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)
ONLY ONES: The Big Sleep : Live In Europe 1980 (rock & pop LP) ONLY ONES: The Big Sleep : Live In Europe 1980 (rock & pop LP) USD $25.00 Buy It Now 33m
FULL FORCE  Don't Sleep +1 FIRST JAPAN CD OBI TOCP-7433 Bobby Byrd FULL FORCE Don't Sleep +1 FIRST JAPAN CD OBI TOCP-7433 Bobby Byrd USD $29.99 Buy It Now 52m
Dudley & Dean Evenson - Sound Sleep: Guided Meditations With Relaxing Musi CD Dudley & Dean Evenson - Sound Sleep: Guided Meditations With Relaxing Musi CD USD $17.79 Buy It Now 1h 2m
Sleep Well Mon Tresor CD Sleep Well Mon Tresor CD USD $17.29 Buy It Now 1h 4m
Tiamat - Astral Sleep CD Tiamat - Astral Sleep CD USD $19.09 Buy It Now 1h 13m
Ayer Chris - Dont Go Back To Sleep CD Ayer Chris - Dont Go Back To Sleep CD USD $13.59 Buy It Now 1h 13m
Leadbelly - Vol. 1-Where Did You Sleep Las CD Leadbelly - Vol. 1-Where Did You Sleep Las CD USD $18.69 Buy It Now 1h 20m
Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain CD UNIVERSAL Kissaway Trail - Sleep Mountain CD UNIVERSAL USD $38.09 Buy It Now 1h 21m
SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY Nostromo T-Shirt S/M/L/XL/2XL/Girlie Alien dark ambient SLEEP RESEARCH FACILITY Nostromo T-Shirt S/M/L/XL/2XL/Girlie Alien dark ambient USD $26.44 Buy It Now 1h 23m
Hafler Trio - Seven Hours Sleep [CD New] Hafler Trio - Seven Hours Sleep [CD New] USD $31.99 Buy It Now 1h 36m
Dreamless Sleep [LP] by Evan Caminiti (Vinyl, Aug-2012, Thrill Jockey Records) Dreamless Sleep [LP] by Evan Caminiti (Vinyl, Aug-2012, Thrill Jockey Records) USD $21.35 Buy It Now 1h 52m
The Kissaway Trail, Sleep mountain New CD Album The Kissaway Trail, Sleep mountain New CD Album USD $8.00 Buy It Now 1h 55m
Cornershop - Sleep On the Left Side - U.K. cd - RARE! Digipak Cornershop - Sleep On the Left Side - U.K. cd - RARE! Digipak USD $8.97 Buy It Now 1h 57m
What to Do When You Are Dead, Armor for Sleep, Good Limited Edition What to Do When You Are Dead, Armor for Sleep, Good Limited Edition USD $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 1m
The Merrymakers CD No Sleep 'til Famous OBI Japan Import Toshiba EMI The Merrymakers CD No Sleep 'til Famous OBI Japan Import Toshiba EMI USD $15.00 (0 bids)
2h 2m
Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static 2 LP Vinyl Record Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static 2 LP Vinyl Record USD $21.89 Buy It Now 2h 7m
Sleep - Dopesmoker 2 LP Vinyl Record Sleep - Dopesmoker 2 LP Vinyl Record USD $36.69 Buy It Now 2h 7m
JACK JOHNSON_Sleep Through The Static_Digipak_used CD_ships from AUSTRALIA! JACK JOHNSON_Sleep Through The Static_Digipak_used CD_ships from AUSTRALIA! USD $8.82 Buy It Now 2h 7m
Wonder Stuff - Sleep Alone/El Hermano De Frank/Takin' Is Easy - U.K. cd - RARE! Wonder Stuff - Sleep Alone/El Hermano De Frank/Takin' Is Easy - U.K. cd - RARE! USD $8.97 Buy It Now 2h 9m
ELECTRONIC SLEEP - HEXAGON NEW CD ELECTRONIC SLEEP - HEXAGON NEW CD USD $12.42 Buy It Now 2h 9m
VERTIGO - AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP NEW CD VERTIGO - AND MILES TO GO BEFORE WE SLEEP NEW CD USD $25.45 Buy It Now 2h 20m
78 1920s The Columbians 78 1920s The Columbians "Wabash Blues""Tuck Me to Sleep In My Old Kentucky Home" USD $13.30 Buy It Now 2h 32m
Belly   Now They'll Sleep    1995 Limited UK 4AD 12 Belly Now They'll Sleep 1995 Limited UK 4AD 12" USD $12.02 Buy It Now 2h 40m
A.T.F.C featuring Lisa Millett-Sleep talk-cd single A.T.F.C featuring Lisa Millett-Sleep talk-cd single USD $4.79 Buy It Now 2h 48m
