Kiss Me Sleeping

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Don’t get me wrong, I actually like the debut release from Apparitions Kiss Me Sleeping. It’s a modern sounding, melodic metal-infused ride from top to bottom. It’s well produced and executed.

If you like staccato rhythm patterns with heavy guitar stabs and high range singing vocals (akin to Circa Survive and 30 Seconds to Mars), then you will like it too.

The problem I run into is after the first few songs is that the record blends together creating the feeling of one really long song. Apparitions could benefit from utilizing more riffage and less lead guitar noodling on top of big, open chords. Standout tracks: “Mascara Queen” and “Fall to Arms.” This is a solid album, especially considering Apparitions are relatively new to the game.


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