Sleep
The Sciences


4.0
excellent

Review

by InFiction USER (24 Reviews)
April 26th, 2018 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bong hits in zero gravity.

The last we heard from iconic stoner doom trio Sleep was all the way back around mid-2014 when they dropped their single 'The Clarity' as a part of the Adult Swim singles series in addition to performing a handful of reunion shows since their split all the way back in 1998, following the complication of what would end up being the most iconic album in their career (and potentially even the entire genre), Dopesmoker.

In the interim, the members of Sleep are perhaps most well known for their respective music projects. Frontman Al Cisneros went on to start his drone project, Om, guitarist Matt Pike also fronts the metal band High On Fire and Jason Roeder is the longtime drummer for the highly influential post-metal band Neurosis. Now back without any warning, (and released on 4/20 of all days), the three-piece have returned with their first full-length since Dopesmoker, released via none other than Jack White's contemporary label Third Man Records.

The band have obviously not ditched their love of cannabis on The Sciences with the record's first proper number 'Marijuanaut's Theme', opening with the very obvious sound of a bong hit, likely a nod to Black Sabbath's infamous album-opener 'Sweet Leaf'. The group match sound to aesthetic with an abundance of thick, cloudy riffs and Cisernos' calculated and meditative vocals, layered on top of walls of fuzz and feedback with enough supply of signature lyrical puns and wit to prove entertaining.

"Through the hashteroid fields - a transmission yields - now riff beacon signal is received // Trajectory set a new bearing - cross alien skies command module flies // Sojourns the lone stoned soul - Marijuanaut loads a new bowl."

Walls of fuzz perpetuate throughout the record, but the band mix it up in odd exchanges, 'Sonic Titan', while technically not entirely new, usurps the previous edition fans had of a live recording tacked onto the end of Dopesmoker as a bonus track. Purists may disagree, but the re-recorded version is far beefier, wailing guitars and Cisneros vocals are far more crystalline, making it the definitive version of the track.

Album centrepiece 'Antarcticans Thawed' slowly builds on its own momentum, leveraging spacey atmosphere with droning riffs not at all dissimilar to the complexities of Dopesmoker. 'Giza Butler' is another notable highlight, (a cross-reference to the Pyramids of Giza, as well as paying homage to Black Sabbath's iconic bassist Geezer Butler) plodding along at a steady pace, saturated in down-tuned sonic heaviness before rounding out the song's tail-end with a rich, complex solo.

Perhaps the most commendable thing about The Sciences is how organic everything sounds, not solely instrumentally, but Sleep also return to what would be the most logical next step for the band. Tracks like 'The Botanist' close the album with a bit more of an err towards ambient post-metal leanings and blunt riffs but the record as a whole is ultimately spacey, atmospheric and dripping in cannabis-influenced Black Sabbath worship that's sure to satiate any fan aboard the stoner/doom metal train.

One spin of The Sciences and it's easy to be confident enough to say that Sleep have finally returned, and in masterful form, but the truth is - did they really go away to begin with"

Dre’s Top Three:

Marijuanaut's Theme
Antarcticans Thawed
Giza Butler



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MoosechriS
April 26th 2018


6322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cool review dude, album rules

DDDeftoneDDD
April 26th 2018


1211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Botanist (:

Digging: Om - Advaitic Songs

rockandmetaljunkie
April 26th 2018


7298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't stop listening. Such a great record guys !

rockandmetaljunkie
April 26th 2018


7298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What freaking awesome song is Sonic Titan.

pippibongstocking82
April 26th 2018


20 Comments


Good review. Been meaning to check out this band since Dopesmoker. I'm hella late! All I've heard so far is marijuanaut, but listening to more in the next few weeks. I bet it's cool for sleep fans to have something new after all this time..

Comatorium.
April 26th 2018


4822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is. It so is.

Butkuiss
April 27th 2018


4544 Comments


An InFiction review in 2018? Wow. Almost as improbable as a new Sleep album.

SIIMBOLIC
April 27th 2018


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its solid but nothing write home about



Rowhaus
April 27th 2018


1243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

definitely gonna spin this tonight

Digging: Order From Chaos - Stillbirth Machine

Hatework
April 27th 2018


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so good. Its not too common that a band can make something this good after 20 years.

GhandhiLion
April 28th 2018


1716 Comments


The album cover is so beautiful

Digging: Lisa Germano - Slide

InFiction
April 28th 2018


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I've never had a review featured on this site and would be cool to see, but I'm not really sure how that process works. How do I go about that?



@Butkuiss I know right! Clearly, we spent the past few years smoking too much dope but we're back now!

SpyMan
April 28th 2018


72 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the build up revving of the intro into the first riff on marijuanauts... fuckin incredible

Blizzink
May 3rd 2018


94 Comments


Honestly, I think this is better than Holy Mountain

JWT155
May 3rd 2018


14011 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Me too. Tracks are the perfect length, some cohesive riffs but enough time for the tracks to breathe and have a sense of jamming and improvisation without going on for too long.

Pho3nix
May 5th 2018


461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Indeed, the cover is great.



On further listens this does remind me of the latest 'Om' release quite a bit (which isn't a bad thing!)

Weirdbeard
May 7th 2018


26 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Opening track is a skipper, 3 minutes of white noise. Closing track is an instrumental, not all that essential. The middle 4 tracks however are all pretty good and stretch out with subtle and not-so-subtle changes along the way, similar to the way OM songs unfold. These guys have a good sense of humor - the lyrics are pretty funny and did anyone notice the black & white photos in the insert are a takeoff on the pictures from Rush's "Moving Pictures" album?

Hatework
May 8th 2018


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Closing track is pretty essential if you ask me. All the tracks are great honestly. They didnt just maintain their legacy, they enhanced it.

someguest
May 12th 2018


29615 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Opening track is a skipper, 3 minutes of white noise. Closing track is an instrumental, not all that essential. The middle 4 tracks however are all pretty good and stretch out with subtle and not-so-subtle changes along the way, similar to the way OM songs unfold. These guys have a good sense of humor - the lyrics are pretty funny and did anyone notice the black & white photos in the insert are a takeoff on the pictures from Rush's "Moving Pictures" album?




Oh geez(er).

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
May 21st 2018


21013 Comments


might peep this



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