Oh, Sleeper
When I Am God


3.5
great

Review

by tchitch USER (2 Reviews)
December 29th, 2007 | 111 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very good album for the most part. But in a few parts it gets a bit boring and repetitive.

Oh! Sleeper – When I am God

Oh! Sleeper. A band that has formed from bits and pieces of multiple bands from across the board. They are a mixture of As Cities Burn, Terminal, and Between the Buried and Me. With these combinations we are sure to expect an exciting and dramatic debut album.

The album starts off with pure and perfect vocals collaborating with an eerie sounding guitar riff that catches your attention right away, in the song "Vices like Vipers". Although he starts with clean vocals, the tone quickly changes to an upbeat, aggressive tone. Which is very well fitting in this particular song. They show the ability to fit different aspects of their music into different genres all in one song. With some soaring guitar riffs through out, this song will definitely catch the attention of the listener. Some amazing musicianship is shown throughout this song. Let’s just hope that this album remains strong, like the opening track has proved to be.

Repetition is a weapon that seems to be used frequently in the second song "I Will Welcome the Reaping". The end of the song leaves you thinking you’ve been listening to the song for hours. Similar chords are used throughout, and similar bends as well. Even if other things are added in the background behind these chords and bends, it’s still redundant. Even flowing into the next two songs you don’t realize it’s a new song. And the vocals don’t change enough. It’s too much of a monotone squealing in your ears. All elements of track 2, 3 and 4 are too similar to each other. And if you’re listening to the album in order, it ends up being boring at this point in the album.

Ah. We’ve reached "The Siren Song". This song starts off amazing. A good combination of music and vocals. The screaming here suits the music perfectly. And the eerie ambiance sounds at the start set the mood right away. We’re now into some different kinds of guitar work mostly. There are a few slight tastes of the redundancy of the last three tracks, but it isn’t pulled down by it. As the song develops, and changes multiple times, giving you a few tastes of different things. In the middle of the song, it undergoes plastic surgery and a new piece of art emerges from the flames that his screaming has set in place during the first portion of this song. It slows down and beautiful vocals are poured out in perfect harmony to the song. They work their way back into screaming, although more melodically, and finally get back into the core of the song. And through all this never lost momentum, or feeling in the song. It remained constant and well thought out, and flows perfectly from your speakers into your ears.

Happily they maintain the feeling they’ve set forth with "The Siren Song", and push forward with the softer tone of "The Color Theft". With beautiful music combined with thought provoking lyrics. With lines such as “Who’s dreams are you killing?/And who’s pockets are you filling?/ Are you where you said you would be in the end?” Ask you if you’re complete. Are you what you want/need to be? As it works it’s way into a harder hitting beat, the lyrics keep pounding, as he pours out all emotions in his vocals. A beautiful combination of music and lyrics. This song is definitely one of the highlights of the album.

As "The Color Theft fades" out, you are instantly drawn into the start of "To Flagship". A little harder hitting than the previous, but it continues a feeling of urgency and honesty. With more flawless flows from part to part, this song exhibits some more great musicianship, as the album seems to be redeeming itself for the bore of the few middle tracks.

It loses something with "His Name is Bishop". It exhibits good musicianship but it doesn’t flow quite as well as other have. With guitars constantly changing, each part doesn’t seem to flow quite as well as they’ve shown they can do. A mediocre track at best. Very forgettable, but nothing so bad as to pull down an opinion.

The next song is very forgettable. So I will say no more about it.


"Revelations in the Calm" starts off with a softer guitar riff. A repetitive constant strum, that doesn’t fall to the redundancy that repetition quite often does. Although it doesn’t pick you off the floor, it shows a lot of emotion and thought. With each listen it sticks in your mind more and more, and you’re left wanting to skip ahead to this particular track. As it comes to a conclusion you’re hearing heavy breathing, as if he has poured all he has into this song, and it has left him short of breath. A beautiful piece of music.

Sadly the album ends on a more boring note, with The End of a Dark Campaign. On the positive side, it shows an extremely good guitar riff in the middle of the song. And as it slows down, it seems to get better and better. With the echoing vocals, it shows a lot more emotion than it had previously in the song….but as it picks back up it falls back into the kind of boring forgettable category. Which is not the greatest way to end an album.

All in all, it’s a very well put together album. A few of the songs seemed out of place, and in need of a little help. But it’s very easy to get into the majority of it, and with the unforgettable tracks such as "The Color Theft", and "The Siren Song". You’ll find yourself sticking this cd in more and more often.


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DWittisarockstar
December 29th 2007


1501 Comments


I always kinda liked these guys.

ToWhatEnd
December 29th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I need to get this, Vice Like Vipers is sick. Please make your paragraph spacing a little neater. You can edit your reviews by clicking on your profile just in case you didn't know. Welcome to the site.

jrowa001
December 29th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i remember hearing a song by these guys but it didnt impress me. maybe ill check the whole thing out

AmericnZero02
December 29th 2007


3343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got this album for Christmas and am really liking it at the moment. Vices Like Vipers and The Siren's Song are my favorites at the moment. The review is pretty good. It would probably help if you broke up the paragraphs and put the track titles in quotes.

Pebster49
December 29th 2007


2992 Comments


There ep was pretty good, so im pretty sure this won't disappoint me.

botb
December 29th 2007


9674 Comments


I like this album a LOT. I've been listening to it quite a bit recently.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 30th 2007


17920 Comments


I heard a song off this today and it was pretty good. That's not the right cover art btw.

Babby
January 10th 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"The End Of A Dark Campaign" is so awesome, other wise this album is okay. Kinda boaring, im sure there better live.

HighandDriving
January 10th 2008


3288 Comments


Boooooring.

roofi
January 13th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty freaking cool.

ninjuice
January 13th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is so-so

Shattered
January 14th 2008


44 Comments


The Album is good. I'm seeing them live jan. 24th. im looking foward to it

MediocreAtBest
January 14th 2008


1473 Comments


I've heard good things about this band but the only song I've heard was on my friend's myspace and it was nothing special, it sounded like a lot of Solid State bands...hopefully that's the only song like that.

botb
January 14th 2008


9674 Comments


im a bit biased because i love most all of the solid state bands.

roofi
January 14th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They do sound like a typical Solid State band, but for some reason I can't put my finger on, I like them more than most of the other bands on the label.

beans
January 15th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im listening to these guys right now and they are really good. its bands like these that i feel give the metalcore genre a good name. and right now...thats hard to do

thecowofchaos
January 29th 2008


1 Comments


wo wo wo, how on earth can you say 'building the nations' os a forgettable song? that's one of the best songs on the entire album and it's completely thrown out in this review. this cd gets a 4 in my book.

SOTYFan1855
February 1st 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

There is no way that this album is boring, this album is frickin insane at all measures....its soooo awesome and the adrenaline that you get when you heart it, when you headbang to it makes you want to be in a mosh pit, its an amazing debut for the band.

ThrowitDown
February 20th 2008


1 Comments


This sounds alot like underoath to me, does anyone else get that feel? Its still good though

ToWhatEnd
February 20th 2008


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Vocals sound like Spencer to me sometimes. This record just makes me want to throwdown. Bet they would be good live.



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