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Sleep : Sleep's Holy Mountain

This album by this Californian band, is now considered a classic in the stoner/doom genre. On this album they are a three piece (on 'Volume One' they had a second guitarist), and show more influences from early Black Sabbath. Lyrically, they are inspired by ancient eastern civilizations and the bong culture (and what a weird combination that is).

Being weed maniacs, these guys are in some way responsible for the term 'stoner rock'. The album is crushingly heavy (they tune to C), although the production could have been better (as later on 'Jerusalem'). So the album sounds very raw, especially the guitar which makes them one of the pioneers of 'sludge metal'.

The vocals are usually low and slightly muted, they come from bassist Al Cisneros, whose bass lines are very up front and play a major role in Sleep's music, especially in the slower songs. The songs are very varied. They are usually slow, but there are some uptempo, faster parts reminiscent of Eyehategod. And the solo's are great, very bluesy and aggressive. My favorite song is the opener 'Dragonaut', of which the riff reminds a lot of 'Lord Of This World'. There is also a nice acoustic bluesy passage that gives you a brief rest between all the heavieness. The album closes with slooow instrumental 'Rain's Baptism', reminding me a lot of the mighty Winter.

Unfortunately, Sleep is no more, but there is guitarist Matt Pike's band High On Fire for all those who miss them, although they are not so doomy as Sleep. Sleep was very influential on today's bands: Acid King, Electric Wizard, Sloth and Warhorse to name a few.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dragonaut
2. The Druid
3. Evil Gypsy / Solomon's Theme
4. Some Grass
5. Aquarian
6. Holy Mountain
7. Inside The Sun
8. From Beyond
9. Rain's Baptism

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.

Visit the Sleep bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Baron-sam
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