Sleep Token
This Place Will Become Your Tomb


3.0
good

Review

by GarthAlgar USER (13 Reviews)
September 27th, 2021 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One step forward, a half step back

Let’s discuss the elephant in the room: Sleep Token has a very distinctive sound due to their vocalist despite some lackluster songwriting. They have a superb voice, but your mileage will vary due to the theatrics. The band’s 2019 debut, Sundowning, was a mixed bag full of excellent tracks and meandering moments that bogged the whole package down. Though the anonymous British band’s new effort, This Place Will Become Your Tomb, is an overall better record, it still suffers from the sameness that has permeated through the band’s discography.

Electronics and synths have a stronger emphasis on this record, and it’s easily one of the highlights. Slower moments pack a bigger punch and the vocal effects (“Fall For Me” and “Descending”) add a bit of flavor that was missing on prior outings. The production is another upgrade, but it can get a bit overproduced at moments.

The entire record takes a more slower approach than I would’ve liked, but it does help highlight the heavier moments a bit more when taken in as a whole. Still, I would’ve liked more of a focus on guitar and drums since the band does them so well. “Hypnosis”, “Alkaline”, “Descending”, and “Telomeres” are the best tracks here due to their songwriting variety and execution.

“Descending” is a fully electronic pop track that flows effortlessly, while “Hypnosis” immediately brings it up to 11 with an immersive blend of guitar effects, chest pumping drums, and memorable riffs. “Alkaline” is an addictive track that most resembles Sleep Token’s signature build to an epic finale. The chorus is the ear-worm of the record. “Telomeres” blends the slower side of the band with a post-rock riff and excellent guitar work that outshines most of the record with its variety.

“Mine” is another standout that showcases some of the best synth work from the band. “High Water” has an excellent emotional outro that might’ve worked better near the midpoint of the record. The closer, “Missing Limbs” feels so unnecessary though. We have a handful of slower tracks on this album, and the incorporation of an acoustic guitar ballad does nothing for me here. It does showcase the versatility of the band’s vocalist, but so does the rest of the record.

The biggest issue with the record is you know where the whole song is going nearly 30 seconds in every time. “Atlantic”, “The Love You Want”, and “Distraction” are dull tracks that do nothing for the entire body of work. They aren’t necessarily bad, but they sound like they could’ve easily been released on Sundowning. They highlight the growing weariness some Sleep Token fans might feel upon repeat listens: the band sometimes feel like a one trick pony. The trick is a fun one, but for how long?

This Place Will Become Your Tomb is like getting a full bag of candy after a night of trick or treating. You’ll get a handful of your favorite candies, but then you have this handful of Mounds you wish you could just swap out for more Snickers. With this record, Sleep Token gives us a bit of what we wanted, a bit of what we didn’t know we wanted, and an unfortunate bit of stuff we never wanted to begin with. I just hope we get a more cohesive effort that capitalizes on the band’s strengths next go around.



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GarthAlgar
September 27th 2021


990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is a good record, but I really wanted to enjoy it more. Hope you all enjoy the review.

nash1311
September 27th 2021


5395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You mustered up way more words than I probably could have generated for this lol. But you imparted everything I felt for sure. Pos'd



I wanna 2.5 this out of boredom with it, but the good parts are redeeming enough imo

Tundra
September 27th 2021


7540 Comments


tru

tyman128
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2021


3940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven’t listened to the full thing yet, I’ve been too enthralled Hypnosis to digest the rest of the record lol

outliers
September 28th 2021


3910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hypnosis goes hard in the paint



doubt ill listen to the rest

Laen
September 28th 2021


817 Comments


I gotta say this album sounds great on a good pair of speakers.

ExhaleTheLight
September 28th 2021


1217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is a step up from Sundowning especially with eliminating more of the cringey stuff from that album

LunaticSoul
September 28th 2021


2269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is the 3.0 band



worship

nickha0
September 28th 2021


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wish the people who only want metalcore from Sleep Token would just find another band, tbh.

nash1311
September 28th 2021


5395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You really loved that one track huh

dangerousdarrin
September 28th 2021


845 Comments


This is everything I've been thinking. Great review
I don't know if I would give this a 3 right now though. Maybe a 2. Quite disappointed. They REALLY need to utilize the full band more.

dangerousdarrin
September 28th 2021


845 Comments


The vocoder on Fall for Me is okay. It's no Bon Iver Creeks though lol

nash1311
September 28th 2021


5395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah this borders on solo record. Its virtually all vocal driven

Calc
September 28th 2021


17029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

hypnosis is like a 6/5. the drummer is teeing off on his kit during the verses it's so beautiful. too bad the rest of the album is like a 2.4/5.

GarthAlgar
September 28th 2021


990 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Anytime somebody tells me the new Leprous record is a solo record, I'm going to show them this.

bigweinerdon
September 28th 2021


2441 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol hypnosis is alright, whole thing is very average

people hype the shit out of this band

WalrusTusk
September 28th 2021


1523 Comments


If this is another album of songs that start off melancholic, then build to the 3/4 mark where they erupt into a heavy breakdown, only to fade away for the last 30 seconds then I'll be bummed but not surprised. This band wastes so much potential.

That being said "Atlantic" is pretty cool.

nash1311
September 28th 2021


5395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^ it actually is that without the breakdowns

GreyShadow
September 29th 2021


6077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i still seem room for improvement with this project but this is a huge step in the right direction as far as whole albums go. think I enjoyed each track.

LunaticSoul
September 29th 2021


2269 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think the EP and Jaws were jamz and they just re-iterated on their first disc and they already sounded old at their first release.



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