Album Review: Cloudscape – “A New Era”
This album is a strange one. Not in a bad way, it just crosses over so many genres, it’s a bit of a white knuckle ride. It ranges from melodic, to thrash, to power, to prog, and various others in between. It’s certainly an album of immense diversity.
Taking all that into consideration, this album is a very accomplished piece of work indeed. It’s certainly a feat of musical brilliance. Yes, you might gather that I like it, rather a lot actually. It’s a thrill ride from start to finish. It grabs you by the throat and drags you kicking and screaming all the way as it twists and turns, and peaks and troughs. The vocalist has an amazing voice, and it’s extremely powerful. It sits with the music perfectly.
Musically, this album is very good, and it doesn’t suffer from over-production. It’s raw and energetic, and certainly takes no prisoners. This album was dropped in my lap, and quite honestly, it’s completely knocked me sideways. It has that certain “something” that really piques my interest. I don’t know what that is, but it really got my juices flowing. This music excites me.
Unsurprisingly, these guys are from Sweden, and there seems to be a HUGE spotlight on Scandinavia right now, as there are some fantastic bands coming from that are of Europe. Cloudscape are no exception, they can hold their own against the many great bands out there. Their song writing is also very good, whether it’s an out and out rocker that makes you shake your fillings loose, or intricately constructed prog masterpieces of epic proportions, they take it all in their stride, and execute it with alarming precision.
I am very pleased to have been introduced to Cloudscape, as they are certainly a band I shall be keeping an eye on. These guys rock! Although as New Era is their 4th album, it looks like I’ve got a back catalogue to seek out. Give these guys a listen, because they are VERY good.