Release date: 29 April 2014
Style: Avantgarde black metal

Rating:

7.3 | 22 votes

Owners:

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10 want it


01. Plague Beasts
02. White Inverted Void
03. Translucent Body Deformities
04. Chaos Magician Of The Abyss
05. Ash666ura
06. Into Celestial Hell
07. Altering Forever

Review


Line-up
Maurice "Mories" de Jong - all instruments, vocals

Staff review by
Mr. Doctor

Rating:
8.4
As some of you know, I'm a shameless "Mories" fanboy. I always end up having huge expectations for all his new releases and the latest Cloak Of Altering was not an exception. The previous album, Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids, as well as the NONE EP were turning points for this project as it showed a different side of Mories' works in which electronic elements where heavily used. It seems like Cloak Of Altering got a solid identity and could easily be separated from the rest of his projects. So how does Plague Beasts compare? Is it better or worse? Nah, it's just a bit different.

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published 03.06.2014 | Comments (41)

Staff pick by
Apothecary

24.04.2014 Mories de Jong, ever the proficient craftsman, is back with his second full length of the year (first being the second Seirom album, which you need in your life): the third installation from his Cloak Of Altering project. Here you'll find the usual bag of tricks that's come to be associated with this ride in Mories' carnival: black metal interspersed with industrial and other nightmarish electronic/ambient touches, painting a picture that's both beautiful and deranged in all its repulsive splendor.

Get on it, ye hipsters.

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Mr. Doctor - 12.02.2014 at 23:51  
Rating: 8 Oh man I can't wait. Have a taste here!
InnerSelf - 13.02.2014 at 11:51  
Rating: 9 And we thought Vindsval was a proliferative motherfucker.
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 18:20  
Rating: 9 Already available for pre-order on bandcamp. Just purchased the (limited to 200) edition which comes with a "12 page full color art zine". Immensely excited for this.
Mr. Doctor - 30.03.2014 at 18:21  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 18:20

Already available for pre-order on bandcamp. Just purchased the (limited to 200) edition which comes with a "12 page full color art zine". Immensely excited for this.


I preordered the moment it got out, a bit more than a week ago if memory serves me. Me so excited. D:
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 18:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.03.2014 at 18:21

I preordered the moment it got out, a bit more than a week ago if memory serves me. Me so excited. D:

A whole month is too long to wait. I want more Mories!
Mr. Doctor - 30.03.2014 at 18:31  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 18:30

Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.03.2014 at 18:21

I preordered the moment it got out, a bit more than a week ago if memory serves me. Me so excited. D:
A whole month is too long to wait. I want more Mories!


This is actually the first time I pre-order shit. How does the whole thing work out? Do we get it before regular folks or what?
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 18:33  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.03.2014 at 18:31

This is actually the first time I pre-order shit. How does the whole thing work out? Do we get it before regular folks or what?

It varies. I think in this case it ships out around the same time it is technically released, so we'll be able to listen to it on bandcamp before our copies arrive. The bandcamp page says "ships on or around April 29", so it is possible that we'll get our copies earlier.
Mr. Doctor - 30.03.2014 at 18:35  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 18:33
It varies. I think in this case it ships out around the same time it is technically released, so we'll be able to listen to it on bandcamp before our copies arrive. The bandcamp page says "ships on or around April 29", so it is possible that we'll get our copies earlier.


Not bad... Curious about the extra artwork for the pre-orders. I always enjoyed his artworks for basically all his projects. Dude got a good eye.
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 18:36  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.03.2014 at 18:35

Not bad... Curious about the extra artwork for the pre-orders. I always enjoyed his artworks for basically all his projects. Dude got a good eye.

That he certainly does. That extra art is what really sold me on the pre-order. Like you, I nearly never pre-order things. Damn exclusives
Mr. Doctor - 03.04.2014 at 19:37  
Rating: 8
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 18:36
That he certainly does. That extra art is what really sold me on the pre-order. Like you, I nearly never pre-order things. Damn exclusives

Dude... It's beautiful!
Alex Fenger - 03.04.2014 at 20:36  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.04.2014 at 19:37

Dude... It's beautiful!

Holy fuck yes it is
Pazdzioch - 03.04.2014 at 22:30  
  ^ Indeed, it looks impressive.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.04.2014 at 22:37  
Rating: 8 Looks nice. Very collage-y, but in a good way.
Mr. Doctor - 03.04.2014 at 22:41  
Rating: 8 Considering the price of the special vpre-order was exactly the same as the rgular album. It just looks so much better.
MetalDoomMaster - 24.04.2014 at 05:04  
Rating: 7 Come out nooowwwww
Cynic Metalhead - 24.04.2014 at 21:56  
  Nah, not great. I don't know what's the hype is for?!

