Sleep Terror Interview
Sleep Terror is the instrumental metal project of guitarist and composer Luke Jaeger. I learnt about Sleep Terror through Acrophase, a electro metal project Luke has with Vishal J Singh (Amogh Symphony). Last month saw the release of Unihemispheria, a long awaited album from Sleep Terror followed by a short tour of the west coast of the United States of America.
I spoke to Luke via email about the album, the tour and also his future plans for the project.
You just completed a short tour of the United States. How did it feel to be back on the road again?
Luke: It felt great! Been a little bit. There are a lot of mixed emotions and experiences on the road. Passion, fear, excitement, dread, joy, exhaustion, inspiration, bliss. The combination all packed in one is definitely interesting to return to.
The live line up featured Marco Pitruzzella on drums. How did he become part of the band?
Luke: We have mutually expressed interest in joining forces to do it for a couple years now as he lives nearby me. It just seemed to be spontaneous and schedule-permitting on his end for once and solid timing before this tour.
You release your new album Unihemispheria last month. Tell us a bit about it.
Luke: I’m very proud of it and consider it the official full length I always wanted to debut.
The album has been in the works for sometime now. How long have you been working on it?
Luke: It wasn’t really a planned effort over time but rather an accumulation of songs I felt integrally fitting to the Sleep Terror sound and gelled well on a tangible release.
Unihemispheria was produced by Navene Koperweis. What was the recording process? How Iong did it take?
Luke: I basically sent him the zipped WAV files of all the isolated tracks and he did a final mix and master of the songs from there. It was a fairly quick process and turned out sounding pretty beefy!
How does it compare to your previous album Probing Tranquility?
Luke: I really disliked the production of that record but I loved the cleanliness of the album performance and of course the songs. I couldn’t compare the two very drastically, it is still Sleep Terror sound and style to the max.
You have a band Acrophase with Vishal Singh ( Amogh Symphony). What the status on the band? Any new releases planned?
Luke: It was something we wrote and recorded between 2009-2011. Really cool stuff. No releases planned but things can always change there.
Do you have any tips for upcoming guitarists?
Luke: Be yourself, express yourself without aesthetic limitations and don’t be concerned with being “better” than anyone else. Music and art is about having your own unique stamp and the rest is irrelevant. More importantly, don’t ever offer your talent to a band or person running that band that thinks it is acceptable not to pay you for your hard work and creativity.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Any more shows?
Luke: Most definitely. Recording a new 5-song EP due by Winter and definitely keeping an open mind to extensive touring to follow.
Listen to Unihemispheria below