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THE SLEEP PRODUCES MONSTERS

Oberon

Crossover Prog


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3.02 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. Time to Sleep (pt.1) (5:15)
2. Nightmares with Open Eyes (1:55)
3. Visions (4:48)
4. Obsession (2:14)
5. Strange Shadows (3:05)
6. Time to Sleep (pt.2) (7:16)

Total Time 24:33

Line-up / Musicians


- Yuri Crescenzio / Electric guitars
- Giacomo Zanardo / Bass guitar

With:
- Gilberto Ongaro / Organ, Synth and Electric piano
- Alberto Baretta / drums

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Artwork: Filippo Banzato

Available in digital format and in Limited Edition Compact Disc

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3.02
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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
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Review by The Crow
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars I must say that stoner rock is one of my musical passions!

So hearing this second Oberon's album and to have this band included on this site is great. Because they are one of the most pure and beautiful examples of stoner rock that I've heard in a long time, mixing mammoth riffs with the perfect amount of psychedelic elements and some progressions that makes this band worthy to be included in ProgArchives.

The production of the album is a bit rough, but it is very intentioned, sounding the entire instruments natural and clear without losing an inch of the power that they intend to transmit. The guitars of Crescencio and Zanardo's bass are powerful and technical enough and they remind the best moments of acts like Black Sabbath, Sleep and Cathedral. In addition, in terms of songwriting, they are very competent.

Nevertheless, I miss some vocals here. The album is short, funny and very catchy, but I think that a singer is missing. This fact prevent this album to reach a higher rating, for sure.

Best tracks: the quality of the album is very homogeneous, but I particularly like the final epic Time to Sleep Pt.2

Conclusion: this album suffers from the lack of a vocalist, and it does not bring anything new to the horizon. It is also not very prog either. However, if you like pure stoner rock with some psychedelic elements, you will surely enjoy The Sleep Produces Monsters.

I wish this band the best of lucks in the future! They are definitely in the right way, but not there yet.

My rating: ***

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
3 stars Oberon have released The Sleep Produces Monsters which is a short 24 minute slice of metal meets Stoner Rock with slabs of keyboards thrown in. There are 6 instrumental tracks that incorporate a conceptual theme of dealing with insanity.

Oberon are Yuri Crescenzio on guitars, Giacomo Zanardo on bass and guest artists Gilberto Ongaro on keys, with Alberto Barretta on drums.

It opens blazing with Time to Sleep 1, a massive distortion sound on guitar is augmented with a grinding organ. It has a Stoner feel and sounds very raw, but the riffs are awesome.

Nightmares with Open Eyes has another killer riff and the raw energy is astonishing in places.

Visions has a quieter atmosphere with finger picking intro and then gets faster with a dirty distorted guitar, and then the glory of a Hammond organ sound crushes in lending an explicitly 70s vibe.

Obsession has a chaotic quirky rhythmic guitar and more frenetic percussion. The bass lines are frantic and sporadic and this goes down as my favourite track on the album.

Strange Shadows has a dark Sabbath like riff and some fast and furious drums. At this point though I was longing for some vocals as it was getting repetitive.

Time to Sleep 2 closes the album with more Sabbath metal and chaotic drums. I love the time sig changes on this and the Doomy sound generated. The bass runs are cool and the chord structure grabs me. Again some vocals would have really added to the sound but that is perhaps to come later depending on the direction of the band.

Overall this is a solid release from Oberon and it is the absence of vocals that are a crucial missing element as the riffs chug away and it feels as though it needs that something extra. Having said that I would hate a screamo voice to be used, rather a clean vocal like Ozzy would be perfect. It sounds like a band in progress and it certainly shows great promise. The album is online and on YouTube so check it out now.

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