Sleepers' Guilt - Kilesa

13 songs
77:46 minutes
***** ****


After two EPs and changing the vocalist which engendered a stylistic change, it’s finally time for the first longplayer of Luxembourgish metal band Sleepers’ Guilt. They still play vigorous power metal, but due to the raw vocals, there are also elements of melodic death metal to be made out. Kilesa, which has become a double CD album, has been financed by a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The line-up is still the same as the one on the preceding EP Road Of Emptiness from 2013. Sleepers’ Guilt start the new album with Sense Of An Ending whose fat guitar riffs immediately caught my attention. The constant growls make the band sound even more brutal than ever, and yet there are enough melodic components, like the incredible guitar duels. Next up is the band’s first video release Two Words, a very catchy but still also powerful song that reminds me a little of Amon Amarth. Things become even relaxed on the beginning of Angel Eyes, whose mellow guitar intro is followed by some deft extreme metal. The first nine songs belong together, as they don’t belong to the Kilesa concept of the album. Evil growls, tons of pace changes, brutal riffs and playful guitars make sure that the listener is entertained from beginning to end. There are few exceptions, like for instance the clean vocals on Teardrop Bullets that show the band from their catchiest side. The first disc ends with the excellently arranged hymn Supernova and the three minute instrumental Not For Words that is a good showcase for the guitarists.

The second disc contains the epic thirty-one minute title track Kilesa which has been subdivided into three parts, for convenience’s sake. Here vocalist Schaul is joined by Noémie Leer of symphonic metal band Elysian Gates. The dual vocals plus the violin talents of Noémie make this half hour track even more suspenseful than one might have expected. The final third of the song even gets a commercial excursion that makes for a good surprise.

Sleepers’ Guilt has a lot of ambition for Kilesa, and it paid off. I had never any doubts of the musicians’ talents, and am happy to say that vocalist Schaul made enormous progress over the last years and feels now better integrated into the band. The addition of the guest vocalist plus the courage to tackle a half hour song are further aspects that make Kilesa even better. Demanding metal fans will be utterly delighted.

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