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|Born||July 29, 1972|
|Origin||Chico, California, USA|
|Genres||hardcore punk (early)|
|Years active||1990 1999–2009|
Very Small Records
Tee Pee Records
The Music Cartel
Justin Marler (born July 29, 1972 in Chico, California) is an American musician and author. He is known for being a founding member of the seminal stoner metal band Sleep, and for leaving a burgeoning career in music to become a monk in an Eastern Orthodox monastery.
In 1990 Justin joined the members of a little-known band called Asbestosdeath (with Al Cisneros, Chris Hakius and Matt Pike), which the members later renamed as the band Sleep. Soon after recording Sleep's first full-length record, Volume One, Marler vanished, while the band went on to become metal icons.
Marler turned up at St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in northern California, and was later transferred to a monastery on a nearly-deserted island in Alaska. During his seven-year stint as a monk, he founded the widely distributed zine titled Death To The World. The zine had a considerable impact on youth counterculture during the mid- to late-1990s, which caught the attention of the mainstream press and quickly led to the release of Marler's first book, Youth of the Apocalypse, which he co-authored with a fellow monastic.
In 1999 Marler left his reclusive life in the monastery and returned to California where he restarted his music career, with former Sleep bandmate Chris Hakius, as the lead singer for an alternative band called The Sabians. Marler then moved to Austin, Texas in 2005 where he remained a musician and publishing author, active in the Austin music scene with his current band, Shiny Empire.
- Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country, first edition 2005, Moon Handbooks
- Door to Paradise, 1998, St. Herman Press
- Youth of the Apocalypse, 1997, St. Herman Press
- Sign Language, compilation (Allied Recordings, 1991)
- Very Small World, LP compilation (Very Small Records, 1991)
- Volume One (Tupelo Records, 1991)
as Monk John Marler
- Lamentations (Catacomb Records, 1997)
with The Sabians
- Beauty For Ashes (The Music Cartel, 2001)
- Shiver (The Music Cartel, 2003)
- Athitakis, Mark: "Riff Raff", SF Weekly, 2000.
- Duncan Collum, Danny: "Punks to Monks", Utne reader, 1997.
- Marler, Justin, "Austin, San Antonio and the Hill Country", Moon Handbooks, 2005.
- Ratigan, John: "A Spectacular Crap #28", http://combatmusicradio.com/aspectacularcrap/?p=373, 2010.
- Waltz, Mitzi. "Alternative and Activist Media", Edinburgh University Press, Published 2005.
- Athitakis, Mark. "Riff Raff", SF Weekly, 2000. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Duncan Collum, Danny. "Punks to Monks", Utne Reader, 1997. Retrieved on 2005-10-27.
- Review, Youth of the Apocalypse. "Reviews" Amazon.com, 2005-06-20. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Moon.com. "About the Author", moon.com, Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Allmusic.com, "Sleep", Allmusic, Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- Uttertrash.net, "Rock and Soul, an Interview with Justin Marler", Retrieved 2008-11-04.
- combatmusicradio.com, , Recorded November 12, 2010.