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Following the buzz behind Sleep’s 1993 album Holy Mountain, the stoner rock/doom metal trio signed to London Records. After nearly two years, Sleep submitted its epic “Dopesmoker,” a single song clocking in at 63 minutes. Predictably, the label claimed “Dopesmoker” not suitable for release and dropped Sleep from the London Records roster. The band subsequently parted ways. Eric Lemasters of The Music Cartel bought the rights to the recording and released “Dopesmoker” in 1999 under the title Jerusalem; although the song remains the same, it was divided into six tracks that play seamlessly. The album/song builds on a monolithic mantra of Sabbath-esque guitar riffs similar to that of Holy Mountain’s “From Beyond” before the rhythm comes in, rolling and pounding like some kind of lunar-roving juggernaut. Al Cisneros’ guttural singing doesn’t even enter until well past the seven-minute mark, but the wait is worth it as his lyrics unfold an inadvertently hilarious narrative about a caravanning tribe called “Weedians” and their quest to the “riff-filled land.”


Formed: 1990 in San Jose, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band, Northern California trio Sleep had a career that wafted in and out of focus from within their self-mandated cloud of marijuana smoke. In their short time together, they issued some of the heaviest, most uncompromising doom metal albums ever recorded, leaving a legend far exceeding the actual volume of their output. Formed around the turn of the '90s in San Jose, CA, by bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarists Matt Pike and Justin Marler, and drummer Chris Haikus,...
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