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  • Blessed Are The Sick Blessed Are The Sick Quick View

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    Blessed Are The Sick

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    The revered second album from Florida's death metal titans Morbid Angel. 13 tracks from one of Death Metal's biggest and most influential bands. Morbid Angel are widely renowned as the kings of the Death Metal genre with their revolutionary and unapologetic sound.

    1. Intro
    2. Fall From Grace
    3. Brainstorm
    4. Rebel Lands
    5. Doomsday Celebration
    6. Day Of Suffering
    7. Blessed Are The Sick - Leading The Rats
    8. Thy Kingdom Come
    9. Unholy Blasphemies
    10. Abominations
    11. Desolate Ways
    12. The Ancient Ones
    13. In Remembrance
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    Selfless

    Earache Records presents Selfless, Godflesh's third LP, back on vinyl again for the first time since its original release in 1994.
    1. Xnoybis
    2. Bigot
    3. Black Boned Angel
    4. Anything Is Mine
    5. Empyreal
    6. Crush My Soul
    7. Body Dome Light
    8. Toll
    9. Heartless
    10. Mantra
    Godflesh
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    Songs Of Love And Hate

    Earache Records presents Song Of Love And Hate, Godflesh's fourth LP, back on vinyl again for the first time since its original release in 1996.
    1. Wake
    2. Sterile Prophet

    3. Circle Of Shit

    4. Hunter

    5. Gift From Heaven

    6. Amoral

    7. Angel Domain

    8. Kingdom Come

    9. Time, Death And Wastefulness

    10. Frail
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    Scum

    First Time Earache Has Issued This Historic Album On FDR (Fully Dynamic Range Vinyl)


    The founding band of grindcore Napalm Death are THE most influential band in the genre. Having sold millions of records worldwide and toured the globe they have forged the unlikeliest of careers. The classic debut album Scum was only Earache Records' 3rd ever release (MOSH003) and started the wave of grindcore and extreme bands that followed over the next 15 years.

    1. Multinational Corporations
    2. Instinct Of Survival
    3. Scum
    4. Caught...In A Dream
    5. Polluted Minds
    6. Sacrificed
    7. Siege Of Power
    8. Control
    9. Born On Your Knees
    10. Human Garbage
    11. Life?
    12. Prison Without Walls
    13. Point Of No Return
    14. Negative Approach
    15. Success?
    16. C.S.
    17. Pseudo Youth
    18. Divine Death
    19. As The Machine Rolls On
    20. Moral Crusade
    21. Stigmatized
    22. M.A.D.
    23. Dragnet
    Napalm Death
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    Voices

    Wormrot caught the attention of Earache Records in 2010 after a series of underground releases in their home territory of Singapore that were hyped heavily online. Earache Records, the spiritual home of grindcore with genre pioneering bands like Napalm Death, signed Wormrot and released the pulverising debut album 'Abuse' in 2010. The 23 track record was triumphantly received by grindcore fans and the alternate music press with rave reviews in Powerplay, Decibel, Kerrang, MetalHammer and many more. The hardworking trio relentlessly toured the USA, Europe and their home continent Asia garnering a notorious live reputation. The second album 'Dirge' was released hot-on-the-heels of the debut in 2011 and confirmed Wormrot as one of the leading names in the genre.


    Wormrot return in 2016 with the hugely anticipated third full length album 'Voices'

    1. Blockhead Fuck Off
    2. Hollow Roots
    3. Exit Fear
    4. God's In His Heaven
    5. Oblivious Mess
    6. Descending Into The Unknown
    7. Dead Wrong
    8. Fallen into Disuse
    9 The 1st World Syndrome
    10. Shallow Standards
    11. Fake Moral Machine
    12. Forced Siege
    13. Take Aim
    14. Still Irrelevant
    15. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Grind
    16. Compassion Is Dead
    17. Buried The Sun
    18. Defaced
    19. The Face Of Disgrace
    20. Outworn
    Wormrot
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    War Master

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    From the very earliest days of Earache Records, BBC National Radio's John Peel was a huge supporter of the Earache label and its extreme grind core bands. Peel first offered BOLT THROWER a session in 1988, and invited them back at the end of 1988 and again in 1990 to the hallowed Maida Vale studios that helped break the band to mainstream success.

    Pressed from the original master tapes. These vinyl albums have been specially recreated using 'FDR' - full dynamic range mastering - allowing the music's nuances to shine through and giving these classic albums a more ferocious and dynamic sound, enabling the listener to immerse in the full audio heaviness like never before.

