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CD-Review-Sleepfreak-EP-2012

 

SLEEPFREAK
Sleepfreak EP
Self released, May 2012

 

 

By Shane Pinnegar

 

They may describe themselves as Metallica meets Led Zeppelin, but there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface of SLEEPFREAK’s debut EP.

 

For starters, these are 6 great songs – which is damn good value for money for an EP.

 

The heaviness of the guitars and groove of Tom Haste & Danial Conceicoe’s rhythm section bring Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society to mind before Metallica, and Anteni Garac’s vocals have a touch of Chris Cornell’s gravitas and depth to them.

 

Aaron Simich adds keyboards as well as guitar, not just content with adding some synth flourishes to add a prog flavour to a few tracks (like the Dream Theatre esque Bleed), there’s also some wonderful organ playing on Spill, bringing to mind Jon Lord guesting on a Metallica track, and a wild pipe organ groove on the genre-defying Cryptic, a standout track.

 

EP closer 12 Months again features Simich’s keyboards and an infectious guitar riff, with some horns and Garac’s vocals giving the song a bouncy jazzy feel, though never losing touch with it’s obvious heavy rock foundation.

 

“Sleepfreak” (the EP) is a bold, powerful and self-assured statement of intent, and on the strength of these six tracks alone, Sleepfreak (the band) have an exciting future ahead of them!

 

 

 

Review posted 10 May 2012