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METAL HAMMER - GREECE (JULY)

"The Hungarian Wall Of Sleep (born from the ashes of Mood) on the other hand, are refering more to the early, unwrought matterial of Black Sabbath and their debut EP, "Overlook The All", isn't but an ode to the majesty of the magical quartet from Birmingham, that's where the goodish cover to "The Wizard" comes. The rest three songs of the EP are floating in the calmness of the early Sabbath-ish style, which actually haunts EVERY doom band. Familiar with their style and instuments, Wall Of Sleep may not be the exception we all hunt to listen, but their reliability makes them sympathetic.
by Vassilis Zacharopoulos"


Aquarius Records, San Francisco

WALL OF SLEEP Overlook The All (psycheDOOMelic)
All right, psycheDOOMelic is the new doom metal label run by Hegedus Mark, the Hungarian doom/psych freak responsible for the excellent doom-oriented Psychedelic fanzine. Wall Of Sleep's debut ep (four songs, 22 minutes) is one of the label's first releases. WOS feature two ex-members of Hungarian Sabbath-worshippers Mood, and pretty much sound just like what you'd expect! Nothing less, nothing more. Chugging massive doom riffage and Ozzy-possessed vocals (albeit with a wee bit of a Hungarian accent that might take some getting used to -- this becomes particularily noticable on their cover of Sabbath's "The Wizard", the last track here, complete with harmonica!). Did you know that "The Wizard" is the song that converted Allan into a raving Black Sabbath/metal fan back in his college days? So he has to give this the thumbs up, and recommends Wall Of Sleep to all hungry (and/or Hungarian) Sabbath/Sleep/Vitus/Obsessed obsessives out there...


www.perkele.it

WALL OF SLEEP-Overlook the all

Sono molti i gruppi che senza il fondamentale apporto creativo dei Black Sabbath non sarebbero mai esistiti. Gli ungheresi Wall Of Sleep (nati nel 2002 dalle ceneri dei Mood, doom band con all'attivo quattro album e due sette pollici) si accodano a questa nutrita schiera proponendo nel loro ep d'esordio quattro tracce di doom melodico e fragoroso, giocato sull'alternanza di ritmiche cadenzate ed intriganti trovate armoniche. A dimostrazione della totale devozione dei cinque nei confronti di Tony Iommi e soci il dischetto in questione č chiuso dalla cover della gloriosa "The wizard", proposta in una versione fedele all'originale, con qualche accelerazione nelle parti di armonica e nelle vocals.

Tuttavia, a parte i riff cupi e la voce ozziana del singer Gabor che riportano alla mente i fasti del Sabba Nero, sono molti gli spunti interessanti di questo minicd: il doom style intrapreso si avvicina molto agli stilemi degli Abdullah e degli ultimi Candlemass, vale a dire pesantezza ed oscuritŕ bilanciate da slanci melodici che danno corpo a composizioni intelligenti e mai stancanti. "Overlook the all" dimostra fin da subito quanto detto grazie ai suoi stacchi plumbei e ai suoi riff intriganti che colano come lava bollente. "Life lies low" č invece una classica cavalcata impreziosita dagli intrecci delle chitarre di Sandor e Andras, mentre la lentezza soffocante di "Hands of dust" viene smussata dalle solite, suadenti e malinconiche parti vocali.

Un nuovo inizio brillante e promettente quello dei Wall Of Sleep, merito anche della PsycheDOOMelic Records, una delle poche etichette a tenere alto il nero vessillo della musica del destino. Doom on!

Alessandro Zoppo


ConcreteWeb

WALL OF SLEEP: "Overlook The All" (psycheDooMelic Records)
As the title of this Hungarian band implies, WALL OF SLEEP are more than a little familiar with the godfathers of doom/heavy metal Black Sabbath. I'd guess they've also spinned some discs by C.O.C., Down, Floodgate.Three tracks drowning in a flood of Ozzy-era Sabbath riffs, manage though to distinguish themselves from the pack through the method of good flowing songs and the use of no guitar solo's. The cover "The wizard" sounds a little bit too close to the original that I have to say, why bother? W.O.S. will pay our country a visit by playing in Gent, 11th of October together with Belgian's doom/apocalytic doom tribe Thee Plague Of Gentlemen (Tbc). Cosmicmasseur


