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Dopesmoker

Sleep, Dwight PullenAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 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 (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1.Dopesmoker
2.Holy Mountain

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37 of 40 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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24 of 27 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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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enter the dirge. July 23, 2004
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is cool June 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's good that there are things in the world that are absurdly

huge, ludicrously long, deeply heavy. This album is one of them.

This review, on the other hand, is not.

This album *is* cool. Check it out.
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8 of 9 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this album is great.
I listen to a lot of music, from reggae to Ligeti, Tool to Tom waits, this album is what Yoda would listen to when he is on a interplanetary drug run.
Published 15 days ago by u573jr83e93832je9303
5.0 out of 5 stars Killerrrrrrr!
Awesome band! Great smoking and sex music! My girlfriend turned me on to this record, she is so rad, I love her!
Published 27 days ago by DMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaviest album ever? The zenith of the stoner metal genre?
I'm a little reluctant to be effusive about this record, as I have mixed feelings about the lyrics. But, man, what an album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but nothing to write home about
It gets a little monotonous at times. I'd say that I enjoy other works from bands like Sunn 0))) and Earth a little more than this.
Published 1 month ago by Fish Head
5.0 out of 5 stars KICK ABSOLUTE AZZ!
EVEN IF YOU DONT SMOKE DOPE, JUST GET U A GOOD BEER OR DRINK AND PUT THIS BABY ON. THIS CD WILL KICK YOUR ASS!! MUST HAVE. Read more
Published 1 month ago by diezelish
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy as it gets.
This album has about the slowest riff I have EVER heard. It's got tone, drone, and is just massively crushing. It's hard to describe this album really. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Green
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy marijuana
180 grams of some dank-ass Indica pressed into a similarly colored double vinyl set. Comes with a poster that you can stare at on the couch, also the sleeve and gatefold show me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evan Comes
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This album is very slow, prolonged and may loose you at points. Remember that their original record label refused to even release this album, due to the fact that they thought it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Moving Stoner Epic
When the Titanic sunk, the victims hummed the main intro riff to this album. When American's stormed the Beaches of Normandy, this is the song that they sung to themselves... Read more
Published 8 months ago by DeadandBuried81
5.0 out of 5 stars Drivin to work music for me.
It's a long ride. I've got 52 minutes to listen to one of my favorite bands and this cd was worth every cent. I love it. It gets better and better every time I crank it up. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Metalmomma
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