Chris Thompson (Vocals, Guitar), Rob Bradley (Guitar), Ambrose Burnsides (Drums), Kedar Hiremath (Bass)
Elements of classic rock, sludge metal and even left-field art rock and ambience collide again and again, resulting in a devastating but irresistible hybrid that fans of thought-provoking and soulful heavy music will find impossible to ignore.
Dom Lawson, The Guardian / Metal Hammer
The album is a whopping 70 minutes and worth every second. Sleepers Awake encompasses nearly every characteristic of metal and they do it seamlessly.
Rejean Plante, A Metal State of Mind
#9 AOTY / Honorable Mention
Transcension is refined and complex, like an American version of Opeth, or perhaps Mastodon without the bad vocals and redneck/douchebag factor
Angry Metal Guy
[W]e seem to have found a new gem in the prog scene. The production is fantastic, and the musicianship is close to unrivalled. An absolute masterpiece from start to finish…
Andy May, Punk Prospect
(Best possible Polish translation) I am very careful in issuing the highest marks in the evaluation of albums in the pages of this site, but when I have to deal with such a work as “Transcension” by Sleepers Awake, I can not do otherwise. So far it’s one of my two candidates for the title of Album of the Year, if not indeed the absolute number one.
Gregory Pindor, Violence Magazine
(Best possible German translation) Sleepers Awake touches. And with every note, to be sure. Rarely have I heard an album that every song comes with such drama.
Jakob Ehmke, PowerMetal.de
The thing that is most striking, right from the first listen, is how well balanced the album is between brain and brawn: gentle, delicate passages sit comfortably alongside muscular riffing; vocalist Chris Thompson puts in a particularly impressive performance, ranging from soulful harmonies to fearsome growls.
Neotenic, The Monolith
Transcension is an album that is traditionalist in it’s influences, but forward thinking in it’s execution — a head-on collision of so many eras and approaches of progressive metal that it feels fresh and exciting. And it deserves to be heard in full, with your undivided attention.
Damien Leech, Heavy Blog is Heavy
The songs have a natural flow to them, and at their edges, they blend together into a whole. Saying that songs blend together is often an insult, but in this case, it’s a result of stellar song craft.
Justin C., Metal Bandcamp
The whole album is like if Devin Townsend were to have a three-way with Tool & Mastodon. Contender for album of the year? Hell fucking yes!
Nathaniel Southwood, Booze, Beats & Bites
Priests of the Fire (2009)
The band’s surest strength is winding song structures that rarely repeat yet still manage to satisfy pop cravings without the benefit of repetition. There’s a melodic smartness about these riffs that transcends short attention spans and achieves the kind of sonic landscape the band is shooting for.
Chris Deville, Columbus Alive