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Not for the faint-hearted
on 7 August 2012
Sleep's Dopesmoker is an album few bands are afforded to make. Consisting of an hour plus long song it's a large deviation from the format of the very successful Holy Mountain.
For those willing to open their minds to a little experimentation in the metal realm it can be a hugely rewarding listen. However it's understandable that some people dismiss this album as overindulgent, overlong and boring.
For me it's the soundtrack to the journey that your mind will take you on, through the desert of monolithic rock and a caravan of `weedians' travelling to the holy land. Let your mind fill in the imagery and enjoy the heaviness that beams from the guitars and the groove of the drums. The repetitiveness of the riffs offers a kind of meditation to the song with breaks and deviations to stop it getting too repetitive.
How is this different to the previous two Dopesmoker releases? Well the release entitled Jerusalem has a slightly different sound (not worse to my ears, just a different mix) but it is cut short and has no bonus tracks. The out of print Tee Pee release is pretty much as this mix is including the extra version of Holy Mountain (live). The artwork on this release from Sothern Lord is excellent; however the piece done for the Tee Pee record is also rather good. It's also worth noting that since this new versions release the Tee Pee album has plummeted in price (used to sell for around forty, now can be picked up for a fiver).