Steel City metallers While She Sleeps have been tearing up the British metal scene for years now. It was not until May last year, at the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds, I had the pleasure of seeing Sleeps play live for the first time. I remember the set vividly – it was amazing from start to finish. They had the crowd going from the first note bellowed out by vocalist Lawrence Taylor, to the last chord strum by guitarist Sean Long. After seeing them play Slam Dunk and listening to mini album “The North Stands For Nothing”, I could not wait for a full length to be released. 2 years on, the band have gone from strength to strength, not only are they on the verge of releasing an awesome debut album, their unique metal sound has matured and become more grounded.
“Dead Behind The Eyes” opens the album – a fast paced, non-stop, riff heavy track. Followed by the euphoric “False Freedom”, the band make use of the piano in the last third of the song slowing the pace down, but hit the listener with heavy guitars and eerie gang vocals to end the track.
Sleeps make use of the piano again in “Our Courage, Our Cancer”. The blend of harmonic vocals, aggressive guitar and piano work extremely well. Definitely one of the stand out tracks on the album.
Up next is the title track. This is classic Sleeps – Brutal guitar, aggressive vocals, thudding bass and powerful melody.
Following “This Is The Six” is “The Chapel”. You can describe this interlude as the ‘calm before the storm’ as we are taken straight into a fresh sounding mix of fan favourite “Be(lie)ve”. It’s catchy as fuck – the mellifluous guitars during the chorus give the track a kick it really needed.
“The Plague Of A New Age” hammers across the improved euphonious side of Sleeps before closing with the solemn but hopeful “Reunite”.
Overall there is not a bad track on this album. Each song has its own unique sound and feel to it. The addition of the piano and melodic hooks has honed While She Sleeps sound.
This Is The Six will be THE British metal release of the year. It’s out on Monday 13th August via Search and Destroy.