GL Productions

Wall Of Sleep (Hung) - Overlook The All ( Psychedoomelic) Excellent cermonial Doom from Hungary. Wall Of Sleep, formed out of the ashes of Doomsters Mood that made quite a name for themselves in the underground doomscene, all of the members didnt join Wall Of Sleep, some joined SuperNatural, another great band that got reviewed some sections back. 3 originals and a great remake of The Wizard by The Sabs with harmonica. Focusing on the originals, I cant get away with it no matter how many times I listen to it, this is very similar to Abdullah, the mainreason is the vocals from Holdamph Gabor that sounds similar to Jeff Shirilla, also there is a similar vibe to Abdullah in terms of the soundpicture and the concept that Wall Of Sleep have, I hear Acrimony, the cultdoomsters from Wales, sadly missing, Revelation is in here too. Back to Abdullah, the vibes I hear are mainly from the first stuff, Snake Lore and the first album. I dig the material a lot on this one, very dynamic emotional and moody thats the way I want it. Even though Gabor steals the show here are the backing section fluent and the guitarwork solid. The minor problem is that it could have been more material but this 4track Ep is a little masterpiece. I cant wait to hear the debut album. Another great release by Psychedoomelic. Doomsters, Mourners and everyone else, Overlook The All is worth every penny there is. Info/Order www.psychedoomelic.com mail info@psychedoomelic.com


COSMIC LAVA 07/2003

WALL OF SLEEP (Overlook The All) MCD: I've mentioned this band before in the Super Natural review, because this is the next band, which emerged out of the ashes of Hungarian Doom band Mood. "Overlook The All" contains three own compositions and a very nice cover-version of the Sabbath classic "The Wizard". WALL OF SLEEP are playing traditional melodic Doom, with all the trademarks you expect from this genre. There are charismatic clean vocals, passionate heavy downtuned riffs and on the title-track, they shed an atmosphere like old Count Raven, mid-period Revelation and the whole shebang, but there's more. There's nothing devastating or sinister in WALL OF SLEEP's sound, and they are sometimes very close to Mood, when they were more inspired by Down and COC. The band got still a good hand for catchy groovy melodies, as in "Life Lies Low", my personal fave of this MCD and "Hands Of Dust" could be co-written by Scott 'Wino' Weinrich, again with a strong NOLA influence. This is a solid debut, and although it contains no surprises for me, I like to recommend it to every fan of heavy doom-laden music. Let's look forward the full-length. You can order this MCD from PsycheDOOMelic Records and take a look at the WALL OF SLEEP website http://www.wallofsleeprocks.it for the latest news.


ROCK HARD, GERMANY - 07/2003

Hervorgegangen aus der im Doom-Underground durchaus bekannten Band Mood, frönen auch die Ungarn WALL OF SLEEP dem klassischen Zeitlupensound, klingen aber im Gegensatz zu Mood noch eine ganze Spur klassischer. Die drei sehr deutlich an Black Sabbath angelehnten Eigenkompositionen wissen allesamt zu gefallen und sind für Doom-Verhältnisse sogar eher schnellerer Natur. Das nötige Mindestmaß an eigener Identität erspielt sich die Band durch einige eher untypische, sehr melodische Gitarrenläufe und den eigenwilligen aber sehr eingängigen Gesangsstil von Frontmann Holdampf Gŕbor. Als vierten Song gibt es noch ein ordentliches Cover des Black-Sabbath-Klassikers ´The Wizard´ mit coolem Mundharmonika-Einsatz. Well done.
Labelkontakt: info@psychedoomelic.com 7,5

Andreas Stappert


COSMIC LAVA, GERMANY - 07/2003

WALL OF SLEEP (Overlook The All) MCD: I've mentioned this band before in the Super Natural review, because this is the next band, which emerged out of the ashes of Hungarian Doom band Mood. "Overlook The All" contains three own compositions and a very nice cover-version of the Sabbath classic "The Wizard". WALL OF SLEEP are playing traditional melodic Doom, with all the trademarks you expect from this genre. There are charismatic clean vocals, passionate heavy downtuned riffs and on the title-track, they shed an atmosphere like old Count Raven, mid-period Revelation and the whole shebang, but there's more. There's nothing devastating or sinister in WALL OF SLEEP's sound, and they are sometimes very close to Mood, when they were more inspired by Down and COC. The band got still a good hand for catchy groovy melodies, as in "Life Lies Low", my personal fave of this MCD and "Hands Of Dust" could be co-written by Scott 'Wino' Weinrich, again with a strong NOLA influence. This is a solid debut, and although it contains no surprises for me, I like to recommend it to every fan of heavy doom-laden music. Let's look forward the full-length. You can order this MCD from PsycheDOOMelic Records and take a look at the WALL OF SLEEP website for the latest news.


