Best Of 2013: Eric’s Favorite Albums Of The Year

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Hello again, fellow Aftermathers! My prolonged absence from the American Aftermath world officially ends NOW with this penultimate annual post, a small but personally necessary pittance to the plentiful albums and artists that sustained me throughout this most bountiful year in extreme music. The following thirty item list reflects full-length albums only with an aural adherence to the hardcore and powerviolence realms as per my listening habits this year. A ton of awesome death metal revivals as well as resurgences from other notables in the general metal realm happened this year (Gorguts, Carcass, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ulcerate etc.) of which I listened(or rather actively listened) to practically NONE. I simply wasn’t feeling it at this year and intend to return to survey these releases at another time. Thanks to the Aftermath crew especially Ross Gnarly, Lane “The Machine” Oliver, and Josh Huddleston, the bands and musicians, and last but not least, you, the readers! Peep the list after the jump. Continue reading

Review: CLOUD RAT-”Moksha”

By Lane Oliver

Michigan’s grinding hardcore misfits, Cloud Rat, are a band that has apparently slipped through my cracks for some time. The other writers have mentioned Cloud Rat before but I never had a chance to give them a listen before their new full length, Moksha, fell into my lap. I obsessively checked out the band’s back catalog before giving this record a listen and was still not prepared for what Moksha would bring. This record shows Cloud Rat at their heaviest, rawest and shows them breaking new ground as well.

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Liberator: CLOUD RAT Streaming Track Off Of Upcoming Album “Moksha”

By a ricochet means of communication, I first found out about Cloud Rat from AA head, Ross Gnarly, who in turn found out about them from J. Randall’s(ANb, Japanese Torture Comedy Hour) independent noise/grind/hip-hop/powerviolence label, Grindcore Karaoke. Cloud Rat play a frenzied style of grindcore that borderlines between the brittle melodics of 90s screamo and the caustic violence of black metal. Following up on their devastating split with Republic Of Dreams is their upcoming full length album, Moksha(out Feb. 2013 via Halo Of Flies Records), which roughly translates into Sanskrit to mean either “liberation” or “release”, a definite catharsis and liberation from stress for me personally. A track off of Moksha, entitled “Aroma” is currently streaming exclusively over at Halo Of Flies official site. Stream that here and Cloud Rat’s previous full length albums(one is actually a compilation), available free(and as vinyl here) via Grindcore Karaoke below. Details on the album are poised to be released soon as well as pre-order information. We’ll keep you posted. Stay grind.

Moving Mouths, Burning Does: Stream CLOUD RAT’s New Split Now

I discovered Cloud Rat a while back and posted about them back in November. I haven’t posted about them since, but I have been listening and awaiting new music from the trio. Well, my wishes have been granted in the form of a new split released between Cloud Rat and Republic Of Dreams. The Rat have released their side of the split, which I have taken upon myself to stream below. Get your brain bent around this for a while. It’s amazing. You can download their side of the split here and keep up with the band here stream the Rat side of the split after the jump.

I’ve Got The Fever: Enter CLOUD RAT’s Latest Record

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about Cloud Rat. Don’t think it’s because I’ve forgotten about the band, because I can assure you that is not the case. Cloud Rat are one of my favorite bands on J. Randall’s Grindcore Karaoke label. Not to speak down to any of the other bands on the label, there is just something about them that stands out to me. It could possibly be the bands inexplicable execution of brutal, straight up grind with hints to the old school grind scene and neo-grindviolence. They are fast, furious and they have a knack for making pissed off tunes that I can’t help but love.

The band released their latest record Fever Dreams on Grindcore Karaoke back in September and, to my amazement, it blew their self-titled LP out of the water and that is saying a lot because I absolutely love that record. Fever Dreams is a compilation album of tracks off of the bands previously released split records, which showcases a lot of the bands varied sound. From slow and captivating hardcore to pissed, aggressive grinding madness, this band has it all. Top all of that with Madison’s insane screaming and you have a winning package. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Cloud Rat’s releases, I suggest you do so below. You can download the band’s records for free via Grindcore Karaoke. Get into it.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

Cloud Rat: Grindcore Karaoke’s Newest Grinders

Yes! Grindcore Karaoke have put out another record that is pretty fucking sick. I have previously written about the killer bands GK has let loose upon the world, and now they bring you Cloud Rat. Don’t let that name make you think this band can’t grind because these dudes can definitely grind. Crazy riffing, pulverizing drumming and ear-popping, vicious vocals make up the core of what Cloud Rat bring. They have a lot of hardcore punk elements thrown in the mix to add a nice flare and switch up the basic grind sound. These dudes are serious and pissed off. Only four songs in, I was already hooked. This music is absolutely killer. 100%. I don’t know what else I can say except that you need to check them out. Do it. Now. Fucking furious filth grind!

Download Cloud Rat’s self-titled LP at Grindcore Karaoke now!