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matamp - fuelled perfection
on 27 June 2005
Yes, its true what most people who hear this say about this album, that it is probably the heaviest recording ever made and i for one agree with those people.
Word is that with the advance that London records gave to Sleep to record their next album after the legendary Holy Mountain (get that if you havent heard it, it's mint), rumoured to be six figures, the band bought a huge heap of vintage-style Matamp amplifiers (anyone who's heard one will know). In all they had about eight valve heads, 8 4x15 cabs and 8 4x12 cabs and that was just for Matt Pike's guitar. Its believed they spent over $50,000 on Matamps alone, then spent the rest of the advance on weed and good times (as you do).
When the time came to record, Sleep took their wall of amps, and cranked out this! it took a couple of days, and the main course is a song entitled jerusalem - the heaviest song ever recorded! Its over 60 minutes long and mainly comprised of riffs made of three or four chords. Some people might think that this sounds boring but the majority of people whose company i have been in while listening to dopesmoker have enjoyed it. The riff swells and swells until its so heavy it literally hurts, and then Matt Pike unleashes another banshee solo (theres one every ten minutes or so and theyre all amazing), all the while the insane monk-like chants of Al Cisneros seem to drone more than the riff itself, and the lyrics, the lyrics are hilarious and inspirational at the same time, lines like "proceeds the weedion, nazareth", "drop out of life with bong in hand, follow the smoke towards the riff filled land".
In all, this is one of my favourite albums of all time. I loved the jerusalem version that was split into six but when i bought this i was blown away! its about twelve minutes longer than the rise above version and a much heavier sound, not to mention the extra song Sonic Titan, recorded live, which is an excellent song, but theres little need going into it here as the importance is really on dopesmoker the song. which is badass