Yet amid these visceral, occasionally bombastic tunes, there are genuinely surprises. Mine is a Trojan horse, a lo-fi song of great emotional weight that you could imagine Vessel making in their bedroom (if, indeed, they do sleep). The gentle build from quivering falsetto into explosive synth is as disarming as the lyric, ‘I’m certain that you and I are crashing chords, driven by a holy force.’ In such moments of directness the mask slips and the emotion comes through unfiltered. No melodrama. No quasi-religious gimmickry. Just compelling songs that we can relate to.
Sadly, the rest of the album doesn’t maintain this level of inspiration, and failing to recognise when to wrap up a track still proves to be Sleep Token’s Achilles’ heel. Yet when the planets do align, the results are truly captivating and challenge what rock can sound and look like in 2021.
For fans of: Loathe, Deftones, Holding Absence
This Place Will Become Your Tomb is released on September 24 via Spinefarm.
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