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is a regular column about heavy rock music. This month, Cloudkicker
streams his ninth record, Subsume
returns with a new track, plus songs from Doomriders
and the supergroups Mutoid Man
(members of Cave In and Converge) and Black God
(members of Coliseum and Young Widows).
Cloudkicker - "Subsume"
Ben Sharp, who creates under the moniker Cloudkicker, has been blasting the instrumental music scene to pieces since he started releasing music back in 2007. Everything is written, recorded, mixed and mastered at his home in Columbus, Ohio, and like the true lover of music Sharp is, all of his releases are streamed for free online. Physical copies exist, and if you love Cloudkicker’s jams enough. you can always pay Sharp for his efforts as well -- and money should definitely be thrown his way for his prog-metal influenced take on instrumental music. His ninth (!!!) release since 2007, Subsume
is streaming on his Bandcamp page, with a limited vinyl run
scheduled for sometime in the early Fall. Do yourself a favor and hop on this wagon. It is well worth the ride.
Jesu - "Homesick"
Jesu, the brainchild of metal God Justin Broadrick, is back out with a new album soon, and it seems like it has been quite some time since his last. Every Day I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
has the appropriate long-ass title befitting of any post-metal album, and as the first track "Homesick" shows, Broadrick has gone with a more guitar-oriented approach this time. Granted, is about as thrilling as watching paint drip off a wall and slowly dry into chips, but don’t let that deter you. Any Jesu release is well worth the effort to soak in, and as fall approaches, the soundtrack for the season has arrived with it.