“THIS is the album that will make these up-and-comers become a household name in the core world and will absolutely wake you from sleeping.”
– Soundfiction

“Combining throbbing electronics with devastating metalcore fury, Sleep Waker examine humanity, technology and the soul on this vicious sophomore record.”
– Rock Sound

“For their first label offering, and second release, this is a well-produced, well written album with some killer heavy grooves.”
– Heavy Mag

“‘Alias’ has got a depth to it which puts it ahead of the competition. 8/10.”
– Distorted Sound


Grand Rapids natives Sleep Waker — comprising guitarists Jake Impellizzeri and Jason Caudill, vocalist Hunter Courtright, drummer Frankie Mish, and bassist Aaron Lutas — share the video for the title track of their new album Alias (watch below), out now via UNFD.



“‘Alias’ is the final piece of the album,” offers Mish. “It’s the culmination of years of work from us, and concepts that have slowly been building since the beginning of the band. We specifically wanted this song to hit all the points on this album and really show the evolution. By the time you get to ‘Distance’, the final song, you’ve come full circle and really feel the journey and full breath of the songs.”


This concept is mirrored in the music video. Mish explains, “Our music videos have always had a conceptual B story — even the playthroughs. We hope that now one of the final pieces has been revealed, we’ll be transitioning into a new chapter of Sleep Waker as a whole.”


More about the ‘Alias’ album:
Alias, which follows Sleep Waker’s 2017 debut EP Lost In Dreams and the 2018 full-length Don’t Look at the Moon, is the sort of album that asks listeners to examine who we are, how we quantify our reality, and what it means to be alive. Although rooted in many of the same conceptual themes and ideas that gave the band their successful start in 2017, this time they’re diving even deeper. This time, it’s not just conceptual exploration. This time, it’s personal.


The band draws inspiration from the dream-like surrealism of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks series, and futuristic sci-fi movies The MatrixBlade RunnerGhost In The Shell and Japanese sci-fi anime series Cowboy Bebop.


In a world of synthetic reality, AR, VR and simulation theory, questioning whether we’re really awake or just experiencing a construct of reality can no longer be dismissed as a crackpot notion. We don’t yet know enough about the wider universe to definitively answer many of life’s biggest questions. So as the lines between life, art, and experience become ever more blurred, why shouldn’t Sleep Waker blend pop culture with their own personal realities? And yet, in amongst all of these otherworldly sci-fi settings and lofty ideas, you have incredibly heavy, very real, and hard-hitting sentiments. 


Alias is out now via UNFD. Sleep Waker is: Hunter Courtright (vocals), Jake Impellizerri(guitar), Jason Caudill (guitar), Frankie Mish (drums) and Aaron Lutas (bass).





1. Alias
2. Skin
3. Strangers
4. Cold Moon
5. Melatonin
6. Insomniac
7. 110 Minutes
8. Serenity
9. Synthetic Veins
10. Distance



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