SLEEPERS' GUILT - Sleepers' Guilt

Sleepers' Guilt - Sleepers' Guilt

6 songs
35:02 minutes
***** ****
(self released)


Most metal bands from Luxembourg are into extreme metal and play thrash metal, death metal or metalcore. Newcomers Sleepers’ Guilt have decided instead to head into a more melodic direction and play traditional, American flavoured power metal. The four band members are not new to the local music scene, apart maybe from vocalist Raphael. Bass player Philip used to be in Clean State, while drummer Max and guitarist Christian should be known from Ophidian.

The latter two are responsible for most of the songwriting, and therefore it shouldn’t surprise that Sleepers’ Guilt show some parallels to Ophidian, who used to be among the best local metal band in their time. The vocalist’s raw voice reminds me quite a lot of Warrel Dane, even though it is said that he wasn’t familiar with Nevermore until recently. Fans of Nineties American power metal should therefore definitely offer their time to this rather long EP: the tracks are generally about five minutes long, one song even makes it to nearly nine minutes.

The opener Price To Pay is one of the EP’s highlights and highlights the musicians’ talents with countless pace changes. World In Ashes is a little quieter, but thanks to its omnipresent sense of drama, it never loses any of its suspense. The Promise veers into a different direction, with especially the rumbling Motörhead bass guitar and the clear keyboards setting accents. Dancing All Alone of one of the band’s most melodic tracks, yet surprises towards the end with an unexpected increase in speed. The semi-ballad Stay has a sizzling atmosphere, while the concluding Raven’s Fight comes with so much pathos that I couldn’t help thinking of Savatage. It is here where the musicians show their incredibly grown maturity.

One can only applaud the band for their effort, and can’t find fault with the songwriting and the instrumentation. The EP has been recorded in the band’s own studio, yet still has an extremely powerful and authentic production. Right now Sleepers’ Guilt are still one of Luxembourg’s more exotic metal bands, but these six tracks should definitely help get them more attention. The only criticism goes for the cover artwork where the band has chosen a hard to read font and otherwise also didn’t pay much attention to contrasting colours, but that shouldn’t deter you from getting this splendid debut EP.

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