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As They Sleep
March 2011
Released: 2010, Solid State
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

The release of this album has been well anticipated by the fans of As They Sleep and from the first track 'Oracle of the Dead' I can tell they won't be disappointed!

This is only the second album to be released from this band but from hearing this album I was really impressed. With intense, yet varied vocals I loved the high screaming and the low death metal growls, as well as the fast paced drumming and amazing riffs; this is definitely a band that demand attention.

The songs have great variety throughout, with great melody and brutality. I loved this album so much that this will definitely go into my favourites. With the talent this band are showing, it's clear why they are getting such a great following.

I was blown away with the drumming, guitars and vocals in this album...truly amazing!

The song 'Ritual' which is right in the middle of the album broke up the fast pace with an intro that gave a slow yet amazing sound, which was unexpected after hearing the first half of this album, that was until the growling began!

There is no particular song that stuck out for me as they all had a fantastic growl intro that immediately got my attention and I enjoyed every track! I personally think this is the better album of the two.

The only downside I have for this album is that the sound can be slightly repetitive, especially towards the end of the album. A longer intro to some of the songs would've broken it up slightly but I have to say, there were no tracks I wanted to skip.

Overall, this is a great album & is a must for any extreme death metal fan.

I highly recommend!

Jo Blackened
Track Listing

1. Oracle of the Dead
2. To the Republic
3. The Third Reich
4. Bedlam at the Nile
5. The Darkest Ages
6. Ritual
7. The Offering
8. Attila
9. Poseidon
10. God of War
11. The Unseen


Aaron Bridgewater - Vocals
Nick Morris - Guitar
Barry Gomez - Guitar
Derek Kosiba - Bass
Tony Lukitsh – Drums

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