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Don’t Sleep on Sleep

June 22nd, 2011


Twenty years ago, the doom-metal band Sleep, put out their debut album, Volume One. The NorCal group specialized in doom metal with a psychedelic twist, including plenty of bass and guitar effects. And the band didn’t try to hide its interest in weed, which, perhaps, had something to do with its third album, an ode to marijuana intended to be called Dopesmoker, consisting of one 63-minute track. The label wasn’t amused and shelved the disc, and the guys in the band, unhappy with the label’s interference, decided to end Sleep (above, performing “Dragonaut”) in the late ’90s. But a 2009 reunion as part of England’s All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival spurred them to regroup. And they play Terminal 5 tonight.