The best Metalcore album in 2017 so far.
While She Sleeps, the British metalcore band out of Sheffield are lucky. Having found success in the last couple of years they risked it all when they left their major label, went with an independent one and started a PledgeMusic campaign to raise the funds needed, fortunately the group’s fans are a loyal bunch and supported them all the way, leading to the release of While She Sleeps’ third album, You Are We on the 21st of April.
You Are We is a great Metalcore album, with its tuned down guitars, thick bass tones, heavy on the screamed vocals and fast paced drumming. Opener and title track ‘You Are We’ sets the tone for the rest of the record, it hits you hard and never lets up.
‘Steal the Sun’ is your headbanger and one of my favourites after the first listen, it even made me feel a little nostalgic with what sounded like nu-metal styles early and late in this one. But top song must go to ‘Silence Speaks’, featuring Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, which is pure Metalcore goodness that has been the main single to promote You Are We and I couldn’t think of a better choice.
You Are We, is never going to win an ‘Album of the Year’ award, I’ve been listening to it for 3 weeks now and it while I’ve loved it, I feel like it's missing a little something. While She Sleeps is mainly seen as a great support band in the metalcore world which I think is unfair, they are amazing and I would pay good money to see them live as a headliner in somewhere like Wembley, and while they of course do their own headlining tours, it’s never in the massive arenas that they deserve.
But time is on their side here, this is only their 3rd studio album, and they are always better than the last, I have faith.