I must admit that I am not familiar with the music of the melodic hardcore band, Sleeping Giant, but after listening to their latest album, “Kingdom Days in an Evil Age”, I find their music to be quite inspiring and mature. The name Sleeping Giant immediately evokes the image of a malicious beast lying in wait for helpless victims; consequently, the music of this album would be an ideal soundtrack for film depicting the epic battle that takes place between Grendel and Beowulf. The name of the album does bring to mind the spiritual war that ensues between good and evil. “Evil” is so pervasive… it is all around us. Even the divine kingdom finds difficulty standing in its presence.
“Kingdom Days in an Evil Age” begins with a blast beat track entitled “Throne Room Militance.” This intro immediately hurls you into a scene filled with blood and violent screams. The piece is quick, brutal, and ends abruptly; it is followed by “Dead Men Walking” a darker track that incorporates a harsh mixture of aggressive guitars and Green’s thrash vocals.