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Clouds Taste Satanic : To Sleep Beyond The Earth

Clouds Taste Satanic carry on the torch of Traditional Doom, with a balance between minimal, intelligent songwriting and pristine sonic treatment.

Up for review today we have Clouds Taste Satanic (what an awesome band name!) and their debut release titled 'To Sleep Beyond the Earth', an equally powerfully-named theme to mark the beginning of their journey as an ensemble. And one can be well-assured that they have produced nothing short of a memorable conglomeration of classic, tasty Doom for our listening pleasure. Hailing all the way from the Big bad Apple we have Sean (bass), Christy (drums), Steven and David (guitars) who make up the frontline of the band. The track-list on the album may appear modest, however the 2 mammoth-sized tracks (encompassing 4 sections that appear to make up one solidly-lengthy track, in a similar vein to that of 'Dopesmoker') easily match up to the duration of any standard Doom release.

In an era where experimental fusion and unnecessary complexity appears to characterize the strategy of the majority of bands, Clouds Taste Satanic have instead boldly chosen to stand firm amongst the classic roots that spawned the origins of the genre we love and adore. 'To Sleep Beyond the Earth' demonstrates a refreshing simplicity rooted in time-honored classical structures, enveloped around a subtle presence of intelligent songwriting that is prevalent throughout the entire album. The musical content itself is filled with some wonderful progressions that rise and fall seamlessly to form an enduring momentum, ranging from soaring leadwork floating over solid Stoner-Blues influenced riffage to mournfully-reflective plucking passages. The compositional framework appears to suggest a ‘step-process oriented structure’ with no forced-fancy-sudden transitions from one section to the next. This is not to suggest a lack of capability, but more so a display of the band’s honest approach to their music and expression thereof. Depending on your particular 'cup of tea' of doom, the repetitive and prolonged duration of certain passages on the album may appear monotonous for those who prefer their music to be of a more dynamic and progressive nature. The interesting aspect of this album lies in its ability to serve as a meditative and reflective canvas for the mind to roam freely without imposition. The more I spent time with 'To Sleep Beyond the Earth', the deeper my connection and adoration for the album was realized.

The production on this album is noteworthy, in fact almost exceptional. All instrumentation has been shaped with acute precision, and yet not at all in an exaggerated form, thus maintaining a wonderfully-organic mix that allows all instruments to sit comfortably in their respective positions, whilst simultaneously enhancing one another, in the context of the whole. The warm yet powerful presence of the mix very much complements the band’s musical style, with full credit duly forwarded to the band and respective engineer for their efforts in crafting such a stellar piece of production.

Clouds Taste Satanic carry on the torch of Traditional Doom, but with their own modern and unique twist of songwriting and production standards that forge a desirable balance between minimal, intelligent songwriting and pristine sonic treatment. Harbouring a slightly higher preference for the first half of the record over the second, 'To Sleep Beyond the Earth' is an admirable piece of work that would appeal to most Doom palettes. My personal belief is that in its entirety, the album conveys this: a reminder of the core element that brings us all together in our common appreciation and recognition of this genre that we love and surrender to, unconditionally, every single day. If you’ve come this far, hop on to the band’s Bandcamp page and pick up a copy of their (digital or physical) debut release today!

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Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. To Sleep Beyond The Earth (Parts I & II)
2. To Sleep Beyond The Earth (Parts III & IV)

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

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Reviewed on 2014-10-13 by Trishay J Trada
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