Well, this is true of at least one of their original LPs I guess, 1992’s ‘Sleep’s Holy Mountain’. https://youtu.be/uD9q3IGfloU. Weed becomes essential, it adorns all aspects of the record, from the cover art and insert, to the lyrics, to the music itself. Sleep's Holy Mountain, released under Earache Records – then an oddity for the British death metal/grindcore label - twenty-five years ago this month, is one of the first Black Sabbath schooled metal albums to grace my half-baked and utterly random CD/vinyl collection. Type: Full-length Release date: 2009 Catalog ID: MOSH7901 Version desc. This upload is intended for sharing purposes only. Ver más ideas sobre discos de vinilo, vinilo, marcos negros. Editors' Notes Sleep cut ties with their sludge past and dove into neo-Sabbath doom and stoner metal on their landmark album, Sleep’s Holy Mountain.The power trio’s lumbering chugs wander through prehistoric landscapes covered in mountains of fuzz and whirling vocal effects (“Dragonaut”) and continue into shadowy nether realms wherein monk-like chants ride … All told, as much as I appreciate the deep reverential bow to Sabbath, what I dig most about Sleep is the way it fervently brews alternating tempos; in other words, the trio see-saws back and forth between heady maverick build-ups, barreling rhino charging riffs and frenzied “Rat Salad” style drum solos such as on the seven minute “Evil Gypsy/Solomon’s Theme” dirge which by the way is far from the longest track (that would be the Lovecraftian “From Beyond” at 10.5 minutes). There is a vital separation between the instruments instead of the usual wall of sound production. The Druid is the finest, heaviest riff on the whole album, and quite possibly the greatest riff of Matt Pike's career (well ok, it and Snakes For The Divine are fighting for supremacy as we speak). Highlights: Notes: Vinyl Pressing Info 1992 Earache Records ???? Sleep takes the ideas a step further; reality is completely forsaken in favor of escapist stoner fantasies that detail space dragons, reptile masters, and magic potions. You can hear every note of Matt Pike's sludgy riffs and ringing solos but also catch Al Cisnero's bass underscoring all, moving in deft counterpoint and harmony. Standout tracks include Dragonaut, which wastes no time in letting the listener know they are in for a damn fine Sabbath tribute. Al Cisnero's basslines aren't shy to take the lead. …and no, Sleep doesn’t make a dime from that record and hasn’t since the early 90’s. There are no concessions whatsoever on this record. I personally don’t listen to this album without smoking. Well, first impressions can be very deceptive. Holy Mountain is what happens when you go into the recording studio after you've rehearsed the proverbial 10,000 hours. You are always going somewhere - it's difficult to say where exactly - but there's not much sense of direction to your travels. Around the halfway mark, the musicians finds their groove and for a short while are lost in their trance world of smart driving riffs. The truth – when taken on its own merits – is that ‘Sleep’s Holy Mountain’ is a collection of great riffs, bluesy licks, both punky and understated vocals, and doom metal, all chucked in a blender and spewed back at the listener almost at random. (R.I.P.) Now this is much, much better. “Some Grass” is just a fun diddly separating the two titans that are “Evil Gypsy/Solomon’s Theme” and “Aquarian,” the latter finding you “trapped in a world under leagues of ocean.” There is truly no better lyric that could describe the weight of the riffage found in this bludgeoning, bong-ripping beast. A good choice for the closing track because it is very mellow and soothing. But one can see why the editors of ‘Gummo’ cut the intro when using this song in their film. It must be said that any fan of doom or stoner would enjoy this, but without a doubt anyone who enjoyed Black Sabbath’s doom metal days, will absolutely love this. “Holy Mountain” Geezer Butler may have penned the most famous odes to weed and cocaine but when your friendly neighborhood stoner band writes the ten millionth tune about Puff the Magic Dragon, leave him out of it. When they hit a groove, a pocket, like they do at the three-minute mark of 'Dragonaut,' they go full-force, swinging like no one has since almighty Sabbath themselves. - Black 2002 Earache Records repress 1000 - Green 1000 - Black (220g) 2007 Kreation Records reissues (GZ plates 71962E) 250 - Blue/red 250 - Green/white 250 - … For that matter, “The Druid” could be Sleep’s mythical and magical answer to “The Wizard” from 1970. Tracklist:01. For me this CD can be divided up into 2 sections, the 1st ending and the second