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Album: Sleep Token - Take Me Back To Eden | reviews, news & interviews

Album: Sleep Token - Take Me Back To Eden

Album: Sleep Token - Take Me Back To Eden

The anonymous metallers third album mesmerises and demands attention

The anonymous metallers third album mesmerises and demands attention

In the era of TikTok and Spotify playlists, it’s hard to gauge when an artist will reach the nebulous threshold and become popular. But for those who can ride this game of algorithms – the change can be sudden.

Look no further than Sleep Token. The British metal collective whose anonymity and heavy gothic apparel set them apart upon entering the scene. Their unique style, coupled with a metal sound that defies firm genre definitions quickly garnered them a niche following since 2017.

With their two albums so far (2019 debut Sundowning and 2021’s This Place Will Become Your Tomb) their popularity and following have edged higher while honing their craft. The fascination over who the band are and their unique angle make for an easy way in, but it’s always been their aural synergy of contrasts that has been their main draw. Be it calm piano melodies, a catchy hip hop beat, or guitars tuned so low they could dredge the Atlantic – all this and more, often in the same song.

But since announcing third album Take Me Back To Eden, second track “The Summoning” has propelled Sleep Token to new heights. A seven minute sojourn through relentless yet experimental metal with frenetic guitars backed with furious drums, it encapsulates how Sleep Token are one of the most exciting metal bands around. Then, out left field, it culminates with a funk infused outro with melody and groove dialled to 11.

“The Summoning” was only a tease, as …Eden once again proves Sleep Token’s mastery at taking snapshots of various styles and combining them into cohesive new forms. “Granite” carries itself with an industrial vibe while “Aqua Regia” and “DYWTYLM” provide serene moments of calm introspection. Meanwhile “Ascensionism” and the title track bring the cinematic scale and awe that the band have always done so well.

In all, …Eden is an album that rewards further listens. A tableaux of various sounds and influences, it comes together in ways that mesmerise and demand attention. Whether you’re into metal or not is irrelevant, Sleep Token have produced an album rich and brimming with inventiveness.

Take Me Back To Eden is an album that rewards further listens... rich and brimming with inventiveness

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