SLEEP
Doom Metal • United States

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
SLEEP picture
After an overlooked debut, Sleep released a well-received follow-up, Sleep's Holy Mountain, in 1992 on Earache. The record had obvious Black Sabbath influences, and has been described as 'the best Black Sabbath never wrote.'

The success of Sleep's Holy Mountain landed Sleep a contract with a larger record company (London), who paid up front for Sleep's next record. As the story goes, Sleep went out and spent all the money on Orange amplifiers and marijuana (although this is denied by the band), then went on to record what is easily one of both stoner rock and doom metal's defining moments; the 1 hour long Dopesmoker.

London refused to publish the record, and Sleep privately released a somewhat shortened version of the song (as a bootleg) in 1998 as Jerusalem before splitting up. Jerusalem was properly released in 1999, however it took until 2003 for Dopesmoker to be released
read more...
Thanks to Prog Geo, tupan for the updates

SLEEP MP3, Free Download/Stream

No SLEEP MP3s available for streaming.

SLEEP Online Videos

No SLEEP online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy SLEEP music

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
To The Wind - Block Out The Sun & And Sleep (NEW CD) To The Wind - Block Out The Sun & And Sleep (NEW CD) USD $16.97 Buy It Now 34m
CRYSTAL GAYLE - Talking in your sleep - 1978 UA US 7 CRYSTAL GAYLE - Talking in your sleep - 1978 UA US 7" USD $11.19 Buy It Now 37m
Sleep Sound In Jesus, Lullabies For Baby, Cassette In Great Cond. Sleep Sound In Jesus, Lullabies For Baby, Cassette In Great Cond. USD $0.99 (0 bids)
USD $4.00 Buy It Now
37m
DONNA QUAVE CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP LET THE PARTY BE 45RPM DONNA QUAVE CRYING IN YOUR SLEEP LET THE PARTY BE 45RPM USD $12.00 Buy It Now 46m
The Inspirations The Inspirations "When I Wake Up To Sleep" SEALED NM LP USD $24.99 Buy It Now 53m
MOTORHEAD - NO SLEEP 'TIL HAMMERSMITH 1st PL Press BUY UP TO 4 & PAY SHIPP FOR 1 MOTORHEAD - NO SLEEP 'TIL HAMMERSMITH 1st PL Press BUY UP TO 4 & PAY SHIPP FOR 1 USD $4.90 Buy It Now 57m
Michael Card - Sleep Sound In Jesus CD UMGD/SPARROW Michael Card - Sleep Sound In Jesus CD UMGD/SPARROW USD $17.04 Buy It Now 58m
John Daniels - Meditations For A Good Nights Sleep CD John Daniels - Meditations For A Good Nights Sleep CD USD $16.13 Buy It Now 1h 3s
Clayhill - Halfway Across - 7 Clayhill - Halfway Across - 7" Vinyl Record Eat Sleep Records USD $14.90 Buy It Now 1h 35s
Baroque For Beauty Sleep CD Baroque For Beauty Sleep CD USD $8.61 Buy It Now 1h 1m
Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep CD Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep CD USD $26.45 Buy It Now 1h 3m
Chris & Michael Daves Thile - Sleep With One Eye Open CD Chris & Michael Daves Thile - Sleep With One Eye Open CD USD $17.65 Buy It Now 1h 3m
Danko Jones - Sleep Is The Enemy CD Danko Jones - Sleep Is The Enemy CD USD $14.54 Buy It Now 1h 5m
David Ison - Sleep CD David Ison - Sleep CD USD $12.17 Buy It Now 1h 6m
