Even as someone with ADHD I can sit through the entirety of the album and love every minute, Intro to final solo. The singer/chanter, the crushing guitar tone, the "wall-like" bass, the relentlessly pounding drums, the solos... everything. Highlights- Specifically, 43 minute mark to the end. They practice something that isn't harming anyone, something that can give you new experiences and open new meanings to your life, and both marijuana users and christians are persecuted for what they do, christians moreso in older times than right now of course. Dopesmoker is a masterpiece in my book. Sleep has never been better. Most people would hear this and immediately dismiss it as noise. This is an hour's worth of sludged out riffs, mind numbing bass, disjointed drumming, and haunting, chanted lyrics. Listening to it, I feel almost as if I’m in the room with the band as the song is being recorded. It is definitely not for everyone, but if you love stoner metal/rock, doom metal, drone or sludge this is a wonderful album for you. It takes a special kind of stoner to appreciate all the biblical stuff allusions in the lyrics, the kind of stoner that went to Sunday school as a kid and things just sort of stuck. Is this the fucking greatest opening line to any song/album/anything ever or what? It's fucking epic, it's 60 minutes long dammit, it has to be epic. This song/album is the Holy Grail of stoner-doom, Sleep's Magnum Opus Jerusalem has been taken to the highest peaks of distortion with distinctly named oceanic riff sections, remarkable solos and basslines that will make you shiver. Then, just to emphasize the no-frills-attached no-bells-and-whistles form of pure meaning he’s just unleashed, he sings both lines again. Our three pothead friends, whose band is called Sleep, have since been vindicated. But for my taste, their sophomore effort SLEEP's HOLY MOUNTAIN was far better, being more diverse as far as tempos go, and revealing the band as being truly intuitive and strong improvisational players. Thrash-heads would find this very boring. It doesn't get boring. It's like being annoyed at Napalm Death not attempting to write any epics, yknow? The bass and drums are absolutely perfect, they’re hardly even there. Imagine Rust Never Sleeps -era Neil Young guitar tones meeting slowed down Black Sabbath riffs. Sleep take English and strip it down and streamline it into a form of pure meaning, perhaps only rivaled by Ramglish (if you know what I'm talkin about then you know what I'm talkin about). Dopesmoker was never gonna fly; … Originally slated to follow closely behind their second album of a decade earlier, the landmark Sleep's Holy Mountain, it lingered in unreleased limbo instead -- the subject of a vicious legal dispute between the Northern California trio and their record … Deep bass riffs reassert their authority over the track and push listeners ever onward to the goal. No review found! Highlights: No wonder the band never did anything again after this. The bass rolls out on its own for small bits, adding nice accentuations here and there. It is a really fun ride. I most certainly do. Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2018. oh yeah man. Sleep are a band totally unlike any other and even if bearing some similar traits to other bands, their music is comepletely different. I detect no evolution in the sound of Dopesmoker, being stuck on the same riffs for large amounts of time. They ride on that riff for about 5 minutes, then we drop into a break, and what? 4 bucks. I shat myself in its heaviness and awesomeness. Now, we finally get to hear and experience the entire song, along with an unreleased track. Worthy of your top shelf records. There are little dynamics, change, evolution, whatever you want to call it, much less any buildup to an epic, exciting peak, on Dopesmoker. The bass drum is difficult to hear, and the snare has a strange, muted yet echoing quality, which likely ties to production. Hardly anything new or stimulating happens throughout Dopesmoker’s bloated runtime, the most thrilling occurrence the switch between simple, forgettable riff to another forgettable riff. It takes him a whole 16 second to sing that one line, and it’s a further 17 before he launches himself into the even more ridiculous second line; Sid’s vocal performance on this is also completely different from his bellows on Dopesmoker. Another effect can likely be attributed to production is the feel of the second guitar solo, at 39 minutes into the song. Since receiving it, it's been played several times. It is indeed quite hypnotic, but at times it’ll just grab you and destroy you. It crawls under your skin and fills every cell of your body with the slowness and heat you feel under the desert sun. Also it helps if you and a friend can hit the Waffle House afterwards to help you understand the mind blowingness of Dopesmoker. Dopesmoker achieves so many things bands would only wish to match. It's hard to describe this album really. The guitarwork is very rhythmical, following along with the rest of the band, giving a very unified sound. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Note: allusions to the Bible don’t make you a lyrical genius. Sleep, as a band, are also at their tightest on this album, making Dopesmoker that much more awesome. Dopesmoker is long purely for the novelty of having an hour+ song, in essence resembling a glorified jam session. The bass is audible, usually following the guitar. Come on. Maybe I have to be high to understand and enjoy this 63-minute, one-song stoner metal album. The Sun is rising. This first riff is like the beginning of a journey, a slow and at first appearance painful ride through the desert. Aww man, these have got to be some of the best vocals I’ve ever heard. The vocal is more naturally human and the music follows the singing almost note for note, injecting a jagged and very hard, almost brutal mood. As with "Jerusalem", this is a deeply immersive work that relentlessly sinks you into its intensely focussed world: the first 10 or so minutes build up the deep driving bass-heavy grind and the solemn, gravel-edged yet intense and slightly aggressive robot vocals (suggestive of iron rimmed with rust) and it's only about the 15th minute that lead guitar breaks away for a brief hurried solo. I don't know how Dopesmoker relates to what Sleep "normally" does, since this is the only material by them I've heard, but judging by what I hear, I'll lead a happy life without exploring the wide wonderful world of Sleep. “DROP OUT OF LIFE P.S.- Dope+Dopesmoker=absolute aural orgasm (bring tissues and condoms). There are criticisms, I guess? By. Everyone who's anyone who likes anything genre with the prefix “stoner” knows Sleep. This song has a strong Black Sabbath felling (I mean come on, 4:14 is just total N.I.B. 60 minutes that should've been 15 minutes, a tome that is elongated, prolonged, and stretched out, but with no new material, no new inspiration, which makes it more of an excercise in torment than hypnotic meditation. Now that’s not to say that there are no highlights in this fucking leviathan of a song. This page works best with JavaScript. That doesn't happen often This album is like Breaking Bad. At the level Sleep operate on, the patient and persistent (or completely mesmerised) listener will note every small change and variation in what's basically an ongoing sound / rhythm texture piece and the most significant difference comes at about the 40th minute (more than halfway into the piece) where reverbed lead guitar launches into a near-hellish roar and for a while the track simulates a retro-1960s ambience with delicate guitar teardrops tracing a lonely repeating melody in a dark space. Now I'm at 21 minutes. It does not deviate from the slow speed of doom/stoner metal, nor does the heaviness. I mean seriously, stop and read that again. Lots of vocals, but they don't start until 20 minutes in (I'm discounting the live song on here -- it's a great song, but sounds like it was recorded by someone with a cassette recorder under their jacket). The vocalist sounds like he is struggling to take a massive dump, but fortunately, vocals are more sparse than in most songs. Matt Pike is a master of riffs and distortion who has mastered the ways of Iommi and taken Sabbath to a whole new level of Doom and added a thicker cloud of Marijuana haze to their stylistic design. It's the heaviest stuff ever put on record. I know, it is a remake of Jerusalem, but I had already heared the original version and I wanted to try this. The first review does a good job describing this album. Slow and heavy, not being eager to lead you to anywhere quickly as if the riff itself is a guide that knows that he has all the time in the universe. Sometimes you just focus on the strung out guitar chords, or the drums that while pounding can feel light and just the right beat at any moment. God...fucking...damn. I picked up their debut album upon it's release and truly dug the sloth and overwhelming depressive power it had. Everything's stopped and the bass is dragging on. For a few minutes the riff is only building the base for the carriage that will take you higher and further into the trip. Released 8 May 2012 on Southern Lord (catalog no. I guess this means I shouldn't get too excited about SUNN 00)), huh? Insert a valid review ID. It is sheer heaviness and genius beyond belief. At about the half hour mark the band start to jam on what’s effectively a 1-note riff until you’re begging for something, anything to remind you what you thought music was until 30 minutes ago. