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Holy Mountain: Extra Tracks

Sleep Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache
  • ASIN: B001R3YJME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dragonaut
2. The Druid
3. Evil Gypsy/Solomon's Theme
4. Some Grass
5. Aquarian
6. Holy Mountain
7. Inside the Sun
8. From Beyond
9. Nain's Baptism
10. Snowblind
11. Dragonaut (Music Video)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoner Metal At Its Best 2 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Sleep are a band of somewhat cult status now, and it's mostly thanks to this monstrously heavy riff onslaught, and of course their 60+ minute journey aptly named 'Dopesmoker'.

For those High on Fire fans, you probably already know this, but if not, Matt Pike was the lead guitarist for Sleep, and he certainly laid down a few smacking riffs in their short discography. Along with makeshift vocalist/bassist Al Cisneros, Sleep made a brutal, raw form of stoner rock/metal with next to no production qualities, and next to none articulacy for the lyrics. But that simply adds to the nasty flavour.

The album starts off with a bang, 'Dragonaut' is a Sleep classic, starting with a lovely Sabbathy riff, the band spiral in and out of more huge riffs, psychedelic lyrics (riding dragons to crimson eyes and the likes) and some lovely tempo changes. This song pretty much sums up what Sleep are all about, it's unapologetic, heavy and above all great fun. The fundamental thing that must be pointed out is that this is definitely not for people looking for 'fancy' and 'flowery' guitar work, intellectual lyrics and intricate drum playing. This is heavy, stoned metal. Its bloody brilliant too.

`The Druid' and 'Evil Gypsy/Solomon's Theme' are more of the same: riffs-a-plenty, silly lyrics sung with not much care, and above all they get my head and toes tapping. 'Solomon's Theme' it should be noted has a fantastic tempo change and a lovely climatic onslaught. Juicy.

'Some Grass' is a little break, a nice guitar only piece that leads us into 'Aquarium', one of my highlights of the album. The main riff here is simply stunning, and once again the band, while they would seem 'sludgy' at times, are actually very tight, and above all very patient.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic heavy rock at its best!!! 26 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the undiscovered great albums, more people should know about Sleep. It's one of the finest heavy rock (stoner rock?) albums in the known universe. Matt Pike (guitarist) studied at the Iommi school of riff and graduated with honours because this is the most Sabbathy band that wasn't Black Sabbath that I've ever heard. It's rare for me to find an album that I could 100% reccomend, but if you like Sabbath you'll dig this.
The lead work is very tasty but at the same time has a slight psychedelic sloppyness that adds to it's charm, and the riffs are huge, there isn't much going on vocally and the lyrics look like they were written while stoned, but this all adds up to a brilliant album that's far more than the sum of it's very heavy rifftastic parts. If you heard "Jerusalem" by Sleep and were intimidated/put off by it, don't let that deter you from this.
This sounds more like Sabbath than Dio era Sabbath. There's no stand out best track for me, the coolness doesn't let up. For anyone into Sabbathesque heavy rock, or the Stoner Rock Sleep helped pioneer, buy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic tunes 17 April 2004
Format:Audio CD
this is quite frankly the most sabbath sounding band and album i've ever heard in fact i once read that sabbath even said that themselves. got this way back in the day when it was first released and it still is one of the finest records in my collection. heavy riffs from the excellent dreadnought (remember the video?) throughout, an absolute must for any sabbath/earache/doom metal fan
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep? When this is on? I don't think so!! 23 Aug 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Sleep were the most extreme of the stoner-rock pioneers. Although easier on the ear than their scarily heavy final album "Jerusalem", this still isn't exactly accessible. The whole ethos of the band seemed to be to play as heavy as possible but also as slowly as possible. There aren't many "tunes" as such but that is NOT a criticism - the album succeeds on the atmosphere it creates. The only respite from the sonic onslaught is a short acoustic interlude - the appropriately titled "Some Grass". Although recorded back in 1992, there still aren't many albums that can match this. Buy this as a warm-up to buying Jerusalem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy heavy heavy heavy 25 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album and sleep as a band deserve the cult following they have. This is the heaviest album I've ever listened to and every song here deserves a listen. Don't expect a sabbath or kyuss imitation here, sleep are heavy and sludgey but its their own special blend. The riffs are huge, really huge. Gigantasaurus big. Matt Pike certainly lays down some memorable guitar work here. Even the little acoustic interlude 'some grass' is top notch. Very top of the notch. Flying over the notch. The guitar work is prominent and perhaps what Sleep are best known for, but the lyrics, vocals bass and drums are not to be forgotten. The lyrics are perhaps my favourite part of the album. 'Phantasml spectre of two worlds collide/Planetoid soaked in rays of electric light' pretty much sum it all up. Light up and enjoy the planetoids and electric light and stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massive, just massive 5 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Sabbath in a glue factory, sonically and mentally.
Huge downtuned riffs over flanged out bass, kind of groovy despite being awesomely heavy, this record is a true classic.
The production of this record is great, i.e. non existent. So much heavy music is ruined by over production that renders it impotent. Sleep show their crust punk roots in that all the nasty edges are left intact. If you find the rawk edges or kyuss or fu-manchu just embarrassing, trust me, this record hits it.
Any interest in doom-stoner-stoner-doom? Buy this record
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this
Sleep's Holy Mountain is a must have for any fan of Doom/Stoner. Just look at that album cover. LOOK AT IT. The music is just as good.
Published 9 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stoner Metal
Good Stoner Doom. If you like Saint Vitus try this one. Dragonaut is awesome. Give it a blast if yu're a doom fan.
Published 12 months ago by John McAulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill psychedelic grunge!
I wish I'd discovered Sleep before! If this is your type of music it's definitely worth a listen! Would recommend.
Published 16 months ago by Felicity
4.0 out of 5 stars HOLY SMOKE!
OK Kiddies, listen up this is a prime sludgy, SLABBBATH of intense STONERHEM.
Heck it's worth four stars for DRAGONAUT alone. These guys are certainly no Weeds. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pesto Fingeration
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem!!!
An excellent album, regret I didn't buy it 20 years ago, definitely, strongly reccommended, buy it or listen it ...
Published 18 months ago by Asinone Bello
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleep's Holy Mountain
Sleep, much like Kyuss were a pioneering force in Stoner Rock, who unfortunately broke up before they really got their due, and have since moved on to form the basis of other... Read more
Published on 23 July 2011 by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars exemplary stoner classic
Having discovered the wonderful OM a few years ago I finally got around to checking out this band-what a revalation! Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2009 by Mr. M. J. C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVY and TRIPPY
Along with blues for the red sun by kyuss and monster magnets spine of god
this album and the other 2 mentioned basically invented the whole stoner rock genre. Read more
Published on 10 May 2009 by Kim Marie Gannon
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID at all costs
Took a chance....wished I hadn't. Very thin weedy production not heavy at all (listen to Kyuss if you want to here proper Stoner heavy) poor songs that drift and ultimately just... Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2007 by R. N. Fisher
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