Grand Rapids natives Sleep Waker have unveiled a reimagined version of their knockout single Distance. First released as the lead track from their July album Alias, Distance is a commanding and emotional exploration of loss, unraveling vocalist Hunter Courtright‘s experience witnessing his grandfather battle with dementia. Today’s reimagined cut finds Sleep Waker not only leaning into their love of alternative musical genres, but switching […] …Continue Reading

I have never been one to dwell on the negatives, so I won’t start now, but spare a thought out there for EVERYONE doing it tough and make sure you keep an eye and ear out for your mates and loved ones because this world can be cruel sometimes…
On the back of practically every state in Australia being cut off from one another, all that’s left is to discover new music and fall back in love with old, so with that in mind we have tried to bring you an assortment to choose from this week and take the focus of the events at large.
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Following on from their debut full length album Don’t Look At The Moon (2018), Grand Rapids metal outfit Sleep Waker return with their second full length, Alias, on July 23. 
Continuing with a conceptually based theme surrounding sleep deprivation and sleep paralysis, Sleep Waker expand on these themes given substance through earlier work and delve deeper into their inner psyche and the personal ramifications of such afflictions. 
It is an album that urges the listener to examine themselves, their lives and reality, and the very fabric of existence. 

Drummer Frankie Mish joined HEAVY for a chat about the album, and it’s many layers. 

“It’s definitely an evolution for us,” he nodded.
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Words by Jimmy Glinster

The last two times I listened to a band with Sleep in their name, they pretty much both put me to sleep. Hopefully this is a more thrilling experience for us all.

The album opener and title track Alias gets its Djent on before bursting into a singalong chorus which reminds of the early post-hardcore trend where the music shifts from brutally heavy to pop choruses.
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Here are the new records that will be coming out this week! If you’d like to see releases added to the list for future weeks, contact us by clicking here. To see all the most anticipated albums for July 2021 – CLICK HERE. To see music from previous weeks – CLICK HERE. Alexis Marshall – […] …Continue Reading

Here are some of the most anticipated metal & rock album and EP releases for July 2021! Which are you looking forward to the most? To see albums from previous months, CLICK HERE. At The Gates – The Nightmare Of Being (7/2) Born Of Osiris – Angel Or Alien (7/2) Bulb – Moderately Fast, Adequately […] …Continue Reading

Sleep Waker — comprising guitarists Jake Impellizzeri and Jason Caudill, vocalist Hunter Courtright, drummer Frankie Mish, and bassist Aaron Lutas — are the latest act to sign with UNFD.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based band will release their second album Alias, serving as a label debut, on Friday, July 23.
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