Written by: Blackie Skulless
Wow, talk about a neat hybrid here. Sleepless are a band that took formation from the remnants of an ‘80s death metal project called Dead Conspiracy. The trick is that they are meant to be a traditional heavy metal act, but the death metal history makes its way into the actual music itself, thus creating something that could be heavy/death metal? It seems impossible, you can’t really have the latter without harsh vocals, but should it exist, I think this would be it.
Entitled Blood Libel, this EP is four songs of chunky and brooding riffs that are topped off with melodic singing. Thank our lucky stars that the vocals aren’t overly clean production-wise, because this allows the two to work together rather nicely. Opener “The Man Who Could Not Sleep” is the beefiest song here, churning out multiple moods dipped into this odd blend. The constant jumps in pace and deep piano notes thrown in make it such a fun ride. “Host Desecration” follows this with a sinister drop in tone and overall meaner makeup.
The back two tracks basically take what we’ve been given so far and step away from the advanced structures used in the front two tracks. Shorter and sweeter, the grit of the riffs still go right to your bloodline with a straightforward sequence in “Deluded Hordes.” We’re closed with “Blood Libel (A Vampire’s Tale),” which boasts some monstrous slow-burning chops for being the shortest song.
Yeah, I know. May as well just call it thrash metal, but something about the riffs just seem to be a bit more than that. Basically, Blood Libel is a quick taste of something stellar in the making due to its extremely unconventional combinations. I really can’t wait to see what Sleepless yields down the road.
Sleepless - Blood Libel will be released March 1st, 2021 from Necromantic Press Records.
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