Sleepwalker (JPN)
5772


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tristan Jones STAFF
November 10th, 2016 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fever dream.

Sleepwalker (or, 夢遊病者) is a Japanese-Russian-American smelting pot, genre-blending various metallic elements in interesting, effective ways. In their best moments, the trio organically capture sounds that many inferior bands would spend multiple albums failing to devise. Songs like opener “Empty Urns” and follow-up “White Linen” have a loose foundation of deathgrind, swallowed in bass-heavy ambience while vocalist PBV (not a ton of biographical info on these guys) seems to utter maniacal summons in a lucid dream. Elsewhere, the EP treads in blackgaze territory, like on album highlight “Black Ribbon”, with thick, catchy, distorted rhythms, melodic clean guitar leads, and vocals controlling the tide with a venerable hush. Within any given minute, there is almost an album’s worth of potential - both in musical detail, and psycho-emotional intrigue. “No Flowers” captures a sense of self-assurance, while soaring guitar melodies seem to write romantic incantations in a dusty, ghoulish tome. It’s often difficult to make heads or tails of what Sleepwalker aim for, and furthermore, it’s surprising how many marks they hit in their ambiguity. At times, 5772 is tender and ethereal, at other times it’s brutish and infernal, and it’s not always obvious what happens when. It’s suitable, as the band seems content shrouded in a bit of playful mystery (see: the projected 2037 release date, or the acronymous names). Sleepwalker have an out-of-nowhere curiousness that makes them a bit frustrating to peg, and an adventurous psych-rock vibe harkening to some of Keiji Haino’s work with Fushitsusha. It’s a restless trip, full of memorable riffs, textural bliss, and condensed songwriting that could be stretched to fill a competent double album. 5772 is blurry psychosis, bottled and shaken.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2016


5778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://vnkv.bandcamp.com/album/5772

sputstitution
November 10th 2016


260 Comments


woah, a review that isn't too long for me to willingly read
what a time to be alive

brainmelter
November 10th 2016


3505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this sounds great

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Archelirion
Contributing Reviewer
November 10th 2016


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well shit, I did not expect to see this reviewed. Great album, better review :]

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sputstitution
November 10th 2016


260 Comments


is this the new discordance axis album? y/n

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2016


5778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

def n

OvDeath
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2016


1565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cool write-up my man

TheWrenKing
November 11th 2016


1183 Comments


sounds vry cool

danielcardoso
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2016


10512 Comments


sweet review dude, mindpos.

MH18
November 11th 2016


372 Comments


Good review, will check. Tho, don't you mean 'melting pot' instead of 'smelting pot'?

necropig
November 11th 2016


1948 Comments


"from 5772, releases October 1, 2037"
Wut.

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elliootsmeuth
November 11th 2016


2569 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoying this more than I thought I would.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2016


12421 Comments


this sounds interesting

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2016


5778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I meant smelting pot because it mixes elements of metal (cwutididthr XD)

teamster
November 11th 2016


1174 Comments


Guy on the cover looks like he has a lip load in his mouth. Sweet.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2016


5778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

power of suggestion maybe

hal1ax
November 11th 2016


5706 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is fckin sweeet.

loving white linen

Ryus
November 11th 2016


13204 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dis cool

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romulanrancor
November 11th 2016


7105 Comments


shoegaze and grind tag, da fuk

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2016


5778 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

using those p liberally



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