CLOUDS – Doliu
- by ER
- Posted on 02-07-2021
What can be summarized about "Doliu" is that Clouds was still struggling with balance as incredibly huge heavy doom riffs bordering on slow death supported by guttural growls as if from Neagoe’s very stomach, are awkwardly juxtaposed against his cleans with acoustic piano and keyboard passages as already evident on the opener "You Went So Silent" with its whopping over 8 minutes where the length is hardly justified by climate building. Things are initially more interesting on the following Anathemanian "If These Walls Could Speak" which also brings Sceptiscism to mind but that’s just because it’s shorter. On the other hand, "Heaven Was Blind to My Grief" starts up very heavy rightaway but then, again, post-"Judgment" Anathema rears its pretty progressive rock head. Rinse, repeat ad nauseam on pretty much every track. The formula becomes downright tiring on "The Deep Vast Emptiness", so static for 4 minutes I got an impression as if I were listening to a heavier The Grateful Dead or The Doors track. The following "Even If I Fall", on the other hand, with its Katatonia meets Daylight Dies melodiscism, is easily the best track on the album.
"Doliu" was just the beginning of Clouds’ journey and as such should be judged neither too harshly nor too hopefully but, as I asserted before and hopefully proved the potential for greatness was there. As I am skipping both "Departe" and "Destin" which will be re-issued later this year, stay tuned for "Dor’ coming up next.