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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their third album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''. The following month, they released another non-album single, "Leagues Beneath".

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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their third album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''. The following month, they released another non-album single, "Leagues Beneath".
Beneath". The band announced that they are going on hiatus following their New Year's Eve 2019 shows, but are not breaking up.


Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their third album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.

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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their third album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.
''Dopesmoker''. The following month, they released another non-album single, "Leagues Beneath".




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* "Leagues Beneath" (2018, single)

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* Jason Roeder - Drums

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* Jason Roeder - DrumsDrums (2009-Present)




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* Justin Marler - Guitar (1990-1991)

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* EruditeStoner: Al Cisneros.


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* LargeHam: Al's vocals are actually pretty subdued for the most part, but on some songs, such as "The Druid" and "Dopesmoker", he really lets loose.


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* WalkingShirtlessScene: Matt Pike is famous for never wearing shirts.


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* {{Mascot}}: The Weedians have become this for the band and for the genre of stoner metal as a whole. The band literally sells ''action figures'' of them, and people have cosplayed at them at their shows.

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* {{Mascot}}: The Weedians have become this for the band and for the genre of stoner metal as a whole. The band literally sells ''action figures'' of them, and people have cosplayed at them at their shows. As of ''The Sciences'', the Marijuanaut ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an astronaut smoking marijuana]]) also counts.


Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.

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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final third album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.


Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use).

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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use).
use). Although a surprise release, it received critical acclaim from music critics continuing the band's critical success that follows that of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.


* BreakupBreakout: After Sleep, Matt Pike would go on to form High on Fire and find more commercial success there than he did with Sleep. Also true but to a lesser extent with Om.


Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim.

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Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim.
acclaim. On April 19, 2018, they announced a new album, ''The Sciences'', to be released the very next day (4/20, a day long associated with marijuana use).




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* ''The Sciences'' (2018)

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: ''Volume One'' is, by any measure, an excellent slab of doom metal, but it has never reached the classic status of ''Holy Mountain'' and ''Dopesmoker''.

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Dopesmoker" has a full 8 minutes of music before the vocals enter.


''Follow the smoke towards the riff filled land''

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''Follow the smoke towards the riff filled land''
land"''



* BreakupBreakout: After Sleep, Matt Pike would go on to form High on Fire and find more commercial success there than he did with Sleep. Also true but to a lesser extent with Om.



* TheStoner: Openly and enthusiastically so.

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* InTheHood: The Weedians are depicted this way on the cover of ''Dopesmoker''.
* IncrediblyLongNote: Al does this ''a lot'' on ''Dopesmoker'', and it really adds to the epic atmosphere of the album.
--> '''"DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP OUUUUUUUUUUUUUT OF LIFE'''
--> '''WITH BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG IIIIIIIIIIIIIN HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND"'''
* LeadBassist: Al Cisneros is the frontman and his basslines are quite prominent in the music.
* {{Mascot}}: The Weedians have become this for the band and for the genre of stoner metal as a whole. The band literally sells ''action figures'' of them, and people have cosplayed at them at their shows.
* TheStoner: Openly and enthusiastically so. so.
* SubduedSection: Several examples on ''Dopesmoker'', the best occurring at about 41 minutes in.
* TropeCodifier: Along with Music/ElectricWizard and Music/{{Kyuss}}, they're this for stoner metal.
* WatchItStoned: It's basically made for this.

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--> ''"Drop out of life with bong in hand''\\
''Follow the smoke towards the riff filled land''

Sleep is a seminal stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Formed in the early 1990's from the ashes of the band Asbestosdeath, Sleep was a three piece consisting of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Hakius. During their original run, they only recorded three albums before conflicts with their record label forced them to split up, but all three records are now regarded as classics. The band was known for their incredibly loud, slow, and heavy sound, influenced by the likes of Music/BlackSabbath and Music/SaintVitus, as well as a penchant for EpicRocking, which was taken to an extreme on their final album ''Dopesmoker'', which was a single, hour-long song. After the band broke up, the members went their separate ways to start new projects which each attained a great deal of success in their own right. Matt Pike started the sludge metal band High on Fire (which is like Sleep but faster) while Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius started the drone project Om (which is like Sleep but slower). In 2009, the band reunited with Jason Roeder of Music/{{Neurosis}} on drums (Hakius having retired from music in the intervening time). They've performed live at various festivals since, and have recorded a new single, "The Clarity", to great acclaim.

Members:
* Matt Pike - Guitars
* Al Cisneros - Bass, vocals
* Jason Roeder - Drums
* Chris Hakius - Drums (1990-1998)

Discography:
* ''Volume One'' (1991)
* ''Sleep's Holy Mountain'' (1992)
* ''Jerusalem'' (1999, unauthorized edited version of ''Dopesmoker'')
* ''Dopesmoker'' (2003, the band's preferred version, widely regarded as the definitive release)
* "The Clarity" (2010, single)

!!Tropes that apply to Sleep
* ArtisticStimulation: They have been very open about the importance of marijuana to their creative process in interviews.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Dopesmoker'' is a concept album about the journey of the Weedians across the Sand Sea to reach the Riff Filled Land. It's like the Book of Exodus but with weed.
* CrossingTheDesert: The basic premise behind ''Dopesmoker''.
* DesertPunk: ''Dopesmoker'' has this sort of aesthetic, what with the whole CrossingTheDesert concept.
* DragonRider: "Dragonaut" of course.
* EpicRocking: ''Dopesmoker'' is the most famous example, clocking in at ''63 minutes'' on the final version, but a lot of their other songs count as smaller examples. Their average song length is probably about 8 minutes.
* HeavyMithril: Most of their lyrics that aren't about marijuana are about fantasy.
* TheStoner: Openly and enthusiastically so.
* WizardBeard: Al Cisneros currently sports one.

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