Natural Sounds Gold 2 CD HELP CALM SLEEP RELAXATION SOOTHING MEDITATION ALBUM 2 Natural Sounds Gold 2 CD HELP CALM SLEEP RELAXATION SOOTHING MEDITATION ALBUM 2 USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Cher Cher "We all Sleep Alone,(re Mix)"7".MINT;1987;45rpm USD $8.01 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Bedtime Guided Meditations for Children CD ALBUM RELEASE STRESS AID SLEEP DREAMS Bedtime Guided Meditations for Children CD ALBUM RELEASE STRESS AID SLEEP DREAMS USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Spa Gold Music CD HEALING TREATMENT INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTH SLEEP ALBUM NIB Spa Gold Music CD HEALING TREATMENT INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTH SLEEP ALBUM NIB USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Sleep Gold Music CD HEALING TREATMENT INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTHING ALBUM NIB Sleep Gold Music CD HEALING TREATMENT INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTHING ALBUM NIB USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
REIKI SLEEP CD for Chakra Point Focus HEALING TREATMENT RELAXATION MUSIC ALBUM REIKI SLEEP CD for Chakra Point Focus HEALING TREATMENT RELAXATION MUSIC ALBUM USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Natural Sounds Gold Double CD for SLEEP, RELAXATION & THERAPISTS SOOTHING ALBUM Natural Sounds Gold Double CD for SLEEP, RELAXATION & THERAPISTS SOOTHING ALBUM USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Natural Sleep V1 CD Music & Sea Sounds INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTHING ALBUM NIB Natural Sleep V1 CD Music & Sea Sounds INDUCE RELAXATION CALM SOOTHING ALBUM NIB USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Music for Mother and Baby CD to SOOTH COMFORT & RELAX Pre SLEEP RELAXATION ALBUM Music for Mother and Baby CD to SOOTH COMFORT & RELAX Pre SLEEP RELAXATION ALBUM USD $11.96 Buy It Now 2h 53m
7 7" EX;THE POPPY FAMILY"1969;"ENDLESS SLEEP/WHICH WAY" USD $10.41 Buy It Now 2h 58m
Nielsen Hymnus Amoris Op.12 The Sleep Op.18 Music Cassette Chandos Label Nielsen Hymnus Amoris Op.12 The Sleep Op.18 Music Cassette Chandos Label USD $9.61 Buy It Now 3h
CD Album Saybia - The Second You Sleep [Import] CD Album Saybia - The Second You Sleep [Import] USD $9.58 Buy It Now 3h
Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody - I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years [CD New] Adam Franklin & Bolts Of Melody - I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years [CD New] USD $14.82 Buy It Now 3h
STEER THE STARS - LIGHT LIFE SLEEP & THE SEA NEW CD STEER THE STARS - LIGHT LIFE SLEEP & THE SEA NEW CD USD $16.77 Buy It Now 3h
Helps Children To Sleep - Children’s Classic Audio Bedtime Stories  (CD # 3) Helps Children To Sleep - Children’s Classic Audio Bedtime Stories (CD # 3) USD $4.49 Buy It Now 3h
Helps Children To Sleep - Childrens Classic Audio Bedtime Stories  (Cd # 4) Helps Children To Sleep - Childrens Classic Audio Bedtime Stories (Cd # 4) USD $4.49 Buy It Now 3h
Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static (Special Edition 2xCD) NEW Jack Johnson - Sleep Through The Static (Special Edition 2xCD) NEW USD $20.81 Buy It Now 3h
BIRDS &  BATTERIES - I'LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN NEW CD BIRDS & BATTERIES - I'LL NEVER SLEEP AGAIN NEW CD USD $25.45 Buy It Now 3h
UK import JAMES HARDWAY Grow/Sleep Tonight CD Amanda Ghost 1998 NEW Sealed UK import JAMES HARDWAY Grow/Sleep Tonight CD Amanda Ghost 1998 NEW Sealed USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4h
