So I caught Oh, Sleeper on the “Scream the Prayer” tour this year. I was there to see Haste the Day, so I wasn’t quite committed to watching any of the other bands. Still, for Oh, Sleeper, I still found myself in the pit and crushed against the stage, though I knew none of their songs.
Their new effort, “Son of the Morning”, has surpassed all my expectations. Gorgeous guitar work kicks off this disc, and you will be screaming along during the opener: “They call me the son of the morning”. The drums on “World Without A Sun” are intensely and surgically precise, and fabulous technique is employed throughout. I like how the drums are conservative when other levels of the song are up front, and when the time is exact, a nice fill explodes to wake you up and have you rewinding the track.
Another thing that is great about this disc is the production. I am a big production guy, and on the album, everything is slick and crisp. The guitars cut through wonderfully, and the drums are sharp and have that snap. The vocals are intelligible, even when screamed.
Overall, this disc is up with “Dreamer”, “Define the Great Line”, and “Ashes of the Wake” for my all-time favorite metal album. I am definitely going to go back, get their older stuff, and keep track of this band. Fabulous, fabulous show gentlemen.