Oh, Sleeper
The Titan


3.5
great

Review

by Mrs Blankenship USER (4 Reviews)
July 18th, 2013 | 25 replies | 5,309 views


Release Date: 07/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This has got to be everything you wanted.

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

I remember the very first time I tuned into Headbanger’s Ball as a kid: from King Diamond singing sweet nothings to Satan, to the performance and “OH MY GOD RANDY BLYTHE!!!” video for Overkill’s “Skull and Bones”, twelve-year-old me loved most of the popular heavy groups of the time. None of them stuck with me nearly as much as a simple clip of a family in a black void, around a dinner table, wearing cow skulls and eating handfuls of pills and money. By this point, I was aware of the sway Underoath had over the popular metal scene; something about the band on my television screen, however, seemed far more desperate and frantic in their delivery of much the same message and style. The song was “Vices Like Vipers”, and the band was Oh, Sleeper. Since that album, When I Am God, Oh, Sleeper has largely stuck to the typical mosh4christ conventions: a caustic hardcore-influenced vocalist, auto-tuned cleans for the choruses, aimless sweeping and tapping, electronic “remix” sounds, and, of course, weak songs held together by breakdown after breakdown. With 2011’s Children of Fire, Oh, Sleeper finally broke free of the mold of their influences; with The Titan, Oh, Sleeper has finally cemented their own special imprint on the sound.

“Naofumi Mitsuhashi” immediately brings to our attention Micah Kinard’s newfound vitriol. In the past, Oh, Sleeper has typically used the intensity of Micah’s voice as a crutch, making up for the lack of direction in most songs; now his hardcore shrieks and occasional husky bellows sound both more mature and complementary to the music. Guitarist Shane Blay has improved drastically as a singer as well; no longer under the Solid State umbrella, Blay is allowed to break the whiny mold and sing in a bit more of a mid-range voice, ironically providing far more passion to the choruses and bridges. Even the backing vocals have improved; while sparse in delivery and rather low in the mix, the wordless croons add emotional depth to the calmer sections of the songs, while the gang vocals add an appropriately punky edge to the EP. Elsewhere, Shane’s typically technical guitar flourishes stand out more than they have before, enhancing the frantic pace of the songs without entirely deconstructing the songwriting; and the rhythm section of Nate and Zac moves forward as one cohesive unit, providing a viciously tight backdrop to Micah and Shane’s constant battle for the spotlight. And while not necessarily new for the band, the occasional electronic elements actually play in the album’s favor for once: every extra bit of synthetic distortion and piano background adds to the feel of how modern metalcore sounds in 2013, fitting for the futuristic dystopia presented as the concept of the album (admittedly rather difficult to determine from the typical hardcore anti-social/society lyrics). This all culminates in “The Rise”, perhaps Oh, Sleeper’s best since “Vices”; from the tribal intro quietly fading in Micah and the rest of the band, to Shane’s explosively intense tapping over the refrain of “if you can hear this you’re the hope of our mission”, “The Rise” appeals to its listeners at a personal level, thrusting them right in the front of a live set from the comfort of an iPod.

I’m not exactly sure what happened to metalcore in the past three years since I abandoned it, but with releases like One Wing, Absent Light, All We Love We Leave Behind, and Rescue and Restore, the scene is thriving stronger than it did in ’99. It is nice to see, then, that with Underoath’s massive hold over the genre dying alongside the band, that little Christian band I’ve worshipped since junior high has finally realized their strengths and is able to stand tall amongst its contemporaries in this consistently exceptional era of heavy music.


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MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I felt kinda weird about this one, but I went for it anyway. Also I know you're only supposed to post one review a day, but I swear I posted my previous one yesterday and already had most of it written like two weeks ago; and besides, I didn't want anyone to beat me to the punch. Anyway, I'd love some feedback on this, as up to this point, the only feedback I've gotten has been "good review" or "great review".

LightRedFloyd
July 18th 2013



606 Comments


good review

MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well then!

Durrzo
July 18th 2013



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Review is good but I thought this release was poor for them. Aside from the vocals there's very little
emotion, just fancy riffing, in the past they've been able to to bring both to the table.

Children Of Fire stomps this.

MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

To me Micah seems harsher and more comfortable than ever on this. To each their own.

Durrzo
July 18th 2013



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Micah and Shane are both great it's the instrumentals that bother me.

MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Oh right seems I misread you. Eh I'm cool with Oh Sleeper just doing the chaotic hardcore thing for this one, because the follow-up will probably be a lot more experimental with the music, I think.

TooLateToGoBack
July 18th 2013



1673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Production on this is awful.

Durrzo
July 18th 2013



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I hope so, each song on CoF had a very clear feeling to it that you didn't even need vocals or lyrics to figure out. The emotion was clear purely through the guitar work, and to me that's awesome and something I hate to see them lose.

MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Everyone keeps saying that, can you elaborate? I'm not so good with picking out specific production technique.

skoopy48
July 18th 2013



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was better than I thought it would be but inferior to cof and sotm

skoopy48
July 18th 2013



1308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And wiag probably but I haven't spent as much time with that one.

heyadam
July 18th 2013



1692 Comments


I'm a huge Sleeper fan. It was a bummer that this production wasn't as stellar and I definitely agree that COF stomps this, but I have faith that they can definitely recover from it. The transition from label to independent can't be too easy

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

MosesMalone
July 18th 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Eh well. I dropped my rating to a 3.5, because that's probably more accurate, although I still personally stand behind the idea that they've improved their sound on all fronts.

FinalWord
July 18th 2013



99 Comments


good review

Duckman118
July 19th 2013



254 Comments


Great review.

NastyCrab
July 22nd 2013



328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was gonna review this but you beat me to it!
Nice review although your pronoun usage here is confusing: "By this point, I was aware of the sway Underoath had over the popular metal scene; something about this band, however, seemed far more desperate and frantic in their delivery of much the same message and style."

MosesMalone
July 23rd 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Why thank ye, fixed.

MisanthropicElf
July 24th 2013



77 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually love this EP. Not as much as Children of Fire, but it's really good.

MosesMalone
July 31st 2013



1823 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Meh meh meh watch me whine



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