I think this record I heard in "None", so not a great idea that they streched with 7 songs. Apart from people going monkey nuts over cover art, i don't see anything this album qualifies for AOTY.

Honestly? Ancient Paths is ar better record than this. This is bit downgraded.
-DC-002- - 26.04.2014 at 00:15  
  I haven heard the album yet, but I agree con Cynic it's getting hyped to the highest heavens on this site. That's totally fine, but I'm just waiting to hear it for myself and don't expect my mind to be blown.
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.04.2014 at 00:24  
Rating: 8 I guess Daniel changed his mind about his post linking to the less than positive Chronicles of Chaos review then
Mr. Doctor - 29.04.2014 at 00:41  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.04.2014 at 00:24
I guess Daniel changed his mind about his post linking to the less than positive Chronicles of Chaos review then

Huh? Daniel as in our elite Daniell?
!J.O.O.E.! - 29.04.2014 at 01:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2014 at 00:41

Huh? Daniel as in our elite Daniell?

Yep
Alex Fenger - 30.04.2014 at 16:36  
Rating: 9 Listened to it a few times... it's fucking amazing dammit.
EDIT: Holy fucking obscenity. This is good
EDIT2: I can feel so much emotion in this release, it's quite unlike Mories (excluding Seirom). Elements of sadness actually come out underneath the noise...it's fucking beautiful. I've listened to this 4 times now
Diverge - 30.04.2014 at 19:47  
  Wow. That opening track is phenomenal.
mz - 03.05.2014 at 00:45  
Rating: 9 Wow did not expected it to be this good. It is somehow paradoxically emotional . Even better that Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids.
Mr. Doctor - 03.05.2014 at 14:08  
Rating: 8 Gotta disagree here. This is good, but the two previous full lengths are better.
Karlabos - 03.05.2014 at 16:51  
Rating: 9 Damn this is pure euphoria. the keyboards at back, the drum machine everywhere.
For me one of Mories' best stuff so far
Alex Fenger - 04.05.2014 at 18:56  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 03.05.2014 at 00:45

Wow did not expected it to be this good. It is somehow paradoxically emotional . Even better that Ancient Paths Through Timeless Voids.

Exactly man. This whole album is just filled with emotion, but it's still fucking savage. Definitely my favorite Cloak of Altering release, which is saying a ton
Mr. Doctor - 05.05.2014 at 16:37  
Rating: 8 The album (with the nice-looking booklet as bonus) is finally home. Now I can just relax and blast this fucker to oblivion for my review.
I already heard it of course but it's nice to do it without distractions from my pc.
Apothecary - 06.05.2014 at 07:07  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.05.2014 at 14:08

Gotta disagree here. This is good, but the two previous full lengths are better.

Gotta disagree with your disagreement
Here the BM and weird elements are balanced a lot better I think, Ancient Paths and The Night Comes Illuminated With Death were great, but felt tilted more towards one than the other. This is total 50/50. I may be biased though because of the artwork, because that's easily the best for the project yet.
Daniell - 06.05.2014 at 09:58  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.04.2014 at 00:24

I guess Daniel changed his mind about his post linking to the less than positive Chronicles of Chaos review then


Actually I wanted to edit it, but had to go, so I deleted it.
Here's the less than positive review from Chronicles of Chaos:
http://chroniclesofchaos.com/articles.aspx?id=2-6781

Not that I agree with the review, but I do think that Mories should stop releasing albums so often.
Daniell - 06.05.2014 at 09:59  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.04.2014 at 00:41

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 29.04.2014 at 00:24
I guess Daniel changed his mind about his post linking to the less than positive Chronicles of Chaos review then

Huh? Daniel as in our elite Daniell?


By the way, the double "l" in my nick is just to mess with people. My real name is spelled with a single "l"
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 13:02  
Rating: 8
Written by Daniell on 06.05.2014 at 09:58

Actually I wanted to edit it, but had to go, so I deleted it.
Here's the less than positive review from Chronicles of Chaos:
http://chroniclesofchaos.com/articles.aspx?id=2-6781

Not that I agree with the review, but I do think that Mories should stop releasing albums so often.

Hmm well Mories still manages to make albums that generally don't sound like his other ones on a consistent basis. I haven't listened to this yet though so can't comment on it, but I'm fine with his output so far. I get the impression that reviewer is generally not a fan of Mories' approach to music as it reads more of an indictment of his general output than that particular album so it's hard to give credit to him there.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 15:03  
Rating: 8 Anyone that doesn't like his approach here should probably give Seirom a go. Here's a track from the new release. Pretty chilled and impressive stuff.

Mr. Doctor - 06.05.2014 at 15:50  
Rating: 8
Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 07:07
Gotta disagree with your disagreement
Here the BM and weird elements are balanced a lot better I think, Ancient Paths and The Night Comes Illuminated With Death were great, but felt tilted more towards one than the other. This is total 50/50. I may be biased though because of the artwork, because that's easily the best for the project yet.


