Looks like Cloudkicker is taking his music in the direction a la chilled-out groovey instrumental rock. Problem is, his unorthodox riffage was what made for such an immersive/atmospheric experience in the first place. I mean I can appreciate low-octane, as long is it's not boring. Most of this is kind of boring. Standouts are the quiet but busy Garage Show and Our Crazy Night (I guess). Going back to Beacons now, laterz.
Another step in the right direction for Ben Sharp. To me Fade proved to be the perfect melding of Ben's early work as a prog-metal instrumentalist and his more recent (and in my opinion better) post-rock/shoegaze work. If this is the direction Ben is continuing then he has made one fan very happy. 4.1/5
I love the dynamic of Fade, the floating airy feel that Sharp has bathed this album in, however the same feeling is conveyed in every song and you could almost put on any song and expect the same emotional response from any other part of the album; slightly melancholy, uplifting, serene and contemplative.
Such a beautifully crafted progressive metal/post rock album, that has ryou wondering "how can a metal album keep me this interested without having solos or catchy rriffs after another?". This quite different from his earlier releases, but the album manages rto keep your attention throughout, has beautifully crafted guitar harmonies and song rstructures and by the end I almost stood up for an applause. :]
"been listening to little too much siamese dream eh Mr. Sharp?"
"If you read about how Butch Vig recorded Siamese Dream [Smashing Pumpkins] I'm basically
trying to copy that-which should tell you something else about how it will sound."
"As I mentioned previously, you will definitely hear the Siamese Dream/You'd Prefer an
Astronaut influence. "-Ben Sharp