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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B007KWD7BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1.Dopesmoker
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I recommend this album to any metal fan, buy it.
Jeff
A classic, a brilliant, truly progressive journey to the boundaries of metal and music.
Samuel A. Rhode
Just the thought of a band playing ONE song for that long boggles the mind.
That Metal Guy

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By W. Perry Aggers on June 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Holy mother of GOD is this heavy. A more proper length and mix of "Jerusalem", this newly released juggernaut realizes the band's vision of their much-publicized and infamous uber-dirge, complete with more emphasis on the rhythym section's power when necessary and 13 minutes of added music. No longer broken into six separate tracks that run into each other, "Dopesmoker" is one 65-minute track and a bonus live recording of "Sonic Titan", where one can hear a smidgen of what sounds like a High on Fire riff here and there.
This version promises to blow out speakers of all kinds, as Al's bass is far heavier and prominent, but only when it's necessary. Pike's guitar is slightly edgier and compliments the newly restored bass sound nicely, leads screaming and clearer. Chris's drumming turns out to be an underrated part of "Dopesmoker", as you hear new and unearthed parts of his thundering backbeat that were otherwise overshadowed on "Jerusalem"
Best heard on a customized mix (preferrably with the bass turned slightly down for balance), "Dopesmoker" can take it's place as a fully established classic among the doom/stoner/drone genre, a far overdue release that will satisfy fanatics of crushingly heavy riffing and long improv. You'll feel it in your chest.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Nacho' Burro on October 26, 2006
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Smoke; thundering drums; more smoke; hulking buffalo-fuzz bass lines; towering resin-caked riffs played on the crustiest guitar ever fretted; shaggy green sasquatch-like vocals that do more chanting than singing; lyrics chronicling bong-fogged Old Testament events.
Sleep opened a portal to something ancient, epic, vast, slow as molasses and as vivid as a Vietnam flashback, and raised the bar unattainably HIGH for the stoner rock/doom bands that followed.
Not exactly 'Stoner Rock' though, Sleep were more like mystics or shamans. Having little to do with Reggae musically, but from the same realm as Rastafari Holymen. This album is its own genre. There's nothing angry or hostile about any of it, but its the HEAVIEST music you've ever heard.
This is an earlier, extended version of 'Jerusalem'. Theres more space in the recording, not so dense. It sounds a lot rawer, which, for this type of music of course, is ideal. The added live track "Sonic Titan", is buoyant in contrast, sounds kinda like a "Holy Mountain" song.
The Arik Roper artwork is pretty bitchin too.
If you like it transcendental, loud, and numbingly heavy, this is the ticket. Turn on, tune in, drop out...Maaaaaannnn!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samuel A. Rhode on July 30, 2006
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This is the real deal. I've been a peripheral Sleep fan for years, and I picked up "Jerusalem" when it became available in '99. I remember listening to it for the first time, listening to that one occasionly (but-not-too-often) altered low C note. 52 minutes of drone. Being a fan of the concept album but more familiar with the likes of Operation Mindcrime and any number of Pink Floyd albums, I expected more...parts. Segments. A story. So while I was moved by Jerusalem, I wasn't sure what to make of it. It would take me years to realize what it was Sleep were trying to accomplish with this record, and how thoroughly they had in fact achieved that goal.

Fast forward 5 years. Jerusalem's been growing on me. I'm outgrowing the silliness of more "progressive" concept albums. Perfect timing for the release of a new version of "Jerusalem." Titled "Dopesmoker," this version is 11 minutes longer and mixed waaaay better. It's my understanding that this is actually a different "take" of the song, not just "Jersusalem" with 11 restored minutes.

Whatever it is, it is amazing. It completes the album, along with my grasp of the song. The bass is far more present; Cisnero's fills move around under the droning guitar, giving the monolithic riffs far more depth. Particularly impressive is the separation of the bass' open low C and its 12th fret octave.

The drums are also more present, and we are treated to an awesome moment of Haikus "awakening" at about the 35 minute point. What this album does is make you pay attention to EVERY note. There is a method to the droning madness, and each note, particularly that subterranean C, sets up anticipation of the next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spacekase on September 6, 2008
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Quite simply, this album is for me the definitive example of stoner rock. Sleep really managed to transcend all the limitations of the genre with this album by magnifying and stretching stoner rock/metal's elements to an extreme rarely ever attempted, let alone achieved with this much success.

Be warned: this album is not for the casual metal fan. It is repetitive, droning and it unfolds at a glacial pace. The vocals are sung in a hoarse monotone and the lyrics can be ridiculously over the top: "Drop out of life with bong in hand / follow pot smoke toward the riff filled land".

But somehow, Sleep managed to take these elements and turn them into a bona fide masterpiece. The length of the song actually works in its favor -- there is simply no other way that these fuzzed out, C-tuned riffs, played at unbelievably slow, heavy tempos, could otherwise be developed the way they deserve to be. The band plays together with supernatural chemistry, grasping the sprawling changes with precision. There are also excellent uses of dynamics utilizing stops and starts and changes in volume, and a few cosmic solos from Matt Pike, too.

And about those silly lyrics: I suppose there is an element of humor to them, but the way they are delivered by Cisneros and the roiling power of the band backing him up manages to transcend any campiness. By the end of the record you aren't laughing at the words and the story they tell, but getting ready to rid yourself of all worldly posessions to join the procession of "weedians" on their long journey to Nazareth. It's a neat trick, to be able to use that sort of comic-book imagery to preach a quite sincere religion of marijuana use. Only Sleep has really been able to pull it off this well in the metal world.
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