Album Review by: Jeanette LeBlanc
While She Sleeps is a metallic hard-core band from Sheffield, England. “This is the Six” is the band’s first studio full-length album that was released on August 13th, 2012. The album is a follow-up to their mini-debut “The North Stands for Nothing” that was released in 2010 and got the band noticed. While She Sleeps has only been a band since 2006 and at this point- they can’t be stopped. The band received best British newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards just last year and they have been added to the Vans Warped Tour line-up for 2013. “This is the Six” highlights the dynamics of what the band is capable of. The album consists of a wide range of; melodic guitar tones, power-filled guitar riffs, thick bass, serenading piano interludes, catchy gang vocals and rough-passionate screams.
The album sets things off with “Dead Behind Those Eyes”, which instantly rips you into the feel of the whole album; head-banging, heavy and catchy. The second song “False Freedom” invites new harmonies and more indifferent vocals that lead to a slowed down, passionate feel with choir sounding gang vocals. The album keeps you engaged, especially until “Seven Hills”, this song separates itself from the others, the guitar harmonies sing to you while the fast-paced drums make you want to move. The gang vocals will have you singing along the first time hearing it and after walking away, they will leave the song in your head. The track is then followed by “Our Courage Our Cancer” which introduces the bands capability of writing slower, more heart-filled songs. The song starts off with a stunning piano intro that is then unified into a heavier yet calm mood that allows you to lose yourself in the music. The second half of the album brings even more heavy-sentiment, especially during “Love at War”- This song will bring you up and down with a steady combination of everything that makes the album adoring.
While She Sleeps, “This is the Six” creates an emotional rollercoaster, you can tell that these guys put their heart into every second of it- which in turn causes you to want to hold on with them throughout the entire ride. Make sure you check them out at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 5th with Vans Warped Tour.
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