Just because it's balanced in terms of elements it doesn't make it better. That's where we disagree.
The artwork is just ok as well. With that I mean just the one on front. It's nicer inside and the artzine as bonus is even better.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 16:11  
Rating: 8 Think I'm with Rod on this one; probably my least favourite CoA release, although it's still undeniably great stuff and I'm not disappointed in the slightest. I think the fact it's so "balanced" is the problem. This lacks the peculiarity of NONE, the sudden moments of unexpected euphoria of Ancient Paths... and the, at the time, hitherto unheard of uniqueness of The Night Comes...

So yeah, very good stuff indeed, but I'm very satisfied and happy, rather than in awe like I have been at many other junctures in Mories' career.
Mr. Doctor - 06.05.2014 at 16:22  
Rating: 8 ^ This comment sums up everything I wanted to say post-format. Now I just have to make it review-format. xD

I must mention the production as well. I'm not entirely sold on this one. All the others had perfect production for their respective styles but I think this one is too muddy for its own good.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 16:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.05.2014 at 16:22

^ This comment sums up everything I wanted to say post-format. Now I just have to make it review-format. xD

I must mention the production as well. I'm not entirely sold on this one. All the others had perfect production for their respective styles but I think this one is too muddy for its own good.

Heheh, feel free to stretch my words as far as you can take them xD

And yes, I think I agree with the production point too. I just went back to have a quick listen of the other albums, mostly for their sound, and they do seem punchier and brighter than this one.
Mr. Doctor - 06.05.2014 at 16:31  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 16:26

Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.05.2014 at 16:22

^ This comment sums up everything I wanted to say post-format. Now I just have to make it review-format. xD

Heheh, feel free to stretch my words as far as you can take them xD

I'll try not to do that. Some people already see me as too much of a copycat/manhoodsucker so I don't want to fuel that thought... xD
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 16:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 06.05.2014 at 16:31

I'll try not to do that. Some people already see me as too much of a copycat/manhoodsucker so I don't want to fuel that thought... xD

It's not our fault if we both have awesome tastes :3
Apothecary - 06.05.2014 at 18:23  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 15:03

Anyone that doesn't like his approach here should probably give Seirom a go.

I didn't even notice Seirom was Mories backwards until Daniel noted it
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 18:25  
Rating: 8
Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 18:23

I didn't even notice Seirom was Mories backwards until Daniel noted it

I hadn't noticed that until I read your post right this second. Well well. I'm clearly not the most observant person in the world.

*Goes and reads all favourite bands backwards*
Apothecary - 06.05.2014 at 18:41  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 18:25

Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 18:23

I didn't even notice Seirom was Mories backwards until Daniel noted it

I hadn't noticed that until I read your post right this second. Well well. I'm clearly not the most observant person in the world.

*Goes and reads all favourite bands backwards*

I wonder if him doing that was kinda symbolic in a way, because since it's so radically different from his other projects it's like saying "this one is an inversion of the others"
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 18:44  
Rating: 8
Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 18:41

I wonder if him doing that was kinda symbolic in a way, because since it's so radically different from his other projects it's like saying "this one is an inversion of the others"

Sounds like a pretty reasonable hypothesis to me. Seirom definitely does stand out as the odd one of the pack.
Apothecary - 06.05.2014 at 18:53  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 18:44

Seirom definitely does stand out as the odd one of the pack.

I talked to him about it at Roadburn, he more or less said that the GTT and COA songwriting drains him a lot both physically and mentally, so he needed something to channel more positive emotions to. And as an artist myself, I can completely understand that frame of mind.
Mr. Doctor - 06.05.2014 at 18:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 18:41
I wonder if him doing that was kinda symbolic in a way, because since it's so radically different from his other projects it's like saying "this one is an inversion of the others"

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 18:44
Sounds like a pretty reasonable hypothesis to me. Seirom definitely does stand out as the odd one of the pack.

Let's also add the fact that when I asked him about the title of Seirom's debut (1973). He just told me: Oh, that's my birthyear!
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 18:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Apothecary on 06.05.2014 at 18:53

I talked to him about it at Roadburn, he more or less said that the GTT and COA songwriting drains him a lot both physically and mentally, so he needed something to channel more positive emotions to. And as an artist myself, I can completely understand that frame of mind.

Well just listening to most of his stuff is quite physically demanding after a short amount of time so I imagine working with it, probably for hours on end, would definitely take its toll.
mz - 09.05.2014 at 23:13  
Rating: 9 I listened to the last 4 CoA records (almost) in a row and this album is definitely my 2nd most favorite of them, behind none.
Lit. - 10.06.2014 at 00:08  
  Alright, alright... This may very well be the album that sends me into the world of Mories. Only on track 2 and hugely impressed.

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