After an overlooked debut, Sleep released a well-received follow-up, Sleep’s Holy Mountain, in 1992 on Earache. The record had obvious Black Sabbath influences, and has been described as ‘the best Black Sabbath never wrote.’
The success of Sleep’s Holy Mountain landed Sleep a contract with a larger record company (London), who paid up front for Sleep’s next record. As the story goes, Sleep went out and spent all the money on Orange amplifiers and marijuana (although this is denied by the band), then went on to record what is easily one of both stoner rock and doom metal’s defining moments; the 1 hour long Dopesmoker.
London refused to publish the record, and Sleep privately released a somewhat shortened version of the song (as a bootleg) in 1998 as Jerusalem before splitting up. Jerusalem was properly released in 1999, however it took until 2003 for Dopesmoker to be released in all its glory on teepee records.
(Taken from Last.fm)
And then there was the break up, Matt went away from the band and founded High on Fire, Al and Chris formed OM and from one of the best stoner/doom metal bands got two highly accepted acts in the genres sludge and doom.
This year the story was told new and Sleep reunited for two nights at this years ATP Festival in England. This is the set from one of the two nights, maybe this is footage that will get used for a cd/dvd release of this event. Grab your bong, take a hit and follow the smoke towards the riff filled land....
1. From Beyond
2. (Proceeds the Weedian, Nazareth)
3. The Druid
4. Some Grass (Version)
6. Evil Gypsy - Solomon's Theme
7. Nain's Baptism
9. Inside the Sun
10. Holy Mountain