Sleepwulf - Sleepwulf (LP) (CLEAR)
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Scheduled release date: April 10th, 2020
Catalog number: CTR028
Misty Mountain Clear Edition, Limited to 300 copies.
Transparent Clear 180 grams vinyl housed in regular LP-sleeve incl. double sided lyrics/art insert. Artwork by Iain Robertson and Hannah Fleetwood with additional layout/design by Michael Andresakis.
- Band and Label stickers
- Digital download code for the full album
These are, again, familiar elements, and the spectre that looms over much of Sleepwulf‘s Sleepwulf is that of Pentagram‘s First Days Here, their ultra-seminal collection of early and/or lost recordings which, compiled in 2004, helped ease the path to set a generation of retro heavy in motion. And the dictates of trend have perhaps left vintage doom behind over the last few years, but that suits a band like Sleepwulf just fine as they roll through the immediately nodding riff of “Wizard Slayer” at the outset or tap Witchcraft‘s “Her Sisters They Were Weak”-riffing for their own finale.
The album as a whole is not necessarily slow in terms of pace, but seems to crawl just the same, or perhaps ooze as its tones unfurl themselves in the songs, and that makes its actually-downtempo stretches all the more effective. Cuts like presumed side A capper “Standing Stones” are spacious and emblematic of the patience that might emerge in Sleepwulf‘s sound over time, and even as it picks up pace to stand next to the likes of “Beasts of Collision,” there’s a sense of the return pending that does nothing to undercut appreciation for it when it arrives. - The Obelisk