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4.00 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Life Beyond (6:56)
2. The Future West (3:43)
3. Telegenesis (5:25)
4. Army of Empty (7:54)
5. Biologic Trust (6:29)
6. Death Has Two Faces (5:26)
7. The World You Wanted (7:37)
8. See You In A Thousand Years (10:18)

Total time 53:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Ben Kaplan / all instruments
- Justin Russo / Rhodes on 'Biologic Trust'

Releases information

Recorded 2012 - 2013 in Brooklyn, NY and Wilmington, DE.
Released 11 July 2014

Drums recorded at Let 'Em In Music in Brooklyn, NY by Nadim Issa
Mixed by Chris Common
Art by Hunter Heckroth

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(40%)
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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "The sound of a lost future"

That is how the artist describes this project, but I don't know. Maybe a lost past and a new future? Sleep Maps is the vehicle for multi-instrumentalist and Sci-Fi fan Ben Kaplan, who currently is based in California. Musical influences include Russian Circles, Isis, Smashing Pumpkins, and Deafheaven. Perhaps just as important to his apparent themes for this album are his writing influences, veteran science-fiction writers Jack Vance, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Harlan Ellison.

"We Die For Truth" is his most ambitious project to date. It blends instrumental post-rock and post-metal into a sound which attempts to give life to lofty fictional themes with good results. Kaplan tags his work as "cinematic rock" which is absolutely fitting. Listening to this music makes me feel like I'm watching an epic sci-fi film about bleak dystopias, and yet I hear some hope in the music as well. While there is not a vocalist, Kaplan uses audio clips of scientists to give the music some human commentary, not unlike the manner in which the Floyd use Stephen Hawking. The gorgeous artwork brings much to the experience, featuring deep blues behind stars showing us the vastness of space that I believe inspires, at least partially, the music.

Kaplan tells his stories with a layered guitar assault, a wonderful mixing of soft echoey notes with heavier and massively distorted chords and chaotic effects. Sometimes it feels like post-rock with the typical emotional swoon and waves, other times it veers more metallic, heavy, dark, perhaps brushed with just a bit of Nine Inch Nails influence? Yet even these two tendencies are nicely dressed with long spacey passages of quieter mood and melody. His drumming can be a bit mechanical and uniform at times and yet this style seems to work in the context of the somewhat cold and melancholy backdrops. The 5-10 minute song lengths allow ample time for exploration and building of tension. And it often sounds like a cold, steely veneer, like movement, emptiness. The 10-minute closer "See You in a Thousand Years" is a really lovely ending for this solid album, big and bold. I think Sleep Maps has very good promise. There is attention to dynamics here without bludgeoning the listener to death. Lovers of futuristic sounding instrumental music should not delay checking this one out. 3 1/2 of 5.

Review by LearsFool
5 stars Some excellent, ethereal ambient, post rock, and post metal by an up and coming band. Most of the album isn't metal, sticking in a calm and strange take on the realms that are best described as atmospheric when at their best, as Sleep Maps pulls off. "The Life Beyond" is a beautiful opener, and features voice samples ruminating on sleep, death, and the afterlife. It's not long before metal joins on later tracks, but there is mostly a disquieting but gripping calm, other voice samples fading in and out. The metal itself just adds extra texture to the total soundscape, being as well done as the rest of the music. Ben Kaplan has to be one of the very best post metal, and really post in general, artists ever. The whole record is his work, and he forged it all wonderfully, especially the keys and guitars. We are left with a desolate soundscape brought to life at times by a beautiful, powerful metal guitar. A very enjoyable combination of the best of the aforementioned genres, highly recommended.

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