Cloud Rat – Qliphoth LP
I first caught Cloud Rat in the basement of a house in Oshkosh, WI in 2012. It was the day before the initial Gilead Media fest kicked off and my buddies and I headed over to the unofficial pre-show not knowing quite what to expect. Needless to say, we were all blown away. I've always loved bands that are able to bring together disparate influences and tie them all together seamlessly. On "Qlipoth" I hear hints of Pig Destroyer, Assuck, Nausea, Darkthrone, Neurosis and even some of the post-screamo-with-post-rock-song-structures-hardcore of bands like Alpinist. With a influence list like that, it would be easy to sound like a jumbled mess of riff salad, but Cloud Rat blend them all together so smoothly the result ends up being truly more than the sum of its parts. Quite an accomplishment. 2000 on black vinyl.
Released by Halo of Flies Records.