Oh, Sleeper
Son Of The Morning


2.5
average

Review

by Elijah Andrew STAFF
September 10th, 2009 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yet another band drinking from the tepid pool of the metalcore genre.

It seems these days metalcore gets a bum rap. It feels like only yesterday bands like Botch, Converge, and Poison the Well were bearing the torch of modern hardcore music. Sadly it seems like the genre never really escaped what those trailblazers had done. However, every so often we are graced with an album like August Burns Red's "Constellations," which takes the best parts of metalcore and adds just the right amount of variation and originality. Yet it seems like for every "Constellations" there are twenty other metalcore albums that range from mediocre to down right terrible. Oh, Sleeper's sophomore effort fits comfortably in the latter.

"Son of the Morning" isn't a bad album per se, but a rather uninspired attempt at a grandiose, multi-layered, concept piece. The album tells the story of the final battle between God and Satan. The cover is a broken pentagram symbolizing Satan's broken horns as screamed in the album's finale, the finisher. Everything is there for a concept record of epic proportions.....except the epic part. Like most bands drinking from the same pool that is the metalcore genre, Oh, Sleeper fails to bring anything groundbreaking. A tale this epic should have so much wankery it would make even the most pretentious prog band sick. However, there are no indulgent 10 minute songs, no endless guitar solos, and not even one single piece of ambient filler. The lyrics themselves barely even tell a story. More work could have, and definitely should have been put into this.

Aside from the lack of freshness, "Son of the Morning" is just plain unimpressive. Micah Kinard, the lead vocalist, offers little variation.This leaves the vocal work of Shane Blay (ex member of Between the Buried and Me) in charge of anyone desiring something other than Micah's vomiting screams. The lyrics offer little depth. Overly brutal lines such as "Your challenge has been met, because with a breath I could snap your neck," and "You will bow at my feet or I'll rip out your knees and make of your face all the carnage you crave," are rampant. They fit nicely with the overall "final battle" theme, but in the end lack true lyrical depth and bravado.

Yet if you are able to trudge through everything this album does wrong, you will be rewarded by everything Shane Blay does right. As stated previously, his vocals are much better than that of the lead singer's. His great faux-Dustin Kensrue vocals, accompanied by some rather enjoyable guitar playing, offer the only things this album has going for it.

With complaints aside, "Son of the Morning" has a few good, catchy tracks. "New Breed" and "The Finisher" feature some of the best guitar and vocals on the entire CD. "Reveries of Flight" is perhaps the slowest and most calm of all the tracksand is a welcome respite, churning out some great emotion and lyrics.

It appears that Oh, Sleeper wears this "average" rating like a badge of honor. After all, everything on this album has been done before one thousand times over. Its truly disappointing to see a flash of promise only to see it fade into the mediocrity once more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2009


10678 Comments


This album is getting a surprising amount of attention

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

cirq
September 10th 2009


9268 Comments


"...that range from mediocre to down right terrible. Oh, Sleeper's sophomore effort fits comfortably in the latter.

"Son of the Morning" isn't a bad album per se"

huh?

ninjuice
September 10th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the lead vocalist, offers little variation.This leaves the vocal work

Press the space bar at least once.
perhaps the slowest and most calm of all the tracksand

(See above)
Its truly disappointing to see a flash of promise only

"It's" should have an apostrophe, and a comma after "promise" would look much better.
Not a fan of the intro either, and a lot of the sentences feel dwarfed or awkward. Won't neg cause you've only done 5.

Edit @ thecircus: He was contrasting Constellations being awesome and other metalcore albums which aren't.

cirq
September 10th 2009


9268 Comments


oh picked that up.. but it seems like it says that the album is shit but actually its not bad..

ninjuice
September 10th 2009


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think you're just not reading it quite right. (He did pick the "average" rating...)

YouAreMySilence
September 10th 2009


3727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh, Sleeper are definatly not just another metalcore band.
Thats why this record is disappointing.

cirq
September 10th 2009


9268 Comments


he did and now im confused

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
September 10th 2009


10678 Comments


its not a terrible album, just terribly average.

@Ninjuice: Thanks for catching all of my mistakes I'll fix em'

Mordecai.
September 10th 2009


8282 Comments


This is a really great review, and i still haven't heardt this! I thought their debut was pretty average to be honest, too repetitive. 'Vices Like Vipers' is pretty badass though.

Zip
September 10th 2009


5312 Comments


and yet 3.5's and 4's remain the dominant rating. Where are these people? Do they actually exist?

fromtheinside
September 10th 2009


19226 Comments


lol.
they're crab people.

Digging: Techno Animal - The Brotherhood of the Bomb

ZombieMetalhead
September 10th 2009


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no crabcorefag here.. just really enjoy this album.

Niceinvader
September 10th 2009


773 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I thought this album was a step up from when I am god, but still slightly dissappointing.

Waior
September 10th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Mlehhh.

Jayright
November 4th 2009


58 Comments


better than the other stuff but still pretty boring.



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