one beginning with track 6, "Holy Mountain". So for any stoner metal fan, or doom metal fan, or even someone who just happens to really really like Black Sabbath, this album is absolutely recommended. Seeing how Sleep was operating as a trio to Sabbath’s quartet (quintet if you count the string of keyboardists hiding backstage), the riffs and instrumental sequences have even more prominence as there is no frontman constantly demanding attention. It's difficult not to air-drum to Sleep's music. As a whole this album starts off with the best songs first. The production certainly sounds raw and primitive but this fits the music perfectly giving off an oldschool vibe that gives the impression that this was recorded back in the 70's. With the rough production and sometimes sloppy/unoriginal playing, it strikes the listener as something one of their own friend's bands could have recorded. Not quite as crisp sounding as say Candlemass, but also a different kind of ethereal from say, Hammerheart. If not, it's a journey worth taking. 1000 copies pressed on green vinyl. It's a breakdown, it's doomy, it's a doom break). Not just in riffage, but rhythm section as well. After a short bluegrass melody, it's back to serious doom in "Aquarian" with a chuggy intro going into a slow-paced rhythm and bleached-out vocals. And yes I include the doom break as part of the equation (and yes I mean to call that a doom break. Add in the flimsy yet firm foundation set by drummer Chris Hakius and you’ve got a lineup that earns its own set of wannabes. And with this clear love of Black Sabbath established, the listener now knows what they are in store for. No other stoner record sounds like this, while it is close to Sabbath, it sounds like Sleep, it is their own. As with the musicians' later projects High on Fire and Om, there is plenty of loose jam-like freeplay and lost song structures, although Sleep were arguably the most unpredictable beast of the three. The album is now considered one of the most seminal releases in the "stoner rock" genre. in line with the album’s rich, high quality production. "The Druid" has a more hardcore punk influence which seems a bit strange for its subject matter but once the lyrics are out of the way the song is solid with a hard-hitting rhythm. If you have ever seen the movie Gummo, “Dragonaut” sets the musical score as the two quasi-humanoid beings on bicycles propel themselves into the void that is that movie. Year: 1992. Instead of doing so, I'll recommend the whole album. If said friend had in fact recorded it, the listener would be thoroughly impressed. Holy Mountain Bass Tab by Sleep with free online tab player. "Evil Gypsy / Solomon's Theme" plunges quite deeply in an experimental / improvisational direction as the song takes unexpected detours into bursts of spontaneous instrumental jamming, lead guitar running riot, the drummer playing his heart out on his tom-toms and everyone just going for broke in the space of seven minutes. So you pick up a guitar and you play those fucking blues, man. Bits of Sabbath riffs get mixed in with bursts of creativity. First issue with green cannabis leaf design on CD. Originally published at Hate Meditations. The instruments are all clearly in the mix, and that’s not the problem, or more accurately, the minor annoyance. The lyrics... Well, what can I say? It begins with a quintessential blues rock riff that would be very much at home on a Blue Cheer record. © 2021 Does It Doom? Whereas many stoner doom bands try to outdo one another in the heaviness department, Sleep steps back and lets their songs breathe. For whatever good ideas are to be found here, there was another band doing the same thing more coherently and engagingly than Sleep. See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. Sometimes, weed will awaken a hate deep within, a hate so undeniable and pure that it will not be restrained. Also, while most heavy doom draws its appeal from slow, swampy brooders which eventually transpire into sped up halcyon moments, Sleep is a master at revving up the unsuspecting listener with fast cavalier riffs and fat, wonky bass lines prior to ruefully slamming on the brakes, thus attaining a zenith of a diametrically opposed sort; namely, a Zombie-like ziggurat of dredging incremental guitar riffs and concordantly poised drum beats such as at 04:43 of said “Evil Gypsy/Solomon’s Theme”. : Digipak Label: Earache Records Format: CD Reviews: 12 reviews (avg. Pike also comes through with some quality solos that are all his own. Incredible talent! This is what stoner drumming should sound like. Soooooo I was shopping at FYE and had Sleep in mind while browsing their selection of metal. The