Cloudkicker
Fade


2.0
poor

Review

by oltnabrick USER (22 Reviews)
August 4th, 2012 | 22 replies | 3,414 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where the best of old meets the best of new, with a cherry on top.

Last year, in November, we saw Cloudkicker make a drastic change to his sound, going from crazy time signature, in your face metal to a more ambient and acoustic post rock sound on “Let Yourself Be Huge”. Many wondered what would be next for Cloudkicker, would he continue his further exploration the sound on “Let Yourself Be Huge” or would he go back to a more metal sound on his 4th (or 5th if you count “Loop”) full-length album? Well the wait is over and I can say that this release shouldn’t disappoint fans on either side of the fence and I can easily see this bring in a few new fans too.

With “Fade”, Cloudkicker combines the lofty sound of “Let Yourself Be Huge” and the massive and metallic sound of “Beacons” or “The Discovery” perfectly. “Fade” is truly the culmination of everything that Cloudkicker has to offer. But don’t think that “Fade” is just an album of recycled sounds thrown into a blender; the album has a shoegazy element to it that was not on previous Cloudkicker albums. Tracks like “Garage Show” and “LA After Rain” are great examples of this new addition to his sound. The combination of the more traditional post-rock/metal Cloudkicker sound with the new shoegaze style gives the songs a more immersive feel to them and really adds to the feelings that Cloudkicker is trying to give you when you hear his music.

“Fade” also features the best production on a Cloudkicker release to date. The bass is very audible and high up in the mix on the whole album, which is really something special for an album like this, it gives the album a much larger and full sound. The layering of the guitars really adds a lot of depth to the songs and gives them a grander feeling, a feeling that would not have been possible had Cloudkicker only used one guitar track at a time.

"Fade" truly brings out the best and worst in Cloudkicker sounds. Creating what could be the best album of his career. Although fans of Cloudkicker’s earlier releases like “The Discovery” and “The Map is Not the Territory” may not be too keen that he no longer plays djent, a listener that wants more than just wild instrumentals and more matured songwriting should find something in “Fade”.



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oltnabrick
August 4th 2012


30785 Comments


The album is :[

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chesse13
August 4th 2012


3036 Comments


Pos I enjoyed reading this and I can't wait to listen to it. I also heated this had a battles influence?

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ChuckyTruant
August 4th 2012


15715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review

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mindleviticus
August 4th 2012


8229 Comments


album does slay

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J0ckstrapsFTW
August 4th 2012


3652 Comments


Slays indeed

oltnabrick
August 4th 2012


30785 Comments


I liked it more than Beacons.

SabertoothMonocle
August 6th 2012


493 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seattle. Album is tittaaays

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 10th 2012


15997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album and nice review pos'd.

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MO
September 10th 2012


18637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the amount of times i've spun seattle recently is ridiculous...and I can't stop

NeoSpaz
March 9th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seattle.. is just
wow

great album

oltnabrick
March 12th 2013


30785 Comments


lol wow cool

J0ckstrapsFTW
March 12th 2013


3652 Comments


"Thug waffle"

I lol'd

NeoSpaz
March 12th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woah did oltna actually be serious enough to write a review?

nice review olt

oltnabrick
March 12th 2013


30785 Comments


its not a joke

NeoSpaz
March 12th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nope

YakNips
May 31st 2013


10646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rating is a bit too low.

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oltnabrick
May 31st 2013


30785 Comments


what the hell, all these ghost negs

YakNips
May 31st 2013


10646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't know who would neg it, it's a great review

oltnabrick
May 31st 2013


30785 Comments


o thanks




im curious as to why you think this is a 5

YakNips
May 31st 2013


10646 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's hard for me to explain exactly why... I am a huge fan of Ben Sharp, but this might be my favorite album he's ever done. Just there's some combination that happens in my head with every song on here, and I connect with it emotionally, while also extremely enjoying the instrumentation. Ben Sharp just touches me without using words, I find his guitar work just perfect. I did a bad job of describing why I think this is a 5... I guess to me it just is.



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