David Ison - Ison Sleep System 2.0 CD David Ison - Ison Sleep System 2.0 CD USD $14.86 Buy It Now 1h 6m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Music For Sleep CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Music For Sleep CD USD $33.12 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Sleep & Rejuvenation: Delta-Brainwave CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Sleep & Rejuvenation: Delta-Brainwave CD USD $14.56 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Delta Sleep System CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Delta Sleep System CD USD $14.65 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Delta Sleep System 2.0 CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Delta Sleep System 2.0 CD USD $14.65 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Armor For Sleep - Dream To Make Believe CD (2003) Emo / Rock / Alternative Armor For Sleep - Dream To Make Believe CD (2003) Emo / Rock / Alternative USD $7.46 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Soothing Music For Sleep CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Soothing Music For Sleep CD USD $14.56 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Peaceful Music For Sleep CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Peaceful Music For Sleep CD USD $14.56 Buy It Now 1h 7m
Steven Halpern - Your Best Music For Sleep CD Steven Halpern - Your Best Music For Sleep CD USD $17.41 Buy It Now 1h 8m
Badun - Last Night Sleep CD Badun - Last Night Sleep CD USD $24.13 Buy It Now 1h 15m
Only Ones - Big Sleep CD Only Ones - Big Sleep CD USD $15.85 Buy It Now 1h 18m
Braid/ balance and composure split. No Sleep sub /200 Braid/ balance and composure split. No Sleep sub /200 USD $13.98 (0 bids)
1h 20m
Raffertie - Sleep Of Reason CD Raffertie - Sleep Of Reason CD USD $16.63 Buy It Now 1h 26m
ROBERT GORDON with LINK WRAY- ENDLESS SLEEP ROCKABILLY 12 ROBERT GORDON with LINK WRAY- ENDLESS SLEEP ROCKABILLY 12" USD $8.27 Buy It Now 1h 28m
JEFFREY THOMPSON - MUSIC FOR SLEEP NEW CD JEFFREY THOMPSON - MUSIC FOR SLEEP NEW CD USD $39.10 Buy It Now 1h 29m
JEFFREY THOMPSON /  HARMONIX ENSEMBLE - SOOTHING MUSIC FOR SLEEP NEW CD JEFFREY THOMPSON / HARMONIX ENSEMBLE - SOOTHING MUSIC FOR SLEEP NEW CD USD $17.35 Buy It Now 1h 29m
Lowlife : Permanent Sleep/Rain CD (2006) Lowlife : Permanent Sleep/Rain CD (2006) USD $10.00 Buy It Now 1h 30m
El-P - ILl Sleep When YouRe Dead CD El-P - ILl Sleep When YouRe Dead CD USD $17.33 Buy It Now 1h 30m
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Music To Change Your Brain: Deep Sleep CD Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Music To Change Your Brain: Deep Sleep CD USD $30.53 Buy It Now 1h 30m
Sleep When I'm Dead [Single] by The Cure (CD, 2008, Suretone) Sleep When I'm Dead [Single] by The Cure (CD, 2008, Suretone) USD $2.99 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Parachute - Losing Sleep CD Parachute - Losing Sleep CD USD $13.36 Buy It Now 1h 32m
You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep CD UMGD/ASTRALWERKS You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep CD UMGD/ASTRALWERKS USD $14.83 Buy It Now 1h 32m
Michael Cashmore - Sleep England CD Michael Cashmore - Sleep England CD USD $20.43 Buy It Now 1h 34m
Sleep Well Mon Tresor CD Sleep Well Mon Tresor CD USD $17.32 Buy It Now 1h 34m
Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain CD BELLA UNION Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain CD BELLA UNION USD $15.33 Buy It Now 1h 34m
Adam & Bolts Of Melody Franklin - I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years CD Adam & Bolts Of Melody Franklin - I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years CD USD $17.80 Buy It Now 1h 35m
Helen Rhodes - Ambiente Sleep CD Helen Rhodes - Ambiente Sleep CD USD $16.08 Buy It Now 1h 35m
Seven Sisters Of Sleep - Opium Morals CD Seven Sisters Of Sleep - Opium Morals CD USD $12.72 Buy It Now 1h 35m
Lifestyle: Wellbeing - Deep Sleep CD Lifestyle: Wellbeing - Deep Sleep CD USD $17.56 Buy It Now 1h 35m
