SLEEPERS' GUILT - Road Of Emptiness

Sleepers' Guilt - Road Of Emptiness

6 songs
28:32 minutes
***** ***
(self released)


In late 2011, Luxembourgish band Sleepers’ Guilt released their first demo CD containing six track. They stood out from other local bands as being the only one playing a mix of progressive and power metal. Since then a lot has happened with Sleepers’ Guilt. They added a second guitarist which gave the band which allowed the band to broaden their musical scope. They also replaced their vocalist, which came as no surprise as the original one was considered by many the band’s major weakness.

These line-up changes have also left strong traces in the band’s stylistic orientation. The days of Nevermore inspired power metal are over, as the band shows itself on Road Of Emptiness from a rather more brutal side. This is also mirrored in the EP’s running time. Even though both record contain six tracks, the new release if nearly ten minutes shorter than the debut. Especially the first two tracks Road Of Emptiness and Slave consist of stringed together riffs that still have room for melodic parts. Parallels to Dark Tranquility, Tiamat and current Paradise Lost come to mind. Vocalist Patrick Schaul manages to give the material his own note. His growls convince as well as his melodic performances. I recommend you check out Leviathan where the band offers a perfect symbiosis of melodic and complex parts. One Last Shiver also has brutal moments but mostly works as a nod to the dark wave and gothic movement. This song could have come also from Luceed, another Luxembourgish band. If you like your music especially atmospheric and gloomy, you might listen in on the dreamy, even spooky Echoes Of My Silence, for which the band also produced a video clip. The CD ends with Never Let Me Down Again, a cover version of the Depeche Mode hit single, a track which doesn’t appeal that much to me, considering I was never a fan of the original version.

Sleepers’ Guilt took quite the risk with their new EP, as the radical change of direction might very well alienate their original fans. But eventually I think all turned out for the best. When you’re open for new directions, Road Of Emptiness should not disappoint you. The band has not quite reached their final destination, especially the vocals might need some fine-tuning. But I am certain that the band is on the right path, and will, with persistence, soon reach their desired goal.

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