lyrics give some indication of the theme of bird flight that Sleep bassist Al Cisneros would pursue with future band Om. Every song upto I'll admit that I was a little hesitant getting this because I had no idea what to expect but I discovered how awesome this album really is. If the guys in Sleep decided to release a comic based on their music, I'd definitely check it out, because that would be some amazing shit right there. Again, this riff is pretty neat taken on its own. If he is, Al deserves a hell of a lot more credit as a vocalist because that's one hell of a range. Ironically, it now sits high up on the stoner rock/doom metal kingdom's throne as well as having originally established the genre's massive expansion as a fait accompli. Another track that features a strong crushing bass-dominated rhythm is "From Beyond" which by this point in the album is far gone in alternative sludge doom metal territory with a changeable structure that includes plenty of instrumental soloing and jamming, monotone robotic vocals in parts and a trance-like mood. Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com. All of these songs are pretty much equally good, as they were all seemingly divinatory of the same cosmic channel of combined inspiration and determination. In this particular case I'll let it slide considering the nature of the band. The vocals (and the music, obviously) give you the impression that Sleep is playing underwater. There are probably as many bands ripping off “Dragonaut” nowadays as there are that Xerox their dads’ copies of Paranoid. Also, while most heavy doom draws its appeal from slow, swampy brooders which eventually transpire into sped up halcyon moments, Sleep is a master at revving up the unsuspecting listener with fast cavalier riffs and fat, wonky bass lines prior to ruefully slamming on the brakes, thus attaining a zenith of a diametrically opposed sort; namely, a Zombie-like ziggurat of dredging incremental guitar riffs and concordantly poised drum beats such as at 04:43 of said “Evil Gypsy/Solomon’s Theme”. Simply put, this album is an essential slab of doom. Nor can Sleep print t-shirts or posters, etc with the original Holy Mountain artwork. While Sleep is more obvious about their roots than their fellow forebears, they still pushed the stoner doom genre to previously unexplored frontiers. Listen free to Sleep – Holy Mountain. But while bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros has a tenth of Ozzy’s charisma and his vocal lines often seem construed as afterthoughts compared to Matt Pike’s domineering guitar work, his voice has more substance than he lets on. He'd be one of the very few people who I consider to do both clean and non clean vocals wonderfully and not make me want to chuck Iron Maiden vinyls at him. By listening to Sleep's Holy Mountain, you can let exercise your mind, your fantasy to the fullest. I’d even hazard to say, at 02:18 following a pregnant pause the track gleefully breaks out into a late “Electric Funeral” sounding jam which feels like a forgotten studio session from the quintessential Paranoid. Inside The Sun is the fastest song on here, but its more notable that it seems to be a prediction of Pike's future war machine, High On Fire. “From Beyond” and the instrumental “Nain’s Baptism” are monstrous downers that end this album in the heaviest possible fashion. This is the only album I've heard by Sleep but I can tell you that I've discovered a really amazing band. That said, the album is somewhat enjoyable. I think part of the reason people enjoy "Sleep's Holy Mountain" (besides pot) is for the amateur appeal. Chris Hakius's drums are expertly recorded, his signature hypnotic ride cymbal up front carrying the rhythm while the rest of his kit lays back, filling out the sound. It was released in November 1992 in Europe, and March 1993 in the USA through Earache Records Release and reception. If anything, Sleep’s Holy Mountain is not only a doom lover’s wet dream but also a cornerstone of the genre where it all started for this heavy metal narcoleptic. Seriously, what’s there not to rave about the goose-stepping guitar lick and accompanying meaty bass line or subsequent stoic down picked notes which soon give way to a cranium jarring riff followed by a suitably mountainous return to form on opener “Dragonaut” (more than likely a glib wordplay on the 1972 Sabbath classic, “Supernaut” from Volume 4)? Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. You can find everything on there from angels and demons to planets, the sun, magic mushrooms, and, of coure, the serrated leaves of the holy cannabis plant. 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