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Clover – Sea of Red (2011) Review

Release Date: 2011
Genre(s): Hardcore/Sludge Metal
Rating: 8.0/10
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Clover – Sea of Red (2011) Review

I stumbled across these guys pretty randomly.  They’re a new metal band the Hudson Valley, not too far from where I go to school.  I don’t generally find myself listening to this type of metal, but the more I listen to these guys, the more I like them.  Logan pinned their sound down best: when he first heard them, he said they sound like early Mastodon mixed with some Kruger.  They’re less of a wall of sound than Kruger, but they’re a little crunchier and rougher than Mastodon’s early stuff.

This EP has four songs.  The third and fourth song are stronger than the first two.  The first two songs, “Sea of Red” and “Uprise”, are fast-paced, tight metal.  The band made some interesting, somewhat dissonant choices when writing the melody.  There are only three instruments: guitar, bass, and drums.  Each instrument is well represented in the music; you can clearly hear the clear, occasionally twangy bass underneath the chunkier guitar, while the drums drive the beat.  The sound isn’t super-complex, but it’s definitely fun and easy to get into.

The third and fourth songs, “Maiden” and “The Hallows”, offer more variety than the first two songs.  The composition is stronger; there are more tempo changes and unusual chord choices thrown in.  The drumming really shines through in these two songs, especially when the music slows and allows the drums to build up momentum.  The bass is particularly strong in “The Hallows”, and I found that to be my favorite song of the four.  I thought it had the most atmosphere and it seemed to be overall the most “complete” and mature song on their EP.

These guys seem like they’d put on a pretty great show.  The type of music they play is made to be enjoyed in person; the pace and intensity of the music is perfect for live performances, and their sound is clean enough (read: they’re not a wall of distorted sound) that you’d actually be able to hear the quality of the music at any venue with halfway decent amps.

You can check them out here: http://www.thebandisclover.com

Clover - Sea of Red (2011) Review, 7.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

22 Comments

  1. Avatar of blooddrunk
    blooddrunk
    22 Apr 2011, 11:46 pm

    Definitely enjoyed this! I haven’t gotten down to some good metalcore in a long time. I guess not since 3 inches of blood.

  2. Avatar of mickeydeath
    mickeydeath
    23 Apr 2011, 1:56 am

    it sounds pretty awesome m/

  3. Avatar of Goot
    Goot
    08 May 2011, 8:35 pm

    Thanks! Full website now up at http://www.thebandisclover.com

  4. Avatar of beef
    beef
    25 Sep 2011, 2:39 pm

    Great record, even better live. These guys are fucking intense.

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link

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