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE / SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE * JAPAN CD W/ OBI * RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE / SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE * JAPAN CD W/ OBI * USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4h
The Romantics-Talking In Your Sleep / I'm Hip-45rpm-1985 The Romantics-Talking In Your Sleep / I'm Hip-45rpm-1985 USD $1.99 (0 bids)
4h
Martine McCutcheon - Talking In My Sleep / Love Me (CD Single) Martine McCutcheon - Talking In My Sleep / Love Me (CD Single) USD $5.59 Buy It Now 4h
RADIOHEAD THERE THERE CD Single 2003 Hail To The Thief Go To Sleep OK Computer RADIOHEAD THERE THERE CD Single 2003 Hail To The Thief Go To Sleep OK Computer USD $0.79 (0 bids)
4h
4 HERO  NO SLEEP RAVER 12 4 HERO NO SLEEP RAVER 12" HARDCORE USD $14.40 Buy It Now 4h
Sleep, Baby, Sleep- Frank Luther Side 3 & 4 - Decca Label - 78 rpm Rare Vinyl Sleep, Baby, Sleep- Frank Luther Side 3 & 4 - Decca Label - 78 rpm Rare Vinyl USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4h
Roger Daltry - Walking in my sleep     UK 7 Roger Daltry - Walking in my sleep UK 7" USD $7.19 Buy It Now 4h
DORE CHARLIE - SLEEP ALL DAY - BICD2 DORE CHARLIE - SLEEP ALL DAY - BICD2 USD $18.83 Buy It Now 4h
1955 MGM 45 RPM 12066 JONI JAMES I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP 1955 MGM 45 RPM 12066 JONI JAMES I LAY ME DOWN TO SLEEP USD $2.60 Buy It Now 4h
Ben Lee - Awake Is The New Sleep - NW6070 Ben Lee - Awake Is The New Sleep - NW6070 USD $16.25 Buy It Now 5h
Alyson Williams(12 Alyson Williams(12"Vinyl)Sleep Talk-Def Jam-US-Ex/Ex USD $8.79 Buy It Now 5h
BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7 BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $1.59 Buy It Now 5h
BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7 BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE #3 USD $1.59 Buy It Now 5h
BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7 BUCKS FIZZ 'TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE #2 USD $1.59 Buy It Now 5h
COMIC ROMANCE 'CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP' UK 7 COMIC ROMANCE 'CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $8.00 Buy It Now 5h
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever - FP12262 Crocodiles - Sleep Forever - FP12262 USD $13.84 Buy It Now 5h
H2O 'I DREAM TO SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7 H2O 'I DREAM TO SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE USD $4.79 Buy It Now 5h
H20 'DREAM TO SLEEP' UK 7 H20 'DREAM TO SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $2.39 Buy It Now 5h
B-52's Deep Sleep Nip it in the Bud Scarce 45 w/ Picture Sleeve US Press NM B-52's Deep Sleep Nip it in the Bud Scarce 45 w/ Picture Sleeve US Press NM USD $15.99 Buy It Now 5h
HOT CHOCOLATE 'LOVE ME TO SLEEP' UK 7 HOT CHOCOLATE 'LOVE ME TO SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $3.19 Buy It Now 5h
HEAVY STEREO 'SLEEP FREAK' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7 HEAVY STEREO 'SLEEP FREAK' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE ON RED VINYL USD $9.60 Buy It Now 5h
MARION 'SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7 MARION 'SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE LIMITED EDITION ON ORANGE VINYL USD $12.80 Buy It Now 5h
PETULA CLARK - DON'T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY - NEW CD PETULA CLARK - DON'T SLEEP IN THE SUBWAY - NEW CD USD $7.54 Buy It Now 5h
Emma Bunton - We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight + take my breath away dvd cd single Emma Bunton - We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight + take my breath away dvd cd single USD $27.22 Buy It Now 5h
