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Sleep is a 1990s stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Al Cisneros, Tom Choi, Chris Hakius and MattPikeformedthebandas acrust punk band in the late 1980s under the name Asbestos Death, releasing two 7" singles. Circa1990,TomChoileft andwas replacedby Justin Marler. The band's name was then changed to Sleep, and their debut -VolumeOnewasreleased in 1991(see 1991 in music).Frequently compared to pioneers like Saint Vitus, Sleep soon gainedadevotedfanbasewithin thedeveloping stoner rock scene.

Holy Mountain (1993) is widely-regarded as the band's creative pinnacle and is ...read more

Sleep is a 1990s stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Al Cisneros, Tom Choi, Chris Hakius and MattPikeformedthebandas acrust punk band in the late 1980s under the name Asbestos Death, releasing two 7" singles. Circa1990,TomChoileft andwas replacedby Justin Marler. The band's name was then changed to Sleep, and their debut -VolumeOnewasreleased in 1991(see 1991 in music).Frequently compared to pioneers like Saint Vitus, Sleep soon gainedadevotedfanbasewithin thedeveloping stoner rock scene.

Holy Mountain (1993) is widely-regarded as the band's creative pinnacle and is considered aseminalstoner/doommetalalbum.Thealbum's release was followed by a potentially lucrative offer from London Records, andSleepsigned withthem.Under thiscontract, in 1995they began work on their third album, Dopesmoker. Dopesmoker wasactually onesinglesongwhich was overone hour in length. The albumwas submitted to London Records, who declared that itwasunmarketableandtherefore couldnot be released. Sleep returned to the studioand then submitted their second attempt atthenewalbum.They had retitled itJerusalem, re-written some of the lyrics, and trimmed it downto a lean 52 minutes, butitwasessentiallythe same album andsong as Dopesmoker. London Records again refused to release it.Frustratedandgenerallyunhappy withthe situation, themembers of Sleep decided it was time to disband.

In 1998, Jerusalem was released posthumously as an "official bootleg" by a friend of the group. Sleepandtheirformermanagerhad fullknowledge of this and gave it their approval. In 1999, Jerusalem was given an officiallegitimatereleasebyThe MusicCartel in the US andRise Above Records in Europe. Finally, in 2003 the original version ofDopesmokerwasofficiallyreleased byTee Pee Records. It isgenerally considered the definitive version of the album.It can beheard onJimJarmusch'sBroken flowersoriginal soundtrack.

Pike soon formed his own group High on Fire while Marler (now a Russian Orthodox monk) and HaikusformedTheSabians.In2004,Cisneros and Hakius reunited as a duo known as Om. « hide

Similar Bands: High on Fire, Shrinebuilder, Om, Ethereal Riffian, Black Bombaim

LPs
Dopesmoker
2003

4.2
554 Votes
Jerusalem
1999

3.8
128 Votes
Sleep's Holy Mountain
1993

4.1
530 Votes
Volume One
1991

3.5
116 Votes
EPs
Volume Two
1992

3.6
33 Votes

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