Glen Tillman

Man, these guys can really play. They definitely know what they're doing with a doom chord in their riff digits. After their band MOOD (doom spelled backwards) was put to rest, they resurrected their doom to form Wall fo Sleep. Four albums as MOOD taught them plenty about how to brew the Sabbath stew. They absolutely nail the morose, depressed, crushed spirit doom sound, as you might expect out of five Sabbath devotees from Hungary. No offense, but if you want to live in a country where you can cultivate your sense of abject hopelessness and eminent doom, I can't think of a better place than Hungary. Gabor's voice is absolutely doom perfection, and guitarists Sandor and Andras proudly carry on the Wino and Iommi legacy with distinction. Their version of "The Wizard" is Black Sabbath goulash with extra paprika. Doomalicious. - Glenn Tillman.


Amboss Mag 06/2003 - http://www.amboss-mag.de

Die Ungarn klingen auf ihrem 4 Track Debüt wie die unehelichen Söhne von Ozzy. Bei seinem damaligen Lebenswandel hoffe ich, hier keine Wahrheiten unwissendhaft zu verbreiten. Doomig, verwegene Gitarren treffen auf kühle, dennoch intensive Gesänge. Die Songs zwischen 6 und 8 Minuten könnten auch als perfekte Inkarnation der Siebziger durchgehen. Dass eine Band wie Black Sabbath mehr als Pate stand, beweist man mit dem gelungenen Cover von "The Wizard". Schwere Gitarren werden mit langsamer Vehemenz bleischwer in Mark und Knochen gebrannt. Sänger Holdampf Gabor (Eltern verzeichnen manchmal einen sehr subtilen Humor) begleitet die alptraumhaften Düster Eskapeden mit cleanen, hell durchdringenden Vocals. Für Fans von Black Sabbath ein Muß. (andreas)


www.scarred-for-life.de

Diese ungarische Band macht den Anfang im Label-Special. Die 4 Songs (inklusive der Sabbath-Coverversion „The Wizard“) der „Overlook The All“ Mini-CD können mich bereits auf ganzer Linie überzeugen. Der Titeltrack bahnt sich mit zähflüssigem Doom-Rock unaufhaltsam seinen Weg in den Kopf des Hörers und verschwindet daraus auch so schnell nicht mehr. „Life Lies Low“ kommt dann etwas flotter durch die Boxen und begeistert mit grossartigem Gesang, fetten Riffs (erinnert an Black Sabbaths „Children Of The Grave“), leichtfüssigen Leadmelodien als Kontrast und einem Top-Chorus. Mit dem 4 ˝ Minuten langen „Hands Of Dust“, kann man sich dann noch mal steigern und liefert hier meiner Meinung nach das beste Stück der Scheibe ab. Wirklich grosse Klasse !! Der verdammt gut interpretierte Sabbath-Klassiker „The Wizard“ setzt dann den (viel zu frühen) Schlusspunkt unter eine einzigartige CD. Bitte sehr schnell mehr davon !!!


Noize Italia:

Sono molti i gruppi che senza il fondamentale apporto creativo dei Black Sabbath non sarebbero mai esistiti. Gli ungheresi Wall Of Sleep (nati nel 2002 dalle ceneri dei Mood, doom band con all’attivo quattro album e due sette pollici) si accodano a questa nutrita schiera proponendo nel loro ep d’esordio quattro tracce di doom melodico e fragoroso, giocato sull’alternanza di ritmiche cadenzate ed intriganti trovate armoniche. A dimostrazione della totale devozione dei cinque nei confronti di Tony Iommi e soci il dischetto in questione č chiuso dalla cover della gloriosa “The wizard”, proposta in una versione fedele all’originale, con qualche accelerazione nelle parti di armonica e nelle vocals. Tuttavia, a parte i riff cupi e la voce ozziana del singer Gabor che riportano alla mente i fasti del Sabba Nero, sono molti gli spunti interessanti di questo minicd: il doom style intrapreso si avvicina molto agli stilemi degli Abdullah e degli ultimi Candlemass, vale a dire pesantezza ed oscuritŕ bilanciate da slanci melodici che danno corpo a composizioni intelligenti e mai stancanti. “Overlook the all” dimostra fin da subito quanto detto grazie ai suoi stacchi plumbei e ai suoi riff intriganti che colano come lava bollente. “Life lies low” č invece una classica cavalcata impreziosita dagli intrecci delle chitarre di Sandor e Andras, mentre la lentezza soffocante di “Hands of dust” viene smussata dalle solite, suadenti e malinconiche parti vocali.
Un nuovo inizio brillante e promettente quello dei Wall Of Sleep, merito anche della PsycheDOOMelic Records, una delle poche etichette a tenere alto il nero vessillo della musica del destino. Doom on!


