Cloudkicker
The Discovery


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (79 Reviews)
March 27th, 2014 | 85 replies | 3,369 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite a bit of obvious repetition, Ben Sharp's debut is seamless, intense, epic and the most important one of them all: Mature.

It’s not every day one comes across an album this mature that also happens to be the band's debut. What makes matters more impressive is how Ben created this album all by his lonesome with no other help. Ben Sharp made The Discovery for himself and only for himself which is quite refreshing in a musician. He also didn’t ask for a specific price and he simply gave people the option to buy it if they wanted to. Regardless of how much cash he pulled in this was Ben’s passion. Under the pseudonym Cloudkicker, Ben barreled into the progressive metal scene with a reckless abandon and what a debut album this turned out to be. Essentially one long song, The Discovery is cohesive, creative and uses repetition to its full advantage by means of building and building on the guitar riffs introduced in the first couple of tracks. Rest assured, The Discovery is an intense thrill ride of an album filled with top notch post rock esque builds and epic production.

The blaring sirens in the beginning of “Genesis Device” inspires the listeners to prepare themselves and soon enough the hard hitting guitar work comes in. At first, Ben’s riffs may come off as overly repetitious and the truth is, they are in fact repetitious. However, The Discovery is best looked at as a whole work instead of coming back to individual songs and the repetition is meant to build a foundation for what is to come next. Sure enough, “Dysphoria” builds upon what was hard in “Genesis Device.” Ben’s charismatic guitar playing and expertly programmed drumming performance create a brooding, intense atmosphere that makes for an incredibly compelling ride. The title track is without a doubt the standout of the heavier tracks with its epic progression and ominous post rock like build. It explodes, subsides and then little by little rises again in a stunning fashion. This track also showcases the album’s crisp, top notch production and Ben pulls this off these heavy songs as a one man band which is impressive. However, the album also excels in delivering the very quiet and touching moments with finesse.

Once “Segue” starts the listener’s state of mind immediately develops a sense of peace along with "Convington" which delivers in giving the listener a strong sense of determination. "Segue" has beautiful and soaring guitar work that acts as the perfect interlude to transition into the title track. The song ends with thirty seconds of gentle feedback to give the listener time to process all that was heard. “Convington” delivers in a simpler mood but in a more epic fashion with typically touching guitar work and a fantastic sound to the drums. It seriously sounds like someone is actually drumming throughout the entire album, but the sound of them in “Convington” creates such a euphoric mood that one would never guess that Ben used a computer program instead of real drums.

Once “States” fades into oblivion all that the listener will want is more. Ben Sharp crafted an exceptionally seamless, compelling, heavy and downright inspiring epic that really showcases his talent. The Discovery features fantastic production and an astounding amount of maturity not often seen in debut albums. The fact that The Discovery happens to be a bit repetitious at times may turn some off and at times those who love it may simply want more variety, but the album nonetheless soars with its intensity and passion. His desire to only make his music because he wants to and not for money is quite refreshing. Little did he know that when he released this he’d develop a fairly devoted fan base. Anyone looking to get their hands on Ben’s debut has the option to get it for little to no money, but it’s worth every penny after all is said and done.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2014



10064 Comments


It’s not every day one comes across an album that has a “name your price” icon on Bandcamp.

Then you must be looking in the wrong places

Digging: The Contortionist - Language

thelastsignal
March 27th 2014



1340 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Then you must be looking in the wrong places"
Yeah, man there's quite a few. Good review, this is one of the artists that I've been meaning to check out for a long time.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Am I? Sorry I've just never found a band like that. I'll change that.

climactic
March 27th 2014



18708 Comments


nice rev

i like cloudkicker a lot but this album is way too homogenous for anything near a 5 imo, he improved his sound lots on future releases

Funeralopolis
March 27th 2014



11219 Comments


like half the bands on bandcamp tho

Digging: Banks - Goddess

ShitsofRain
March 27th 2014



5865 Comments


i started with beacons and never really cared about the discovery

Ecnalzen
March 27th 2014



6500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, def change the name your price thing, mongers. That's pretty common on bandcamp.

This a great read, guy. Might be one of your best, imo. I will have to listen to this again and try to look at it the way you do. Maybe I have been 'missing the point' this whole time, ha ha.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There changed it a bit. Sorry for putting that bit haha

Thanks a lot Ec!

Ecnalzen
March 27th 2014



6500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"It’s not every day one comes across an album this mature that also happens to be the bands's debut."

Dat dere just don't look right.

Wadlez
March 27th 2014



3891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Used to dig this more than I do now.

Ecnalzen
March 27th 2014



6500 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"It seriously sounds like someone is actually drumming throughout the entire album, but the sound of the drums in “Convington” create such a euphoric mood that one would never guess that Ben used a drum program instead of real drums."

Also, I feel like you could work this over just a bit. So much drums mentioning.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LOL "bands's." Beware of my stupidity Ec it'll kill you.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



15906 Comments


heard a couple of his albums, not bad, yeh lots of name your price on bandcamp pity is that wading though the shite takes ages some of them i heard on there 'name your price' should mean what they gonna pay you to listen all the way through

Digging: Nemrud - Journey of the Shaman

spookynewghostfriend
March 27th 2014



3339 Comments


pls do not kick the cloud D:

JS19
March 27th 2014



4219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

a..... 5? Cool

Digging: 68 - In Humor and Sadness

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep, this is amazing

Futures
March 27th 2014



9607 Comments


All I have heard is Let Yourself be Huge. Gotta jam this. Great review as always Mongi.

Digging: Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2014



9804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. It's MUCH heavier than Let Yourself Be Huge.

Futures
March 27th 2014



9607 Comments


Sweet. Sounds like I will love this.

MO
March 27th 2014



18518 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OMG Mongi this adds to your coolness!

Definitely his best album. The title track is one of the greatest journies in music ever. The amazing buildup, slow slow slow but you just know it's about to unleash.

Also States is such a fucking jam.



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