Sleepwalker – Noč Na Krayu Sveta

There’s a virtually endless number of bands out there in the sprawling underground of metal that can be considered anywhere near esoteric or downright mind-melting for one reason or another. It tends to be from places like I, Voidhanger Record’s corner of the space that metal occupies, but there are other contenders coming out of the woodwork. Sleepwalker is not a new name for some of us who have dove far enough into that turbulent chaos to eke out some excellence, and it’s even after multiple albums that this international act has yet to disappoint. With this brand new massive EP, Sleepwalker continues that ridiculous trend.

When I take into consideration what bands have been able to achieve a proper form of psychedelia in the normally lo-fi and sonically unforgiving world of black metal, the list that appears in my mind is always extremely small simply due to the fact that it’s hard to pull off for any band or musician no matter how experienced they are. And yet, without fail thus far, Sleepwalker has managed to pull it off on every single effort that they’ve dished out so far, and it’s here with “Noč Na Krayu Sveta” that we get precisely that even more! There are just two tracks in this outing that allow “Noč Na Krayu Sveta” to almost reaching a length of half an hour, but it’s in every single one of those minutes that we are given an absolutely gorgeous performance that can only be described as an auditory kaleidoscope with everything that it brings forth throughout the whole of this staggering performance with the resulting sound being straight up one of a kind in so many aspects. From the strangely fitting sax to the unbridled black metal at the core of Sleepwalker’s sound to ritualistic psychedelia to kraut influences to even some free-jazz that just adds that extra element of what the hell, Sleepwalker’s style has come to a unique head with the entire otherworldly performance of “Noč Na Krayu Sveta” with every moment of the work playing to the limitless imagination of each listener as the further you look into this effort the more you lose yourself and, thus, find yourself wholly captured by the work in a way that is a true task to accomplish. Yet, Sleepwalker has achieved it seemingly without breaking a sweat in the process.

It’s thanks to bands like Sleepwalker that I will likely never get bored of seeking out black metal bands that are able to push the boundaries at every possible turn for that will always be an intoxicating experience the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the entire world of music, and I couldn’t ask for a better showcasing of that than what has been accomplished in this seemingly humble but extremely bold EP. “Noč Na Krayu Sveta” captures the imagination ina a way that only a name as masterful as Sleepwalker could ever hope to produce, and it’s utterly fantastic to witness every single time.

LISTEN to “Noč Na Krayu Sveta” on Bandcamp here.

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