For me, Atlanta’s Cloak fit the progressive death metal tag. Now, I do realize that many people will suggest otherwise and honestly, I can understand that argument. But their debut album “To Venomous Depths” is packed with great riffs and hooks and a dark atmosphere that is sure to please fans of bands like Opeth, Enslaved and Arcturus. They remind me a fair amount of Tribulation but that’s not a bad thing since I love that band.
The album kicks off with a great one-two punch of “To Venomous Depths / Where No Light Shines” and “Within the Timeless Black” which are uptempo blackened death metal anthems. They just flat out rock. And what I love about the album is that even though this is “extreme metal,” the songs are memorable which is something that’s not always easy to achieve within the genre. I suppose it’s like deafheaven in that regard, though stylistically different.
The album never lets up from start to finish BUT the songs are so strong, it’s never overwhelming at all. Things get really amazing at the very end with the epic closer “Deep Red.” The song is as vicious and catchy as anything prior. It’s just bigger and longer. It ends first with a fury and then a glorious peaceful end.
Cloak does not reinvent the wheel with “To Venomous Depths.” Sure there are things that I’ve heard before and they aren’t uniquely identifiable. But they write well crafted songs and are really good musicians who sound great. This is an album that deserves checking out by anyone who loves well written progressive death metal.
- To Venomous Depths / Where No Light Shines
- Within the Timeless Black
- The Hunger
- Beyond the Veil
- Death Posture
- In the Darkness, the Path
- Forever Burned
- Deep Red
Label: Season of Mist