While She Sleeps to release debut album on vinyl

As While She Sleeps prepare to play the biggest headline show of their career to date at Alexandra Palace on 23rd September, the Sheffield metalcore heroes now go back to where it all began with the news that their debut album This Is The Six will receive its first ever vinyl release via Music For Nations on 22nd September. Now available to pre-order here, the album will be pressed on 180 gram white vinyl and packaged in a gatefold sleeve.

Originally released in 2012, This Is The Six saw While She Sleeps begin to fulfil the immense potential that they had demonstrated with their previous EP The North Stands For Nothing. Infusing their visceral, ferocious metal and hardcore roots with an innate ability to appeal to a broader audience, the record set the band on the path to where they are today. They subsequently toured with the likes of Architects, Parkway Drive and Asking Alexandria, and won the prestigious Kerrang! Award for Best British Newcomer. Numerous tracks from the album remain fan favourites to this day, including “Seven Hills”, the title track, “Our Courage, Our Cancer” and “False Freedom”.

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The line-up that recorded This Is The Six remains the same as it is today: Lawrence Taylor (vocals), Sean Long (guitar), Mat Welsh (guitar), Aaran McKenzie (bass) and Adam Savage (drums).

Mat Welsh reflects upon his memories of making the album:

Stepping into a “real” studio to record your first full-length album is a feeling I’ll never forget. The writing process was a blur, a mix of excitement and anxiety on how to follow The North Stands For Nothing EP, with the first full-length album, released on a major label and on a level we’d never experienced before. We met with Carl Bown (who we are still working with 12 years later) and Colin Richardson to make the record, they had a history of amazing albums.

We threw everything we had into it, with no boundaries. Writing like our lives depended on it. We’ve always been searching to create music that fills our own personal void, the music we’re searching for but can’t find. I feel like we achieved that, it sounded like the five of us and this collection of music has made us who we are. It doesn’t sound like anyone else and it’s an essential part of why we’re still here today. After twelve years it’s really special for us to finally welcome it to the vinyl collection, as an integral part of our history.

This Is the Six tracklisting:

  1. Dead Behind the Eyes
  2. False Freedom
  3. Satisfied in Suffering
  4. Seven Hills
  5. Our Courage, Our Cancer
  6. This Is the Six
  7. The Chapel
  8. Be(lie)ve
  9. Until the Death
  10. Love at War
  11. The Plague of a New Age
  12. Reunite

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Very limited tickets remain available here for While She Sleeps’ Alexandra Palace show. They will then play select shows around Europe before hitting China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand in December.

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