LETS MAKE SOME NOISE / FINLAND - 05/2003

Unkarilaisen Wall of Sleepin esikois-ep edustaa Black Sabbath -vaikutteista doom/sludge -stereotypiaa keskinkertaisimmillaan. Perusidea ja riffit on asiankuuluvasti pöllitty Ozzylta ja kumppaneilta, kuten myös itse bändin nimi (biisistä Behind the Wall of Sleep). Vain Hands of Dust kuulostaa jokseenkin omalta sävellykseltä. Eivät nämä Wall of Sleepin nimissä tehdyt kappaleet mitään hirveätä skeidaa ole, niissä ei vaan ole mitään kiinnostavaa, paitsi jos sattuu pitämään Holdampf Gŕborin unkarilaista korostusta jotenkin eksoottisena. Miehen tekstit ovat kyllä luokattoman huonoja.

Ep:n neljännellä raidalla yhtye sortuu todelliseen mauttomuuteen ja heittää kehiin coverin Black Sabbathin The Wizardista. Genressä, joka muutenkin on olemassaolonsa velkaa tuolle hevilegendalle, tulisi välttää tällaista turhaa coveroimista. Livetilanne on asia erikseen, mutta näin mitäänsanomatonta tulkintaa ei kannattaisi levylle asti viedä.

Overlook the All ei ole järin vakuuttava taidonnäyte tältä unkarilaiselta viisikolta.

Arvosana: 2/5


Live4Metal 05/2003 -

Wall of Sleep, PsycheDOOMelic’s first Hungarian doom band on the roster, have released an EP that borrows heavily from Black Sabbath. Unfortunately, they never do a whole lot with it. The chunky guitar sound and bass heaviness try mightily but fall a bit short of a knockout punch. The four tracks are in the average-to-good range; none kill with conviction. The vocals are a less-convincing version of old school Ozzy; they don’t necessarily help the songs, but don’t hurt them either. The title track has a tough sound and moves at a brisk pace. The melodic singing mixes fairly well with some meaty guitar licks. “Life Lies Low” grooves along in standard stoner metal fashion, but left me with little to say about it beyond that. “Hands of Dust” takes you back to the 70s with a very cool sound separation, particularly the manner in which the two guitars are heard distinctly out of each channel. Yep, you guessed it; it’s a decent track, though not a memorable one. The band’s version of “The Wizard” doesn’t really add anything to the original. Ozzy’s harmonica playing sounded much better too. This one will please a good many doom fans, but inspire few. My general impression is that Wall of Sleep are more convincing on stage than in the studio. As hard as this one tries to hit you, words like standard and mediocre still come to mind.


Obliveon Magazine 05/2003

Fakten, liebe Doomsters: Wall Of Sleep stammen aus Ungarn und erheben sich aus den Überresten von Mood, der laut Info ersten ungarischen Doom-Band ever, die vier - mir leider unbekannte - Alben veröffentlicht hat und sich Ende 2001 auflöste. Die Szene-Verrückten von Psychedoomelic bieten nun mit einer 4-Song-CD namens "Overlook The All" das erste Lebenszeichen von Wall Of Sleep, die hierauf drei Midtempo-Doom-Groover (namentlich "Life Lies Low", "Hands Of Dust" sowie das titelgebende "Overlook The All") sowie eine coole Version des Black Sabbath-Smashers "The Wizard" verewigt haben. Der extrem an die ersten vier Sabbath-Gaben angelehnte Bandsound sollte jedem Doom-Maniac runtergehen wie eiskaltes Weißbier im Kohlensäurearmen, Billig-Pils verseuchten Wacken:). Falls Ihr die Silberling-EP nicht bei Euren üblichen Dealern findet, greift sie direkt bei http://www.psychedoomelic.com ab, hier gibt´s auch noch diverse andere Tonträger aus der schönen, langsamen Welt zu ergattern.


