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Sleep

Formed: 1990
From: San Jose, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Sleep News

Below is our complete Sleep news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sunday Old School: Sleep

Providing you don’t have to be up early for church, one of the best things about Sundays is sleep. This week, the last word in that previous sentence will have a double meaning, as we take a look at the band Sleep, one of the pioneers of the stoner metal genre. The band’s origins go back to the sludge metal group, Asbestosdeath, which featured singing bassist, Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius, along with guitarist Tom Choi, with a second guitarist named Matt Pike being added to the lineup soon after. The quartet recorded two singles. One for the label, Profane Existence entitled, "Dejection," and a self-released cut named, "Unclean." These would be the only recordings made with Choi, who left the group shortly afterwards and was replaced by Justin Marler. The change in members brought about a change for the band as a whole, who decided to abandon the Asbestosdeath moniker and go by, Sleep from here on in.

Now marching under a new banner, the four piece recorded their first full length album, "Volume One," which was released in 1991 through the Tupelo Recording Company. It is hailed as the darkest work of their career, more akin to doom metal than the stoner sound they would become known for. It would be their only release with Marler, who took the somewhat unexpected decision to quit the band to become an orthodox monk quickly after the record hit the shelves, leaving them as a trio for their EP, "Volume Two," which consisted of a live cover of Black Sabbath’s, "Lord of This World" and early versions of the songs, "Nain's Baptism" and "The Druid." More...

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Sleep's "Dopesmoker" To See Cassette Release

It’s now been nearly one year since Southern Lord Recordings was bestowed the honor of releasing Sleep’s legendary "Dopesmoker" album. Now, the label has seen fit to repress the vinyl edition again, just in time for the one year anniversary (April 20th, 2013). Additionally, the label has committed the album to cassette.

The Southern Lord version of "Dopesmoker" features brand new artwork by longtime Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the album’s rebirth. The following press release was also issued about the re-release:

"The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by Brad Boatright. His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically. What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle.

"Southern Lord worked painstakingly close with the band to make sure that this reissue was done correctly. It would have been completely unacceptable to cut corners or do anything that would not give this album the full respect it rightfully deserves. It meant everything to the label that Sleep was 100% satisfied with the result of all the hard work and in fact has dubbed this thee ultimate version of the album."

Ordering information on the re-release of "Dopesmoker" can be found right here.

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Sleep Changes Maryland Deathfest Show Date

Sleep has posted the following message online about switching the band's performance at the upcoming 2013 Maryland Deathfest from Saturday to Sunday:

"Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013. Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band.

"Please be advised: to facilitate the touring opportunities offered to both Om and Neurosis in May 2013, Sleep has rescheduled their appearance at MDF 2013 from Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th. Sleep offers humble apologies to anyone that this may inconvenience.

"If you want/need to exchange Saturday tickets for Sunday tickets, please send them to:
MDF - P.O. Box 20368 - Baltimore, MD 21284. We look forward to MDF and beyond. Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart." More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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MDF 2013 Location Announced

With Sonar closing, the location of 2013's Maryland DeathFest XI was up in the air. The organizers have finally announced that the fest will be held in the same location as last year, and will be expanded. Maryland DeathFest XI will take place in Baltimore, Maryland on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Tickets go on sale on October 15th at 12 pm (EST). You can read the entire update below:

We're a day early with this announcement, but we can finally let you know where MDF XI will be taking place.

In a nutshell, we will be returning to the property formerly known as Sonar, and will be at least doubling the amount of outside space that we've been used to utilizing. We realize that it's a bit of a mind fuck to wait around for a few months just to hear that the fest is returning to the same place, but truth be told, the other places we looked at were either not able to give us a definite answer anytime soon, and/or had too many inconveniences that we did not want to put the fans through. During the venue search, it was brought to our attention that the new owners of the property were willing to collaborate with us, so we decided to go through with returning to a familiar place that is close to the hotels and conveniences of downtown Baltimore.

The additional space outside will allow us to comfortably accommodate the crowd, and will allow more room for the MDF vendor village, food vendors/food trucks, places to sit, and other new additions like misting tents to escape the possibility of it being hotter than it should be that weekend. There will be two outside stages plus the stage inside. Due to the new configuration outside, the placement of the outside stages will likely be different.
As for the building itself, there are some renovations currently taking place, but the rooms will be used exactly how they have been in the past, and it will be air conditioned throughout.

We would also like to announce the addition of a second inside stage at Baltimore Soundstage, which is a 1/2 mile walk away from the former Sonar (at 124 Market Place), and will be used from Friday-Sunday. This will be a smaller show without a barricade that will feature mostly hardcore and punk bands, and it will be scheduled in a way that should not conflict with anything going on at the former Sonar compound. All of the bands for this stage will be included in next week's announcement on October 9th.

The latest list of bands playing at this time is as follows: More...

