Tuesday 16 July 2019

Sleeping Giant - S/T (Album Review)

Release date: July 26th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Sleeping Giant – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Sleep 05:17
4.Serpent 04:17
6.Visions I
7.Visions II
8.Visions III


Steven Hammer: Guitar/Vocals
James Wright: Bass
Pali Emond-Glenn: Drums


Aussie Psych Stoner Rockers Sleeping Giant self-titled debut album is the first exposure that I’ve had to the band and I must say I was pleasantly surprised from the very first riff. As the band play a mixture of Desert Rock, Fuzz Rock, Psych and Stoner Metal all wrapped up lovingly in a Heavy Spaced Out Environment.

Opening song – Sleep – is a classic sounding Desert Rock/Stoner Rock song with Sleeping Giant adding a nineties Alternative Rock/Metal approach to their music. The song is packed with Truckfighters style FUZZ which allows their music to be both modern sounding and have a vintage feel all of its own. The vocals from Steven are not what I expected. As I was expecting a heavier style of vocals but Steven does a great job with his own fresh style.

Second song – Temptress – is a more upbeat number with Sleeping Giant adding a soulful Blues Rock vibe to their music. The band play their heavy Fuzz/Stoner Rock riffs with absolute confidence. The song flows superbly well and despite a few rough sounding moments, Sleeping Giant should have you hooked with their appetite for playing heavy spaced out music.

Third song – Empire – carries on the hard rocking vibe the album has for the majority of the songs. This song pays homage to Desert Rock/Stoner Rock icons – KYUSS – in places though Sleeping Giant keep the mood going with their own style of Progressive/Psychedelic/Stoner Rock sounding grooves. The vocals yet again are excellent and hold your attention throughout.

Fourth song – Serpent – sees Sleeping Giant playing a faster and angrier style of music and the hazy Fuzz Rock sounds work surprisingly well with the almost “Doom” based lyrics. The atmosphere can be quite gloomy compared to other songs on the album but it’s an excellent change of pace for the album and works in the band’s favour. As you start to feel part of the action now.

Fifth song – Gypsy – opens with a blazing guitar solo and the music becomes way heavier before the vocals slow things right down and Sleeping Giant play a more soulful blend of Fuzz/Stoner Rock but with hints of Classic Hard Rock starting to appear. There are certain parts of this song where I wanted the band to speed things up. As the song can be tiresome when the slower parts appear. That’s my only complaint on an otherwise superb album.

The final part of the album is the Visions. Visions is a three-part song which sees Sleeping Giant play a more emotional style of music especially on the first part (Visions I) which has more sombre Post-Rock feel. The song only lasts a few moments but Sleeping Giant manage to convey a wide range of different emotions on this song especially when the Progressive Rock vibes appear.

Visions II carries on the Blues Rock inspired Psychedelic Stoner Rock sounds but with a heavier and direct approach. The harsh vocals surprised me as I didn’t expect that at all. The album becomes more sinister as a result.

Visions III is the best song on the album. As Sleeping Giant add strands of heavy Sludge Rock/Metal grooves to the mix. The song is quite serious and this album ends very different than I originally expected. I was expecting the album to end on a more upbeat note. However, the band leave things on a more sombre and downbeat ending.

There is a lot more going on with this album than you initially realize when listening for the first time. It’s best to give this album a few listens to fully understand what’s going on with the album itself.

Overall, Sleeping Giant have released a thrilling and highly progressive sounding album that will surprise you in many different ways.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Sleeping Giant for the promo. Their S/T debut album will be available to buy on CD/DD from July 26th 2019.


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