Palm Reader - Sleepless
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
November 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Holy Roar / Label
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Metal Hammer

If you’ve slept on Palm Reader thus far, now’s the time to wake the fuck up. Sleepless is a distinct, idiosyncratic, beautifully crafted heavy album that it would be simply criminal to ignore.

2020 has been a brutal year for hard-touring outfits like Palm Reader, but this feels like a defiant guarantee of their tenacity and adaptability, finding a way to continue hammering their mark and plotting their own destiny even as the world swerves around us.
Not only does the album show how they are going to be a band that will be able consistently make new sounds and interesting music but it shows how new and old fans will view their previous work and how far they have progressed in terms of remaining fresh.
Hold/Release - 5/5 ❤
Stay Down - 3/5
Ending Cycle - 4/5
Willow - 3/5
A Bird and Its Feathers - 3/5
Islay - 3/5
False Thirst - 4/5
Brink - 3/5
A Love That Tethers - 3/5
Both Ends Of The Rope - 3/5
Found another top favorite album of the year for me. I love when rock/metal albums have this sort of melodic dark ambiance.
This album kept my interest the whole way through. This feels like a pretty great step in hardcore music and provides some pretty moody, atmospheric moments without being too overbearing. At points, it felt a lot like Nine Inch Nails or Daughters, but a little less chaotic. I imagine this will grow on me with multiple listens.

Edit: Yeah, this really grew on me.
Considering it's release in November I'm pretty surprised on how this album turned out to be.
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Track List

  1. Hold/Release
  2. Stay Down
  3. Ending Cycle
  4. Willow
  5. A Bird and Its Feathers
  6. Islay
  7. False Thirst
  8. Brink
  9. A Love That Tethers
  10. Both Ends Of The Rope
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Added on: October 29, 2020