    1. Intro - Unleashed (Upon Mankind)
    2. What Dwells Within
    3. The Shreds Of Sanity
    4. Profane Creation
    5. Final Revelation
    6. Cenotaph
    7. War Master
    8. Rebirth Of Humanity
    9. Afterlife
    Bolt Thrower
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    Wakrat

    Rage Against The Machine bassist and founding member Tim Commerford returns in 2016 with his new politically charged Punk Rock trio WAKRAT. Self-described as 'two French nationals and one American anarchist," Wakrat are promising to shake up the system and attack modern music with their contemporary take on aggressive punk rock. The self-titled debut album on Earache Records is a 9 track bruising assault on the state of society. Features fan favorite 'Generation Fucked.'
    1. Sober Addiction
    2. The Number
    3. Generation Fucked
    4. Nail In the Snail
    5. La LibertÉ Ou La Mort
    6. The Thing
    7. Knucklehead
    8. New Clear
    9. Pigs In A Blanket
    Wakrat
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  • From Enslavement To Obliteration From Enslavement To Obliteration Quick View

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    From Enslavement To Obliteration

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    The founding band of grindcore... Napalm Death is THE most influential band in the genre. Having sold millions of records worldwide and toured the globe they have forged the unlikeliest of careers. The classic debut album 'Scum' was only Earache Records' 3rd ever release and started the wave of grindcore and extreme bands that followed over the next 15 years. The second studio album from Napalm Death 'From Enslavement To Obliteration" is the last to feature vocalist Lee Dorrian and guitarist Bill Steer and the first to include Shane Embury as bassist.

    1. Evolved As One
    2. It's A M.A.N.S. World
    3. Lucid Fairytale
    4. Private Death
    5. Impressions
    6. Unchallenged Hate
    7. Uncertainty Blurs The Vision
    8. Cock-Rock Alienation
    9. Retreat To Nowhere
    10. Think For A Minute
    11. Display To Me
    12. From Enslavement To Obliteration
    13. Blind To The Truth
    14. Social Sterility
    15. Emotional Suffocation
    16. Practice What You Preach
    17. Inconceivable
    18. Worlds Apart
    19. Obstinate Direction
    20. Mentally Murdered
    21. Sometimes
    22. Make Way
    23. Musclehead
    24. Your Achievement
    25. Dead
    26. Morbid Deceiver
    27. The Curse
    28. Scum
    29. Life?
    30. Retreat To Nowhere
    31. Internal Animosity
    Napalm Death
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    Hollow Bones

    Hollow Bones, the most anticipated blues rock album of the year from Long Beach, California's Rival Sons will finally be upon us! Having supported some of the biggest and best names in rock history, including being hand-picked to support Black Sabbath on their final world tour, following sold out tour after sold out tour, and just recently being added to the main stages at Europe's premier festivals such as Download, Hellfest and Rock Am Ring, the Rival Sons hype train continues to gain momentum, and Hollow Bones will surely propel them to their rightful place at the pinnacle of today's rock scene!


    Arguably the most soulful voice in rock music today, Jay Buchanan's vocal performance on the album is as fiery and passionate as ever. Infused perfectly with Scott Holiday's fuzzy guitars, a powerful bassline courtesy of Dave Beste, and held together by the precise drumming of Mike Miley, and the two-times Grammy award winning talent of producer Dave Cobb, the lead single, Hollow Bones, Pt. 1 and the electrifying anthem Pretty Face encapsulate the harmonious blend that we've all come to know and love, now further refined and perfected to create a unique, timeless sound that sets the band apart.


    Of course, no Rival Sons album would be complete without a heartfelt tune or two, provided here by the raw, dark Fade Out, which showcases the band's immense songwriting capabilities with haunting melodies and a touch of wistful melancholy. The final track, All That I Want, is an incredibly tender, touching finale, with the guitars this time taking a backseat allowing Jay Buchanan to deliver a breathtaking performance that'll tug at your heartstrings in a way that only he can. The man himself offers his own views on their latest work:


    Each record we've made has been part of a distillation toward revealing the band's essence. This record, finally is the release of the unapologetic, wild beast that has long lived within the ribs of Rival Sons howling to be freed.


    In keeping with a theme the band have touched upon several times, the stunning album artwork comes courtesy of renowned Brooklyn-based artist Martin Wittfooth, who's exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout North America and Europe. This particular piece, entitled Rainsong, is an oil-based painting featured in his latest solo exhibition, Offering, which was displayed at the famous Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York in late 2015.


