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Sleep is a 1990s stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Al Cisneros, Tom Choi, Chris Hakius and Matt Pikeformedthebandas acrust punk band in the late 1980s under the name Asbestos Death, releasing two 7" singles. Circa 1990,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 gained adevotedfanbasewithin thedeveloping stoner rock scene.

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

Sleep is a 1990s stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Al Cisneros, Tom Choi, Chris Hakius and Matt Pikeformedthebandas acrust punk band in the late 1980s under the name Asbestos Death, releasing two 7" singles. Circa 1990,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 gained adevotedfanbasewithin thedeveloping stoner rock scene.

Holy Mountain (1993) is widely-regarded as the band's creative pinnacle and is considered a seminalstoner/doommetalalbum.Thealbum's release was followed by a potentially lucrative offer from London Records, and Sleepsigned withthem.Under thiscontract, in 1995they began work on their third album, Dopesmoker. Dopesmoker was actually onesinglesongwhich was overone hour in length. The albumwas submitted to London Records, who declared that it wasunmarketableandtherefore couldnot be released. Sleep returned to the studioand then submitted their second attempt at thenewalbum.They had retitled itJerusalem, re-written some of the lyrics, and trimmed it downto a lean 52 minutes, but itwasessentiallythe same album andsong as Dopesmoker. London Records again refused to release it.Frustrated andgenerallyunhappy 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. Sleep andtheirformermanagerhad fullknowledge of this and gave it their approval. In 1999, Jerusalem was given an official legitimatereleasebyThe MusicCartel in the US andRise Above Records in Europe. Finally, in 2003 the original version of Dopesmokerwasofficiallyreleased byTee Pee Records. It isgenerally considered the definitive version of the album.It can be heard onJimJarmusch'sBroken flowersoriginal soundtrack.

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

Similar Bands: High on Fire, Electric Wizard, Ethereal Riffian, Black Bombaim, Toner Low

LPs
Dopesmoker
2003

4.2
531 Votes
Jerusalem
1999

3.9
126 Votes
Sleep's Holy Mountain
1993

4.1
511 Votes
Volume One
1991

3.6
106 Votes
EPs
Volume Two
1992

3.6
30 Votes

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