SANTO & JOHNNY - Sleep Walk (reissue) - 7 SANTO & JOHNNY - Sleep Walk (reissue) - 7" USD $12.00 Buy It Now 1h 36m
Big Sleep - Sleep Forever CD Big Sleep - Sleep Forever CD USD $11.58 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Dustin Cavazos - In & Out Of Sleep CD Dustin Cavazos - In & Out Of Sleep CD USD $19.01 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Big Sleep - Son Of The Tiger CD FRENCH KISS RECORDS Big Sleep - Son Of The Tiger CD FRENCH KISS RECORDS USD $11.58 Buy It Now 1h 37m
R.R. Bennett - Songs Before Sleep CD R.R. Bennett - Songs Before Sleep CD USD $22.16 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Frolic - To Dream Perchance To Sleep CD Frolic - To Dream Perchance To Sleep CD USD $18.61 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Mark A & Johnson Michaels - Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep CD Mark A & Johnson Michaels - Ananda Nidra: Blissful Sleep CD USD $20.37 Buy It Now 1h 37m
Night Beds - Country Sleep CD Night Beds - Country Sleep CD USD $16.83 Buy It Now 1h 38m
Is & Of The - Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep CD Is & Of The - Heads Phased For Dreamless Sleep CD USD $17.24 Buy It Now 1h 39m
Anando - Sleep Deep CD Anando - Sleep Deep CD USD $18.29 Buy It Now 1h 40m
Sleep [CD 2] Sleep [CD 2] USD $4.08 Buy It Now 1h 41m
David & Steve Gordon - Pillow Music-Natural Deep Sleep CD David & Steve Gordon - Pillow Music-Natural Deep Sleep CD USD $18.29 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep CD Twenty Centuries Of Stony Sleep CD USD $20.75 Buy It Now 1h 42m
Color Filter - Sleep In A Synchrontron CD Color Filter - Sleep In A Synchrontron CD USD $17.83 Buy It Now 1h 43m
Curtains For You - After Nights Without Sleep CD Curtains For You - After Nights Without Sleep CD USD $16.87 Buy It Now 1h 45m
Aromatherapy Series - Soothing Sleep CD Aromatherapy Series - Soothing Sleep CD USD $19.38 Buy It Now 1h 45m
Body & Soul - Restful Sleep CD Body & Soul - Restful Sleep CD USD $15.66 Buy It Now 1h 45m
MYSTICUM Demons Never Sleep CD Ulver Mayhem Zyklon Thorns MYSTICUM Demons Never Sleep CD Ulver Mayhem Zyklon Thorns USD $13.99 Buy It Now 1h 46m
SLEEP WELL MON TRESOR / VARIOUS NEW CD SLEEP WELL MON TRESOR / VARIOUS NEW CD USD $20.77 Buy It Now 1h 49m
War Against Sleep - Messages CD War Against Sleep - Messages CD USD $17.19 Buy It Now 1h 49m
Sleep - Dopesmoker CD SOUTHERN LORD Sleep - Dopesmoker CD SOUTHERN LORD USD $16.00 Buy It Now 1h 49m
Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt CD Frank Zappa - Sleep Dirt CD USD $17.01 Buy It Now 1h 50m
DJ Signify - Sleep No More CD DJ Signify - Sleep No More CD USD $15.63 Buy It Now 1h 51m
Sleep - Vol. 2-Sleep CD Sleep - Vol. 2-Sleep CD USD $15.77 Buy It Now 1h 51m
Ian Cameron Smith - Guided Meditation For Sleep CD Ian Cameron Smith - Guided Meditation For Sleep CD USD $18.29 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Suzanne Ciani - Meditations For Dreams Relaxation & Sleep CD Suzanne Ciani - Meditations For Dreams Relaxation & Sleep CD USD $17.89 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever CD Crocodiles - Sleep Forever CD USD $16.35 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Twitching Tongues - Sleep Therapy CD Twitching Tongues - Sleep Therapy CD USD $13.60 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Alt-Ctrl-Sleep CD Alt-Ctrl-Sleep CD USD $20.14 Buy It Now 1h 52m
Alt Ctrl Sleep - Earth Lens CD Alt Ctrl Sleep - Earth Lens CD USD $20.24 Buy It Now 1h 53m
Seabound - Vol. 2-No Sleep Demon CD Seabound - Vol. 2-No Sleep Demon CD USD $18.29 Buy It Now 1h 53m