    Through his work, Martin Wittfooth has presented a dystopian world, devoid of human life and filled with strong symbolic implications that the root cause is our own disrespect for the natural world. In contrast to some of his earlier work, which have often featured creatures removed from their own natural environments and instead surrounded by trash and decay, Offering explores the ancient art of shamanism, demonstrating a more optimistic view that perhaps its current revitalisation can peel away the materialistic obsessions through which we are collectively destroying our planet. In Martin Wittfooth's own words, the reemergence of shamanism appears to be having a great impact on consciousness around the globe by severing individual attachments to the ego-driven, ideology-based monotheistic modality that has shaped so much of the human enterprise over the past millennia.

    1. Hollow Bones, Pt. 1
    2. Tied Up
    3. Thundering Voices
    4. Baby Boy
    5. Pretty Face
    6. Fade Out
    7. Black Coffee
    8. Hollow Bones, Pt. 2
    9. All That I Want
    Rival Sons
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    Gateways To Annihilation

    Gateways to Annihilation is the sixth studio album by the death metal band Morbid Angel, originally released in 2000.


    This album saw a change in musical style as the speed-laden intensity of the previous album Formulas Fatal to the Flesh was abandoned for a slower, more droning style, reminiscent of Blessed Are the Sick. This is also the first album in which Steve Tucker contributed lyrics and music to the band.

    1. Kawazu
    2. Summoning Redemption
    3. Ageless, Still I Am
    4. He Who Sleeps
    5. To The Victor The Spoils
    6. At One With Nothing
    7. Opening Of The Gates
    8. Secured Limitations
    9. Awakening
    10. I
    11. God Of The Forsaken
    Morbid Angel
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  • Altars Of Madness Altars Of Madness Quick View

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    Altars Of Madness

    Pressed from the original master tapes! These vinyl albums have been specially recreated using 'FDR' - full dynamic range mastering - pressed from the original master tapes, allowing the music's nuance to shine through and giving these classic albums a more ferocious and dynamic sound, enabling the listener to immerse themselves in the full audio heaviness. 10 tracks from one of Death Metal's biggest and most influential bands. Morbid Angel are widely renowned as the kings of the Death Metal genre with their revolutionary and unapologetic sound.
    1. Immortal Rites
    2. Suffocation
    3. Visions From The Dark Side
    4. Maze Of Torment
    5. Lord Of All Fevers & Plague
    6. Chapel Of Ghouls
    7. Bleed For The Devil
    8. Damnation
    9. Blasphemy
    10. Evil Spells
    Morbid Angel
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    Heartwork

    Liverpool's legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre. Pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. Heartwork is widely renowned as the best Carcass album with its melodic intricacies. These vinyl albums have been specially recreated using 'FDR' - full dynamic range mastering, allowing the music's nuance to shine through and giving these classic albums a more ferocious and dynamic sound, enabling the listener to immerse themselves in the full audio heaviness.
    1. Buried Dreams
    2. Carnal Forge
    3. No Love Lost
    4. Heartwork
    5. Embodiment
    6. This Mortal Coil
    7. Arbeit Macht Fleisch
    8. Blind Bleeding The Blind
    9. Doctrinal Expletives
    10. Death Certificate
    Carcass
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    The Long Road Home

    Danny Worsnop debut solo set delivers an album of raw, real emotion, with songs about personal tragedy. Danny's lust for life shines through in his story-teller lyrics and his famous vocals reach new heights with foot-stomping hoe-downs, grooving bluesy rock n roll numbers to nostalgic atmospheric ballads. Official video for Mexico premiere on Nov 1st. Worsnop displays a stunning singing voice merely hinted at in his previous bands His recent personal tragedy is laid bare in album opener Prozac, and the listener is taken on a roller-coaster of emotions throughout the 12 song set. Sold over half a million albums with previous bands (Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot) First single 'I Got Bones' shot to half a million views on Youtube in first week American and European tour dates promised for Feb 2017with full band live performance
    1. Prozac
    2. Mexico
    3. I Feel Like Shit
    4. Anyone But Me
    5. High
    6. I Got Bones
    7. Quite A While
    8. Don't Overdrink It
    9. I'll Hold On
    10. Midnight Woman
    11. Same Old Ending
    12. The Man
    Danny Worsnop
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  • Sleep's Holy Mountain (Colored Vinyl) Sleep's Holy Mountain (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Sleep's Holy Mountain (Colored Vinyl)

    Pressed On Purple Colored Vinyl


    Sleep's legendary second studio album was originally released in 1992 and is considered a seminal album in the evolution of stoner rock.

