Sleep
Sleep's Holy Mountain


5.0
classic

Review

by Joe Schmoh USER (17 Reviews)
May 8th, 2010 | 23 replies | 5,217 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sleep's Holy Mountain > Dopesmoker

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I’m assuming you’re on the search for music. What type of music do you like? Stuff that’s polished? Very well my good friend. There seems to be a problem with your order, however. Looking into polished music, I see nothing of the sorts here. All I see is Sleep. Now yes, you may think sleep is very pleasant, well, not anymore. This is a different type of sleep. Next time you think of Sleep, you will think of nightmares.

Indeed, Sleep’s Holy Mountain is far from the polished, perfected piece of a musical technical masterpiece that you’ve been dreaming all your life for. Ridden with sloppy instrumentation, meandering vocals, fogging distortion, and songs that average around six minutes, this album is not easy listening of anyone, and does not match any expectations you may have been wishing. At the same time though, who wants extremely polished music to the point where it’s unrecognizable to the human mind and completely unrelated-able? I’m sure nobody other than an absolute instrumentalist could ever desire something completely robotic, which is why Sleep’s Holy Mountain is such a masterpiece despite not quite being a masterpiece.

When things get started, it’s not hard to see where Sleep gets their influences. “Dragonaut” slithers with the same sense of heavy metal as Black Sabbath or even early influences to metal like Cream. Psychedelic riffs fill the voids in-between the shuffling drums, and at first the record sounds just like a dusty old, early 70’s Sabbath record. However, riffs build upon each other, with distorted layer after distorted layer clamoring and rubbing against each other. Eventually we get a piece of crunchy distortion wallowing around, being utilized as a main riff.

From this point on, it’s a foggy rut of slowly paced ruckus. Slogging on and on in layers of distortion, we get a sound that is crunchy, muddy, or, dare I say, sludge-y even. The drums keep precise rhythm, clicking at exact moments with bassist Al Cisneros, who only adds to the sludge fog. What we get, ultimately, is a bottomless pit of fuzz, pulsing itself along in a death march pace. Among this sound as well are the vocals, hollering to the listener of mythical lore, sometimes laced with warbling effects. It’s indecipherable at first, but as soon as the record begins to grow on the listener, the more the listeners hear of these strange tales. “Magic channeler of earth's frustration/The Druid sleeps in meditation”, Al Cisneros shouts on “The Druid”, a track that interrupts the album’s mammoth sound for some halting solos that prove Matt Pike’s abilities as in a purely technical sense. His tales give the album some purpose, some conceptualization for the listener to follow along to.

But that’s not at all what the listeners are there for. Rather, the bottomless pit sound, the pure atmosphere created on the record is what truly wraps the listener and brings them in. One of the first sludge record to truly take advantage of everything and live up to it’s full potential, Sleep’s Sleep’s Holy Mountain feels like a classic for those who are searching for conceptualization, innovation, and atmospherics. Truly brilliant in it’s workings, Sleep’s Holy Mountain is truly something to behold.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
O.J. Simpson
May 8th 2010



408 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Didn't think the other review really did this justice.

SteelErectedb4you8er
May 8th 2010



2612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Way to give this album some much needed love. The riffs on this record are sexy, and it just grooves like a motherfucker. Good review!

Dryden
May 8th 2010



12820 Comments


fucking

EverythingEvil2113
May 8th 2010



1278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great fuckin album

succuibus
May 8th 2010



54 Comments


better than the dopesmoker u sir are smokin da dope

kount
May 8th 2010



1229 Comments


123

HenchmanOfSanta
May 8th 2010



1664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album. Not nearly as inaccessible as you make it out to be.

Dryden
May 8th 2010



12820 Comments


3.5 should be against the law

Relinquished
May 8th 2010



22432 Comments


having a 3.5 is like being latino in arizona

Dryden
May 8th 2010



12820 Comments


yeah you can die

Bleekill
May 8th 2010



832 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review, one of my favorite albums ever. I really don't think of nightmares at all though. This shit is my happy, relaxation music.

Inveigh
September 11th 2010



24196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow, good review needs more love. album fucking rules.

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wyankeif1337
September 12th 2010



6739 Comments


Damn good review. Need to check this shit out.

Inveigh
November 10th 2010



24196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this whole album is fucking badass

The Druid ftmfw

alachlahol
December 13th 2010



7425 Comments


this crushed me last night

emmy
December 13th 2010



205 Comments


pretty boring after dragonaut

alachlahol
December 13th 2010



7425 Comments


so what do you like listening to

emmy
December 13th 2010



205 Comments


i like really interesting music like

alachlahol
December 13th 2010



7425 Comments


that is an impressive list im going to download all of it

emmy
December 13th 2010



205 Comments


sorry i was high on the marijuana when i wrote that

now that i'm sober i really like these bands



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