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Sleep Token – “This Place Will Become Your Tomb”: Album Review

Ethereal and chaotic all swirled into one complex creation, the shrouded mystery of Sleep Token return with their second highly anticipated album, aptly named This Place Will Become Your Tomb.”

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.

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The other-worldly concept of this band is simply divine, and I can’t get enough of it.

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I may very well hark over to The Night Does Belong To God every once in a while, but damn does it get me more excited to see them live next year.

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Metallica: 20 Years On – The Black Album

After 20 years on from its initial release in 1991, Metallica’s The Black Album is seen as the prophecy to metal.

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With the record holding phenomenal magnitude and depth to the band’s creative journey, the Black Album has become an integral part of history in metal and rock music.

With anything deemed as a “classic” or a “phenomenal record”, I always think that the record at first release was shunned and dismissed. The Black Album was no different. But over time, the 1991 creation not only re-sparked those once lost in the plethora of otherworldly genres, but also revitalised the band themselves.

“Vulnerable” soft ballad Nothing Ever Matters is an intermittent metal classic that is now iconic in every way. The thicker and starker approach they took plundered those not into rock, eventually into rock.

To celebrate, some of the industry’s finest have come together in a collaborative feast of feats. In where restrictions are ultimately nullified, the album sees the likes of Elton John, Royal Blood, Sam Fender and Alessia Clare, record beautiful interpretations of the record collection.

The Metallica Blacklist can be listened to NOW.