Reviews from HM portal, Italy; 05/2003

Senza infamia e senza lode questi doomsters ungheresi che ci regalano un mcd di quattro pezzi, tra cui la cover della celebre "The Wizard" dei Sabs (sicuramente il brano piů godibile del dischetto in questione). Ridotte a tre le composizioni originali, resta poco di cui parlare: per caritŕ la musica non č male e sembra derivare dai maestri Cathedral con un quid di originale che rende anche piacevoli le composizioni. Quello che manca č la zampata finale, l'artigliata alla gola che ti sbatte per terra, insomma quel non so che tale da renderli un nome da seguire invece dell'ennesima band derivativa. La voce č buona e sa ricoprire in maniera discreta il proprio ruolo, i suoni sono scarni ma in stile, il riffing č vario e ficcante, il drumming dinamico e roccioso quanto basta...ciň che č totalmente inadeguata č l'energia profusa e la capacitŕ di coinvolgere, per non parlare di una produzione davvero troppo fiacca. Insomma lě per lě nulla da eccepire, appena spento il lettore resta perň la sensazione di non essere assolutamente di fronte alla prossima big sensation, ma solo a degli onesti mestieranti che hanno ancora un lungo cammino da percorrere lungo la strada dell'originalitŕ. Molto seventies, molto catchy (sentite il chorus di "Hands of Dust", quasi Soundgardeniano), pieni di buona volontŕ... Speriamo in un full lenght molto ma molto piů malato e potente, perché al momento vedo ben poco per cui entusiasmarsi. Alla prossima e con maggiore impegno. It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll!


Soundz Online magazine / M magazine

http://www.intothesun.by.ru/dreviews/w/wallofsleep2003.html

Zhmen
Metal Music Magazine


BRAINTICKET, USA 05/2003

Wall of Sleep: Overlook the All: CDEP Ex-Mood members get together and bring us hammer crashing doom metal that’s similar to Mood but without the groove aspect. Excellent cover of Sabbath’s “The Wizard” and three originals. Morose, somber and DOOM!


TIEFGANG MUSIKMAGAZIN 05/2003

Selten habe ich eine Band gehört, deren klare Black Sabbath-Einflüsse so offensichtlich waren. Mit Wall Of Sleep verpflichten Psychedoomelic die erste ungarische Band in ihren Reihen und präsentieren die 4-Track EP "Overlook The All". Das aus den Ostblockstaaten nicht durchweg billige Kopien von renommierten Künstlern kommen, haben schon andere bewiesen. Wall Of Sleep führen dies fort und machen auf sich aufmerksam. Wenn man den angekündigten Düster-Sound ein wenig außen vor lässt und sich auf die bandspezifische Spielart konzentriert, wird man positiv überrascht. Fette Rockparts, begleitet von cleanen Vocals und einem nie stillstehendem Bass - in einen Arrangement zusammengetragen, das sowohl an frühere, als auch aktuelle Gruppen erinnert. Die Musik entwickelt sich zusehends, dabei wird nicht der gezielte Einsatz von eher untypischen Instrumenten, wie beispielsweise einer Mundharmonika, gescheut. Die Band schafft es, den schmalen Grat zwischen Frische und Schwermut zu gehen und setzt somit neue Maßstäbe in Sachen Innovation. Mir gefällt die Mischung und ich bin gespannt auf das hoffentlich bald folgende Full-Length Album.


FRANANG ZINE, FRANCE

According to the bio, W.O.S are the roster of this new label. W.O.S are rooted in the 70's Black Sabbat when they played this famous mid tempo Heavy Metal, later called Doom. So the tunes are really heavy with the 70's rocking touch and balancing drumming. The guitar have this Deep Purple/B. Sabbath gain with a fazer effect. I notice some Cathedral influences in the rhythmic and solis which give a modern approach to their Doom. The MCD ends with a Black Sabbat's cover "The Wizard". A quality Doom stuff with a good singer.


(stonerrock.com)

You want strong Sabbath rooted blues doom, you have come to the right place. This EP is no slouch on the doom scale from these Hungarian dark angels of rock... It's deep seated doom drenched classic guitar rock with melodic vocals.

