Remember when Killswitch Engage released The End of Heartache, their highly successful follow up to Alive and Just Breathing and first album with Howard Jones at the helm? We do. It was fucking 17 years ago.
Do you remember when Soilwork upped the melodic ante on Figure Number Five, alienating much of their fanbase in the process? We do. It was fucking 18 years ago.
Do you remember when Children of Bodom really hit their stride with 2003’s Hate Crew Deathroll? We do. And so much time has passed that Alexi Laiho is now no longer with us (R.I.P).
With Sleepless, Karpenter have basically taken the nigh on 2 decades old sound of these once great bands, slammed them together, laced them with irritating keyboards, thrown in a ton of horror film references (“Shark” honours Jaws, “Perfection Valley” nods to Tremors, “No Vacancy” references Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho) and attempted to pass off the resulting mug of steaming hot piss as ‘modern metal’.
It’s irritating as fuck and way beyond the limits of what can be considered ‘interesting’ in 2021.
Ironically, we slept rather well after listening to this. 4/10
Karpenter‘s debut album, Sleepless, is due for release on May 28th, 2021 via Rockshots Records.
KARPENTER were formed in 2019 by former Fightcast members Filippo Tellerini, Francesco Vicini, and Marco Biondi, along with Federico Conti (Creep), Manuel Nucci and Michele Mingozzi (Figure of Six). KARPENTER‘s members have shared the stage with established bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Ghost Inside, Poison The Well.