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CD review WHILE SHE SLEPPS "You are We"

Veröffentlicht am 3. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in While She Sleeps, Metalcore, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) Metalcore normally doesn't belong to the genres in metal that finds my full passion. However, there are a few bands that I think are interesting and one of these bands are While She Sleeps. This might be caused by the pretty impressive show the guys nailed down when supporting In Flames a few years ago with the latest longplayer "Brainwashed" that strengthened the good impression. In the meantime the band changed labels and it seems like if the journey continues as positive as it started.

Two years later the next strike will hit the shelfs on April 21st which the band's crucial album number three. Eleven songs made it on the record on which the band delivers again a balanced mix of angry metalcore parts which have a constant interlink with melodic vocal lines. The melodic parts go that far that, like in "Steal the Sun", things sound choir-like towards the end.

In general the rough and edgy parts dominate but While She Sleeps embeds some unexpected sidekicks like in the beginning of "Empire of Silence" in which a traditional metal expression is an exciting distraction. The song live up anyhow to its name since it's, except the shouts, a melodic tune that shows another side of this metalcore outfit. "Settle Down Society" is built on a similar formula and these are moments on "You Are We", when also a wider audience can get a foot into the door to the fields of metalcore.

The Sheffield-based band created a longplayer that continues with the positive trend the guys surfed on for the last years. While She Sleeps put a lot of passion and dedication into their work on "You Are We" and this pays back. This album will be interesting for more people than genre experts only.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. You Are We
  2. Steal the Sun
  3. Feel
  4. Empire of Silence
  5. Wide Awake
  6. Silence Speaks
  7. Settle Down Society
  8. Hurricane
  9. Revolt
  10. Civil Isolation
  11. In Another Now

 

Label: Arise Empire

Genre: Metalcore

Release Date EU: April 21st, 2017

CD review WHILE SHE SLEPPS "You are We"
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CD review WHILE SHE SLEEPS "Brainwashed"

Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2015 von Markus W. in While She Sleeps, Metalcore, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, In Flames

(8/10) I have to admit that I missed While She Sleeps' debut "This is the six". My first touchpoint with the band from Sheffield was a few month ago when they opened for In Flames. Since I haven't seen the band earlier I was very curious about their music and their show. After their 30 minutes long performance I was impressed. And having a look into the audience showed that I wasn't the only one. Cool as well was the fact to see the first smaller pits already at the opener.

Now While She Sleeps releases finally their long awaited second longplayer. Actually the album should have been released far earlier, but singer Loz Taylor had some problems with his vocal chords that even let to two surgical operations. Now things are good and "Brainwashed" is out in the stores. It's packed with 14 song plus the intro - all together one hour of heavy While She Sleeps music.

What I like with the band's music is the mix of different elements. They play metalcore, but they find a smart way to combine it with melodies and groove without loosing the heaviness. This adds another dimension to their music that is more than only shouting and playing fast.

To pick out some songs is hard with this album. "Life is a tension" is maybe one tunes that stands out a bit. It's a very straight-forward track that has high speed while the chorus more grooving. 

Also the title track is a raging metal eruption that is hard to escape from and "Torment" is a heavy song with some Soulfly-like guitar sounds. The tune is a good example how metalcore, groove metal and modern metal can merge into a thrilling melange.

The finale furioso is reserved for "Modern minds". It's also the longest tune on the album - at least this is what the playlist makes you think. Starting with a nice melody and clean vocals the song starts pretty relaxed. No doubt about the fact that the tune gets harder along the way, but the catchy chorus stays as a constant factor throughout the track that even has a silent piano part embedded. The add-on with this tune is the 'hidden track' in the end which is an acostic one minute number.

I could continue that way with more songs, but I think it's better to listen to "Brainwashed". While She Sleeps released an energetic longplayer that shows the potential of the young band from the UK. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The divide
  2. New world torture
  3. Your evolution
  4. Brainwashed
  5. Wer are alive at night
  6. Our legacy
  7. Four walls
  8. Torment
  9. Kangaezu ni
  10. Life is tension
  11. Trophies of violence
  12. No sides, no enemies
  13. The woods
  14. Method of madness
  15. Modern minds

 

Label: Search and Destroy/Sony Music

Genre: Metalcore

CD review WHILE SHE SLEEPS "Brainwashed"
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Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Veröffentlicht am 21. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in In Flames, While She Sleeps, Wovenwar, Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live Review, News

It seemed that everybody was going towards Tilburg that night - at least looking on the traffic situation it felt like that. Could be also based on the fact that there have been bigger problems with the trains to Tilburg. So it wasn't easy to get there, but it was worth to take the effort. 

