


really, really good review man. well deserved feature.

ive still not listened to this band

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