Ethereal and chaotic all swirled into one complex creation, the shrouded mystery of Sleep Token return with their second highly anticipated album.
Although not nearly as prevalent in the castings of metal as their debut of Sundowning had in 2019, TPWBYT still harks back to the chaotic rage-inducing of Gods and Offering with Alkaline and Hypnosis in this second attempt of divinity.
Where it lacks in overall oomph for a metal/rock album, it makes up for its quality through experimentation and electronics. One thing I certainly love about bands is when they don’t exactly conform to their first sounds from their debut – and start to branch out to new avenues and new possibilities of drawing new fanatics.
Lead singer Vessel has a perfect gothic tone to his voice – streaked with a guttural voice and a deep monotone to make the ocean weep. With it, comes to the experimental value of Sleep Token – inclusive of creepy piano, programmed beats and delectably delicious guitar grooves – which personally, I love. It may take a listening to get the other metal-heads on board, but I don’t personally mind the new image and poetic enchantment they’re bringing to this work.
My favourites on-repeat are certainly pop-inducing Mine, heavy-herald of Distraction and pre-amble of The Love You Want.
The other-worldly concept of this band is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of it.
I may very well hark over to The Night Does Belong To God every once in a while, but damn, this most certainly gets the hairs tingling with excitement at the prospect of watching them live soon..