All 4 songs on this EP are definitely worth the listen. It's groove after groove that reminds me of a sound between Abdullah and Solitude Aeturnus. Great hook after hook of guitar laced doom...what more can I say?

The band is tight and sounds great together, you can definitely tell these guys are serious and practice on a regular basis. Great little breaks here and there and one off guitar riffs/leads that are thrown in randomly...

Get this one of you dig Abdullah's vocals...they are one of the many highlights of this CD, and psycheDOOMelic Records is starting to carve a notch in my awareness factor, being that this is the 2nd record this week that I will give more than a few spins to from their roster...be on the lookout for this label for sure, quality doom so far.


THE ROCKTHRONE (ex Gardenia Zine), ITALY 05/2003

I WALL OF SLEEP DERIVANO ANCH'ESSI, COME I SUPERNATURAL, DA UNA COSTOLA DELLA DISCIOLTA BAND UNGHERESE MOOD E SI RIVELANO UNA STRAORDINARIA BAND CHE FA AUMENTARE SEMPRE PIŮ IL RAMMARICO DI NON AVER SENTITO I MOOD. QUESTO LORO EP D'ESORDIO INTITOLATO "OVERLOOK AT ALL" E PUBBLICATO DALLA NEONATA ETICHETTA AUSTRIACA PSYCHEDOOMELIC Č UNA GRADITISSIMA SORPRESA, UN INASPETTATO DONO PER TUTTI I DOOM FANS. LA BAND SI GIOVA DI UN SUONO DI MATRICE DOOM MESCOLATO AD ESPLOSIVI ED URTICANTI ACCENTI PSYCH CHE NE FANNO UN'INTRIGANTE MISCELA SONORA CHE MI HA RICORDATO DA VICINO E CON LE DEBITE PROPORZIONI, IL SULFUREO E FUMOSO SUONO DEGLI SPIRIT CARAVAN (RIP). I WALL OF SLEEP HANNO IN SANDOR E ANDRAS DUE OTTIMI CHITARRISTI CAPACI GRAZIE AL LORO USO SISTEMATICO ED OSSESSIVO DEL WAH-WAH DI CREARE UNO SPETTACOLARE SUONO ACIDO CHE IO HO TROVATO VERAMENTE ENTUSIASMANTE. A TRATTI EMERGE ANCHE LA NOTEVOLE INFLUENZA SABBATHIANA, TESTIMONIATA ANCHE DALL'OTTIMA COVER FINALE DI "THE WIZARD", RESA OTTIMAMENTE, MENTRE LA TITLE TRACK Č COSTRUITA SU UN FUMOSO RIFF A SPIRALE CHE SI AGGROVIGLIA ATTORNO ALLA DINAMICA SEZIONE RITMICA E CHE EMANA SULFUREE PARTICELLE PSICHEDELICHE ACCOMPAGNATE DALLA BELLA VOCE STENTOREA ED EVOCATIVA DI GABOR. "LIFE LIES LOW" POSSIEDE UN BEL RITMO MOLTO GROOVY E SI GIOVA DI SPLENDIDI SOLOS E DI UN'OTTIMA MELODIA VOCALE MENTRE "HANDS OF DUST"..........................ASSOLUTAMENTE DA TENERE D'OCCHIO PER IL FUTURO, SPERANDO SIA MIGLIORE DI QUELLO RISERVATO AI MOOD.


CD SERVICES / SCOTLAND 05/2003 (by Andy G)

WALL OF SLEEP: Overlook The All CDEP
Decidedly heavy and pretty Sabbath-y sludgy stoner, with all the usual ingredients that you'd expect from that description, only it moves at a more urgent pace and has a seriously vast depth of sound where the pounding bass and drums, seriously stoned riffs and excellent lead and overdubbed guitars light up the proceedings in a rather excellent manner. Good songs, good vocals, nothing overly cliched, and a refreshing addition to the roster.


METAL HAMMER, HUNGARY 05/2003

Már az elso hangok meggyoztek, hogy minden rendben. Jó, számítottam rá, de hát egy ido után gondolom a többség úgy van vele, hogy bizonyos bandáktól vagy emberektol minden hangnak örül, és feltétel nélkül szereti. Nekem a Mood ilyen volt. Nem az, hogy nem voltam velük kritikus - de nekem nem tudtak rosszat csinálni. Imádtam a zenéjüket, mióta eloször hallottam oket. Az ám! De még az olyan nagyon jó dolgoknak, mint a Mood is, vége szakad egyszer. És néha olyan szerencsénk van, hogy az ilyen jó dolgok valami más formában élnek tovább.