Randy Mcallister - Crappy Food No Sleep A Van & Some CD Randy Mcallister - Crappy Food No Sleep A Van & Some CD USD $19.85 Buy It Now 1h 54m
Apostate - Trapped In A Sleep CD Apostate - Trapped In A Sleep CD USD $14.69 Buy It Now 1h 54m
Ateriavia - Regarding The Midwest: Sleep CD Ateriavia - Regarding The Midwest: Sleep CD USD $11.85 Buy It Now 1h 55m
Rage Against The Machine - Sleep now in the fire- red vinyl, limited edition Rage Against The Machine - Sleep now in the fire- red vinyl, limited edition USD $10.00 (0 bids)
1h 57m
Amy Speace - How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD Amy Speace - How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat CD USD $15.15 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Paul Wall - No Sleep Til Houston CD Paul Wall - No Sleep Til Houston CD USD $14.83 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Spocks Beard - Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep CD INSIDE OUT Spocks Beard - Brief Nocturnes & Dreamless Sleep CD INSIDE OUT USD $18.22 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Copeland - Eat Sleep Repeat CD Copeland - Eat Sleep Repeat CD USD $17.11 Buy It Now 1h 59m
Butcher The Bar - Sleep At Your Own Speed CD Butcher The Bar - Sleep At Your Own Speed CD USD $19.45 Buy It Now 2h 12s
78rpm HARRY SECOMBE none shall sleep tonight / when stars were shining brightly 78rpm HARRY SECOMBE none shall sleep tonight / when stars were shining brightly USD $24.87 Buy It Now 2h 45s
Snakadaktal - Sleep In The Water CD Snakadaktal - Sleep In The Water CD USD $35.46 Buy It Now 2h 3m
BILLY BREMNER & FASTBUCK - ENDLESS SLEEP     7 BILLY BREMNER & FASTBUCK - ENDLESS SLEEP 7" VINYL USD $11.59 Buy It Now 2h 11m
Sleep Baby Sleep & roll on Silvery Moon by Frank Kamplain(Grey Gull (4038) Sleep Baby Sleep & roll on Silvery Moon by Frank Kamplain(Grey Gull (4038) USD $2.99 Buy It Now 2h 12m
Moire - Never Sleep Vinyl Record Moire - Never Sleep Vinyl Record USD $18.05 Buy It Now 2h 12m
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound - When Sweet Sleep Returned Vinyl Record Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound - When Sweet Sleep Returned Vinyl Record USD $19.72 Buy It Now 2h 13m
Night Beds - Country Sleep Vinyl Record Night Beds - Country Sleep Vinyl Record USD $22.62 Buy It Now 2h 13m
Beartrap - Sleep Eradication 7-Inch Single Vinyl Record Beartrap - Sleep Eradication 7-Inch Single Vinyl Record USD $10.91 Buy It Now 2h 14m
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever Vinyl Record Crocodiles - Sleep Forever Vinyl Record USD $21.97 Buy It Now 2h 15m
Beethoven at Bedtime:  A Gentle Prelude to Sleep CD Symphony No.2 Moonlight Beethoven at Bedtime: A Gentle Prelude to Sleep CD Symphony No.2 Moonlight USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2h 28m
Bucks Fizz - Bucks Fizz - "Talking In Your Sleep FIZ2 7" VINYL RECORD EX/VG T1 USD $4.46 Buy It Now 2h 29m
Frank Sinatra I Couldn't Sleep 1957 45rpm EP w sleeve Frank Sinatra I Couldn't Sleep 1957 45rpm EP w sleeve USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2h 29m
BIC RUNGA get some sleep CD 2 track b/w busting through cso live version (674548 BIC RUNGA get some sleep CD 2 track b/w busting through cso live version (674548 USD $8.27 Buy It Now 2h 30m
Showing all 100 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com
Amazon (logo)
Sleeps Holy MountainSleeps Holy Mountain
Import
Earache UK 2008
Audio CD$8.70
$7.45 (used)
DopesmokerDopesmoker
Southern Lord 2012
Audio CD$8.57
$8.25 (used)
Showing 2 items | Cache expiring in 72h | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com