    1. Dragonaut
    2. The Druid
    3. Evil Gypsy - Solomons Theme
    4. Some Grass
    5. Aquarian
    6. Holy Mountain
    7. Inside The Sun
    8. From Beyond
    9. Nains Baptism
    Sleep
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  • Woods 5: Grey Skies And Electric Light (On Sale) Woods 5: Grey Skies And Electric Light (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Woods 5: Grey Skies And Electric Light (On Sale)

    'Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light' is the ground-breaking record of 'bleak metal' from this revered Canadian act. The album received high praise upon its original release in February 2012 with Metal Hammer scoring 6/7 and about.com giving it a near perfect score of 4.5/5 stars. The themes of doom and death so heavily ingrained in the record were made even more profound after David Gold's death in December 2011 (just 4 months after the album was recorded.) The band's sound has been compared to the likes of Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Type O Negative, characterized by band leader David Gold's deep and mournful vocal style and bleak lyrical outlook. Due to fan demand, this is the first ever vinyl repress of this album.
    1. Lightning & Snow
    2. Death Is Not An Exit
    3. Keeper Of The Ledger
    4. Travelling Alone
    5. Adora Vivos
    6. Silver
    7. Career Suicide (Is Not A Real Suicide)
    8. Modern Life Architecture
    9. Kiss My Ashes (Goodbye)
    10. Finality
    11. Alternate Ending
    Woods Of Ypres
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  • Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious Quick View

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    Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious

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    These Vinyl Albums Have Been Specially Recreated Using 'FDR' - Full Dynamic Range Mastering - Allowing The Music's Nuances To Shine Through And Giving These Classic Albums A More Ferocious And Dynamic Sound, Enabling The Listener To Immerse In The Full Audio Heaviness Like Never Before.

    Liverpool's legendary Death Metal pioneers Carcass (who still tour extensively to this day) are often credited with shaping the entire death metal genre. Pushing boundaries with their shocking imagery whilst evolving and innovating with each new album. "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" is Carcass' third studio album and the first featuring guitarist Michael Amott. The album was well received by press and fans upon its original release in 1991 and was ranked in Rock Hard magazine's Top Rock/Metal Albums of all time.

    1. Inpropagation
    2. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
    3. Symposium Of Sickness
    4. Pedigree Butchery
    5. Incarnated Solvent Abuse
    6. Carneous Cacoffiny
    7. Lavaging Expectorate Of Lysergide Composition
    8. Forensic Clinicism / The Sanguine Article
    Carcass
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    Left Hand Path (Awaiting Repress)

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    'Left Hand Path' defined the 'Swedish sound' replicated by hundreds of other acts and came to represent the primal death metal sound that was to breakthrough into the mainstream in the early 1990's. Entombed were the first extreme metal band to enter the charts in their native Sweden, before becoming an international success. Formed in the late 80's, Entombed were originally called Nihilist and had a huge reputation on the underground death metal scene.

    1. Left Hand Path
    2. Drowned
    3. Revel In Flesh
    4. When Life Has Ceased
    5. Supposed To Rot
    6. But Life Goes On
    7. Bitter Loss
    8. Morbid Devourment
    9. Abnormally Deceased
    10. The Truth Beyond
    Entombed
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    World Downfall

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    Originally released in 1989 'World Downfall' is widely regarded as one of the most influential grindcore albums of all time. Hailing from Los Angeles, Terrorizer was one of the most extreme bands of a generation armed to the teeth with heavily distorted riffs, harsh vocals and scathing social commentary in the lyrics. The members went onto play in other household names in the extreme music scene such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Nausea.

    1. After World Obliteration
    2. Storm Of Stress
    3. Fear Of Napalm
    4. Human Prey
    5. Corporation Pull-In
    6. Strategic Warheads
    7. Condemned System
    8. Resurrection
    9. Enslaved By Propaganda
    10. Need To Live
    11. Ripped To Shreds
    12. Injustice
    13. Whirlwind Struggle
    14. Infestation
    15. Dead Shall Rise
    16. World Downfall
    Terrorizer
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    Clandestine (Pre-Order)

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    Full Dynamic Range vinyl edition of the highly sought after classic second album from Swedish Death Metal legends Entombed, originally released in 1991. The record followed their huge breakthrough debut 'Left Hand Path' and cemented their place at the forefront of the early Death Metal scene. Includes fan favorite and video track 'Stranger Aeons.'

    1. Living Dead
    2. Sinners Bleed
    3. Evilyn
    4. Blessed Be
    5. Stranger Aeons
    6. Chaos Breed
    7. Crawl
    8. Severe Burns
    9. Through The Collonades
    Entombed
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    ... For Victory (Pre-Order)

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    Full dynamic range vinyl pressing of the highly sought after LP from British Death Metal legends Bolt Thrower. A brutal slab of punishing death metal, propelling the band to the top of the genre alongside contemporaries such as Napalm Death, Morbid Angel and Entombed upon its original release in 1994.

