Bendigo, Victoria natives, Sleeping Giant (formally known as Lowpoint), have released their debut full length album. It’s an album that the band laboured over for the better part of a year, and the results speak for themselves.
Sleeping Giant power right out of the gate with Sleep, and it’s clear right away that the band have really perfected not only their sound, but the songs themselves.
Taking the lead from bands like Kyuss, Fu-Manchu and the earlier days of Queens of the Stone Age, Sleeping Giant build upon those foundations and deliver a brilliant slab of stoner infused fuzz rock.
Temptress introduces a vibe that borders on punk rock, but remains staunchly loyal to their fuzzy stoner roots. Empire and Serpent both ooze energy, and Gypsy has the epic feeling of an event.
What all of the tracks have in common so far, is the feeling that they have a life of their own. Nothing is forced by the musicians, they were just the conduit to breathe life into, and nurture these songs into existence.
The perfect example of that is the closing trilogy of tracks, Visions 1, 2 and 3 – seperate tracks on paper, but when listened to together, a masterpiece that simply outshines everything that came before it.
This is quality music, from a band that legitimately cares about their craft.
Review by Shayne McGowan.