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Saint Vitus Live Video From Scion Rock Fest 2012

Video footage of Saint Vitus performing "Let Them Fall" at Scion Rock Fest 2012 at the Ritz Ybor in Tampa, FL has been posted online by Scion A/V. Check out the full song below:

You can watch the entire series of Scion Rock Fest 2012 videos below, including more performance clips, sound checks, behind the scenes interviews and more with bands like Down, Decapitated, Suffocation, The Atlas Moth, All Pigs Must Die and many more: More...

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Sleep Announces New Tour Dates

Following a near month-long stretch of European live dates, currently underway, stoner metal icons Sleep will play four special U.S. shows next month in Florida, Washington, and California.

The performances come in celebration of the epic deluxe reissue of "Dopesmoker," released via Southern Lord Recordings earlier this month. Entirely remastered from the original smoke-encrusted Ampex reels, the reissue features an unreleased live recording of one the band's greatest live performances -- "Holy Mountain" from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994 -- as well as a brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist Arik Roper.

Catch Sleep live this Summer and check out footage of the band’s pre-Roadburn rehearsal in the player below.

5/24/2012 Stylus - Leeds, United Kingdom w/ A Storm of Light
5/25/2012 ATP I'll Be Your Mirror - London, United Kingdom w/ Slayer, Melvins
5/26/2012 Villette, Sonique - Paris, France
5/27/2012 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium w/ A Storm of Light
5/28/2012 Feierwerk - Munich, Germany w/ A Storm of Light
5/31/2012 ATP Primavera Sound Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain w/ Wolves In The Throne Room

6/02/2012 The Ritz – Tampa, FL
6/03/2012 Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/04/2012 Neumos – Seattle, WA
6/05/2012 Fox Theater – Oakland, CA More...

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Sleep Reveals Re-Issue Artwork

As previously announced, Southern Lord Recordings will release a deluxe reissue of "Dopesmoker" from stoner metal icons Sleep.

This reissue is entirely remastered from the original smoke-encrusted Ampex reels, and features an unreleased live recording of a live performance -- “Holy Mountain” from San Francisco’s I-Beam in 1994 -- as well as brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist Arik Roper. Check out the artwork at this location.

In conjunction with its release, Sleep will be headlining the 2012 edition of the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands before departing on a 24-city tour of Europe and the U.K. commencing May 3rd in Wroclaw, Poland. More...

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Asymmetry Fest 2012 Lineup Revealed

The Asymmetry Festival will be taking place from May 3rd - 5th in Poland, with full details available here. The following press release was issued about the fest:

"Asymmetry Festival is a unique event on the Central European scale. Successfully organized since four years, draws fans of the alternative music scene not only from Poland, but Germany, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and many other neighbouring countries as well. The festival constantly develops its formula in continuous searches for new music genres – genres which defy labelling. The event will take place, for the first time, in a special location on the map of Wroclaw – the XIXc. building of the Browar Mieszczanski [Bourgeois Brewery], which since many years is an important cultural point of the city.

"Apart from the location, the assumptions and priorities in attitude towards the invited artists have changed as well. Among the 40 bands performing there, there is a numerous group of innovative projects, which are difficult to come across on any European festival stage. So side by side with the legendary Sleep, Killing Joke, Red Fang or Amenra, the guests of Asymmetry will also witness performances of all-star groups, created exclusively to in order to open the artistic floodgates of musical visions and the need to evolve.

"Let yourself be carried away by the fun. Come to Wroclaw and become witnesses of something huge."

The lineup and schedule for the festival is as follows: More...

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Sleep Re-Issuing "Dopesmoker"

News of almighty proportions has landed as Southern Lord announces a deluxe reissue of "Dopesmoker" by Sleep. The following press release was issued about the album"

"For the 2012 reissue, there are some very notable changes. The original studio tapes have been remastered presenting the album as the band had originally intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and at last brings a true representation of SLEEP’s hour-plus Weedian chronicle. Exclusive to this Southern Lord edition is brand new artwork by long time SLEEP artist Arik Roper, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Additionally, this reborn version of Dopesmoker boasts an unreleased live recording of one of the band’s best all-time performances: 'Holy Mountain' from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994.

"Southern Lord is overwhelmingly ecstatic to reissue one of the most important recordings in heavy metal history. This edition ensures that this mesmerizing, incredibly complex document remains unrivaled in the annals of stoner metal."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Dopesmoker 1:03:31
2. Holy Mountain (Live @ the I-Beam SF, CA. 1994) 11:54\ More...

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Sleep Announces Three Summer Shows

Reunited stoner metal outfit Sleep has announced that the band will be performing three shows in North America this June, following a successful reunion tour last year.

The currently announced tour dates are as follows:

June 22 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
June 24 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
June 26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

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A Storm Of Light To Embark On U.S. Tour

Brooklyn atmospheric doom metal band, A STORM OF LIGHT, is gearing up for a short stint of U.S. tour dates next week that include performances with experimental metal/noise exhibitionists Today Is The Day and reunited stoner metallers Sleep before heading to Europe for a month's worth of shows in October. Said guitarist/vocalist John Graham of the upcoming shows: "The next couple of months are going to be a lot of fun for us. We're lucky enough to share the stage with the legendary Sleep, brutalists Today Is the Day, and then embark on our fourth European tour. Awesome!"

