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Britain’s While She Sleeps commemorate their ten year anniversary with You Are We. A record that plays out much like a hungry wolf on the hunt. Clever and powerful in its execution while occasionally slowing down to catch it’s breath and stalk it’s prey, only to continue on its path of rabid annihilation. While She Sleeps have created a record that is as pissed off and gloomy as it is anthemic and optimistic. Old fans will relish in the big melodies and crushing riffs that the band have become renowned for, but You Are We adds daring new feats to the band’s bag of tricks.
With a slight rock and roll kiss to the cheek, and the embrace of a three-part vocal attack courtesy of lead man Loz Taylor and guitarists Sean Long and Matt Welsh, While She Sleeps have unlocked new realms of huge hooks and choruses. Though not re-inventing the wheel, this is an overall solid metalcore effort that captures the restless and dreary mood of a very grey, and not-so-United Kingdom with an underlying sense of unity.
You Are We is the fight allowing While She Sleeps a transition from underdogs to heavyweight champions, and proves they’re more than ready to defend the title.
After a decade of valiant attempts, While She Sleeps may have finally crafted the album that is dynamic, unique and memorable enough to truly separate them from their contemporaries, and attract the attention of an audience of new sharks who will take to You Are We like blood. It is evident that the band have worked tirelessly, determined to craft a record that is as important to themselves as it will be to those who hear it. You Are We is the fight allowing While She Sleeps a transition from underdogs to heavyweight champions, and proves they’re more than ready to defend the title.
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STANDOUT TRACKS: Hurricane, Silence Speaks (ft. Oliver Sykes), Settle Down Society