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Sleep

Perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band, Sleep influenced much of the metal in the 90’s and the present. The line up consisted of Matt Pike (High on Fire, Kalas), Al Cisneros (Om), and Chris Hakius (Om). The band released their masterpiece Holy Mountain in 1992 on Earache Records. Sleep entered the studio in 1995 to record Dopesmoker, the executives at London Records felt the album was unmarketable as it was comprised of a single song more than one hour long.

Sleep made a second attempt to release the album retitling it Jerusalem. The band rewrote some of the lyrics and “slimmed” the length to 52 minutes. London Records again refused to release the album. Frustrated and unhappy with the situation, the members of Sleep decided to disband.

The original version of Dopesmoker did not see the light of day until 2003 when it was officially released by Tee Pee Records on CD and Double LP. An edited version of the track was featured on Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers original soundtrack.

Matt Pike has since played in the successful metal outfits High On Fire and Kalas , while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius joined together to form Om.

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