Is the fan-funded new While She Sleeps record any good? Well, duh
YOU ARE WE (SLEEPS BROTHERS) NORTHERN METAL MOB GO MORE DIY THAN B&Q TO CRAFT A STORMING THIRD ALBUM
You Are We is an important album, and not just in terms of While She Sleeps’ career. It does represent the vital next step for the Brit metal sluggers, but this fan-funded, self-released third album is also an integral look at just what can be achieved with your own elbow grease and sweat.
Sleeps are not the first band to use the fanfunded model, of course, but they are one of the few to have done so having jumped voluntarily from a major-label platform.they’ve also taken the DIY ethic quite literally, putting their own recording studio, rehearsal room and general band HQ together with their own hands. Producer Carl Bown is the one outside influence, but the band consider him to be a sixth member anyway, and the album remains the product of a singular vision.
With You Are We,while She Sleeps will stand or fall entirely on their own efforts, but they’re absolutely not playing safe here. It’s not set to be as polarising as, say,the Here And Now by Architects, and you won’t be mistaking them for Good Charlotte any time soon, but it does see the band taking several mighty strides away from the beaten path.
on the familiar front, there are the usual huge anthemic WSS sing-alongs, augmented in places by gang vocals recorded by the fans themselves as part of the Pledge campaign. Guitarists Mat Welsh and Sean Long have also contributed a lot more to the vocal side of things, resulting in cleaner lines and a stronger melodic presence.
That’s not to say the album lacks aggression or impact. revolt is as stinging and vicious as anything on 2015’s Brainwashed or 2012 debut This Is The Six. Hurricane is appropriately titled, and the jagged riffs and frontman Loz Taylor’s abrasive screaming provide the bedrock for most of these songs. But on top of this, the band have gone wherever they fancy – there’s a more adventurous ebb and flow with the dynamics and, where they might have previously thrown a standard breakdown into a song like Wide Awake, they’re just as likely to throw out a breezy, progtinged passage now.
It’s an album that bristles with hooks, crackles with power and almost overflows with passion. It also shows every other band out there what’s possible with the right attitude and spirit of independence. DOWNLOAD: Wide Awake, revolt. FOR FANS OF: Architects, Bury Tomorrow.