MODERN JAZZ 'IN MY SLEEP (I SHOOT SHEEP)' UK 7 MODERN JAZZ 'IN MY SLEEP (I SHOOT SHEEP)' UK 7" SINGLE USD $3.19 Buy It Now 5h
PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK 7 PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE #2 USD $1.59 Buy It Now 5h
PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7 PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE USD $2.00 Buy It Now 5h
PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK 7 PRETENDERS 'I GO TO SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $1.59 Buy It Now 5h
RANDY BARLOW 'NO SLEEP TONIGHT' US IMPORT 7 RANDY BARLOW 'NO SLEEP TONIGHT' US IMPORT 7" SINGLE USD $9.60 Buy It Now 5h
RAY PARKER JR 'DON'T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' RAY PARKER JR 'DON'T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' USD $2.00 Buy It Now 5h
RAY PARKER JR. 'I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' UK PIC/SLEEVE 7 RAY PARKER JR. 'I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' UK PIC/SLEEVE 7" #2 USD $2.00 Buy It Now 5h
RAY PARKER JR. 'I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' UK PIC/SLV 7 RAY PARKER JR. 'I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE' UK PIC/SLV 7" #3 USD $2.39 Buy It Now 5h
SPEARMINT 'I CAN'T SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7 SPEARMINT 'I CAN'T SLEEP' UK PICTURE SLEEVE 7" SINGLE USD $8.00 Buy It Now 6h
HENRIK NORDVARGR BJORKK The Dead Never Sleep CD Digipak Cardboard Sleeve NEW LOW HENRIK NORDVARGR BJORKK The Dead Never Sleep CD Digipak Cardboard Sleeve NEW LOW USD $15.99 Buy It Now 6h
CD MUSIC FOR PERFECT SLEEP GOODALL LIFE STYLE HEALING VISUALISATION HEALING CD MUSIC FOR PERFECT SLEEP GOODALL LIFE STYLE HEALING VISUALISATION HEALING USD $9.60 Buy It Now 6h
Wonder Stuff Sleep Alone  Uk 12 Wonder Stuff Sleep Alone Uk 12" USD $9.99 Buy It Now 6h
THE SMITHEREENS 'BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP' UK 7 THE SMITHEREENS 'BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP' UK 7" SINGLE USD $8.00 Buy It Now 6h
MARTINE McCUTCHEON   TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP  ( 1999 CD ) MARTINE McCUTCHEON TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP ( 1999 CD ) USD $8.00 Buy It Now 6h
PATTI JO -Solly 931- I'll Sleep Tonight / Heading for a Heartbreak - TEEN VG/VG+ PATTI JO -Solly 931- I'll Sleep Tonight / Heading for a Heartbreak - TEEN VG/VG+ USD $24.50 Buy It Now 7h
Pretenders(7 Pretenders(7" Vinyl P/S)I Go To Sleep-Real-ARE 18-UK-Ex/Ex USD $9.99 Buy It Now 7h
SLEEP WELL MON TR‚SOR: TEN TREASURED FRENCH LULLABIES [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD SLEEP WELL MON TR‚SOR: TEN TREASURED FRENCH LULLABIES [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD USD $12.97 Buy It Now 7h
Cassandra Complex - The War Against Sleep  - Cassette  1993, POALND Cassandra Complex - The War Against Sleep - Cassette 1993, POALND USD $18.99 Buy It Now 7h
The People's Choice, Spoken Word Sleep Therapy, Placidyl, Nembutal PRM-263 The People's Choice, Spoken Word Sleep Therapy, Placidyl, Nembutal PRM-263 USD $6.00 Buy It Now 7h
NOW, NOW Neighbors CD No Sleep Records emo now, now every children threads punk NOW, NOW Neighbors CD No Sleep Records emo now, now every children threads punk USD $1.00 (0 bids)
7h
Bon Jovi - Ill Sleep When Im Dead Tour Programme Bon Jovi - Ill Sleep When Im Dead Tour Programme USD $23.95 Buy It Now 7h
