If you haven’t already figured it out, we’re big fans of what Sleep Token are doing. The band, who purposely have masked their identities in order to present a mysterious side to their personas, create even more hard-to-define music. Though the band has only released 2 short EP’s to date, they’re currently releasing a new single every two weeks until the November drop date of their debut album Sundowning, and the hype is surely building to a fever pitch.
Where to start with Sleep Token? Well, that’s quite an interesting question. Sleep Token, at their core, are a sort of weird mix between the post/prog-metal of bands like Uneven Structure and Textures (RIP), ambient soundscapes, and even pop/soul/R&B music (early Bon Iver, maybe?). It should be noted, of course, that this description doesn’t accurately cover the blend of genres Sleep Token covers – but it is a description that should intrigue new fans who are arriving to the cult.
The singles they’ve released to date have all been pretty diverse, with a number of notable breakdowns that always seem to come out of nowhere. “Higher” and “The Offering” deliver honestly god-tier payoffs, especially the former song, which simply builds upon its foundation and evolves into a behemoth of a track. In particular, the fantastic drumming is a highlight, though all members continually deliver effective performances.
There’s a plethora of reasons why Sleep Token are garnering a tremendous amount of hype with their upcoming debut record (and USA tour with Issues/Polyphia!), but it mostly has to do with their fascinating blend of genres, and it’s just one of the things that makes them unique. Music fans looking for something fresh in the world of rock/metal need not look much further than Sleep Token.