CD review WHILE SHE SLEEPS ‘Sleeps Society’

Riff and scream acrobats While She Sleeps started in 2006 and shared so far four longplayer with the metalcore community. The so far latest longplayer was send from the UK to the world in 2019 and was named ‘So What?’. The reception of the longplayer was a good one with the album entering the German charts in 8th position.

While She Sleeps is anyhow a band that slowly and steady grow with enlarging the fanbase constantly. Now it’s up to the new longplayer ‘Sleeps Society’ to continue the winning streak and its eleven songs that are supposed to do the job. ‘Sleeps Society’ is the second album for Spinefarm Records and the quintet focusses again on raging metalcore that is in constant interaction with well-crafted melodies.

Although such a blend isn’t revolutionary new, it’s the mix of elements that allows the band to satisfy their more metalcore-iented fans as well as the melodies make songs and record also digestible for fans that don’t dig metalcore that much. Tunes like ‘KNOW YOUR WORTH (SOMEBODY)’ is a good example for how to bring together poles in a good way.

A song that defines While She Sleeps’ sound pretty well is the opener ‘ENLIGHTENMENT’ with its riff attacks and the hoarse screams on the one hand, being always in interaction with he calm and melodic elements. The title track is another interesting song that puts more weight to the metalcore parts and is kept with a bit more than three minutes also rather short and to the point. The opposite is what fans get offered by the last track on the album. ‘DN3 3HT’ starts calm with piano and distorted spoken words, a song that’s more of an outro.

‘Sleeps Society’ became a thundering metal album that blends raw energy with catchy melodies. Although the recipe isn’t revolutionary, it’s the way the ingredients are connected that makes this longplayer to a good representative of melody-embracing metalcore.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. ENLIGHTENMENT
  2. YOU ARE ALL YOU NEED
  3. SYSTEMATIC
  4. NERVOUS (feat. Simon Neil)
  5. PYAI
  6. KNOWN YOUR WORTH (SOMEBODY)
  7. NO DEAFEAT FOR THE BRAVE (feat. Deryck Whibley)
  8. DIVISION STREET
  9. SLEEPS SOCIETY
  10. CALL OF THE VOID (feat. Sleeps Society)
  11. DN3 3HT

Label: Sleeps Brothers / Spinefarm Records

Genre: Melodic Metalcore

Release Date EU: April 16th, 2021

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