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Sleep Biography


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 in all its glory on teepee records. Sleep's guitarist, Matt Pike, went on to form High on Fire. Cisneros returned to public music in 2003 with former band mate Chris Hakius as Om, a bass and drum duo. The band's first three albums feature Cisneros on vocals and bass and Hakius on drums. On January 31, 2008 Hakius left OM and was replaced by drummer Emil Amos. OM have since completed a new full length studio album, recorded by Steve Albini, scheduled for release September 8th 2009 on Drag City. Cisneros is also a member of Shrinebuilder (Wino, Scott Kelly, Al Cisneros, Dale Crover). Shrinebuilder's debut album was released in autumn 2009 on Neurot Recordings.

Sleep Metal Albums

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2009 album from the Swiss band. Eluveitie released their break through album Slania in February 2008 and did three European and two US tours in less [...]

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Special expanded redux edition of Sleep’s classic 1992 album Holy Mountain featuring the bonus track ’Snowblind’ (Black Sabbath cover version) plus the enhanced video for ’Dragonaut’. [...]

Jerusalem Thumbnail Image

Reissue of their third killer album frm 1989! Roadrunner Records. 2007.

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This is the limited vinyl edition of ”The Cleansing” pressed on clear vinyl and limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. 2008.

Dopesmoker Thumbnail Image

While pundits often seem eager to throw the adjective ”uncompromising” at any rock musician with more than three nipple-rings, what we have here is the real [...]

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Oh Sleeper’s new album Son of the Morning , An empowering call-to-arms descends upon the weak-minded, the undecided, the superficially concerned with the arrival of Son Of The [...]

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Sleeping Giant charged onto the Southern California scene in 2006 with their bold and powerful live show, where in addition to being entranced by ominous guitars, [...]

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