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Dopesmoker

Sleep, Dwight PullenAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How "Jerusalem" SHOULD have sounded 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The HEAVIEST thing ever made EVER!!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the uninitiated. July 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enter the dirge. July 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before Matt Pike formed the excellent doom metal outfit High On Fire, he took part in one of the most uncompromising stoner jams of all time with the band Sleep. I'm not particularly interested in Sleep's other works--the general consensus is that they are little more than Black Sabbath tribute records, but Dopesmoker/Jerusalem is pretty unique. The differences between Dopesmoker and Jerusalem: Dopesmoker is longer by about 10 minutes, has better production, cooler cover artwork (in my opinion anyway), and is not arbitrarily sliced up into parts like Jerusalem. Jerusalem was edited by their record label--the band hated it, but it does make this jam a bit more accessible (and you can skip ahead to the parts you like if it gets boring). Also Dopesmoker contains an additional 10-minute track labeled Sonic Titan, recorded live.

Anyway, back to the title track: It is an hour-plus long jam; the motif is established early on, and most of Dopesmoker is a series of variations on that main riff. It is monotonous, droning, SLLLLOOOOWWWWW, and oh yeah, heavier than a herd of pachyderms. This album will seriously test the limits of your sound system if you're going to play it at the appropriate volume (which of course is loud enough to be mistaken for low-flying 747's). The bass alone will exact a pounding on your chest cavity.

Musically, it is good despite the monotony. Pike's solos are excellent, as usual, and Chris Haikus beats the skins capably. Cisnero's vocals are sparse but perfect in conveying that hazy atmosphere, and the lyrics are about Christ and pot ("green herbsmen serve rightful king"...duuude). Definitely different from your average metal.

Needless to say, something like this has very limited appeal and is kind of tough to rate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Purple Vinyl For Me???
I bought this for the purple vinyl like it says in the description. Love this record but I was somewhat disappointing it wasn't Purple, only reason its not 5 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Adamade12
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok
Long version of some better shorter melvins songs. Gets old. Even guitar player starts noodling his solos eventually.
Published 2 months ago by JAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ultimate classic smoke three blunts before and after
Published 2 months ago by super pica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, NOT pressed on purple as the Editor's Note states.
Kinda disappointed when this arrived on standard black vinyl, not the purple as stated above in the Editor's Comment.
Great album otherwise.
Published 2 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy isn't even the word for it...
Heaviest, deepest recording ever created... This always brings me back down to the ground. This is as REAL as it gets.

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Published 3 months ago by Six
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the decade
Easily one of the greatest bands to ever plug in instruments and this was their magnum opus. A seventy-three minute song that pissed off everybody from their label on up and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by jc02151
4.0 out of 5 stars DOOM SMOKER
Love this album. Two songs, ONE is an HOUR long stoner/doom-fest. Love it. It doesn't disappoint. Just don't pay the higher prices this goes for.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Demonic Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking for something heavy...this is it...
Just got back from an hour commute. Listened to "Dopesmoker" all the way through.Hour plus. One tune. Awesome. Read more
Published 4 months ago by giz6570
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best recording of droning guitars ever recorded.
This should go down in history as something really special. If you want droning, sludgy, fuzzy guitars, this is the best recording of it ever made. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. W. Chesser
5.0 out of 5 stars This album slays.
This album isn't just rock music; it’s a premonitory hymn for the survivors of the end of time. Upon finishing it, you will know that Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Jason Roeder are... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justin
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