The evening started with While She Sleeps. The band from the UK has so far an EP and a full-length record in their backpack. The highlights of those releases are reflected in the setlist.

The melodic metalcore from the band was the perfect start into the evening. And eventhough they might not have that many releases the guys can look back on a long history of shows and tours. And the energy the guys spread during their show I have to say - amazing. What convinced was the unleashed power and dynamic the band spread during their 30 minutes gig. While She Sleeps offered an excellent metalic apperitif.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for Wovenwar to start their show. After an appreciated short break the guys entered the stage and started directly with "Foreword" and "All rise" from their self-titled debut album. Wovenwar, basically the former members of As I Lay Dying with a new singer, has put down a really good show. It goes almost without saying that the guys from San Diego, California purely focussed on their debut album. In case fans have expected some As I Lay Dying songs they have been disappointed. I personally prefer the Wovenwar material anyhow much more, since it has a bigger melodic compentent without losing the heavy riffs. Shane Blay (v) is really singing and not shouting. And he does a damn good job. Combined with the three guitars and a massive rhythm section the band Wovenwar has quite some potential for rwaching a bigger audience. Shows as support for In Flames will help them for sure.

Wovenwar did a good job and added a good starter to the metal menue.

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Than it was time for the main course - In Flames. The guys from Gothenburg have a new album in their offer and the band was eager to present the new material live.

In the end six new songs found their spot on the setlist. In Flames focussed on the more heavy stuff from "Siren's charm" like "Everything is gone", but also didn't forget about the more quite stuff like "Through oblibion" and "Eyes wide open". I like those songs a lot since they transport pure emotions and they have great melody lines. It was a good mix between hard and more melodic when it comes to the new material.

For the rest the setlist covered almost all periods of the band. The emphasis was on the tracks from 2000 onwards. But with "Resin" and "Only for the weak" also some old stuff was played live that evening in Tilburg. 

The setlist didn't leave any wish unfulfilled that night since also the 'hits' "Where the dead ships dwell" and "Cloud connected" have been smashed into the dedicated audience. And the fans rewarded with going crazy.

Next to music the show itself was also very entertaining. An important factor is the light. In Flames seems to have a special passion for a good light show that supports the music. Also this time they did a fantastic job since the created visual atmosphere was a highlight that rounded off a complete In Flames live package.

But also the five guys have been very active. Always in motion, great stage acting and always in contact with the fans. That is what I expect from a metal band and In Flames delivered that - again. 

A remarkable moment was when Anders asked one of the fans who was obviously filming a lot with his mobile to come on stage and film from there during the next song. All of a sudden he was part of the scene and I think that he earliest realized afterwards what happened. Actually he should post the video on YouTube, but I haven't seen anything yet. Hopefully he wasn't too nervious and didn't delete everything ;) (If one of you finds the video, please post it in the comments.)

In Flames are for me still one of my favorite bands, regardless if they play more melodic death metal or modern metal. Both has (had) there moment in time and both can be performed by the band in an excellent way.

Conculsion: Great bands, great shows, pure metal = great evening

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014

Setlist In Flames

  1. In plain view (new)
  2. Everything's gone (new)
  3. Fear is the weakness (Sounds a ...)
  4. Trigger (Reroute to remain)
  5. Resin (Colony)
  6. Where the dead ships dwell (Sounds a ...)
  7. With eyes wide open (new)
  8. Paralyzed (new)
  9. Through oblivion (new)
  10. Ropes (Sounds a ...)
  11. Delight and angers (A sense of purpose)
  12. Cloud connected (Reroute to remain)
  13. Only for the weak (Clayman)
  14. The chosen pessimist (A sense of purpose)
  15. The quiet place (Soundtrack to your escape)
  16. Rusted nail (new)
  17. The mirror's truth (A sense of purpose)
  18. Deliver us (Sounds a ...)
  19. Take this life (Come clarity)

 

Setlist Wovenwar

  1. Foreward
  2. All rise
  3. Death to rights
  4. The mason
  5. Tempest
  6. Profane
  7. Matter of time
  8. Prophets
  9. Onward

 

Setlist While She Sleeps

  1. Death toll
  2. Dead behind the eyes
  3. This is the six
  4. Crows
  5. False freedom
  6. Our courage, our cancer
  7. Seven hills

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherland

Date: 20.10.2014

Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
Live review IN FLAMES, WHILE SHE SLEEPS , WOVENWAR, Tilburg, 20.10.2014
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