Sleep Terror
Paraphile


1.0
awful

Review

by K. McNichols USER (16 Reviews)
December 7th, 2007 | 11 replies | 4,256 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Just thank god this album has no vocals.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Sleep terror disorder is defined as repeated temporary arousal from sleep, during which the affected person appears and acts extremely frightened.

Basically, a waking nightmare.

A more fitting name could not have been chosen for this awful west coast-based outfit. The joke is Sleep Terror, and its punchline is every track on this demo.

Paraphile opens with Tables Turned Crimson, a harbinger of what lies ahead. Attempting to blend the surf-rock of Dick Dale with incredibly generic grindcore influenced riffage, and topped with a klutzy attempt at imitating virtuoso free-jazz leads, you're sure to be disappointed by the end of this disastrous mess. Tom Morello's trademark turntable noises are even mimicked here by guitarist Luke Jaeger, yet the latter axeman lacks the foresight to see that he has completely ruined the song.

It's easy to initially mistake Paraphile's genre-jumping buffet of refuse for music that actually contains substance. The average death metal fan will insist that this is "technical jazz-influenced death metal," and may even assert that this kind of music has never been done before. The aforementioned "metalhead" has obviously never been introduced to Floridian titans Atheist and Cynic, among others.

You won't find yourself hard pressed to spot the differences between Sleep Terror and a seasoned jazz-influenced death metal band like Cynic if you compare Paraphile to Focus. Sleep Terror lacks the ability to craft a memorable song; every riff, solo, and random jazz break escapes the memory just as soon as it soils the listener's ears.

If Paraphile has one thing going for it, it's consistency; each succesive track lives up to the sloppiness and incohesion that preceded it, which brings me to the prevailing flaw of Paraphile: a lack of cohesive ideas. Each and every moment of every song is forgettable, pointless, unnecesary, and simply unbearable to listen to. The individual sections of each song blur together, rambling aimlessly, leaving the listener bored to tears, and in some cases devoid of the amount of cash they shelled out for this worthless slop-fest. The "jazz-licks" serve only to distract the listener from the lack of songwriting ability commanded by the band, and the other assorted random "wacky" sections are used only to dupe thoughtless metalheads into believing this demo is somehow "progressive."

Honestly Paraphile has only three positive qualities. The first being that it has no vocals. The absence of a singer prevents this demo from further redefining the word "suck". Second, the demo itself is only 13 minutes long. Finally the guitar playing is technical, and can at times sound decent. If only it was memorable and tasteful. Even having listened to this album 3 times today alone, not a single song distinguishes itself from the next.

If you're looking for music that will leave a lasting impression, Paraphile is definitely not for you. However, if random disjointed musical ideas bound together by cheesy cover art impress you, you can end your search here.



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user ratings (10)
Chart.
1.6
very poor
other reviews of this album
Dargon (1)
Pretentious, worthless nonsense. Neither death metal nor progressive....


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Tyler
Emeritus
December 7th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

You didnt need to review this, especially considering you even said "Dargon was right" in the summary, which I'd consider to be a major faux-pas. You shouldn't be referencing other reviews or reviewers.
Well written enough, even if you don't seem to understand that "lounge jazz" isn't really present at all on this.This Message Edited On 12.07.07

rattlehead42147
December 7th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i know you've said that before but i wanted to immediately get the opinion of this stated as soon as you read it.
edit: actually yeah i'm going to edit it.

but as far as the review goes, i was hoping to do a semi-serious one for this. Plus i haven't reviewed in a while so and i wanted to do a more negative review in contrast to some of my more fanboyish ones. :D

Well written enough, even if you don't seem to understand that "lounge jazz" isn't really present at all on this.

haha, that phrase is intended as parody, its kind of mocking what Sleep Terror thought they were doing with this album.This Message Edited On 12.08.07

Tyler
Emeritus
December 7th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Yeah no the review was fine just be weary of "lounge" and stuff. The band is known for their haphazard and laughable free-jazz implementation, lounge is a very, very different thing.
Maybe mention a song or two if possible.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
December 7th 2007



2667 Comments


Yeah, I wouldn't be alluding to other reviewers. Also, it makes me wonder why you changed your rating to a '1' when it was originally higher and your comments in the other review seem to indicate otherwise as well. I should have waited to approve you as a contributing reviewer on a different review, because I'm not sure of your intentions in lowering your rating and writing a review that doesn't say anything differently than the other one.

rattlehead42147
December 7th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

good idea @ coke
my rating of 2 was just changed. that was from months ago when i first got this album upon my initial impression of Paraphile, and i had been meaning to change it for a while now.
but my main goal here was to present the info a little more seriously, and elaborate on what really goes on on this album.

/edited "lounge" to "free" that was the word i was looking for thanks

Maybe mention a song or two if possible.

i really tried to but i honestly can't remember any single songs, they all blend together, another thing i was trying to convey in the review.This Message Edited On 12.07.07

Essence
December 7th 2007



3583 Comments


Is this really that bad?
How bad?
A7x S/T bad?

botb
December 7th 2007



9647 Comments


Just thank god this album has no vocals.


hahahahaha

Tyler
Emeritus
December 7th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

They have a vocalist now, and it actually ties their music together a little better.

rattlehead42147
December 7th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Is this really that bad?

How bad?

A7x S/T bad?

i haven't heard that album but i'm guessing the answer is "yes". i at first thought this was at least worth a 2 for the guitar playing but i was wrong. its so spasmodic and random, and not in a good way.

LifeInABox
December 8th 2007



3708 Comments


Purty gud review. Just do what Coke and Jom said. I'll vote.

FR33L0RD
December 12th 2007



1461 Comments


Sleep Terror = lame Death Metal



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