Creating what can only be described as sonic chaos, experimental metalcore act Sleepsculptor have unleashed their new single “Venerate” out today. The track comes alongside the announcement of the band signing with Silent Pendulum Records to release their forthcoming album, Divine Recalibration, out April 28th, 2023. Clocking in at just under two minutes, “Venerate” is an onslaught of eccentric guitars, frenzied drums, and biting vocals that make for a wild ride. The video for the song perfectly encapsulates its energy, as the band’s performance is strewn through uncomfortable close-ups and distorted images.
Originally formed in 2018, the band found themselves in the midst of a line-up change in 2021 that left them seeking out a new vocalist. The Pennsylvania-based group made the decision to put out a post on social media hosting virtual vocal auditions, and Florent Curatola of Canada by way of France headed that call. Despite being thousands of miles apart, Florent meshed perfectly with Travis Antoniello (bass/backing vocals), Jake Moyer (guitar/programming), Kuyler Massam (guitar/programming), and James Slattery (drums), and the group began piecing together what would be Divine Recalibration.
The full band met in-person for the first time when they entered the studio with producer Matt Guglielmo (Cryptodira, Spite, Seeyouspacecowboy) in March 2022 and things clicked instantly. Over a few weeks the band had recorded 15 songs that are as infectious as they are technical. Pulling influences from a wide variety of metal alongside elements of post-rock and electronic music, Sleepsculptor have created a sound very much their own.
On their influences, the band states: “We were hugely inspired by metallic/chaotic hardcore bands such as Converge, The Chariot, and The Armed, as well as some more rhythmic metal stuff like Meshuggah, Frontierer, and Ion Dissonance, and even some alternative/nu-metal like System of a Down and Slipknot. We really wanted to meld those realms together to make something that was a fresh take on sounds we all knew and loved.”
Divine Recalibration is, at its core, an evolution in sound with a focus on downtuned rhythm guitars, dissonant leads, energetic and manic vocals, and explorations into odd time signatures. In a broader sense, it’s a record of rejuvenation and building as Sleepsculptor start their next chapter as a band and push towards being a staple act in the world of metal.