Clouds (INT)
Dor


4.5
superb

Review

by MetalSoliloquy USER (11 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2018 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crushingly heavy and painfully beautiful.

In my opinion, funeral doom is not only one of the heaviest genres of metal, it is also probably the most suitable genre for evoking emotions in the listener. While those two aspects do not necessarily coincide in other genres of music, they do in funeral doom. I guess what I am trying to say here is that the heaviness of funeral doom and its emotional impact on the listener are two dimensions of one phenomenon. It’s the substance of the music that is heavy, both sonically and emotionally. Of course, this only is the case if the songwriting allows for it to happen. Funeral doom can be beautiful and devastating, hopeful and crushing, dark and uplifting all at the same time, if it is well-composed. That’s what I love about the genre--its ability to confuse and exert your emotions and leave you completely shattered in the end. Clouds manage to do just that on their latest album, Dor.

Clouds are a relatively young international band currently based in London, UK, and founded in 2013, whose music can be described as atmospheric funeral/death doom metal. Their compositions focus a lot on the atmosphere of the music, and the band uses plenty of musical elements such as ambient samples and orchestral instruments to create said atmosphere. Their deeply melancholic mixture of death and doom metal already impressed me when I heard their debut album Doliu, which is one of the best funeral/death doom records I’ve heard to this day. On their third album Dor Clouds once again offer an absolutely crushing and beautiful album that no fan of the genre should miss out on.

Dor lives off the contrast between atmospheric, floating orchestral/synth soundscapes, beautiful melodies and crushingly heavy riffs, clean harmonious singing and devastating low death growls. Dark and light, hope and desperation collide in these compositions. The lyrics talk of disappointment, disillusioning and doubt--they tell the story of a soul losing a loved one, and as a result falling into a pit of crushing sadness. Depression, despair and darkness characterize the mood of the lyrics. But at the same time there is beauty in these songs. There is wonder and hope piercing through the desperation, like sunlight through a thick wall of clouds. This album is a truly beautiful piece of art that leads you into darkness and transforms it into light.

The album is absolutely wonderfully written. The incorporation of orchestral elements into the compositions is as close to perfect as it probably can be. The use of the cello/violin (I'm not entirely sure which of the two it is, sorry) on the title track is only one example of a near perfect marriage of death-doom and classical music. Generally, the timing of calmer, more melodic and heavier sections is fantastic and very effective. I was already impressed by the way Evoken balanced such different elements and moods on their latest album Hypnagogia, but I actually think Clouds did an even better job here. You are thrown into darkness, picked up again, elevated to the light and thrown back down again by this album. It’s beautiful and painful and beautifully painful.

As if the fantastic music by the band wasn't enough, Dor features guest vocals by artists such as Gogo Melone (Aeonian Sorrow), Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste), Sylvaine, Mihu (Abigail), Kayla Dixon (Witch Mountain) and Caleb Bergen (Sleepwalkers,) who all do a great job here. The album feels very thought-through and fleshed out. It’s well-rounded and logical in its development. I really can’t say anything negative about this album, except one or two spoken word sections that come off a little cheesy (I had the same complaint about the latest Evoken album, so it might be a general issue I have with the genre). Apart from that, it’s pretty much a perfect melodic/atmospheric funeral/death doom album and you should definitely check it out if you are a fan of anything melancholic, emotional, and dark.



Originally published at www.sleepingvillagereviews.com



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 22nd 2018


8880 Comments


Album stream:
http://cloudsofficial.bandcamp.com/album/dor-2

Good album, pos.



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thegreywind
November 23rd 2018


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is great, I find it more engaging than their previous albums. The Last day of sun is amazing.

Maco097
November 30th 2018


3263 Comments


They bring the feelz once again.

paradoxical
December 12th 2018


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gets better with every listen. That track with Pim Blankenstein is stirring.

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Hawks
December 26th 2018


73886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck this is sooooo gooooood.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
December 26th 2018


12928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review deserves a good bumping



Pos’d

Hawks
December 26th 2018


73886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fuck yeah. m/

Laen
April 29th 2020


514 Comments


There's three separate pages for Clouds with duplicate album listings and it's screwing with me, really needs a cleanup.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2020


12928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Take it to the Forum like a big boy.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2020


8880 Comments


^^Don't touch anything, these are different bands using the same name.



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