I’ve heard a lot about this album from many websites how it’s “the most influential stoner metal album next to Kyuss and Monster Magnet” etc. Well, I don’t think it’s the best, but it’s a good album anyway. Sleep is pretty much what would happen if Black Sabbath stopped writing epic songs with keyboards (I’m talking about the majority of Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath) and got back to their roots. Sleep also can jam like the best of them. Matt Pike, while a little flashy on solos, has great rythym and unleashes some fine riffs throughout the album. Al Cisneros, who must have studied under Geezer Butler, is great on bass and can sing quite well (When he wants to. The Druid and Under The Sun have this weird scream thing that’s a little annoying, but he sings for the most of the album). And Chris Haikus is a very good drummer who does some interesting fills. The songs are good too. Dragonaut has one of the best riffs of all time, Aquarian is a good song with a great vibe to it. The best is From Beyond, which has some excellent riffs, and some cool jamming. The reason I gave it 4 stars is that the production isn’t that great. It’s a little buried at times, but that’s nothing a Bose can’t handle. Good stuff if you’re looking for early doom or are a big Sabbath fan.
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This is a classic in every sense of the word. Sleep was one of those bands that had a heavy influence on most of todays fuzzed out stoner rock. Matt Pike has went on to form High on Fire which are good to but in my opinion Sleep was better. Holy mountain has a wicked sound, and it’s slow as hell. They have huge build ups until they drag in a riff that will melt your speakers.The Orange amps they used give this release a distinct sound. This album is worth every penny.
ive had this album since i was 16 , and im not even close to being tired of it. this aint kid stuff neither. i dont smoke weed no mo , and yes this album is geared toward such activities. but its the strong songwriting and overall vibe that lend the album its POTENCY. one reviewer said this album is a downer?? i wonder what hes smokin’! this is such a lighthearted, fun listen. Laidback vocals, mellow tempos & heaps of Sabbath riffage dumped into the POT, for those who like that sort of thing, make this one relaxing trip. theres even a little blueGRASS thrown in for good measure. this stuff definitely WEIGHS heavy, maaan!
For all the Black Sabbath fans who loved Master Of Reality, this is for you. All the songs are groove-heavy stoner jams with some brilliant riffs. Dragonaut sounds like Sabbath circa 1971. Get this now if you love old-school doom.
and that’s quite what it is, but with a bigger sounds that leans more towards the metal spectrum than rock in terms of rock and heavyness.
the vocals are real gruff but intelligible like a rough bellow or a strong shout there’s a fair amount of ’singing’ which sounds great as well. the lyrics are spacey and stick with the themes of the songs(flying into the sun, riding dragons, stoner caravans, etc.) both fit the music very well.
the music sounds like black sabbath, but with a stronger emphasis on their heavier nature. if you liked volume four, and like a lot of fans of heavy music, you probably want more. this album takes what vol.4 did and runs with it, and as a huge fan of sabbath, i couldn’t be happier.
sometimes i think it would be nice if the music had a bigger production, like that of high on fire’s art of self-defense(matt pike’s new band, if you like sleep and venom go check them out) or dopesmoker. it would be absolutely killer.
as it is, the sound isn’t horrible, you can hear everything fine and it doesn’t really detract from the experience, it just makes me wonder how much better it could’ve been with a ‘proper’ sound.