Sleep's Holy Mountain

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Sleep's Holy Mountain
Studio album by Sleep
Released November 1992
Recorded Razor's Edge Studio in San Francisco, California
Genre Stoner metal, doom metal
Length 52:14
Label Earache Records
Kreation Records (vinyl reissue)
Producer Sleep and Billy Anderson
Sleep chronology
Volume Two
(1992)
Sleep's Holy Mountain
(1992)
Jerusalem
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Sleep's Holy Mountain is the second studio album by the American band Sleep. It was released in November 1992 in Europe, and March 1993 in the USA through Earache Records.

Release and reception[edit]

The recordings that would become Sleep's Holy Mountain were originally sent to independent label, Earache, as a demo. The label immediately signed the band and released the recordings exactly as they were received. It was the last album to be released by the band as a fully functioning group, as their subsequent albums were released after the group had broken up.

The album, which includes the word "stoner" in the lyrics of two songs[2] and prominently features cannabis leaves in its album art, is widely considered one of the seminal albums in the evolution of stoner rock. It became a favourite of the heavy metal press and the band was heralded, along with Kyuss, as leaders of the emerging stoner metal scene.

The song "Dragonaut" was used in the 1997 Harmony Korine film Gummo.

In May 2009, the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.

Track listing[edit]

All music/lyrics written by Sleep except "Snowblind".

  1. "Dragonaut" - 5:43
  2. "The Druid" - 4:52
  3. "Evil Gypsy / Solomon's Theme" - 7:07
  4. "Some Grass" - 0:48
  5. "Aquarian" - 5:38
  6. "Holy Mountain" - 8:45
  7. "Inside the Sun" - 5:45
  8. "From Beyond" - 10:34
  9. "Nain's Baptism" - 3:02

2009 Reissue Bonus Tracks:

  1. "Snowblind" (Black Sabbath cover)
  2. "Dragonaut" (Music Video)

Credits[edit]

Pressing history[edit]

Year Label Format Country Out of Print? Notes
1992 Earache CD U.K. Yes
1992 Earache LP U.K. Yes
2002 Earache LP U.S./U.K. Yes Ltd. 2000; 1000 copies on green vinyl (U.S.), 1000 copies on 220g black vinyl (U.K.)
2007 Kreation LP U.S. No Gatefold jacket; pressed on multiple limited colors, picture disc, and black vinyl
2009 Earache CD U.K. No Includes a bonus track and video

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Look into the rays of the new stoner sun rising," "Holy Mountain" and "Stoner caravan from deep space arrives," "From Beyond," lyrics printed in Sleep's Holy Mountain CD liner notes, Earache Records, 1992.
  3. ^ "Engineered by Billy Anderson" and "Produced by Sleep and Billy Anderson" credits printed in Sleep's Holy Mountain CD liner notes, Earache Records, 1992.

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