PAUL ANKA   I DON'T LIKE TO SLEEP ALONE   HOW CAN ANYTHING BE BEAUTIFUL   1975 PAUL ANKA I DON'T LIKE TO SLEEP ALONE HOW CAN ANYTHING BE BEAUTIFUL 1975 USD $1.60 Buy It Now 7h
SEMISONIC - SINGING IN MY SLEEP CD1 (3 TRACK CD DIGIPACK) (REF B2) SEMISONIC - SINGING IN MY SLEEP CD1 (3 TRACK CD DIGIPACK) (REF B2) USD $4.79 Buy It Now 7h
*SOUL* 5th DIMENTION 7 *SOUL* 5th DIMENTION 7" 45rpm jukebox BELL Last Night Get Sleep All CANADA press USD $0.99 (0 bids)
USD $2.99 Buy It Now
7h
*NEW* RADIOHEAD - 'GO TO SLEEP' RARE 1-TRACK UK PROMO CD SINGLE *NEW* RADIOHEAD - 'GO TO SLEEP' RARE 1-TRACK UK PROMO CD SINGLE USD $8.00 Buy It Now 7h
EAT SLEEP REPEAT BY COPELAND (CD) EAT SLEEP REPEAT BY COPELAND (CD) USD $20.34 Buy It Now 7h
Selections from Leave Your Sleep [Digipak] by Natalie Merchant (Apr-2010,... Selections from Leave Your Sleep [Digipak] by Natalie Merchant (Apr-2010,... USD $5.00 Buy It Now 7h
Vernon Dalhart 78 RPM 1920s Tuck me to sleep ( in my old 'Tucky home ) VG + Vernon Dalhart 78 RPM 1920s Tuck me to sleep ( in my old 'Tucky home ) VG + USD $6.00 Buy It Now 7h
Antenna Sleep CD Antenna Sleep CD USD $1.80 Buy It Now 8h
CARMOL TAYLOR i'd like to sleep til i get over you/ back in the U S A  new 45 CARMOL TAYLOR i'd like to sleep til i get over you/ back in the U S A new 45 USD $24.00 Buy It Now 8h
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)
DopesmokerDopesmoker
Southern Lord 2012
Audio CD$8.47
$10.44 (used)
Sleeps Holy MountainSleeps Holy Mountain
Import
Earache UK 2008
Audio CD$8.67
$11.50 (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 4.00 | 1 ratings
Volume One
Doom Metal 1991
.. Album Cover 3.71 | 9 ratings
Sleep's Holy Mountain
Doom Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.99 | 4 ratings
Jerusalem
Doom Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 3.94 | 11 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
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Clarity
Doom Metal 2014

SLEEP movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

SLEEP Reviews

SLEEP The Clarity

Single · 2014 · Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Tupan
Against all the probabilities, Sleep returned after a hiatus of 16 years, releasing a new song through the 2014 Adult Swim Singles – remembering that is free for download. Many acts return years after disbanding, and we all know that most of these returns weren't worth the wait...

But rejoice, fans of Sleep, you all can get high again! The line-up is not the same, since the original drummer left the band. Some people felt this loss, but I couldn't see the difference, really! The musicianship shown in this song, named The Clarity, is excellent. Many nods to Black Sabbath and the 70's hard rock/proto-doom bands, with a generous dose of psychedelia in the last half.

This song is recommendded for the stoner/doom metal fans. Check it out!

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 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
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Traditional heavy metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Symbolic Death Metal
DEATH
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Evulsion Death Metal
ISOMORPHIC
Buy this album from MMA partners
Requiem Progressive Metal
KRAKEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Hymns of Ahriman Death Metal
ONTOGENY
Buy this album from MMA partners
Going Nowhere Progressive Metal
BOUNCING THE OCEAN
Buy this album from MMA partners
Scare Force One Glam Metal
LORDI
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

The Beyond Chronicles
COLOSSUS
Bosh66· 23 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