Everything Is Noise is currently streaming “Wield The Blade” from Denver heavy rock power trio CLOUD CATCHER. The track comes off of the band’s third full-length, Return From The Cauldron, set for release on September 29th via their own Cauldron Audio Works.
CLOUD CATCHER is guitarist/vocalist Rory Rummings with bassist Matt Ross and drummer Will Trafas, a rhythm section akin to Geezer Butler and Mitch Mitchell. With two albums and two EPs already under their proverbial belts, CLOUD CATCHER has been dispensing their own brand of guitar driven, heavy rock to the masses for over a decade.
Issues Rummings of the band’s latest single, “‘Wield The Blade’ was one of the first songs I had started writing when CLOUD CATCHER reformed back in 2019. The riffs had been around for years before that, but I finally composed everything in just a few hours thanks to the newfound inspiration of CLOUD CATCHER playing music again… If you had ever wondered what Judas Priest and Budgie sounded like after a knife fight, here is your song!
“The themes in ‘Wield The Blade’ are about persevering through the cyclical nature of reality. This was written in a time of tremendous personal growth, when I had been coming to terms and understanding what the continuous faults of myself were in the previous years. There was a conscious decision made to not let this realization defeat or define my existence, and to instead ‘wield the blade’ meaning to continue the battle onward and inward toward personal victory.”
Writes Everything Is Noise, “Taking some cues from Judas Priest and Budgie, and in doing so aligning themselves with fellow modern greats like Green Lung and King Witch, this is about as mainline heavy metal as possible, but that doesn’t mean it’s without nuance. ‘Wield The Blade’ has a remarkable sense of melody and pacing to it with rapid-fire riffs that shapeshift to rocket the track forward. Soaring vocals and pounding drums help fill out its sonic palette for a fully-fledged metal marmalade that wouldn’t be out of place in the arenas of the late ’70s, maybe in some bell bottoms and big-ass hair.”
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CLOUD CATCHER’s 2017 released Trails Of Kozmic Dust full-length reaped critical accolades both stateside and abroad with Metal Observer gushing, “CLOUD CATCHER knows how to warp their way through the annals of space, picking up the most inhuman compositions and translating them so us mere mortals can experience the sounds of the great beyond… an album that gets better with every listen and is sure to be on the end of year lists for anyone even remotely interested in heavy psychedelia.” Metal Injection noted, “This is feel good, zone-out, head-bobbing rock n’ roll that deserves to be spun on the turntable.” Added Invicta Magazine, “With Trails Of Kozmic Dust, CLOUD CATCHER have made an album that is not only out of this world on a sonic level but also on a spiritual level and if this album had to have a motto, it would be turn on, turn up, and let loose!”
With Return From The Cauldron, the Rocky Mountain riff merchants continue to push their signature sonic assault forward. An album about emerging positively from hard times and negative experiences, it’s a collection of songs where the themes are perseverance, growth, and hope. Most of the tunes were written when CLOUD CATCHER went on hiatus for the better part of 2019 and during 2020 when the world was slipping into pandemic madness…
Return From The Cauldron was self-recorded by Riley Rukavina, mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, and comes swathed in the cover art of Christina Hunt of Heavy Metal Talisman.
The record will be available digitally and limited-edition vinyl via the CLOUD CATCHER Bandcamp page HERE where first single, “I Am The Storm,” can be streamed.
CLOUD CATCHER has toured the US several times, including one run with Earthless and an appearance at Psycho Vegas 2017. The power trio has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of such stoner/doom luminaries as Dead Meadow, The Obsessed, Danava, Acid King, Lecherous Gaze, and Pike Vs The Automaton. The band is set to embark on a West Coast tour in the Fall in support of Return From The Cauldron. See all confirmed dates below.
CLOUD CATCHER – Live From The Cauldron Tour 2023:
9/30/2023 Hi-Dive – Denver, CO * Return From The Cauldron Record Release Show
10/06/2023 TBA – Fort Collins, CO
10/07/2023 Ernie November Record Store – Cheyenne, WY
10/12/2023 Aces High Saloon – Salt Lake City, UT
10/13/2023 Artifice – Las Vegas, NV
10/14/2023 Poor House – Oceanside, CA
10/15/2023 Knucklehead – Hollywood, CA
10/16/2023 Cocktail Lounge – Ventura, CA
10/17/2023 Thee Stork Club – Oakland, CA
10/18/2023 Cafe Colonial – Sacramento, CA
10/20/2023 High Watermark – Portland, OR
10/21/2023 The Shredder – Boise, ID
“CLOUD CATCHER is one of the hidden gems of the hard rock/metal underground with a sound fusing classic NWOBHM with crushing riffs. An all-out guitar attack alongside a pummeling rhythm section. Not to be missed.” – Mike Eginton, Earthless
Rory Rummings – guitars, vocals
Matt Ross – bass
Will Trafas – drums