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2016. There’s so little variation, and even the riffs are lackluster and the overall sound of the instruments is poor. But WAIT! Letting the thick, bassy riffs flow through your head will feel amazing. Matt Pike is the new Tony Iommi. Sleep-Dopesmoker 2xLP 180 gram vinyl 1st press: 1,000 Picture LPs 1,500 Black 3,500 Kelly Green 2,000 Clear 2nd press: 4,000 Translucent Dark Purple 1,000 Translucent Blue 3rd press: 2,000 Hasheeshian 2,600 Indica 4th press: 3,000 Black 1,000 Clear Green 5th press: 4,000 Black/Green 6th press: 3,000 Sativa Dopesmoker is an alternative version of Jerusalem. Everything just seems to blend so well, and the all too familiar fuzzy tone of the instruments just adds to the stoner feel. Worth getting. Originally released in 2003, following some label issues and prior versions, Dopesmoker is Sleep's final album and a stoner metal classic. There are also lots of mentions of important biblical places, but I think these are only there to an even clearer picture in your head. I would write a longer review, as this song is longer than most whole albums. When there is a defined riff going on, they ride on it for about 10 minutes at a time, hypnotically pounding it into the listener's brain until the ears are numb. Then the drums and the bass kick in and everything seems to fit perfectly. Once and a while, Matt Pike rips into a Sabbathy-solo. Skepticism are monolithic, so are Mael Mordha. I like the picture on the cover, though. Ambition might not be the first thing you think of when you listen to this hour long epic but after more than a dozen spins it has to be on your mind. Both Dopesmoker and early releases of the album received positive reviews from the music press. The lyrics are very mystic and I don't think they have a real meaning but they fit the atmosphere of the album perfectly. The guitar tone on this release smells like some dank grass and listening to this album on dissociatives or psychoactives Like weed or DXM is absolutely wonderful. The vocals are deep and drawn-out sounding, a really trippy voice. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. I'm at about 16 minutes right NOW, and this is the most fuzzed-out, weed-induced holy motherfucking explosive album I've heard in a while. If "narcolepsy inducing" is "hypnotic", then indeed, Dopesmoker is hypnotic. Like everything else in the song, they all sound the same anyway. BUBBLING GUITAR EXCURSION TAPS TO UNDERCURRENT OF TIME, PERHAPS “FOLLOW THE SMOKE Long story short, I missed out on JERUSALEM's seemingly limited release and was forced to wonder for years what it sounded like. The contract fell through, and Sleep disbanded. That's fucking hype. They were a legendary band who recorded 3 career defining albums in a short space of time. Before this all subsides into the calmest, fuck, maybe even most MELODIC piece on the whole album. It’s like having some chocolate milk to down that enormous steak you just devoured. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. The first 10 or so minutes tells you all you need to know really. The drumming is very much like Bill Ward's style, and is very hypnotic in nature; the crash cymbal is used to keep time for 90% of the song. However, if you pay some hours listening to it, it slowly starts to reveal its sonic magic to you. Somewhere around this point you don't even know anymore if the band still play the riff from the beginning. I think I kind of planted the idea in your head. They are the flag-bearers of the stoner metal genre, taking Sabbathean doom and Iommi worshiping riffs and melding them into three amazing albums. Al Cisneros has vocals that will ascend your fucking soul to the cannabian heavens. FUCKING MOLTEN GUITAR SEEPS FORTH PURE BOILING WISDOM SLEEP - DOPESMOKER REISSUE REVIEW Well we all know who SLEEP is. It's got less riffs and variations than an average Thrash song, the variations you do get are taking out certain instruments at times, going with a different drum beat, putting in more double bass or one of the many solos. The musicianship of this band is amazing, 3 guys and copius amounts of Marijuana plus LSD created Sabbathian masterpieces that will stand the test of all time (and space). The solos, while there are only a few, are definitely patterned after Tony Iommi, and seem to fit fairly well where they're used. He said it was the most hypnotic piece of doom metal ever recorded. Everything about this song is so BIG, it's just non-stop, hypnotic, rolling metal. This album consisting of one 63 minute long song might be one of music's most mythical creations. 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