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SLEEPWALKER SUN

Sleepwalker Sun

 

Progressive Metal

3.74 | 16 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Progressive metal from Brazil.

Well, actually, it is not.

Sleepwalker Sun is one of the bands which transgress all borders. Yes, they sounds like Dream Theater too. But they are not quite a progressive metal band.

Herein lays their problem.

I am not so sure if the more casual listener want to be challenged like Sleepwalker Sun's music challenges the listener. Because their music is not easy to penetrate. I have used several days to find out which band their female vocalist sounds like. I finally found the answer just before I was about to go mental.

Sleepwalker Sun is fronted by the female vocalist Giana Ara˙jo. An excellent vocalist, btw. But she is not a progressive metal vocalist in any form or in any shape. So when the excellent guitarist goes on a John Petrucci like run, Giana pulls the band in another direction again. It creates strains in the sound and gives Sleepwalker Sun a multi faceted artistic expression. Giana reminds me a lot about Dolores O'Riordan in The Cranberries. Which is a good thing.

Yes, the band sounds like Dream Theater at times and this album would appeal to their fans too. But they also sounds like Tempus Fugit, Pendragon, Yes and Jaime Rosas Cuarteto too. With the vocals sounding more like indie and The Cranberries, this is not the run of the mill progressive metal album.

The quality of the music is superb throughout, though. I have to admit I have played this album far more than ten times and I plead guilty to the accusations of really liking this album. I like it a lot, in fact. I like the vocals and the guitars solos here. I think the title track is brilliant. I like the sound. In fact, I find no weaknesses on this album. It is not a masterpiece. But for those who are into challenging progressive rock somewhere between Symphonic Prog, Neo Prog and progressive metal; this album is an excellent choice. There is no weak songs here and not a single dull moment. This is a superb debut album from a band who does neither follow the norms or the conventions.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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