The last year has been a tough one for most of us. Everyone of us had and will have to deal with the ramifications of the pandemic in their own ways. And we’re all waiting to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. In the following post I want to shed some light on the ongoings in the band during the past year. Although one could deem we had been inactive for the last thirteen months, we had been more productive than one might think (there actually had been phases of inertia, though).
Let’s start by going back to april 2020, when the first in a series of events occurred: our long time vocalist Schaul decided to leave the band. Luxembourg was in its first lockdown, the band put to a forced break. We had some line up changes in the past but, to be honest, it just doesn’t get easier by time. There was no bad blood involved and still every one of us is on good terms with Schaul. We had to figure out what to do. We knew it would be hard to find a new vocalist, but knowing that the band was put on hold and there wouldn’t be concerts for an unknown period of time, we decided to take our time with the search for a new voice.
Besides the task of finding a new vocalist, we had a fully recorded pre-production of our upcoming album. During that time, the definite recording had been on our schedule…and had to be rescheduled several times.
Fast forward to fall 2020. We somehow managed to record the whole thing and even a bunch more songs. Only thing missing were still the vocals. It had been around that time period, when someone contacted us, asking if we were still looking for a vocalist. We were. She goes by the name Sany. After a few zoom meetings and some file sharing of vocal ideas for the songs, we knew that we wanted to work with her. Things just wouldn’t get easier as she lives a two and a half hour drive away from us in Germany and the pandemic was still a thing. So we had to keep waiting for the opportunity to work together, presumably gathered in one physical space. We had to endure a couple more months before this could happen.
Skipping over an uneventful winter, in march 2021 we finally got to meet each other in person with Sany and we took a whole weekend for rehearsing and getting to know each other better. The chemistry was there, we felt like a complete band again the first time in ages. The energy was there and playing together felt so right.
It was the last weekend (17th april), when Sany recorded the vocals for the first four songs of our upcoming album and I can tell you, it feels good to finally see some light at the end of the tunnel after all, knowing that we’re wrapping up the album production sooner rather than later. Nonetheless, we still have no release date for the album. As we want to do a proper release show and not some half-assed online release, we still have to wait a little longer to pick up a date.
To sum things up, it was not the easiest year for us. But, with Sany on the mic, tons of new music we can’t wait to get out there, we’re finally feeling a sense of progress, like we’re back on track again. And for everyone out there who might have asked the question. Yes, we’re still here and pretty much alive 🙂
First of all we wanna thank you for all the uplifting comments towards both sides regarding Schaul‘s departure from the band! It reflects our very own attitude towards the situatioun as there are no hard feelings at all!
We never stuck our heads in the sand and we are more than ready to record some of the best material we ever wrote.
We hereby launch the search for our new vocalist.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folks, we have news for you. Schaul has decided to part ways with the band.
Here‘s what he wants to tell you:
Dear SG fan community,
I hereby announce with a heavy heart that in the future I will no longer stand behind the microphone for SG for personal reasons.
This was a difficult decision that I have struggled with for some time already.
The production for the new album is going well and I am sure that Chris, Phil, Marc and Ben will find a worthy replacement who will take the band to the next level.
I am grateful for the past 7 years in which I have been able to fulfill a lot of dreams, such as performing with bands like Amon Amarth or performing at international festivals like Metaldays.
In any case, I would like to thank all SG members who have played in the band during this time, Max, Manu, Jim, Jeff, Ben, Marc, Chris and Phil, for this incredible journey.
Look forward to the new album and continue to support SG as you have done so far!
We will definitely see each other again at one or the other concert, festival or anywhere else.
We wish him all the best for all the future endeavors he will encounter. We thank him for all that he provided to the band during the past seven years.
Like so many other musicians these days, we try to process the ongoing events into something positive, in our case, creative output.
From this week on, we release, in a spontaneous manner, more or less finished songs that are written in our times of confinement.
If you feel the itch to contribute something to the ideas, be it vocals, guitar- or even toilet seat solos, feel free to get in touch with us.
If not, you can simply listen to some brand new music.
Those songs are not intended to appear on a later Sleepers‘ Guilt album. All the ideas will be collected on our bandcamp page.
First song idea comes from Chris, who worked together with Phil on this one for the past few days. This song has no vocals nor real drums, so, if it calls to you, get in touch with us. Collaboration in any form is good in these days of isolation.
Enjoy the first song with the oh so creative title Solitude!