A Mood másik utódbandájáról, a Super Natural zenekarról, ahol Kolos, Tamás és Balázs folytatja, már volt szerencsém írni, hiszen elso demójuk úgy fél éve megjelent, és király. A Wall Of Sleepben itt a banda további kétötöde, Holdampf Gábor énekes és Füleki Sanyi gitáros, és volt már pár koncertjük is, melyekrol azok a szerencsések, akik ott jártak, csupa jót mondtak.

A bemutatkozó négy számos EP-rol nekem is csak jó szavaim lesznek. Mondom, ahogy a nyitó címadó megszólal, széles vigyor terül szét a régi Mood-osok arcán. Egy kicsit olyan, mintha hazaérnél, komolyan mondom. Tipikus Mood-téma, kár is tagadni. Lassabb, súlyos tétel, még leginkább a 4th Ride... lemez irányvonala, még több os-doommal (Wino összes csapata rajta hagyta a nyomát a Wall Of Sleep-en). Igazi „lassú víz partot mos”-zene. Nem siet, de mélyre hat. A Life Lies Low egy középtempós döngöléssel indul, ami a Sabbath-féle Children Of The Grave-re emlékeztet. Ez is tipikus Mood-téma amúgy, és nagyon rendben van. Viszont a totális kedvenc a hármas Hands Of Dust. Kb. olyan (szöveg és zene tekintetében is), mintha a Wombocosmic-os Circles és a címadó keveréke lenne. Szóval borongós, sötét, de óriási Hangulata van. Benne vannak azok a Gáborra olyannyira jellemzo gondolatok életrol és halálról, a zenéjétol pedig heveny lúdborzést lehet kapni. A Sabbath-tól feldolgozott, szájharmonikás The Wizard a hab a tortán. Tömény Feeling, és ha eddig nem vetted volna észre, itt biztosan felfogod, milyen királyul nyomják az arcok. Nem csak Gábor és Sándor, de Greff Andris Convoy-gitáros, Marek Feri bogos (megérdemli a Kisgízer becenevet, ha-ha!) és Szolcsányi Szabolcs dobos is. Nagyon rendben van ez a banda!

Túl nagy különbség tehát nincs a Mood és a Wall Of Sleep között. Csak utóbbi sötétebb, komorabb, még inkább jellemzi a „vissza a gyökerekhez” hozzáállás, minden téren. Oszinte, tiszta, mély zene ez, mely a maga módján nagyon emberi. Nem extrém, mégis súlyosabb, mint a legtöbb szélsoségesen zúzó banda. Talán azért, mert olyan, mint sokat megélt, idos, de erejüket nem vesztett, egyszeru, igazi emberek kezén az erek és a mélyen bevésodött vonalak; mint vénséges, de még mindig termo fák kérge, ágai. A valódi, természetes életrol szól, arról, ami benned is ott van, mélyen.

A kiadvány postai utalványon feladott 2000 Ft-ért (pkg-vel) megrendelheto: Hegedüs Márk, 9653 Répcelak, Avar u. 6/B, info@psycheDOOMelic.com, honlap: www.psycheDOOMelic.com

U.N. / 10


Quintessence Webzine, Holland 05/2003

Wall of Sleep, which obviously is a reference to the classic Sabbath song "Behind the Wall of Sleep" of the self-titled debut album, is a band from Hungary. You could say these guys are new to the scene with this debut MCD, but that`s not completely true. Some members of Wall of Sleep have been active within the doom genre for years with the band Mood, which was a very underestimated band. Due to poor distribution, Mood`s albums always have been hard to find. Now with a new band and a new label things hopefully will change. Musically these guys can be labelled as classic doom in the tradition of Black Sabbath. They even cover the song "The Wizard" by these masters of doom. The three songs from Wall of Sleep are worthwhile as well, so those into traditional doom should get this MCD immediately. It`s worth it. (PIM)


