Artist: Oh, Sleeper
Album: The Titan EP
Earlier this year we interviewed Micah Kinard of “Oh, Sleeper” to get details about what was going on in their camp. We learnt that they were knee-deep in an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a new EP. The time has finally come, the new EP has dropped, and so has my jaw.
There are very few words that I can string together to sum up the “Titan EP”; but the words brutal, melodic, goosebump inducing and beautiful spring to mind.
The EP roars to life with opening track “Naofumi Mitsuhashi”; this track was named after a fan that supported the indiegogo campaign by purchasing the “Name a song on the EP perk”. I must admit, I am very jealous of Mr. Mitsuhashi. To have your name on the playlist of everyone with good music taste must be an amazing feeling.
Refusing to give up steam, the EP continues onto “The Pitch”, which sees a typical formulation of an Oh, Sleeper track. Ultimate brutality of Kinard’s screaming, sprinkled with more tender vocals by Blay. This track also features as appearance by Casey Sabol (Ex-vocalist of Periphery). Zac Mayfield abuses his drums in this track with an absolute drumming fury, while Nathan Grady gently guides the song.
“Heavy hands” is a stripped down song, showing off Blay’s vocal ability very nicely (the man has range!), and it provides a nice break from the fury and intensity before the album reaches its conclusion on “The Rise”. The latter song has a very revolution-inspiring feeling to it, with Kinard continually screaming, “If you can hear this, you are the resistance”.
Lyrically, the album delivers; with Kinard’s story telling lyrical-writing approach shining through better than ever. The album does feel darker than previous releases, but in a way that seems necessary.
Oh, Sleeper is definitely one of the tightest metalcore bands at the moment. They cannot seem to put one foot wrong when delivering for their fans. Without giving too much more away, I advise anyone that is a fan of Oh, Sleeper to get their hands on this EP right now (without pirating it. These boys worked hard to raise the funding to record this)!
The Titan EP is undoubtedly the greatest EP release of the year, let us know what you think of the album!
Best Tracks: “The Rise”, “The Pitch” & “Heavy Hands”.