April 17, 2017 |

While She Sleeps – You Are We

While She Sleeps – You Are We

April 17, 2017 |

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Between their debut ‘This Is the Six’ and its follow up ‘Brainwashed’ While She Sleeps have established themselves as one of the best metalcore bands that the UK has to offer. With their third album You Are We, they take their first steps as a band independent from record labels, releasing the album through fan funding.

Opening with title track You Are We, the album ignites with an exclamation of those three words, highlighting the connection between the band themselves and their fans.  Somewhat evident through the singles from this album (Civil Isolation, Hurricane, You Are We and Silence Speaks) is that the melodic aspect, and particularly Mat Welsh’s vocals, have been bought to the forefront a lot more than While She Sleeps’ previous releases. Whilst this may leave fans, such as myself, of Sleeps’s heavier stuff (E.g. Brainwashed, Be(lie)ve) somewhat wanting, that by no means marks a lack of quality on this record. If anything this record sees the band expand themselves and really experiment with overlapping vocals, and can easily be argued to be the best vocal performance from both Loz’s heavy vocals and Mat’s melodic vocals of any previous release. Furthermore the group vocals on tracks such as Feel, Empire of Silence and Settle Down Society and the guest vocals of Oli Sykes on Silence Speaks add significance weight to this record.