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They came, they saw, they smoked: Sleep celebrate their decade-long reunion and impending hiatus at Thalia Hall

Most band reunions don’t live up to the hype, but most bands aren’t Sleep. In the early 90s, the Northern California trio—bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius—laid down a guttural strain of Sabbath-worshipping blues metal, filtered through a crusty psychedelic lens. They broke up in 1998 following a years-long […]

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Herb and Heaviosity

Sleep Jerusalem Just one thing stopped Sleep’s Jerusalem from being last year’s best and most ambitious rock album: it never came out. Slated for release in September 1997 by London/Polygram but shelved after the band fell apart last summer, Jerusalem is the holy grail of stoner metal, a 52-minute album consisting of exactly one song–one […]