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The Austin 100: Cloud Rat

Cloud Rat. (Jason Tipton/Courtesy of the artist)
Cloud Rat. (Jason Tipton/Courtesy of the artist)

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Genre: Metal

Why We're Excited: There are sonic palette-cleansers, and then there's a band that'll shred your earholes with sonic steel wool. Cloud Rat condenses its speedball grindcore into two-minute bursts of wild, unhinged aggression — the stuff of absolute sonic overload. Onstage and on records like 2019's Pollinator, Madison Marshall's vocals are so feral and intense, you'll get a sore throat out of sympathy.

Listen to Cloud Rat's "Delayed Grief // Farmhouse Red"

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