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Album: Dopesmoker
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dopesmoker - Sleep More Info...
2)    Holy Mountain - Sleep More Info...
 

Album: Dopesmoker
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dopesmoker - Sleep More Info...
2)    Holy Mountain - Sleep More Info...
 
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  • Sleep: Al Cisneros (vocals, bass); Matt Pike (guitar); Chris Hakus (drums);
  • Doug Ebright.
  • Recorded at Record Two, Comptche, California.
  • Subtle is not a word that could ever be applied to Northern California doom-metallists Sleep. DOPESMOKER, a record with a backstory almost as interesting as the album itself, is about, oddly enough, smoking dope. Lots of it, all the time. There are other metal/prog lyrical themes here, too, but in general, this is a long, loud salute to the demon weed. That Sleep managed to make this album on a major label's dime is utterly amazing, although turning it in cost them their deal and the album was released in a frustratingly chopped-up form as 1999's JERUSALEM. That experience caused the band to split, and many wondered whether the original recording would ever see the light of day. Thankfully, this bass-heavy, droning opus--which features lead singer Al Cisneros (later of Om) growling like an angry hound--was issued by Tee Pee Records in 2003. As a favor to fans, the reissue ends with a 10-minute-long bonus track intended to be a palate cleanser after an hour of stoner dirge.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.96) - "[A] metal longplayer with unrivaled scope. It would Sleep's swansong, with Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius forming Om and guitarist Matt Pike the more orthodox High On Fire."

Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.111) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...A benchmark by which all that dares call itself stoner rock must surely be judged..."
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