Like so many other events our show at Kasino Metal Nights in Trier had to be cancelled… for now!
The show will be postponed to a later date.
Stay tuned, stay healthy
You surely remember the super awesome show in an old iron mine we told you about.
Just today our friend, director Marcel Dostert (Visual Aberration), released a great rockumentary on the discovery of the Desdemonia fossil and the show we played on Saturday, November 16th 2019 in the iron mine in Rumelange in support of Desdemonia.
Find his brilliant documentary here and leave him some likes and nice comments!
Yesterday we started pre-production for our upcoming record!
Ben was the lucky one kicking-off the pre-production with some nice drum tracking at Rockhal.
Here is an impression from today:
Bass and guitars are next, so stay tuned for more news!
After 7 months of songwriting and rehearsing, we were finally ready to hit the stage again yesterday at the Luc is a Wurstkopf Fest!
Those who came to our show could already meet our new drummer. So please everybody, welcome Ben! He can’t wait to get out there and meet all of you!
Oh hello! You’re still here?! Well, so are we!
On July 13th we’ll be back with a new line up and new songs for you guys at Mix N’Kawa Bar, Belval.
Our friends from Mindpatrol will play new songs in a new line up as well, so if you wanna join us celebrating a new chapter in both bands’ careers, mark the date!
Many things occured during the last month in camp Sleepy. A band is always a quite fragile construct and as time goes by, changes need to be made to keep the project alive.
But one step at a time:
–Max, founding member and drummer for Sleepers’ Guilt left the band. We decided together to go seperate ways due to the ominous differences. We seperated in good terms without bad blood, yaddah yaddah, you know the hackneyed saying. But in our particular case, it really fits. We wish Max all the best for his future.
-So, as we are without drummer at the moment, our main priority is to find a new one. We took the decision to stop playing live for a moment now. Not only because the lack of a drummer, but also to focus on our next full lentgh album. We’ ve written a shitload of songs and we are still in the writing process. We never had so many songs written for one album. (and we’re still writing a bunch more) This time we’ll have much more choice to pick only the best songs. We’ll keep you informed on the whole process…
-Last but not least we want to welcome Marc Froehling on board as our new guitarist! He played with us live shows since juli and as time went by, the feeling was just right to take him on board.
(Pic by Katja Borns)
So there you have it. We’ll hope to complete our line up as soon as possible. The following step will be the recording of the next album. After that we’ll be ready to hit the road again.
Wow, you didn’t hear from us for quite some time!
Where to start…?
Metaldays: we’ve had an amazing time in Slovenia! You can find nice pictures of our daily trips on our Facebook page, as well as on our Instagram profile! Playing the main stage has been an incredible experience! Thank you Metaldays and you, the people that showed up to make this unforgettable!
Songwriting: Hell yes! We’ve done really nice progress with songwriting and a few first demos have been recorded. You can already hear three new songs at our live shows and more will be added in a not so distant future!
Next shows: No rest for the wicked; we’ll head out to play shows and meet you guys very soon! Here are the dates for our upcoming gigs:
- 08.09.2018: Metal Embrace Festival – Barleben (D)
- 22.09.2018: ExHaus Metal & Hardcore Fest – Trier (D)
- 13.10.2018: Bang Your Head Revisited – St.Wendel (D)
See you guys on the road! 🤘🏻
After Phil, Chris tracking the lead guitars. While waiting for some more updates, you can watch the video below:
We decided to record two songs. It feels to be back at it and breathe some studio air. More details about those two songs will follow soon.
On the pic you can see Phil tracking his bass.
And most important thanks to all our fans out there!!! Without you this would not be possible 🙂
We will be busy over winter to prepare new stuff for you guys and we are looking forward to see you all again in 2018!
Throw forward thursday!Looking forward to every single show in our summer run.
We are more than excited to announce that we will support the mighty Iced Earth on 13th July 2017! We’ll support them along with Elysian Gates
Today, one year ago, we released our double album Kilesa. We had a very exciting year since then and we are looking forward to next year!
We’re playing on the anniversary edition of the Tattoofest in Nijverdal. We are looking forward to go back to the Netherlands!
We provided a bag full of goodies for Metalheadz for Haiti!
So excited to share this one with you! If you are planning to visit Metal Days 2017, you can purchase your tickets directly from us and it would be a huge support for us. So get in touch, we (normally) don’t bite!
Next saturday, 12th november at 21h30 we play our showcase at the Sonic Visions festival!