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Progressive grinders CLOUD RAT release new single “Kaleidoscope” from upcoming album, Threshold

CLOUD RAT has revealed new single, “Kaleidoscope,” from the band’s upcoming new album, Threshold.

As progressive as it is cathartic, “Kaleidoscope” is a perfect distillation of what makes Cloud Rat such a unique and powerful entity in today’s metal/hardcore underground. Within two minutes, the song covers vast terrain, moving unpredictably through different sounds and emotions. From a swirling bed of guitar and synth to a breakneck blast attack, “Kaleidoscope” not only bridges the gap between Smashing Pumpkins and Discordance Axis, it does so in a way that feels genuine. Every note is delivered with passion.

In a new exclusive interview with Decibel Magazine, Cloud Rat drummer Brandon Hill makes this statement about the song: “We debated naming the album after that song, as the idea and visuals of a kaleidoscope were very much something we thought about and felt with the sheer amount of ideas and textures and changes in the album… I think the name and vibe of the track perfectly encompass what the record is all about. There’s moments of near-prog, synth-laden, odd-rhythm drumming and riffage in the beginning, some rather heart-wrenching passages and riffs, coupled with lots of (even to me) unexpected twists and turns, and perhaps some of the most difficult patterns I can recall playing, approaching the end of the song.”

With more than 20 releases under its belt – a treasure trove of albums, EPs, splits, and seven-inches, released since 2010 – Cloud Rat is a singular force in the extreme music scene. Cloud Rat has been labelled a “grindcore” band, but the prolific Michigan trio is so much more. Cloud Rat’s only rule is realness. Within its punishing songs, the band glides freely through a range of musical forms; underneath its full-throttle grind swirls a Lake Superior of emotion. Vocalist Madison Marshall’s gut-purging screams and drummer Brandon Hill’s hyperactive hammering meld with guitarist Rorik Brooks’ epic riffs and synths, into songs that are equally bone-crushing and heartbreaking.

Kerrang! Magazine’s review of 2019’s Pollinator album reads: “Their music is inexhaustible, spasming through elaborate rackets of heaving riffs, spit-flecked vocals, and berserk percussion without ever slowing down. At the same time, there’s an atmospheric creep to their music that gives it a hard menace.”

Brooks describes new album Threshold as “our best work so far.”

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