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Friday, February 28, 2014

Sleep Terror's Logic-Shattering Death-Prog

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

(Highline) Not gonna lie: I’m a sucker for heavy, noisy rock that takes nutty detours into prog and jazz fusion. Unpredictable dynamics and odd time signatures are veritable aphrodisiacs for me. Which is why I give the double devil horns for Seattle’s Sleep Terror (aka the outrageously dexterous Luke Jaeger). His music has a Mr. Bungle-goes-death-metal vibe, and it’ll make your attempts to headbang along to it look absurdly out of joint. Sleep Terror mercurially provides a shocking tempo change or structural hitch every 10 seconds or so, and the effect is both exhilarating and exhausting. Why hasn’t Mike Patton signed Sleep Terror to his Ipecac label yet? With Barefoot Barnacle, L.B.! and Guns of Barisal.

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