On March 1st, U.K. arena rock/metalcore giants WHILE SHE SLEEPS released their followup to “You Are We” entitled “So What?” via Sleep Brothers/Spinefarm/Search and Destroy Records.  This record showcases While She Sleeps mastering the art of creating catchy melodies while still rocking pretty hard.

Madness To Creation remembers being introduced to While She Sleeps as they provided direct support for Trivium and Arch Enemy last year.  We had the pleasure of interviewing Lawrence Taylor(vocalist), and we remember him being so passionate about engaging in a call to arms for a unified world and celebrating differences with one another instead of tearing one another down.  Those themes continue to be evident in “So What?”.

The album starts off with a hard hitting track entitled “Anti-Social”.  “Anti-Social” sounds like that perfect way to start off a concert, where it gets pitch black inside the venue, the lights and fog machine is being set off and it just kicks you in the teeth from the onset.  The song is written as an effort to unify the world and just being flat out sick and tired of all of the division in the world.

The songs are chocked full of anthems and lyrics that cause their fans to clutch their chest and sing at the top of their lungs.  You will see some different elements that might throw their core fanbase that proverbial curveball, in particular in the track “Back Of My Mind”, there are some house looping elements in the song, but then it goes into a pretty sick breakdown towards the end of the song.  The title track definitely sounds poppy in the outro, but the harmony is so freaking catchy that you cannot help but sing along to it, but don’t worry While She Sleeps fans, this song has that trademark While She Sleeps bounce in it.  That kind of bounce that has ridiculous guitar licks, and wonderfully fun and meaningful sing alongs.

This album is not necessarily a departure from “You Are We”, however, it’s more “radio friendly” in the sense that it’s full of melody, but While She Sleeps hasn’t forgotten y’all as they still have that punk attitude, while incorporating modern metal elements in their arrangements.  This band has done it again with creating songs that are a battlecry to reunite a generation.  Madness To Creation rates this an 8 out of 10 stars.  Here is the track listing:

  1.  Anti-Social
  2.  I’ve Seen It All
  3.  Inspire
  4.  So What
  5.  The Guilty Party
  6.  Haunt Me
  7.  Elephant
  8.  Set You Free
  9.  Good Grief
  10.  Back Of My Mind
  11.  Gates Of Paradise

While She Sleeps has some tour dates coming up!  Check out the tour dates below:

Sun. 3/3- Album Signing & Acoustic Performance in Sheffield, United Kingdom

Mon. 3/4- Album Signing & Acoustic Performance in London, United Kingdom

Tue. 3/5- Album Signing & Acoustic Performance in Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom

Wed. 3/6- Album Signing & Acoustic Performance in Preston, United Kingdom

Thu. 3/7- Album Signing & Acoustic Performance in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Fri. 4/26- House of Blues in Anaheim, California

Sat. 4/27- Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona

Mon. 4/29- Ogden Theatre in Denver, Colorado

Wed. 5/1- House of Blues in Dallas, Texas

Thu. 5/2- Emo’s in Austin, Texas

Fri. 5/3- House of Blues in Houston, Texas

Sat. 5/4- House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sun. 5/5- Welcome To Rockville in Jacksonville, Florida

Tue. 5/7- Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia

Wed. 5/8- Growlers in Memphis, Tennessee (w/Thy Art Is Murder)

Thu. 5/9- Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tennessee

Fri. 5/10- Pop’s in St. Louis, Missouri

Sun. 5/12- Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, North Carolina

Tue. 5/14- 9:30 Club in Washington D.C.

Wed. 5/15- Fillmore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thu. 5/16- Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, New York

Fri. 5/17- Sonic Temple Music & Arts Festival in Columbus, Ohio

Mon. 5/20- Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts

Tue. 5/21- Mtelus in Montreal, Canada

Wed. 5/22- Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada (w/Architects)

Thu. 5/23- Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Canada

Fri. 5/24- The Majestic in Detroit, Michigan

Sat. 5/25- Concord in Chicago, Illinois

Fri. 5/31- Victoria Park in London, United Kingdom

Fri. 6/7- Rock am Ring 2019 in Nurburg, Germany

Thu. 6/13- Nova Rock in Nickelsdorf, Austria

Wed. 6/19- Copenhell in Kobenhavn, Denmark

Thu. 6/20- Pustervik in Haga, Sweden (w/TesseracT)

Thu. 6/27- Tons of Rock in Ekeberg, Norway

Fri. 6/28- With Full Force Festival in Grafenhainichen, Germany

Sat. 6/29- Vainstream Rockfest in Munster, Germany

Wed. 7/3- Resurrection Fest in Celeiro, Spain

Thu. 7/4- VOA Heavy Rock Festival in Lisbon, Portugal

Thu. 7/11- 2000 Trees in Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Fri. 7/12- Mighty Sounds Festival in Tabor, Czech Republic

Wed. 7/17- Electric Castle in Bontida, Romania

Sun. 7/21- Metaldays in Tolmin, Slovenia

Thu. 8/22- Reload Festival in Sulingen, Germany

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