Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Stoner doom metal's Sleep performing in New Orleans in May

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

click to enlarge Yes, this is Sleep's official press photo. - PHOTO COURTESY SLEEP
  • Yes, this is Sleep's official press photo.
Inspired by the slow-motion doom of proto-metal predecessors Black Sabbath, and seemingly birthing an entire genre from their meditative, gargantuan riffs, stoner doom lords Sleep perform a rare live performance at the Civic Theatre on May 6.

Following its landmark sophomore album, 1991's Sleep's Holy Mountain, the band's ambitious followup Dopesmoker — intended as a single hour-long song — never saw its "official", fully realized release until 2003 and its remastered reissue in 2012. The back-and-forth of editing and label and band dissatisfaction ultimately disbanded Sleep, though the album is considered a metal masterpiece, a tedious-but-rewarding monster of dark, otherworldly conjuring through its mammoth performance.

Sleep — made up of High on Fire's Matt Pike and OM's Al Cisneros, with Neurosis' Jason Roeder on drums — reunited in 2009 and has performed infrequently at festivals and small tours. Last year, Cisneros said Sleep had returned to writing more music — the band released the 10-minute single "The Clarity" in July.

This year, the band's tour dates thus far include festivals in Europe, Austin City Limits, and several dates in the south. Tickets to the Civic show are $22 and are on sale 10 a.m. Friday, March 13.

Also heading to the Civic this spring are 2014 Voodoo veterans Slayer, who perform a Jazz Fest-y slot Sunday, April 26.

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