Review – Cloak: Cloak

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  • Label: Boris Records
  • Release Date: June 20th, 2016
  • Genre: Black Metal, Hard Rock
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Cloak is a black metal/hard rock group that hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and they have been making a name for themselves since forming back in 2013. The four-piece containing ex-Haunting guitarist/vocalist Scott Taydom and current Living Decay bassist Matt Scott who joined two years later, released their first demo digitally in 2015, and eventually put it on CD for a strictly limited run of twenty-five copies available. A few months passed and the group find themselves working with Boris Records to unleash a re-recorded seven-inch EP version of their brand of left-hand path spirituality themed material. But does this simple start sound like anything worth vesting interest in?

“In the Darkness, the Path” introduces the listener to the band’s gothic tinged black metal world with catchy later Darkthrone inspired rock oriented riffs against a melodic backdrop of subtle melancholy. The raw production quality helps add some extra edge to the guitars against the thicker, duller bass presence, as well as adds a bit of a chaotic sensation when the heavily echoed vocals kick in. Some of the riffs present, like around three-and-a-half minutes in, will remind listeners of mid-career Cradle of Filth, which isn’t a bad thing given the gothic rock vibe coming from the guitar solo. Meanwhile “The Hunger” casts you into a different direction, taking you in more of a rockabilly world with a blackened touch. There’s a distinct surfer vibe from much of the performance that rids the absolute seriousness for more of a fun, yet dismal offering with a commanding ritualistic drum beat about half-way through that will get your head bobbing along obediently.

CloakCloak‘s self-titled EP is definitely an interesting one. Between nods to the aforementioned acts down to being unable to shake simple atmospheric tones of Satyricon‘s hard rock fortitude, Type O Negative‘s depression, and early H.I.M.‘s gothic undertones, Cloak presents thirteen minutes of refreshing material that is both hard-hitting and catchy to say the very least. Given their initial demo had such a limited run, it’s great to be able to have this new version available for those looking for something a little off the beaten path of the style. Cloak‘s official debut is easily one of the most professional sounding releases, and shows a group that has a clear direction in mind while already leaving the listener wanting to experience more than just two songs into their career.


Digital review copy of this release provided by Boris Records via ClawHammer PR.