Jan 19, 2011
Union Of Sleep - Death In The Place Of Rebirth ...
This German band has always had a hardcore edge but it is more upfront on this record. The opening tracks, "Arms Of God" and "Turn Your Cross" are pummeling tunes that ooze filth from every instrument and turn this up loud, it will pin you against the wall with its bludgeoning sound. Lyrically and vocally, the band dish out tales of the bleakness of modern life but it is done with pure honesty. The lyrics are well thought-out and straight to the point expressions of pain and frustration. Musically you could have compared the band to others before but not anymore, I don't think there is any other band that sounds like Union Of Sleep and with this album, they have a created a sound that is all their's. Songs like the beautifully titled "A Rush Of Piss To The Head" and "Hammer-Coffin-Nails" are short but sweet slabs of sonic intensity, both delivering the goods in under 3 minutes. These kinds of tunes are so brutally intense, you have to go back to replay them just to take it all in. Riffs, grooves and the jack-hammer effect of the pounding energy is draining to the senses. The centerpiece to the album is "The Bridge," which is over 6 minutes of awe-inspiring aggression and pure menace. This track does tend to overshadow the rest ever so slightly given its length but if you are looking for just one song to sum up the band, this would be the one.
The main thing to be gained from listening to this album apart from the sheer, bombarding heaviness of it all is the pure raw honesty that is channelled through their music. Not many bands are complete in music and lyrics but "Union Of Sleep" are the real deal. They have found something special on this recording which I think is the fine balance of killer riffs, hooks, aggressive melodies but with just enough intricate moments to make this a crushing but interesting album. The album is all too short which seems even shorter due to the way the songs flow. Some songs are so short, it is hard to remember them at first but that just gives you another excuse to keep on spinning the disc. Every song is a highlight but "The Bridge" is my favorite tune on "Death In The Place Of Rebirth" but you won't find no fillers in this 30 minutes of punishing, filth-ridden rock, buy it...........9/10
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