Trapped in a Sleep
Style: Doom Death
Release date: 31 October, 2010
Playing time: 51:35

Before reviewing “Trapped in a Sleep” I had never heard of this Ukrainian band - even less did I have an idea of what the music was like. It turns out I discovered a little jewel.

Sure enough the album is packed with stoner riffs so heavy they could sink an iceberg. Piano sounds and keyboard effects complement the music to generate a chilling atmosphere. Double-bass drumming continuously changes tempo with apparent ease and I can only speculate at how many skins the drummer bust with his hard hitting style. Brothers and sisters in Metal, “Trapped In A Sleep” is one of the best Doom Death albums I’ve heard in a long while, an album where the balance between rawness, sophistication and intense emotion sounds utterly convincing.

There are no fillers here so let’s take a few tracks at random…..‘Sisyphean Struggle’ starts off like a Dario Argento horror movie soundtrack before breaking forth in epic fashion. It took me some time to get used to the clean vocals in this song but after a while I found it hard to image them otherwise. ‘Earth Escape Plan’ has a distinct Black Sabbath feel to it and with its swift crescendos seems perfectly suited for live renditions. ‘Eternal Return’ is the album’s instrumental closer and I couldn’t help feeling it needed some vocals. A brilliant track nonetheless.

As far as comparisons go, I sensed common traits with early Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy, Cemetery Of Scream, early Forsaken, My Dying Bride, Anathema but especially Paradise Lost. In fact “Trapped In A Sleep” is a must-have for those who yearn for early Paradise Lost.


01. Intro (0:20)
02. Earth Escape Plan (8:53)
03. Worm (9:16)
04. Trapped in a Sleep (11:52)
05. Filling the Void (7:32)
06. Sisyphean Struggle (9:22)
07. Eternal Return (4:20)

Label: Black Art Records
Promotion: Clawhammer PR
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 1 March, 2011
Website: www.apostate.com.ua