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While She Sleeps​ 'Sleep Society' Album Review By JD RIch

While She Sleeps​

Sleeps Society


April 16, 2021

Album Review By JD RIch

Boston Rock Radio



If there ever was a definitive instance where the saying, “Never judge a book by its cover” was on point, this would be it. In this case, replace the word “book” with “album” and insert “title” in place of “cover.” There is nothing that remotely resembles sleep on Sleeps Society, brand-new stuff from English band While She Sleeps. Established fans already know which side of the musical spectrum this quintet lands on.

The album is a metalcore masterpiece for rock fans to sink their teeth into. While She Sleeps cranked up their creative mojo and even brought in a couple of guest vocalists to share in the festivities. “Nervous," featuring Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro, Marmaduke Duke) is a more radio-friendly track with deeper introspection and poignant observation not commonly found in the metalcore format. It's a roller coaster ride between barren loneliness and frantic exasperation. Later in Sleeps Society, Derek Whibley (Sum 41) pops in for a turn on “No Defeat For The Brave." This track is not so radio-friendly. I can imagine corporate terrestrial radio programmers would rather set themselves on fire than let this one loose on their precious airwaves. That’s okay, true Nu-metal fans know where to go for the really good stuff anyway. (Hint: Right here at Besides, While She Sleeps has a record of proving themselves time and time again. They don’t owe faceless stuffed shirts a damn thing.

Sleeps Society is not all thrash ‘em and bash ‘em. One stunning example of switching it up can be found on “Division Street,“ a beautiful track that momentarily steps away from the trademark frenzied pace of which While She Sleeps is known for. This showcases the band's skillful harmonies, vocal talents, and arrangements, heightened by astounding enthusiasm. Further proving my point in the variety department is Sleeps Society’s title track, which leans into Techno/Thrash/Nu-metal all at once. I’ll give you a minute to wrap your mind around that concept.

Comparing then and now, While She Sleeps fans will be blown away by how far the band has come over the past 15 years. In turn, fan devotion is rewarded in the form of a seven-minute spoken montage of personal gratitude and insight at the very end​  (“DN3 3HT”)​  Any rocker’s leather-clad heart is sure to be touched (but in a good way). Sleeps Society is a clique that all metalcore fans want to be a member of. The best part is, the EP is available now, and you don’t have to meet any stuffy prerequisites to get in.


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