01. Ghost Plains
03. The Flock
05. Sunday Mass Grave
07. Reaper Christ
08. White Braid
09. Recitation Fire
10. Part 2
I had first heard of Seven sisters of Sleep two years ago, back in 2011, when it was praised highly by Jason Campbell aka JGCsound an internet reviewer who specialises in Grind, Hardcore and Sludge. Unfortunately I didn’t really agree with his views and thought of the band as a very dull Eyehategod clone, I was surprised then that the band now was getting a lot of buzz and many people were actually anticipating this album. To be honest I had mixed feelings about this, I was worried that this might turn out to be abysmal and a tedious listen but I was hopeful as well, maybe the buzz was true. Thankfully it was… oh yes it was!!
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Seven Sisters of Sleep are a five piece from California. The kind of music they play can be described as a very harsh mix of hardcore/sludge ,with the extremely distorted ,very dirty, very beefy sounding guitars that use a lot of gain and have a lot of low end on them that just trap you in a suffocating wall of sound . It literally gives you no room to breath , you are either being hit by speeding bursts of molten lava or are slowly beaten to death by a massive rock which breaks every bone in your body. The vocals add to the atmosphere a lot, switching from unholy monstrous growls to torturous screams to more traditional hardcore vocals. Now although the band is undeniably brutal , they do balance that with their simple yet sophisticated songwriting and every song even though has the same main characteristics, it is quite different from the other and maintains its own identity, this is exemplified in Grindstone which adds some crust punk to the mix, Reaper Christ which sees the band experiment with their sound using some Death Metal and a slight touch of stoner towards the end and Witch Braid which has a certain part where the band uses double bass drums over traditional heavy/doom metal riffing. But what intrigued me most about this band are their transitions which seem very organic . The band blends both the parts to their song and the two genres seamlessly , knowing exactly when and what to play, not once sounding mechanical or rehearsed, almost like a jam band. It seems that they don’t talk much about what to play and what would come next in the jam room, they just play.
Now.. I know a lot of what have said seems rather sadistic, but honestly I found the experience quite exciting. Seven Sisters of Sleep have come a long way from where they first began and it shows in this album. They definitely deserve all the buzz they are getting and I wouldn’t mind creating some of it for them.
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