The Plasmarifle
While You Were Sleeping, the World Changed in an Instant

While you might expect yet another clichéd take of breakdown reliant deathcore based on the band name, label and overly dramatic album title, the fact is, once you discover The Plasmarifle hail from arguably the tech metal capital of the world, Montreal, feature former Neuraxis vocalist Maynard Moore and a familiarly tight mastering effort from Yannick St-Amand (Kataklysm, Despised Icon, etc), you get a deeper sense of what to expect. And it still doesn’t prepare you….

Culling from their innate geographical tech metal genes, The Plasmarifle have elements of Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Neuraxis and Gorguts contained in their tumultuous, complex brutality, and while you could lazily construe this as deathcore, the fact is as with so many of these bands (i.e. The Faceless) they could be technical death metal or modern grindcore also.

Squealing, scattershot blast beats and shuddering time changes, jazzy, spazzy spurts, dual screams and deep bellows and a sense of borderline histrionic atmospheres and song titles make While You Were Sleeping a largely unpredictable beast and a difficult listen akin to Cephalic Carnage mixed with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Canadian bands listed above on 30 minute LSD trip. The band shifts from stuttering tech metal (“For All That Is Concealed Shall Soon Be Revealed”), oddball punk/hardcore vocals mixed with almost blackened fury (“As The Mountains Rolled Back I Stood In Disbelief…”), trumpet laced jazz chaos (“To Those That May Be Concerned”)- and that’s just the album’s first three songs!

A couple of quirky interludes break up the album’s mid point, mind melting trio of “Exhaling Life As Ink On A Page”, “From The Trail Of Ashes…” and “Hold You Close To My Heart/This Is Not An Emo Song”, but they do little to curtail the albums often jarring structures and off putting prose as more often than not the band’s obsession with complexity and chaos overrides any momentum of heft (i.e.”Hold You Close To My Heart/This Is Not An Emo Song”, “Starlight, Starbright”) though closer “Haunted by the Ghost of a Dead Actress” settles down for a menacing, end note to the album, displaying what this band is truly capable of.

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Written by Erik T
November 19th, 2008


  1. Commented by: sandwiches

    if this is better than their ep I might have to check it out. I dunno I kinda felt like all those songs were just other Canadian bands thrown in a blender with extra emphasis on breakdowns. Hopefully this is an improvement

  2. Commented by: Anxiety Hangover

    Another band that needs to take a full course in songwriting. Or maybe it’s just too avant-garde for me. Not a single memorable song on the entire album.

  3. Commented by: sandwiches

    weedly weedly chun chun

  4. Commented by: xBenx

    Got this, need to listen to it more, waiting on the Red Shore CD now.

  5. Commented by: Kenny

    Hey sandwiches, that’s my favorite riff :P

  6. Commented by: swampthang

    whens the new red shore album come out.

  7. Commented by: swampthang

    Ya’ll should listen to a band called Oceano, man they are heavy.

  8. Commented by: xBenx

    Oceano? New one for me. Red Shore CD is out now, I should have got it this week but they sent me a Rose Funeral CD by mistake ;(

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