Sleeping world? No way! The young quintet Coal & Crayon from the Baltic island of Rügen makes sure that it doesn't happen in the first place. The musicians, influenced by Chimaira, Metallica and Pantera, start with courageous metal attacks into the opener "Ghost Bereft Of Path", to which John Killies puts his unmistakable stamp with his powerful organ. Also in "Shipwrecked" Coal & Crayon drive the harder track, but break it open half way with airy floating sounds. The same stylistic device also gives the neck breaker "Harbor" the necessary variety, whereby even an accordion is used, before the band starts to crack the finish. But the people of Rügen can also do differently: Robert Lefold and Norman Gäthke conjure up a guitar gem with "Upstream The Acheron", which with its ambivalent harmony explores the mystery of the second Greek river of death. The concluding "Into The Brook" is the only song in which Coal & Crayon act a bit too trendy with clean vocals plus roar vocals. Nevertheless "World Asleep" is a very strong debut CD.
Top track: Harbor