Why is everyone talking about the Mystery Band Sleep Token?

Every now and then a band in the heavy music scene blows up seemingly out of nowhere and that seems to be the case with the mystery band Sleep Token, who just released a new single called “Granite.” But why is everyone talking about them so much?

We call Sleep Token a “mystery band” because there really isn’t much information out there about them. That identities of the members have remained anonymous as they wear masks and concealing clothing. All we know is that the band’s leader goes by the name Vessel and that they have two full-length studio albums — Sunset (2019) and This place will be your grave (2021) – the latter of which we named one of the best albums of 2021.

But now their music is starting to gain traction at a relatively fast pace. At the start of January, the band had around 280,000 monthly listeners on Spotify [via Metal Shell], and since releasing the singles “Chokehold” and “The Summoning,” that number has grown to over 953,000 monthly listeners. The latter track already has over 1 million views on YouTube, despite only being released 13 days ago, and their latest single “Granite,” which was just released today (January 19), has nearly 100,000 views.

Watch the video for “Granit” below.

Anticipation for the band is likely to continue on an upward trend. According to Geniusthey have an album titled Take me back to Eden on the way, although the specific release date has not been revealed. Boolean melodies reported that during a recent UK show, the group debuted the three new songs live, in addition to another called “Aqua Regia,” so it may only be a matter of time before they release a studio version of it.

“What comes next, only time will tell, but what is certain is that it will not be bound by the convention,” Spinefarm Records’ the website reads about “Chokehold” and “The Summoning.”

So what are people saying about Sleep Token that makes them so special? It seems that many are fascinated by their ability to make songs in different styles – heavy, soft and melodic, atmospheric, experimental and so on.

Someone on Save your compared the band’s impact to Ghosts.

“I see Sleep Token as Ghost for a new generation. Where Ghost merged the metal stylings of previous generations with popsensibilities from the same generations, Sleep Token fuses today’s metal sounds (primarily but not exclusively metalcore-ish) with a certain amount of the pop sound that has been really popular in recent years. And it’s really cool. Because on paper it shouldn’t really work, but in practice it does.”

Another user on Save your said they were “floored” by “The Summoning,” calling it a “fucking transcendental experience.” Others pointed out that Vessel has taken a slightly different vocal approach and praised his screams.

“The number of firstborn sons I would sacrifice just to listen to the strains of this song would solve world hunger. Those nutty beep-boops in the background of the chorus make me happier than they have any right to be,” wrote another fan about “Chokehold” he Save your. “As much as I love the pure heavy stuff, this band really shines when they make dark pop music to make baby.”

Check out some other Sleep Token posts below and stay tuned for what they have in store.

Sleep Token – ‘Granite’

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