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Oh, Sleeper

Oh, Sleeper: When I Am GodWhen I Am God (2007)
Solid State Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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On Oh, Sleeper's debut, When I Am God, the band carry a sound that's at once both completely competent and familiar. Frankly, this is their greatest strength and weakness. Solid State Records has been churning out this type of super melodic, spiritual metalcore sound for years now, with some of t.
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On Oh, Sleeper's debut, When I Am God, the band carry a sound that's at once both completely competent and familiar. Frankly, this is their greatest strength and weakness.

Solid State Records has been churning out this type of super melodic, spiritual metalcore sound for years now, with some of the bands even earning a bit of commercial success or cult following. However, after so many releases it's really hard to put any new spins on it, and Oh, Sleeper mostly fail to do such.

Oh, Sleeper have a promising alumni on hand: Three-fifths of the now-defunct Terminal (one of whom spent time in As Cities Burn and Sherwood) and an ex-Between the Buried and Me guitarist are present here. However, they stylistically fit all too well within their label's roster. One listen to Underoath's Define the Great Line and As Cities Burn's Son, I Loved You at Your Darkest and you've basically heard everything that goes on during When I Am God's course, even though vocalist Micah Kinard admittedly slides between cleaner and gravelly yells fairly well, if not in a completely similar fashion to Spencer Chamberlain.

While guitarist Shane Blay (the ex-BTBAM guy) sometimes offers some impressive, noodly riffs (notably, opener "Vices Like Vipers"), When I Am God just often treads the same waters we've all previously rafted. There's a cohesive structure to things, a nice attempt at a dark dynamic, good stop-starts and a particular atmosphere to the album, but that can't completely rescue it. Kinard at least explores some interesting ideas lyrically, namely a consistent recommendation to seek help from others when needed, and not necessarily in counseling.

When I Am God, while aurally pleasant and ably played, is simply way too "been there, done that."

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IMluke (August 10, 2009)

To the guy that said "The last good solidstate album was the first one Norma Jean put out"

So your saying that was Better than Beloved's "Failure On"??
or Engage by Stretch Armstrong?, OR ANY OF THE BCTA ALBUMS, and im sorry but that album doesnt even pass "Lost in the Sounds Of Seperation.

segundo (June 30, 2008)

sounds like underoath? are you sure it's oh, sleeper your listening?

Big_Guy (December 6, 2007)

Scarlet rules, but I think this sounds more like Underoath

Allular (December 5, 2007)

I think this is one of the better releases from Solid State in probably about two years. They remind me of Scarlet which is never a bad thing.

xote (December 4, 2007)

Solid States last good record was the first Norma Jean record.

sugarfull (December 4, 2007)

this style gets kind of boring after a while for me.

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