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Cloudscape - Musical Metallurgy

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Cloudscape started in 2001 when (from left to right) Roger Landin (drums), Björn Eliasson (guitars), Mike Andersson (vocals), Patrik Svärd (guitars) and Haynes Pherson (bass) decided to quit their previous bands in order to focus on Cloudscape.

After recording several demos penned by Andersson and Eliasson during 2001 to 2004, Cloudscape contacted Roastinghouse Productions in order to ask them for help getting the word out about Cloudscape to the music industry. Roastinghouse liked their music and a management agreement was signed shortly thereafter.

Cloudscape entered the prestigious Roastinghouse studios in 2004 and recorded their self-titled debut album which was produced by Anders “Theo” Theander (Allen/Lande Project, Pain Of Salvation). This album was sent out to various record labels by Roastinghouse management and several labels showed interest. 

But, it was German label Metal Heaven that signed Cloudscape to their roster for the European territory. They also inked a licensing deal with Japanese label Marquee/Avalon for the Asian territory and 'Cloudscape' was released in Asia in December 2004 and all over Europe in January 2005.

The feedback from fans, press and media was amazing and many reviewers were stunned by the high quality of their debut...by their songs, performance and top notch album production.

Cloudscape describes their music to be melodic power metal with progressive touches and their music is perfect for fans of Evergrey, Symphony X, Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen, Pagan’s Mind, etc etc. Their ambition was to compose songs that are in between the progressive metal genre and also the more straight forward melodic (power) metal genre in order to reach a wider audience such as genuine metal fans and also fans that are into the more progressive side of metal. Putting melody first, their songs are not progressive just for the sake of making them progressive. 

Cloudscape did several live shows in their home country (Sweden) to promote their self-titled debut album and, in late 2005, they did their first live appearance abroad at Progpower Europe in The Netherlands (baarlo).

Preview WindowThe band then went back to the Roastinghouse recording studios in January 2006 to record their second album entitled Crimson Skies which was produced by Pontus Lindmark (Allen/Lande Project, Nostradameus).

With this album, Cloudscape established their own trademark style within the melodic metal genre and, once again, received fantastic feedback from fans, press and media all over the world (even better than their debut). So much so that Crimson Skies ended up in top 10 lists of “best metal album of the year 2006” in various magazines and webzines...which lead to a deal with U.S label Nightmare Records for the U.S and Canadian territories.

On June 9, 2006, the band performed live at Sweden’s biggest and most popular rock gathering, the Sweden Rock Festival. The demands for Cloudscape's live shows slowly but surely increased during 2006 and 2007 when they did several shows at Progpower UK, Norway Metal Heart festival and a number of single gigs.

The more shows they did, the more their reputation as a great live continued to grow.  

Preview WindowOn September 3, 2007, Cloudscape re-entered the Roastinghouse studios to record their third album entitled Global Drama. Once again, Pontus Lindmark was hired to handle the production duties.

Cloudscape consider Global Drama to be the most experimental and varied album in their discography as it includes songs that are among the heaviest and rawest songs they’ve ever written. Mixed with songs that are more dynamic and atmospheric, they're blended with the typical Cloudscape touch that they’ve established with their previous albums.

Continuing their crusade, they kept gaining more and more fans day by day worldwide and performed highly acclaimed shows at the prestigious Bloodstock Open Air festival (UK) and Progpower Scandinavia (DK) + more shows during 2008 and 2009.

Global Drama was unleashed on August 18, 2008 through “Goldencore (zyx) / Roastinghouse Records” (EU) and “Nightmare Records” (U.S and Canada)!! 

In early 2009, drummer Roger Landin and bassist Haynes Pherson unfortunately decided to leave Cloudscape for personal reasons...while in 2010, Björn Eliasson decided to leave to pursue his own musical endeavours. 

But, remaining original members Mike Andersson and Patrik Svärd were not ready to give up the band and arranged auditions with several possible replacements to Björn, Roger & Haynes. Happily, they found awesome musicianship and friendship in drummer Fredrik Joakimsson, bassist Håkan Nyander (also in Supreme Majesty) and locally known guitarist, Daniel Pålsson.

Cloudscape will enter the studio in early 2011 in order to record their new album which will be produced by Micko Twedberg (ex-Debase). The new members in Cloudscape fit in perfectly in all ways and they're ready to conquer the world with the forthcoming album to be entitled New Era.

The hunger, excitement and drive in the spirit of Cloudscape is now stronger than ever and Cloudscape are eager to get out and tour as soon as they possibly can!!

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