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The Great Sleep
Copter Crash

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There is very little information about 1956 available (or at least that I can find via the usual channels available to an indie journalisté), but I do know that the makers of The Great Sleep come from Milwaukee (which is information made available via the the Copter Crash website). I'm guessing this is their debut EP since I can't find any record of another album by the band and because of the content, so I guess we'll go from here. Sorry if I'm wrong, guys.

The Great Sleep's first song, "Giving Away the Ending," is the only instrumental track on the album, featuring some very simple guitar work at the forefront for under a minute before heading into "A Lesson in Rememberance," (yes, that is the way it is written) - the first of the six songs that is accurately described as metal and post-hardcore. I'd say this is about as metal as post-hardcore can sound, if that makes any sense at all.

1956 is at its best during its great, unpredictable changes in tempo, guitars heavy and driving at one point and stopping dead only seconds later, keeping you on your toes during songs like "six ways to nothing." These tempo changes correspond well with the singer's vocals that change from completely charged and screaming (often long and drawn out yells) to quiet and restrained moaning (see "While Eden Burns").

However, vocals in "A Lesson in Rememberance" and "Ether" sound unfortunately similar to Staind's Aaron Lewis at times, leaving a terrible feeling in my stomach after only a few songs. I'm sorry to say, that this bad feeling, combined with a mediocrity of sound, cannot be ameliorated by the solidity of the great sleep's tempo changes.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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