Here are the latest A Storm Of Light U.S./European tour dates:

08/31/10 32st St Pub - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Today Is the Day
09/01/10 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD w/ Today Is the Day
09/03/10 Santos Party House - New York, NY w/ Today Is the Day
09/04/10 AS220 - Providence, RI w/ Today Is the Day
09/07/10 Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, PA w/ Sleep
09/08/10 Brooklyn Masonic Temple - Brooklyn, NY w/ Sleep, Lichens
10/01/10 Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
10/02/10 Whelans - Dublin, Irelandw/ Stand Up Guy
10/03/10 The Spring And Airbrake - Belfast, Ireland w/ Stand Up Guy
10/04/10 Captain’s Rest - Glasgow, Scotland
10/05/10 The Croft - Bristol, UK
10/06/10 The Underworld - London, UK w/ Sedula, Sons Of Alpha Centauri
10/07/10 Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
10/08/10 Simplon - Groningen, Netherlands
10/09/10 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
10/10/10 Juha West Matinee Show - Stuttgart, Germany
10/12/10 Rhiz - Vienna, Austria
10/13/10 Kset - Zagreb, Croatia
10/14/10 Randall - Bratislava, Slovakia
10/16/10 Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
10/17/10 Powiekszenie - Warsaw, Poland
10/20/10 Nabaklab - Riga, Latvia
10/21/10 Nosturi - Helsinki, Finland
10/23/10 Garage - Oslo, Norway
10/24/10 Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden
10/25/10 Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
10/26/10 Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
10/27/10 Feierwerk - Munich, Germany
10/28/10 Spazio - Turin, Italy
10/29/10 Urban - Perugia, Italy
10/30/10 Init Club - Rome, Italy

A Storm of Light released their second full-length, entitled "Forgive Us Our Trespasses," via Neurot last October.

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Sleep Adds More U.S. Tour Dates

Iconic stoner metal act Sleep, featuring High On Fire's Matt Pike, have added a handful of new dates to their previously announced tour of the United States. The dates all take place in the month of September and span from the east coast all the way out to California.

Sleep tour dates:
September 3 – Monticello, NY @ 2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival
September 4 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYE Fest
September 5 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
September 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
September 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
September 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
September 9 – Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
September 10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
September 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
September 12 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
September 13 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

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Shrinebuilder Announces European Tour Dates

Shrinebuilder have announced details regarding the band's upcoming tour of Europe. The tour kicks off on November 9th, 2010 in Utrecht, Netherlands and runs until December 2nd, ending in London. Shrinebuilder features Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Al Cisneros of Sleep, Dale Crover of The Melvins and Scott Weinrich of St.Vitus.

Shrinebuilder European tour dates:
Nov. 09 - Tivoli - Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov. 10 - De Kreun - Kortrijk, Belgium
Nov. 11 - Gebaude 9 - Cologne, Germany
Nov. 12 - Berghain - Berlin, Germany
Nov. 13 - Eskulap - Poznan, Poland
Nov. 14 - Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
Nov. 15 - Feierwerk - Munich, Germany
Nov. 16 - Futurum - Prague, Czech Republic
Nov. 17 - Durer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 18 - Arena - Vienna, Austria
Nov. 19 - Bronson - Ravenna, Emilia-Rom, Italy
Nov. 20 - Bloom - Mezzago, Mezaggo, Italy
Nov. 21 - Rote Fabrik - Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 22 - Epicerie Moderne - Feyzin, France
Nov. 23 - Astrolabe - Orleans, France
Nov. 24 - Glaz'Art - Paris, France
Nov. 25 - Jubez - Karlsruhe, Germany
Nov. 27 - Club Academy - Manchester, UK
Nov. 28 - Oran Mor - Glasgow, UK
Nov. 29 - Button Factory - Dublin, Ireland
Nov. 30 - Cyprus Avenue - Cork, Ireland
Dec. 02 - Scala - London, UK

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Sleep Announces New Tour Dates

Iconic doom metallers Sleep, featuring High On Fire's Matt Pike, have just announced a batch of new tour dates. The concerts, which are to be the first taking place in the U.S in over twelve years, are taking place at various locations across America.

Currently announced dates include:
September 3 – Monticello, NY@ All Tomorrow’s Parties Festival 2010
September 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
September 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
September 9 – Chicago, IL@ Logan Square Auditorium
September 10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
September 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
September 12 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom More...

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Sleep To Reunite For U.S. Tour Dates

Legendary Californian doom metal band Sleep has announced that they will be reforming to perform some shows in the United States later this year. These shows will happen around September time with the only confirmed show taking place on September 3rd in Monticello, New York. The band performed some reunion shows in Europe last year but were unable to tour the States due to guitarist Matt Pike's involvment in the band High On Fire. Stay tuned for more information and tour dates.

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