From Bored Bear Recordings (www.http://boredbear.wordpress.com/):
Mixing HNW and Harsh Noise in his own inimitable style, Sleep of Ages provides an aural soundtrack for his take on Pepla movies from the 50′s and 60′s. Pulsing static HNW sits alongside gloriously full-sounding HN complimenting the violence and power struggles that one would imagine the movies are about, epitomised in the album’s HNW centerpiece Glory Comes Hard at the Arena. Never a truer word has been spoken. Comes with beautiful yellow artwork.
From Musique Machine Magazine (www.musiquemachine.com/reviews/reviews_template.php?id=3244):
Sleep Of Ages - Sword and Sandals [Bored Bear Recordings - 2011]
“Sword and Sandals” is another very distinctive & creative mixture of: HNW, Harsh noise and harmonic/ atmospheric electro texturing from this great Peplum or Sword-and-Sandal movies influenced project that comes from São Paulo, Brazil.
On offer here is a full length Cdr that features eight tracks in all, with each track last between just over a minute to coming up for the eleven minute mark a piece. To me this release seems a bit more HNW & thick harsh noise bound compared with the projects debut album “Peplum”, which was a little more varied and mixed in it’s brewing of Harsh noise , juddering and blown out Sword-and-Sandal movie soundtrack samples, HNW texturing and harmonic/ atmospheric electro texturing. But please don’t take that as a criticism( hell I can’t ever get enough HNW), it’s just the tracks here seem mainly a lot thicker & textured in there feel- with most of the tracks doing a great balance act between big ‘n’ thick sounding harsh noise and brutal yet creative HNW texturing
Though that’s not to saying the project more harmonic & atmospheric edges don’t appear much, take “Immortals, Mortals And Mythologicals” which features this great, eerier and brutally mixture of shunting harsh noise judders & chilling harmonic feed-back sears. Or the last track “Requiem For Cottafavi” with it’s haunting & wavering mixture of piercing yet atmospheric feed-back pitches & electro pulse dwells
All told “Sword and Sandals” is another wholly rewarding and original slice of noise making from this great Brazilian project- I really cant wait to hear what Seep Of Ages do next!.
Rating: 4 out of 5