SLEEPWALKERS: Your Hell Looks Like Heaven to Me: CD

May 26, 2011

A complex fusion of fast, technical, and heavy rock’n’roll with metal leads; plus post-punk-sounding dissonant squeals and shouted vocals make Sleepwalkers an interesting amalgam of a band. Other bands have tried to capture this kind of sound in the past, but few have succeeded the way Sleepwalkers does on this album. The songwriting chops on each of these songs are superb. No stray notes or weak riffs anywhere to slow the intense progression of the album, which grabs from the first song, “White Cotton Gods,” and hardly lets up. The overall production quality of the album is top-notch, with all the instruments sounding great. My only gripe is that I wish the vocals were a bit more to the front of the mix. With all the insane riffing and guitar wankery going on, the vocals sometimes get lost behind the instruments. That aside, this album is definitely worth repeated listens. –Paul J. Comeau

 –guest (Sleepwalkers,