Sleep – Dopesmoker - 2003 Doom Metal Stoner Rock - Remastered Black Vinyl 2LP
Sleep – Dopesmoker
Southern Lord – LORD158
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Gatefold sleeve artwork has matte finish backdrop on front and back cover with glossy figures. Inner gatefold has glossy moon with matte artwork as well. Purple inner gatefold desert scene is also printed on the inside of the outer sleeve. Inner sleeves are black on one side and have a photo of the "riff-chart" of the Dopesmoker track on the other. Name of the band is a sticker on the outer packaging; sleeve itself only has labeling on the spine.
A Dopesmoker 21:34
B Dopesmoker 20:31
C Dopesmoker 21:43
D1 Holy Mountain 11:35
D2 Sonic Titan 9:17
Copyright (c) – Southern Lord Recordings
Artwork – Arik Moonhawk Roper*
Artwork [LP Construction By] – Aaron D.C. Edge*
Bass, Vocals – Al Cisneros
Drums – Chris Hakius
Engineer – Billy Anderson
Guitar – Matt Pike
Producer – Billy Anderson, Sleep
Remastered By – Brad Boatright
Written-By – Sleep
" When Sleep broke up after the failure of Dopesmoker, the trio split into two unequal halves: Almost immediately, Matt Pike started High on Fire, who have continued adding different kinds of fuel to the same generalized burn. Years later, Hakius and Cisneros would return as Om to explore the same iterative modalities that made listening to Dopesmoker feel like an instant inhalation. Dopesmoker is the perfect culmination before the collapse; Pike's bombast meet Om's repetition, a friction that rendered ideal sparks. Though the lengths of his solos are anything but modest, his playing itself is largely textural; when he steps into the spotlight, Pike lets repeated notes follow each other into a kaleidoscopic flurry. The persona of the shirtless, shouting dude at the helm of High on Fire remained in check, so as not to distract from the music's naturally meditative state.
To that end, Hakius and Cisneros weren't quite locked into Om's repetition addiction yet, either. Instead, they pushed against each other, Cisneros countering Pike's lumbering riffs with ample burl and perfectly sculpted tone. Historically, Hakius has criticized his own playing during the Dopesmoker sessions. But Dopesmoker is an infinitely explorable listen, the kind of record that will goad your attention through miniscule rabbit holes whether or not you're as stoned as the people who made it. Hakius' pulse is the constant carrot, then, filling the spaces when the band aggresses, forcing them forward when they pull back. He is a reminder to continue toward Nazareth.
And that's perhaps what remains most impressive about Dopesmoker, especially hearing it again for the first time through yet another reissue: It's an hour of adventure and momentum, where the lumber and the repetition somehow always push ahead. At a moment when black metal reinventers and D-beat revivers seem to dominate large sections of the heavy music world, maybe the thought of a resin-voiced singer intoning for an hour over riffs that wrap into themselves and drums that aim ever for infinity seems boring. But no matter how many times they had to record or rehearse "Dopesmoker" to master it, or no matter how much pressure London placed on them to make something more commercial than personal, Sleep sound as if their very existence depends upon the successful exercise of this weed ritual. In a sense, it's safe to say it did. This record's influence on substance, style, and simple ambition within heavy metal has long outlived the band that made it." ( Pitchfork)
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|