More places to buy metal & SLEEP music

SLEEP Discography

SLEEP albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Volume One
Doom Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.69 | 8 ratings
Sleep's Holy Mountain
Doom Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.99 | 3 ratings
Jerusalem
Doom Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.94 | 10 ratings
Dopesmoker
Doom Metal 2003

SLEEP EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Doom Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Volume Two
Doom Metal 1992

SLEEP live albums

SLEEP demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SLEEP boxset & compilations

SLEEP singles (1)

.. Album Cover
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Clarity
Doom Metal 2014

SLEEP movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

SLEEP Reviews

SLEEP Dopesmoker

Album · 2003 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Time Signature
Sonic titan...

Genre: doom metal

With a band name like Sleep and an album title like Dopesmoker any connoisseur of doom metal – even if he or she was unfamiliar with Sleep – would be able to infer that this release contains music that probably fits very well into the stoner doom genre.

And, lo and behold, it does. Containing one track only (plus a very badly produced 11 minutes long live bonus track), which clocks in at 63 minutes (and, according to the promo material, has quite a history of writing, label rejection, rewriting, more rejection, renaming, rewriting, shelving etc.), Dopesmoker takes the listener on a journoey through a landscape of slow and heavy riffs, crunchy guitars, heavy but dynamic drums, and a big, fat, round bass, all of which is shrouded in a thick cloud of hashish-infused intervert atmosphere. The main source of inspiration – and the nearest comparable artists – appear to be early Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Saint Vitus (Sleep even make used of Iommi-styled double guitar blues-based solos).

Needless to say, 63 minutes of pure stoner doom is somewhat of a challenge to the uninitiated, and I can imagine that even some seasoned doom metal fans will need to just pause the album for a couple of minutes at the time. However, while the uninitiated may find this album monotonous and boring, people who understand doom metal will ultimately be able to appreciate the subtleties in variation and Sleep's use of heavy doom-laden riffs and the power of variation. In other words, all the aesthetics that define quality doom metal are there.

Seasoned fans of doom, stoner and sludge metal should definitely check out Sleep's Dopesmoker, but if you are new to the doom metal genre, you should probably save the release for later and go for some less dense and hypnotic releases. In any case, Dopesmoker is dark and heavy and strikes a perfect balance between the darkness of doom metal and the psychedelia of stoner rock.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

SLEEP Dopesmoker

Album · 2003 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
This audacious doom metal classic was previously released in a truncated form as Jerusalem, and there were a couple of extremely rare bootleg and promo releases preceding that; according to the band, no version which exist is quite identical to the one they submitted to their label for release, but this is the one which comes the closest. The title track, an hour long ode to weed which compares the experience of the drug with a holy pilgrimage and exhorts the listener to "drop out of life with bong in hand", takes the premises of stoner doom to an absolutely lunatic extreme, and does so whilst laying down some of the heaviest and slowest riffs ever recorded outside of full-on drone doom.

It'd an ambitious experiment, but it actually works - and you don't have to toke up to enjoy it. The slow, hypnotic pace of the track really does work best when it unfolds over the full hour, and the inclusion of the live track Sonic Titan as a little bonus at the end of the disc is the cherry on the cake. It's a shame that their record label, after hyping up the creative freedom they would have, balked at releasing this album for so long; unlike many legendary "lost albums", this one really does live up to its reputation as the band's best and most iconic work.

SLEEP Sleep's Holy Mountain

Album · 1993 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Warthur
Apparently, the recordings on Holy Mountain were demos recorded by Sleep in the hopes of landing a contract with Earache - and Earache turned around and released them as-is. Whilst it's nice that they had such confidence in the band, I can't help but think giving them the opportunity to have a crack at recording these songs with a professional budget would have been better in the long run - whilst Holy Mountain is an impressive appropriation of the Black Sabbath sound it does suffer from rather average-to-mediocre sound quality and production. We know from Dopesmoker (AKA Jerusalem) just how crushingly heavy Sleep could be when they had proper studio time; it's a shame they never had the chance to apply that to these songs.

SLEEP Dopesmoker

Album · 2003 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Jerusalem by Sleep is an album with a very interesting history, released posthumously after the band’s demise in different forms none of which were the exact version the band intended upon releasing. Jerusalem was the first version to surface for commercial release in 1999 and Dopesmoker, a version closer to the band’s original plan found commercial release in 2003.

Which ever version you choose, it is really down to personal preference as they are both slightly different versions of not just the one album but the one song (discounting bonus tracks of course) I personally find Jerusalem to be a little better, it is edited and mixed to be slightly easier going on the listener, more like a normal song. If you are in this for the intensity of the experience however, Dopesmoker may be more for you.

The album consists of one track, almost an hour long, with very few vocals and lyrics about a caravan transporting cannabis across the desert. Read that sentence a few times, and that will be all you need to know as to whether or not this album is for you. One track. Almost an hour. Cannabis Caravan.

When I first heard about the album, I was very excited. I am a fan of a lot of 1970s prog rock bands who wrote 20 minute songs often and occasionally a few, like Jethro Tull who would write entire albums out of just one song. I am also a fan of Stoner Rock and the thought of combining the two seemed like an amazing idea.

