Band : Sleepwraith
Album/EP : Day Terrors
Label : N/A
Location : Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
FFO : Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, As I Lay Dying
When I first received this promo, and saw it could appeal to fans of Lamb of God, of course I was interested. The production on this record is very reminiscent of New American Gospel. Its got a certain gritty feel to it. The tone definitely is one that helps invoke emotions in the listener. One thing that sticks out to me, is the vocal range. He’s got some super sick gutturals. But he also follows is with some midrange screams. There’s even. Couple clean singing parts in there. To me that’s a sign of a good vocalist.
Lets not forget how they combine different genres. There’s definitely some death metal influences. There are also some metalcore-esque breakdowns. I’m a sucker for a band that can combine multiple genres. To me, that’s a shining element. Its show maturity in a band. The mix is pretty solid as well. Despite the gritty sound, you can hear all the instruments very well. The only problem I have in the mix, is the clean vocals seem to get lost. Other than that, no issues so far.
Now song structure isn’t always prevalent in Metal. Some songs don’t have a specific chorus. They might not even have a dedicated flow pattern, yet they still work. What works about this record, is that not having a verse/chorus exchange, it feels more like an actual story. The songs move right along. No sudden tempo changes.
I do know the album is an emotional journey of sorts. No specific story, as far as I’m concerned. But I’m sure Sleepwraith agree when I say, some times its up to the listener. That’s a concept I actually enjoy. Not all music needs a specific purpose, sometimes music is meant to help you understand
When you listen to a record, one thing you unconsciously do it ask yourself, “will I listen to this again?”. When it comes to this record, I will definitely jam this more often. Its full of so many little gears that turn the machine. Day Terrors has the gutturals. It also has some chunky yet groovy riffs. Lets not forget about the double bass. I feel Metal wouldn’t be Metal with out double bass.
My favorite part is what I already mentioned, the combination of genres. Not every band can pull that off well. They usually lean super far into one genre. But they do it well. This is their debut EP, so there isn’t anything to compare It to. But this record does give hope into their future.
Overall, im pretty impressed. Day Terrors is a record that will take the listener on an emotional journey. The album is full of thick riffs you would expect. But in turn, it is also full of some twists and turns you wouldn’t expect. Its things like that, that make a good record. Something that keeps a listener on its toes. Sleepwraith is a band that everyone needs to watch out for.
Star Rating: 10/10
Strongest Song: Sol