Unbroken Metal 04/2003

WALL OF SLEEP: "Overlook the All" (Psychedoomelic Records) Die gebrannte Kopie dieser EP der ungarischen Doomer (ex-Mood) läuft aus unerfindlichen Gründen auf keinem meiner beiden CD-Player, sondern nur im PC, wo ich nur mickrige Lautsprecherchen dran habe. Die Soundqualität vermag ich so nicht zu beurteilen, wohl aber die 3 eigenen Songs: große Klasse! Richtig archetypischer Doom, ohne allzu sehr an Vorbildern zu kleben. Fans von Black Sabbath, St.Vitus & Konsorten sollten WALL OF SLEEP unbedingt antesten. Leider ist der vierte Song, das Sabbath-Cover "The Wizard", etwas missglückt. Das dem Original abgeguckte Mundharmonikagetröte ist nicht nur schlecht, sondern auch null kreativ. Denke aber, es sind die eigenen Songs, auf die's hauptsächlich ankommt! Kontakt: Psychedoomelic Records, Hegedüs Mark, Mauerbachstr. 42/2/6, A-1140 Wien, www.psychedoomelic.com Rüdiger Abend: 7,5/10


ROCKINFORM, HUNGARY - 05/2003

Hegedüs Márk-féle PsycheDOOMelic kiadó ezúttal, elso "hazai termékként" a Füleki-Holdampf páros által létrehozott csapat bemutatkozó EP-jét dobta piacra. Lapunk hírrovatát figyelmesen böngészok közül sokan tudhatják, hogy ennek a rövidke korongnak pár hónappal ezelott meg kellett volna jelenni, de a Füleki számítógépén, illetve egy soproni stúdióban zajlott felvételek közt adódott technikai problémák - a basszusgitár erosíto beadta a kulcsot - miatt lelassult a négy szám felvétele. Elobbin a gitárokat és a bogot, utóbbin a dobot és az éneket rántották fel. Igaz, ha errol nem lettek volna elozetes információim, nem mondtam volna meg, hogy nem "rendes" körülmények közt készült cucc, hiszen nagyon egészségesen, arányosan szólalnak meg a komor, lassú, fegyelmezett, megható és hosszú dalok, amelyekben fellelhetok a jellegzetes, Black Sabbathon és a '70-es évek sodró Southern rockján nevelkedett bandák (Crowbar, Floodgate, Trouble, Down, COC) ízei, dallamvilága. A menetelosen induló (ala Mood Children Of Dew) Life Lies Low alattomos, megrázó riffjében pedig az os stoner Sleep-re ismerhetünk. Egyetlen negatívumként a Black Sabbath Wizardjának feldolgozását említeném meg. Ezt sem azért teszem, mert nem sikerült huen tolmácsolni az örökbecsu nótát - nagyon is jó -, hanem mert nem látom értelmét lemezen az efféle "dolognak" - éloben persze jól felfuti a hangulatot. Egy bemutatkozó kislemezen pláne. Én a helyükben egy saját számmal bombáztam volna meg a hallgatót. De ami késik, nem múlik. 21'35"
Cím: Hegedüs Márk, 9653 Répcelak, Avar u. 5/b Honlap: www.psychedoomelic.com email: info@psychedoomelic.com

-norbitam


Hellride Music 04/2003

Remember Mood? Yeah, well don't feel too bad. Not many people do outside of the cult doom enthusiast. It's hard enough getting exposure being in ANY underground doom band, let along an underground doom band from Eastern Europe. Time and the world tend to pass you by with hardly a sidelong glance. But, let me tell you, Mood ruled. Sadly, they imploded in 2001.

Well, Mood have resurrected themselves in the form of Wall of Sleep, a band which should have orthodox, 70's-based doom fans salivating with their Obsessed/Pentagram-ish compositions. We only get four songs on this one; three originals and a faithful and well executed cover of Sabbath's "The Wizard". Hardly original, but I can never get tired of that tune. All raw riff, harmonica and dodgy lyrics. Classic.

The best of the original tracks, in my humble opinion, is the ode to the unrelenting force of time in "Hands of Dust" - a great opening riff and a tremendously heavy mid-section that metaphorically can be related to the modern day mid-section of Marlon Brando... large, and solid, comprised of legendary girth and weight. The title track and "Life Lies Low" are no slouches either, each crafted like it was '72 again, serfs in the kingdom of the analog and groove.

A very nice effort by this "new" addition to the swelling ranks of doom metal. Let's hope they receive more accolades then their former band did and grant us a full length in the near future. (by Chris Barnes)