AlbumsNovember 29, 201112,263 views

Clouds We Are Above You

01. Empires in Basements 02. Feed the Horse 03. The Bad Seat 04. Heisenberg Says... 05. Motion of the Ocean 06. Slow Day 07. Horrorfication 08. Year Zero 09. Glass House Rocks 10. Playing Dark 11. Garbage In, Garbage Out
2008 Hydra Head Records
Our score 8

by Nick

They're still doing it. Despite an ever increasing number of musical endeavors, the Cave In camp continues to churn out nothing but quality releases, with Adam McGrath's Clouds joining the impressive ranks of Old Man Gloom, Zozobra, Pet Genius and Octave Museum. Sure, We Are Above You isn't Clouds' first release (last year's Legendary Demo was an appropriate introduction to the band's classic rock/punk/stoner metal hybrid), but this record's relentless delivery of everything from explosive, fast-moving rock to psychedelic amplifier worship sure does make a strong case for Clouds stealing the top spot in the battle of exemplary post-Cave In acts. But hey, this isn't a competition. If it was, there'd be some serious ethical rivalry issues, as We Are Above You also features the addition of bassist "Johnny Coolbreeze" of Pet Genius and Octave Museum to the band's already experienced line-up. Much like Mike Hill's Tombs, Clouds is yet another example of the value in veteran musicianship. It sure doesn't hurt to trust your listening ears to a few guys who have done their time in the Boston music scene. "Empires in Basements" kicks the disc into gear with thick stoner metal riffs accompanied by McGrath's melodic yell before opening things up with a massively melodic chorus. "Heisenberg Says." switches gears with its noisy punk feel, giving off a few hints to some Bad Brains influence during its sub-two minute duration. "Motion of the Ocean" fills the musical gap between the vintage blues rock of Deep Purple and the later metallic rock leanings of Entombed. And the psychedelic open spaces of the closer, "Garbage In, Garbage Out," offer yet another musical dimension, closing the record with warm guitar licks and McGrath's gritty wails. We Are Above You is simply an intelligent rock record that refuses to comply with the boundaries of the stoner rock and metal genres. It's not just a release looking to deliver a series of monstrous riffs (rest assured, they're in there). It's a release capable of slamming together major songwriting shifts without losing any of the momentum and energy that is essential for a successful rock offering. Fans of everything rock 'n roll will have no trouble getting into this. Bottom Line: Clouds' We Are Above You accomplishes two things. First, it reaffirms the general rule of the thumb that everything members of Cave In touch turns to musical gold. And then it exposes much of the stoner/vintage rock scene for its one-dimensional songwriting and lethargic vision. Clouds is just a smarter, livelier, and more innovative band. Period.


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shacklemenot_ 10/1/2008 7:42:39 PM


tower_ 10/1/2008 7:44:09 PM

why does nick do/get so much reviews ?

arty_mcfarty_ 10/1/2008 7:54:06 PM

this album blows........clean the dick out of your ears

arty_mcfarty_ 10/1/2008 9:29:31 PM

on second thought, that was kind of harsh.........this album does bring the "meh" though maybe 5/10

thisishowyoudrive_ 10/1/2008 9:41:01 PM

oh my god nick does so many reviews why does he like things like this why doesnt he like colors why does he live in texas who is cave in rabble rabble rabble

Nick_ 10/1/2008 10:05:25 PM


Zodiac_ 10/2/2008 12:18:32 AM

this album came out months ago. why the f*ck is this site so late on this shit?? Webbie, I will help out free of charge!

tower_ 10/2/2008 2:11:24 AM

was that really THAT funny nick.... good lord. settle down.

SCRAGG_ 10/2/2008 6:57:46 AM


kill_x_hippies_ 10/2/2008 8:59:07 AM

this band sucks so bad.

vegard_ 10/2/2008 9:22:24 AM

"the Cave In camp continues to churn out nothing but quality releases" LIES, gtfo

wizardsbeard_ 10/2/2008 2:20:08 PM

I spent last summer at Cave In Camp.

dot357_ 10/3/2008 4:24:11 AM

very nice listen.. quality songs with good production!

MarginError_ 10/3/2008 7:20:54 AM

Nick, wtf are you talking about? This CD was such a letdown....Legendary Demo was great....this album was shit in comparison.

anonymous 10/3/2008 9:59:49 PM

your reviews are predictable and boring. go away.

anonymous 10/3/2008 10:00:08 PM

and you like horrible, favor of the week horseshit

thisishowyoudrive_ 10/3/2008 10:27:31 PM

sit down tower, you dont get it

severedintwo is a faggot_ 10/8/2008 10:59:27 AM

I'm getting sick of these artistic, noisy, experimental, one word bands that everyone jocks...that garbage sounds the same.

vcreationv_ 10/9/2008 1:07:58 PM

i saw clouds live last year and they sucked.

mr_fuck_ 6/14/2010 12:17:51 PM

This album rules!