1990: Sleep

 Feb, 03 - 2014   no comments   1990s Music

A-57916-1241601517Perhaps the ultimate stoner rock band, Sleep influenced much of the metal in the 90’s and the present. The line up consisted of Matt Pike (High on Fire, Kalas), Al Cisneros (Om), and Chris Hakius (Om). The band released their masterpiece Holy Mountain in 1992 on Earache Records. Sleep entered the studio in 1995 to record Dopesmoker, the executives at London Records felt the album was unmarketable as it was comprised of a single song more than one hour long.

Sleep made a second attempt to release the album retitling it Jerusalem. The band rewrote some of the lyrics and “slimmed” the length to 52 minutes. London Records again refused to release the album. Frustrated and unhappy with the situation, the members of Sleep decided to disband.

Finally, in 2003 the original version of Dopesmoker was officially released by Tee Pee Records. It is generally considered the definitive version of the album. An excerpted version can be heard on Jim Jarmusch‘s Broken Flowers original soundtrack.

Cisneros and Hakius later formed the experimental rock band Om while Pike formed heavy metal band High on Fire.

In 2007 a CD compilation of both 7″ releases of the pre-Sleep band, Asbestosdeath, was released on Southern Lord Records.

  • Pop/Rock
  • Doom Metal
  • Heavy Metal
  • Stoner Metal
  • 1990–1998
  • 2009–present

MI0003661599Current lineup

  • Al Cisneros – bass guitar, vocals (1990–1998, 2009–Present)
  • Matt Pike – guitar (1990–1998, 2009–Present)
  • Jason Roeder – drums (2010–Present)

Former members

  • Chris Hakius – drums (1990–1998, 2009)
  • Justin Marler – guitar (1990–1991)


  • 1991 Volume One Tupelo Records
  • 1992 Volume Two Off the Disk Records
  • 1992 Holy Mountain Earache Records
  • 1999 Jerusalem The Music Cartel / Rise Above Records
  • 2003 Dopesmoker Tee Pee Records / Southern Lord Records

Sleep – Dragonaut

Doom/Stoner Metal History

Sleep – Dopesmoker 

  • London Records
  • Very Small Records
  • Earache Records
  • Southern Lord Records
  • Tee Pee Records
  • The Music Cartel

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