12 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Oh, Sleeper’s third album is the conceptual sequel to 2009’s Son of the Morning, which mused on a battle between God and Satan. Inspired by The Book of Revelation (but written like a Cormac McCarthy novel), Children of Fire takes place during the end times (spoiler alert: Satan and God are both assumed dead following their fight) and focuses on an atheist girl and her priest father, who assumes the role of judge now that God is dead. “Endseekers” opens with pummeling drums, winding guitars, and a brooding bass that all combine to create accessible metalcore over which Micah Kinard screams of an earth ravaged by the rapture (chronicled in the band’s preceding album). With a similarly relentless sonic attack, “Shed Your Soul” erupts like an angry volcano as Kinard growls about how there can’t be a heaven nor a hell with both deities dead. Exuding more propulsion (especially in the rhythm section), “The Marriage of Steel and Skin” plays with explosive fury before the triumphant title track ends with the daughter saved and ready to fight for God.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Oh, Sleeper’s third album is the conceptual sequel to 2009’s Son of the Morning, which mused on a battle between God and Satan. Inspired by The Book of Revelation (but written like a Cormac McCarthy novel), Children of Fire takes place during the end times (spoiler alert: Satan and God are both assumed dead following their fight) and focuses on an atheist girl and her priest father, who assumes the role of judge now that God is dead. “Endseekers” opens with pummeling drums, winding guitars, and a brooding bass that all combine to create accessible metalcore over which Micah Kinard screams of an earth ravaged by the rapture (chronicled in the band’s preceding album). With a similarly relentless sonic attack, “Shed Your Soul” erupts like an angry volcano as Kinard growls about how there can’t be a heaven nor a hell with both deities dead. Exuding more propulsion (especially in the rhythm section), “The Marriage of Steel and Skin” plays with explosive fury before the triumphant title track ends with the daughter saved and ready to fight for God.

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About Oh, Sleeper

The Fort Worth-based metalcore act Oh, Sleeper was an outgrowth of the short-lived Christian emo band Terminal, which split up shortly following the release of its only album in 2005. Three members of Terminal -- guitarist James Erwin, bassist Lucas Starr (who briefly played in a similar alternative Christian act, As Cities Burn, prior to that band's dissolution), and drummer Ryan Conley -- regrouped with a pair of local Fort Worth musicians, singer Micah Kinard and guitarist Shane Blay (formerly of Evelynn, as well as the North Carolina straight-edge act Between the Buried and Me) to form Oh, Sleeper in the spring of 2006. Oh, Sleeper's debut EP, The Armored March, was released by 1x1 Music in November of that year, and the group signed to Solid State Records for the release of their full-length debut, When I Am God, the following year.

Ryan Conley left the band after the release of When I Am God, choosing to eschew the life of a musician in order join the Navy and begin a family with his longtime girlfriend. Oh, Sleeper forged ahead in his absence, enlisting Matt Davis to handle drum duties and launching sessions for their second album. Son of the Morning, a concept album about God's final battle with the devil, appeared in 2009.

~ Stewart Mason

ORIGIN
Fort Worth, TX
GENRE
Metal
FORMED
2006

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