Posted December 18, 2011
Oh, Sleeper's previous album Son of the Morning was a concept album that depicted a fictional battle between God and Satan. Children of Fire is a continuation of that concept as it revolves around the aftermath of said battle in which both God and Satan suddenly disappear. The album portrays a world that can now exist without laws and judgement. We see this horror from the point of view of two characters. A religious man who now questions his faith and his athiest daughter who also begins questioning her beliefs.
Oh, Sleeper have always had the knack for creating really intricate lyrics and this album is no exception to that. We get some truly brutal imagry as they describe this lawless world and use two real life incidents to further draw us into this world. The sound compliments the story. It's just as brutal and at some points very disturbing, (the track "The Family Ruin" is probably the most disturbingly impressive track I've heard in years,) but also at certain points in the story can be beautiful and anthmatic.
Children of Fire improves on everything. The concept is fantastic, the sound is equally fantastic and showcases some originality, and the overall message gives us a real warning as to what our world is eventually coming too. This is one of the best albums of the year.
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