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Sleep's Holy Mountain
Sleeps Holy Mountain
Album cover with art by SF tattoo artist Robert Klem.
Studio album by Sleep
Released November 1992
Recorded 1991 - 1992 at Razor's Edge in San Fransisco, California, USA
Genre Stoner Metal
Length 52:12
Label Earache, Kreation (2007 Vinyl editions)
Producer Billy Anderson, Sleep
Sleep chronology
Volume Two
(1991)
Sleep's Holy Mountain
(1992)
Dopesmoker
(1999 / 2003 / 2012)

Sleep's Holy Mountain is the second studio album by stoner metal band Sleep. Released in 1992 to positive reviews, it is considered a seminal record in the evolution of Stoner Rock. It was released in November 1992 in Europe, and March 1993 in the USA through Earache Records.

This album is dedicated to the memory of Robbie Buck Sr. (R.I.P.)

BackgroundEdit

The recordings that would become Sleep's Holy Mountain were originally sent to Earache Records as a demo. The label immediately signed the band and released the recordings exactly as they were received. It was the last album to date that was released by the band as a fully functioning group, as their subsequent albums were released after the group had broken up.

The album, which includes the word "stoner" in the lyrics of two songs and prominently features cannabis leaves in its album art, is widely considered one of the seminal albums in the evolution of stoner rock. It became a favorite of the heavy metal press and the band was heralded, along with Kyuss, as leaders of the emerging stoner metal scene. A music video was also shot for "Dragonaut" to promote the album. "Dragonaut" was used in the 1997 Harmony Korine film Gummo while "Some Grass" appears in the soundtrack for the movie alongside "Dragonaut.

In the same sessions, Sleep recorded a cover of the Black Sabbath song Snowblind. This was initially released on the compilation Masters of Misery: Black Sabbath - An Earache Tribute.

In May 2009, Sleep reunited and performed the album live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. Earache reissued the album around the same time with the Black Sabbath cover and Dragonaut music video as a bonus. In 2010, Sleep would perform the album in full throughout the United States (With new drummer Jason Roeder) in the Marijuanaut's Return tour.

Sleep's Holy Mountain was reissued on vinyl by Kreation records in 2007 and by Earache in 2014 and 2015. Holy Mountain was also reissued on cassette by Easy Rider Records in 2013. Sleep does not receive any royalties for any recent pressings of Sleep's Holy Mountain.

TracklistEdit

All songs written and composed by Sleep
No. Title Length
1. "Dragonaut"   5:43
2. "The Druid"   4:52
3. "Evil Gypsy / Solomon's Theme"   7:07
4. "Some Grass"   0:48
5. "Aquarian"   5:38
6. "Holy Mountain"   8:45
7. "Inside the Sun"   5:45
8. "From Beyond"   10:34
9. "Nain's Baptism"   3:02
10. "Snowblind" (Black Sabbath cover; bonus track) 5:56
Total length:
52:12

NOTE: Track 10 only appears on the 2009 CD reissue along with the "Dragonaut" music video.

PersonnelEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit


  V·T·E  Sleep
Current Members  Al CisnerosMatt PikeJason Roeder
Past Members Chris HakiusJustin Marler
Albums Volume OneSleep's Holy MountainJerusalemDopesmoker
Extended Plays Volume Two
Singles The Clarity
Associated Bands and Artists AsbestosdeathDejection, UncleanOmHigh on FireNeurosisKalasThe SabiansShrinebuilderDenver Colorado 09.05.10Billy AndersonArik RoperDavid V. D'Andrea

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