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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Adept - Sleepless

If you read this blog regularly you know I rarely cover metalcore - but sometimes I like to get out of the box, so fuck it - here goes. A metalcore review, because I trust Napalm Records. Sleepless is actually a step beyond anything I have heard from the metalcore scene, in a way it's a concept album, and though yes it does have the occasional post-hardcore cliche Sleepless proves that Adept are masters of their craft. With a powerful spoken word intro triumphant orchestrations and stunning melodies Sleepless is an absolute motherfucker of an album. 

One of the things that impresses me about Sleepless is how soundscape-y it is. These songs aren't just metalcore songs, they take the listener on a journey, and while yeah - you occasionally do have a breakdown or two and even the occasional djenty moment as a whole Adept feel a lot more like a really good pop punk band who use growls. Of course - that's not all, again, the way that this record is put together is truly unique with parts flowing gently into each other, caressing your ears and then stunning you with an impressive angular melody. Toss in a few moments that seem to be there purely to add bombast and you start to understand what makes Sleepless so fascinating to me.

That's what I love about this blog - that every once in a while I stumble across something I never would have touched on otherwise and it leaves me agog. Adept are able to take a lot of traditional metalcore ideas but then infuse it with something that is truly their own, strangely technical and compositionally on point. Perfectly organized, tightly structured and full of the sort of mourning that comes from the albums essential question, "Do I really deserve happiness?" and by the end you realize - maybe you do.

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