Well this album was totally unexpected but totally a special treat that the sleep camp did for us. I really shouldn’t have to tell people about this band but you don’t know they are one of the pioneers of stoner metal and stoner rock. They just released their new full length on 4/20 titled “The Sciences.” Now this my absolute honor in reviewing this monolithic album.
To start out Sleep has always been one of those bands that really takes you on a musical journey like on Dopesmoker or Holy Mountain (which I highly recommend to anyone getting into the genre) and once again they don’t disappoint in doing that. The opening track “The Sciences” really set the mood and vibe of the album, it’s very atmospheric and you can really get lost in all the sounds. Then something really magical and uplifting happens, a mysterious sound comes out of the fog and all you hear is a bong rip and then the acid starts to kick in and you’re immediately teleported into a cosmic sea of riffs and hypnotic drums. And don’t get me wrong, that’s kinda what the whole album is, very heavy riffs and atmospheric sounds and drone influences throughout the album.
Personally I think the climax of the album is when you reach the track “Giza Butler” it’s a play on words of the legendary Geezer Butler and the song starts out with the bass which makes sense. It almost has a very close OM vibe to it. The track also features some tasty tambourine.
Then before you know it Sleep leaves you with “The Botanist” which is just the most perfect send off you can do. But unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and this album is long and drawn out but to a stoner metal fan we never want it to end.
I think besides Pike’s amazing guitar work and Al’s bass playing and spectral vocals I think the drummer really shine a light on this record too, he really adds to the fire in a positive way.
I highly recommend this album and sleep in general to anyone that wants to dive into this genre. Go support this amazing album and amazing band.
Today I’m giving this album a 10/10 here on Mammoth Tongue Reviews.