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Sleepwave’s debut album hits hard in all the right places. It’s one of the better alt-rock albums that have come out in a long time. It brings in electronic elements, but not like all those other electro-core bands, and there’s a smooth dynamic in each song so there’s always something different around the next coda. It’s refreshing and breathes live into the genre with a solid debut from former Underoath vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. The album ‘Broken Compass‘ is out now via Epitaph Records.


Order on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/brokencompass
Order the CD and vinyl: http://sleepwave.merchline.com/


Full Disclosure – I’ll admit that I have not listened to Underoath. I may have heard them at some point through my stations, however I do not own anything from them and am not familiat with their songs. That may be for the best as I REALLY dig Sleepwave and this may be my gateway to hop on the Underoath train.


At points in the album it reminded me of old Stabbing Westward/Gravity Kills and some of the synth/bass parts being comparable to 30 Seconds to Mars debut album. The Chamberlain’s vocals are sharp and pierce through the rapid drums and thick guitars which bring elements of Saosin.


“Whole Again” brings a touch of Marilyn Manson to the intro, while “Through The Looking Glass” has a Stabbing Westward feel with the drum line and the bass guitar and the lyrics Watch me fall underneath what you believe/I couldn’t save you from killing me. All of these elements plus the rest of the tracks make for an amazing listen that pack more twists and turns than a Shamalan movie.


Have a listen to the full album stream!:






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