Oh, Sleeper
Children of Fire


4.5
superb

Review

by Adam Amanse USER (12 Reviews)
September 7th, 2011 | 193 replies | 17,890 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Oh, Sleeper have really stepped up their game with this release. Improvement shines like a beacon in the darkened genre that is metalcore.

25 of 26 thought this review was well written

Oh, Sleeper have been consistently an above-average metalcore band. Releasing their debut record When I Am God in 2007, the band was able to come up with a sound that was not necessarily their own, but one that worked for them. Now with that being said, the album had a lot of room for improvement, and in their second album Son of The Morning, Oh, Sleeper tried to correct the flaws found in When I Am God. Their sophomore album found them experimenting with more technicality and more aggression, but still, something beneath the surface seemed to be lacking. The previous statements, however, no longer apply to their sound, thanks to their newest effort Children of Fire.

The album opens up with EndSeekers where dark melodies and eerie dissonance mark the platform for Micah Kinard's highly improved emotionally-charged vocals. Right from the bat the listener will notice a drastic improvement in the bands sound. Whether it is the aggressive drumming and the deep bass tones, or the sporadic, chaotic riffs, the guys in Oh, Sleeper really stepped up their performance in all areas.

The guitars in the album really provide the solid backbone to set the tone of the album, whether that tone suggests utter chaos as in Shed Your Soul, or even a sense of reflection as in the acoustic driven Means To Believe. Now a lot of people may be skeptical (and rightfully so) of acoustic tracks on a "metal" album, but the band were really able to pull off not just one, but two acoustic tracks on this record. Both aforementioned Means To Believe and the song The Conscience Speaks are perfect songs of reflection amidst all of the chaos that is Children of Fire. Showcasing clean vocalist Shane Blay's talent at singing and wonderfully played acoustics, both songs are delightful breaks for the listener before they are thrust back into the turmoil.

Now Oh, Sleeper is a band that delights in concept albums. When I Am God is loosely based on a concept, whereas Son of Morning is a full on concept record depicting the events leading to, and including, the final battle between God and Satan. During Son of Morning's closer The Finisher, God cuts of Satan's horns in the dramatic climax of the album. This album, conceptually leaves off exactly where the previous album finished. As Satan's horns hit the ground, both him and God disappear, leading the world to believe that they killed each other off. This leaves the world in chaos, as former, shallow, believers lose faith at the disappearance of God, and former disbelievers (in God) begin growing in their faith after witnessing the battle. Micah Kinard uses beautifully composed lyrics to tell this story. Songs such as Hush Yael and Chidren of Fire leaves the listeners heart pounding, wondering where the plot will take them.

Oh, Sleeper have really stepped up their game with this release. Improvement shines like a beacon in the darkened genre that is metalcore. Combined with the heart-wrenching concept that everybody can relate to, and the instrumentals that will tear you to shreds, Children of Fire is an excellent record that gives hope to a dying genre.



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An aggressive and thought provoking metalcore release....

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Children Of Fire shows that Oh, Sleeper are not content with being just another metalcore band, and ...

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heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really awesome record. Please help point out any grammatical errors or awkward phrases!

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Nikkolae
September 7th 2011



4389 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i've not heard anything by this guys since "Vices Like Vipers" but it seems thats about to change, great review btw

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theacademy
September 7th 2011



27682 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

haha ur that kid who loves hey monday

Transcend
September 7th 2011



361 Comments


Decent review.

OneMoreRoland
September 7th 2011



1047 Comments


Album is fucking awesome

heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haha you are correct academy!

Emim
September 7th 2011



26195 Comments


Really looking forward to hearing this.

DeathByDaydream
September 7th 2011



546 Comments


already on spotify. yes.

heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You will not be disappointed mims. it is fantastic

heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and thanks Nikkolae!

Scoot
September 7th 2011



17482 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heard endseekers and it kicked ass

although i'm not really a fan of their previous shit i'll give it a shot

Emim
September 7th 2011



26195 Comments


I've only heard Yael so far, and after listening again it's rather gripping (especially after researching the backstory of it).

bornmanh
September 7th 2011



64 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, can't get enough of it. Hush Yael is an epic song.

heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

His lyrics are bone chilling. Hush Yael is so sad, but it's definitely one of my favorites off of the album

Dev518
September 7th 2011



570 Comments


I wouldn't call this amazing, but it's certainly an above average offering and way better than I expected.

Waior
September 7th 2011



11420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

when i am god is still their best

PinkBlackberry
September 7th 2011



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the top releases (For me) this year. Metalcore is having an amazing year, a lot of bands are stepping up.

Hush Yael brought a few tears to the eyes once I was given the back story (man enough to admit it, fuck yourself) Young people dying, especially being murdered - hits that chord within me.

Great review, for a fucking amazing album

PinkBlackberry
September 7th 2011



2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hi Caleb

cvlts
September 7th 2011



8917 Comments


this is better than WIAG

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heyadam
September 7th 2011



1692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.hopecore.com/content/2011/08/oh-sleeper-fighting-fire-with-fire/

This starts to touch base on the writing process (particularly the inspiration behind the lyrics), but then they want you to subscribe or some crap to finish reading.



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