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Sleep – Dopesmoker – CD Review

It could be said that the band Sleep is keeping the Sabbath dream alive. Pure Psychedelic Doom Metal is what Sleep is all about—trippy, heavy, and groove-bleeding power that smashes bones in a slow, swirling stomp. Their 2003 opus, titled “Dopesmoker” [Teepee Records], is massively cool.

Strange as this may sound, this release has only two songs. But the expansive title-track is over an hour long. A detuned ocean of surreal power, it smashes with a slow, crushing intensity. Clean, woeful howls linger through the dense dread of electric gloom.

The second cut, “Sonic Titan,” is a much shorter, live cut that continues in the same vein. Both tracks are killer, without a doubt. Sleep is true blue, cosmic Doom.

Overall, Sleep has a quality that is truly epic. …And it will make them legendary for ages to come. Stay savage. Farewell.

Related Bands: Black Sabbath, Raging Slab, Jimi Hendrix, Orodruin, Sally, Penance, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, Queens Of The Stone Age, etc.

Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. War.

Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Copyright 2003.
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.

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