Road Of Emptiness
Review by JD on January 11, 2014.
I remember reviewing Sleeper’s Guilt’s self-titled EP a while ago. I clearly remember not being so taken by them, and their sound. Combining too much keyboard use with a lack of heaviness – the results was underwhelming at best. With their newest release now ready for me to review we shall see if they have progressed in the way I heard underneath all of the fluff that was being presented.
This band from Luxemburg has gone through a bit of a change mainly with their style. The progressive metal is still there at times, but there is this explosion of heaviness that has been upped to a massive level while using the keyboards to the right effect without overloading like they had done on their EP. Now being sort of melodic death metal with shades of black and even thrash added in. The groove metal they had was long gone to an early grave. Tight and powerful, this band has found their niche.
Impressive is the CD’s starting track and the title of the album. Starting with haunting piano that spins an eerie aura, it soon falls into a breath-taking vortex of brutality of a mixture of Cradle Of Filth/Children Of Bodom style with near Death like vocals added in. Other tracks such as "Slave" and "Echoes Of My Silence" are such an advancement in their power and writing, showing off that un shown part of their explosiveness – but the title track still is the most powerful one on the album.
This was the album I suspected they could do, rather than the somewhat of a disappointed self-titled EP released a year or two ago. Sleeper’s Guilt now has found their sound, and now the world needs to hear it. I do not think they took my advice in the least. Metal evolution took care of that. The metal world never thought Darwin was talking about metal, perhaps he just saw into the future and never knew he was doing that for global metal.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.1 out of 10