There's really not much of a comparison to any band I can think of that makes sense here. Sleepwave hits with a more industrial rock sound. You can hear the influence of the hardcore scene mixed in with the sound of bands like Nine Inch Nails or even newer Linkin Park. Yet as I said while the influence can be heard, the comparisons are not fair. Sleepwave is a unique beast all their own. Heavy on the use of electronics, it works, they never feel over used or cheesy. The guitar work is interesting enough to keep you listening, the drumming is a bit on the bland side but works with the style. Let's be honest the real star is frontman Spencer Chamberlain, which is about 90% of the reason anyone is interested in Sleepwave. That's not a slight to the other band members who work so well, but more praise to Spencer. This is really the first time he's shown off his range as a singer and not just a screamer.
If I have any real criticism for this album it's that at times it can feel a bit bland. Not that it feels generic, there's not much out there like this, but there's a lot of predictable transitions and some boring riffs and beats. All of that I can easily forgive because this is a debut from the band as well as that is only really noticeable on a few tracks. Honestly though it's nitpicking, it never detracts from the album as a whole.
Sleepwave is another band where you may need to catch amnesia or at least set all expectations at the door. For one thing if you come in expecting Underoath you'll be disappointed. If you come in expecting metalcore or hardcore you'll be disappointed. Sleepwave is an interesting band to say the least and Broken Compass is just the first chapter. Overall this album is a solid start and I for one can't wait to hear more.