Yogyakarta, Indonesia’s Cloudburst fulfill all the needs of discordant hardcore fans with their new, self-titled album.
The record kicks off with an explosive bang in the form of “Strange Acrobat”; an energetic metalcore number that echoes both pre-Jane Doe Converge and early 2000s post-hardcore. The song slings vicious, angular hardcore and piercing panic chords in every direction right from the start, aided by blood-curdling, vomitory vocals to amplify their intensity. The song eventually breaks down into a melodic bridge that builds into an anthemic climax of powerful riffs, only to transition back into the riff madness that started the song.
The rampage continues from there and Cloudburst cause ample destruction in the tracks that follow. “Crimson Mask” weaves together bouncing, serpentine guitar acrobatics with off-kilter breakdowns throughout, as well as utilizing blistering, Slayer-esque leads for added punishment. “Tornado” stays true to its name and traps listeners in a swirling gust of cacophonous, dissonant riffs and hammering rhythms. The final one-two punch of “First Cry” and “Final Cry” offers nothing but chaotic, jagged guitars, muscular hardcore grooves, and caustic beatdowns. Fans of early metallic hardcore definitely came to the right place.
The record does hit a bit of drag, however, during some of its longer cuts. Tracks such as “Eternal Gunfight” and “Human Origami” push the limits of their five-minute runtimes with lengthy, repetitious midsections that tend to outstay their welcome. These sections eventually reach some pretty hellacious climaxes, but the songs fail to establish enough tension during these moments for the climaxes to have a lasting impact.
Overall, Cloudburst‘s sophomore effort offers more than enough chaotic, blood-pumping hardcore for fans of the genre. Those who enjoy violent mosh music will want to remember their name.
Release Date: January 4, 2019
Label: Samstrong Records
Favorite Tracks: “Strange Acrobat”, “Crimson Mask” and “First Cry”
For Fans Of: Converge, Botch, Integrity and Deadguy