Sleep's Holy Mountain
|Sleep's Holy Mountain|
|Studio album by Sleep|
|Recorded||Razor's Edge Studio in San Francisco, California|
|Genre||Stoner metal, doom metal|
Kreation Records (vinyl reissue)
|Producer||Sleep and Billy Anderson|
Sleep's Holy Mountain (also known as 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
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 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.
All music/lyrics written by Sleep except "Snowblind".
- "Dragonaut" - 5:43
- "The Druid" - 4:52
- "Evil Gypsy / Solomon's Theme" - 7:07
- "Some Grass" - 0:48
- "Aquarian" - 5:38
- "Holy Mountain" - 8:45
- "Inside the Sun" - 5:45
- "From Beyond" - 10:34
- "Nain's Baptism" - 3:02
2009 Reissue Bonus Tracks:
- "Snowblind" (Black Sabbath cover)
- "Dragonaut" (Music Video)
- Al Cisneros - bass guitar, vocals
- Matt Pike - guitar
- Chris Hakius - drums
- Cover artwork by Robert Klem
- Produced and Engineered by Billy Anderson
|Year||Label||Format||Country||Out of Print?||Notes|
|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.||Yes||Gatefold jacket; pressed on multiple limited colors, picture disc, and black vinyl|
|2009||Earache||CD||U.K.||No||Includes a bonus track and video|
|2012||Unofficial||2xLP||Europe||Yes||Double LP in black and clear versions|
|2015||Earache||LP||U.S./U.K.||No||Earache Full Range Dynamic (FDR) mastering|
- Allmusic review
- "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.
- "Engineered by Billy Anderson" and "Produced by Sleep and Billy Anderson" credits printed in Sleep's Holy Mountain CD liner notes, Earache Records, 1992.