As with pivotal albums Blood, Sweat and No Tears (1989), Scratch the Surface (1994), and The Last Act of Defiance(2014), New York City hardcore legends Sick Of It All isn't afraid to cut the crap on Wake the Sleeping Dragon! Written and arranged with friend and producer The Jerry Farley (Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die), tracks like "Inner Vision," "Robert Moses Was A Racist," "Hardcore Horseshoe," and "The Snake (Break Free)" retain the band's signature sound but add melody, heaviness, and speed to the equation. Guest vocals by Tim McIlrath and Chuck Ragan add a new dynamic as well. Across Wake the Sleeping Dragon!'s 17 songs, Sick Of It All have an album that observes tradition but has its eye on the future. "We didn't shy away from stronger melodies on this album," drummer Armand Majidi says. "So, there are some strikingly musical moments. Basically, we chose not to limit ourselves. The songs stand apart from each other by representing many different musical styles that have influenced us."