The third album by a trio of 20-something San Jose, Calif. burnouts called Sleep, Dopesmoker resulted from a major-label skirmish over a band that had made two very good but not altogether great LPs of distorted, bluesy, and bleary-eyed rock.
Dopesmoker by Sleep, released 20 April 2013 1. Dopesmoker Pt. 1 2. 2 3. Dopesmoker P. 4. Holy Mountain In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps’ Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!
The Sleep album Dopesmoker consists of a single, 63 minute song written by the band over the course of 4 years during the mid 90’s. The band’s epic struggles to have it recorded and released between 1995, when they were first ready to record, and 2003 (remastered in 2012), when the 4th and final version was released, are legendary. Despite being rejected numerous times by record labels, Dopesmoker was highly critically acclaimed, and is now considered a touchstone of stoner metal and doom metal
Album · 2003 · 2 Songs. This record is the power trio’s definitive statement: one 64-minute piece comprising gargantuan riffs felt more than heard, grooves that shift like continental plates, and Matt Pike’s croaking chants and esoterica. Buried deep within this immersive epic are moments of moody beauty, as when the band’s textural churns evaporate into amorphous psychedelia, but Sleep always circle back to their obsession with crushing slowness.
Jerusalem and Dopesmoker are the third and fourth albums by the American heavy metal band Sleep. The albums were released in 1999 and 2003 respectively. The music for these albums was written during a four-year period when the group was working on a single song that was around an hour in length. Sleep had signed with London Records, which financed the album
I visualised Sleep in their pre-Sleep configuration, their teenage stoner minds fixating collectively on these first four Sabbath LPs to such an extent that certain repeated words in the song titles became iconic mantras to be treated (Brigit Riley-stylee) as repeatable motifs almost in the psychedelic manner of 6,000-year-old Western Atlantic passage grave ar. Then came the crunche. his DOPESMOKER album was an old recording from 1995CE, and was the culmination of years of Sleep’s collective (and terminal) Sabbophilia.
Dopesmoker (2012) album cover. Jerusalem (1999) album cover. Jerusalem and Dopesmoker are the final albums by the American heavy metal band Sleep. Sleep were ready to record the album in 1995 but did not record it until 1996 as the band was still contracted with Earache. Cisneros said that there was "about a year and half of legal wrangling between their managers and lawyers at Earache" and that Earache owner Digby Pearson "waited to make the most prime conditions for himself before he let. contract. Sleep were in talks with both London Records and Elektra Records to release their next album.
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