Cloud Rat (ZDA)
Cloud Rat’s vast discography is a testament to their prolific nature and excess of talent, ripping and spilling at the seams – an unending stream of audio abrasion busting to get out there in the world. If they’ve remained under your radar until now, then their most recent release, Pollinator, should – or rather will – be the album to change that. In true Cloud Rat style it delivers grindcore, scratched through with hardcore punk and peppered with musical influences from right across the map. It also delivers the stunning, if not slightly unexpected, EP Do Not Let Me Off The Cliff which bundles up a softer side of Cloud Rat that pulsates with their trademark urgency and experimental synths.