After almost 7 years of silence, where fresh music is concerned, Boysetsfire are back with a blinder of an album, ‘While A Nation Sleeps…‘, which was released on the 7th of June, and is already making waves in the hardcore scene. The album progresses through a groggy, angry, start with the snarling style of ‘Until Nothing Remains‘ before rolling into the more toned down and melodic flow of ‘Closure‘. Jumping in and out of the hardcore/punk/rock genre’s, While A Nation Sleeps… takes you through an abundance of styles – Each one caressing your ear buds with a different quality.
The fast-paced and anarchistic drop-kick that comes with ‘Heads Will Roll‘ show that 7 years hasn’t lulled Boysetsfire out of their feisty personna. Thank fuck. They still posses a sharp bite, and that comes across all over the album, yet as mentioned, sprinkled between many other different feelings. As a contrast, ‘Phone Call‘ tackles the lovey-dovey emotions that may float around frontman Nathan’s head. Boysetsfire seem to take a one-on-one-off system with their songs. To describe the album format through the eyes and words of a 5 year old; Some of the songs are soft, some of them are heavy. There’s your one-line review.
“This world has room for everyone and the good earth is rich”
Returning to the softer temperament for ‘Never Said‘,the band show that they really can tackle whatever they want. They pull off the saddening songs just as well as the moral-fuelled, anger enraged tracks.
They bring this masterpiece to a close with ‘Prey’, the almost acoustic auro is complemented by a lo-fi crackle behind Nathan’s vocals. Although I wish they ended on a band, or a ‘Heavy one’ as recently named, ‘Prey‘ is still a brilliant closer to a brilliant album. It’s not very often I like an album this much after one a few listens, but Boysetsfire equip a very diverse and experimental arsenal with this record. Possible top 20? I think so.