The Glitter of Infinite Hell by Clouds Taste Satanic. Clouds Taste Satanic is an instrumental doom band with, as their name suggests in its nod to The Flaming Lips, a psychedelic bent. The Glitter of Infinite Hell, the band’s fourth release in as many years, comes out on Halloween, which is fitting considering their demonic art and musical themes. The four piece from Brooklyn, NY, which formed in 2013, has enjoyed some acclaim, but are still one of doom metal’s best kept secrets. Members Steve Scavuzzo, Sean Bay, Greg Acampora, and Brian Bauhs comprise the band. The album was recorded and mixed by Ben Rice of Degraw Sound in Brooklyn NY and mastered by Alan Douches of West West Side Music.
The Glitter of Infinite Hell gives the impression of a Lovecraftian version of Hell, with droning extraterrestrial noise layered on top of dark and foreboding themes. The album is massive in more than just sound quality; even with only four tracks, the runtime still comes in at 74 minutes. The oscillation between bellowing riffs, careening guitar solos, and eerie atmospheric sections keeps the listener engaged throughout the 12 and 18 minute compositions. The album begins very structured and deliberately, and slowly devolves into chaos, as if the laws of entropy apply to the band’s surreal version of Hell.
“Greed,” runs 18:40 min, which is the typical song length for this album, and begins with deep, foreboding guitar distortion before introducing a slow, deliberate riff. The psychedelic guitar overlays may remind fans of Earth’s “The Dire and Ever Circling Wolves” from their classic album Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method in the way the guitar strikes accentuating notes and then lets them bend, arc, and trail off. Clouds Taste Satanic have a much heavier, wall-of-sound style than Earth, but the reference to a familiar drone/doom sound helps listeners prepare themselves for an entirely instrumental, trance-worthy album. “Treachery” begins with a solo bass intro, as if it is still carrying some of the load covetously sequestered from the abundance of the previous track. The riff slowly descends, slides, and adds voices until all join and build up a treacherous wall of sound against your vulnerable ears. A layer of moaning incantation builds a dark mood in the atmospheric section, and the song slows to a crawl with all voices shouting together on beats one and three. The effect is dramatic and pulls the listener directly into the groove. The last solo in “Treachery” stands out from previous sounds with a more blues-influenced improvisational style.
The Glitter of Infinite Hell combines the psychedelic guitar sounds of The Flaming Lips, the atmospheric eeriness of Earth, and the riff-laden sludge of Sleep. To properly enjoy this album, let the fuzz take you and follow the riff as it drives you into a trance. Folding your consciousness into the music will make the fade-outs, sudden stops, and skillful transitions stand out and smack you awake in places and subtly revert you to your visceral, animal nature in others. The band is adept at introducing a melodic theme and taking derivatives on it successively, with each iteration more layered, more intricate, and more chaotic. The songs are at their most satisfying when riffs from two sections combine into one dramatic soundscape.
Review by Jessie Browne http://www.indymetalvault.com/2017/10/26/album-review-clouds-taste-satanic-glitter-infinite-hell/
1. Greed - 0:00
2. Treachery - 18:28
3. Violence - 36:43
4. Wrath - 54:26
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