The album is certainly amazing, a very intense and challenging experience with a hypnotic quality to it. It takes a few minutes before the drums even kick in and the band jam out each riff for minutes on end, trying a variety of drum beats under almost every one, going minutes on end without any vocals and then doing it all over again once the vocals come in, then doing it all yet again with guitar solos.

When prog bands wrote an album out of one song, they only really had forty minutes to cover because of vinyl. The extra twenty minutes makes Sleep’s effort all the crazier. Furthermore, prog bands wrote entire albums out of one song by filling them with hundreds and hundreds of ideas; with acoustic sections, piano sections, fast bits, slow bits, theme and variation and all the bells and whistles the could attach. If they had lyrics they would often tell some epic story to capture your imagination.

Sleep deliver the experience with about six or seven riffs in the whole song, the only paces to be found are slow, slower and funereal. The vocals are monotone and though the lyrics technically do tell a story, they are so few and far between that it doesn’t drive the record. The lack of variety is impressive (or horrible depending on your personal taste.)

To summarize, Jerusalem/Dopesmoker won’t be to everyone’s tastes, it is very challenging but a really unique experience. Its heavy, with absolutely massive riffs too, in case you thought otherwise. If you like the idea, definitely give it a shot.

SLEEP Jerusalem

Album · 1999 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Jerusalem by Sleep is an album with a very interesting history, released posthumously after the band’s demise in different forms none of which were the exact version the band intended upon releasing. Jerusalem was the first version to surface for commercial release in 1999 and Dopesmoker, a version closer to the band’s original plan found commercial release in 2003.

Which ever version you choose, it is really down to personal preference as they are both slightly different versions of not just the one album but the one song (discounting bonus tracks of course) I personally find Jerusalem to be a little better, it is edited and mixed to be slightly easier going on the listener, more like a normal song. If you are in this for the intensity of the experience however, Dopesmoker may be more for you.

The album consists of one track, almost an hour long, with very few vocals and lyrics about a caravan transporting cannabis across the desert. Read that sentence a few times, and that will be all you need to know as to whether or not this album is for you. One track. Almost an hour. Cannabis Caravan.

When I first heard about the album, I was very excited. I am a fan of a lot of 1970s prog rock bands who wrote 20 minute songs often and occasionally a few, like Jethro Tull who would write entire albums out of just one song. I am also a fan of Stoner Rock and the thought of combining the two seemed like an amazing idea.

The album is certainly amazing, a very intense and challenging experience with a hypnotic quality to it. It takes a few minutes before the drums even kick in and the band jam out each riff for minutes on end, trying a variety of drum beats under almost every one, going minutes on end without any vocals and then doing it all over again once the vocals come in, then doing it all yet again with guitar solos.

When prog bands wrote an album out of one song, they only really had forty minutes to cover because of vinyl. The extra twenty minutes makes Sleep’s effort all the crazier. Furthermore, prog bands wrote entire albums out of one song by filling them with hundreds and hundreds of ideas; with acoustic sections, piano sections, fast bits, slow bits, theme and variation and all the bells and whistles the could attach. If they had lyrics they would often tell some epic story to capture your imagination.

Sleep deliver the experience with about six or seven riffs in the whole song, the only paces to be found are slow, slower and funereal. The vocals are monotone and though the lyrics technically do tell a story, they are so few and far between that it doesn’t drive the record. The lack of variety is impressive (or horrible depending on your personal taste.)

To summarize, Jerusalem/Dopesmoker won’t be to everyone’s tastes, it is very challenging but a really unique experience. Its heavy, with absolutely massive riffs too, in case you thought otherwise. If you like the idea, definitely give it a shot.

SLEEP Movies Reviews

No SLEEP movie reviews posted yet.

SLEEP Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

SLEEP Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Red Proto-Metal
KING CRIMSON
Buy this album from our partners
Crimson Death Metal
EDGE OF SANITY
Buy this album from our partners
Symbolic Death Metal
DEATH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Birthplace of Emperor Power Metal
GAUNTLET
Buy this album from MMA partners
Devil Seed Traditional heavy metal
WOLF
Buy this album from MMA partners
Scourge of the Formless Breed Death Metal
SEPTYCAL GORGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Savages Alternative Metal
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
For All Drunks 'n' Bitches Thrash Metal
THRASHERA
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

Puscifer - Man Overboard
PUSCIFER
Unitron· 17 hours ago
Harppia - Harpago/Naufrago
HARPPIA
Tupan· 22 hours ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online