    1. War
    2. Remembrance
    3. When Glory Beckons
    4. ...For Victory
    5. Graven Image
    6. Lest We Forget
    7. Silent Demise
    8. Forever Fallen
    9. Tank MK I
    10. Armageddon Bound
    Bolt Thrower
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    Un-United Kingdom

    The latest 4-song ep from PITCHSHIFTER! The title track Un-united Kingdom pokes fun at the good old United Kingdom, set to a backdrop of spastic break-beats and aggressive guitars and scathing vocals. In fact, its such a catchy tune that it appears twice on the ep ? once in its original form and again as a remix by Fuzz Townshend (Pop Will Eat Itself, Bentley Rythmn Ace).


    Pitchshifter (from Nottingham, U.K.) began in the early '90s industrial underground as aggressive social commentators, hearkening back to the early days of British punk and American hardcore (a la the Minutemen and Dead Kennedys). The band signed to Earache in 1992, and their first two releases (the mini-album Submit (1992) and the full-length Desensitized (1993) ) established them as mainstays in the scene. In 1996 they released their Infotainment ep, also on Earache. These albums simultaneously found their way across the Atlantic, capturing the attention of American listeners.


    In 1996, Pitchshifter morphed away from their industrial roots, showing a growing interest in technology and computers. Yet the stronger integration of electronics comes without sacrificing either their signature aggressive sound or an upfront political message.


    The UnUnited Kingdom ep sees the band still broadening their musical horizons. These tracks (including a Big Black cover) will appeal to fans of crossover break-beat/metal/techno/hardcore.

    1. Un-United Kingdom
    2. Everything Sucks
    3. Kerosene (Big Black cover)
    4. Un-United Kingdom (Fuzz Townshend mix)
    Pitchshifter
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    Dopesmoker

    It is with an immense amount of pride that Southern Lord brings you a mighty offering from the gods known as Sleep! In 2011, Southern Lord was contacted by Sleeps' Al Cisneros about the possibility of releasing a deluxe version of the classic Sleep recording: Dopesmoker. Cisneros wanted to breathe some new life into the old beast and finally have the original vision of the album fully realized. Southern Lord was overwhelmingly ecstatic about the challenge of taking the reigns of one of the most important recordings in the history of Heavy Metal!


    The Lord version features brand new artwork by long time Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the albums' rebirth. The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by From Ashes Rise guitarist, Brad Boatright (OFF!, Noothgrush, Deviated Instinct). His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically.


    What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and all-around unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle! Also exclusive to the reborn version of Dopesmoker, is a unreleased live track of one of the best songs the band ever did, "Holy Mountain." Purple 180g double vinyl pressing from Southern Lord with bonus track and brand new artwork in thick Stoughton gatefld jacket with spot uv-varnish.


    Formed as a Bay Area hc/punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November of 1992 (exactly as received by the label!) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite Sleep's Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.


    Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a humongous buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a single song, a 63 minute long ode to weed, called "Dopesmoker." Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and re-titled it "Jerusalem," but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.


    Dopesmoker was recorded by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins) at Record Two Studio in Comptche, California. While recording the song, it began to form differently than the band had originally envisioned. Pike stated that "The song was getting slower and slower and then it got weird. We started tripping out and second guessing ourselves." Recording the album was difficult. Pike recalled that "There was so much to memorize for that album, and we had to do it in like three different sections because a reel-to-reel only holds 22 minutes. It was really cool, but it was one of the hardest things I've ever done in in my life." Sleep were in the studio for one month then went home to rehearse and returned for another month. Pike noted that they ended up with two or three different versions of the song.


    In the aftermath of the breakup of the band, four versions of the album were released. In 1999, Jerusalem came out with a running time of 52 minutes and is a single composition split into six identically-named tracks. There are 3 different versions/releases of Jerusalem: (1) a rare London Records promotional disc, (2) a bootleg with cover art by Arik Roper, and (3) the Rise Above/Music Cartel Records release. All three of these versions are edited and considered unauthorized versions. The version of the album titled Dopesmoker was released on April 22, 2003 by Tee Pee Records on compact disc and vinyl with a 63-minute running time. That version is the only version the band considers to be "authorized" and worthy of release. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history... a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivaled in the annals of (stoner) metal!

    LP1

    1. Dopesmoker


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    1. Holy Mountain (Live at the I-Beam, San Francisco, CA 1994)

    2. Sonic Titan (Live at Gilman St, San Francisco, CA 1992)

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