Sleep – Holy Mountain Review

Posted: July 23, 2011 by kingcrimsonprog in Metal, Metal - Studio, Music Reviews, Rock Studio

Sleep - Holy Mountain

Sleep - Holy Mountain

Sleep, much like Kyuss were a pioneering force in Stoner Rock, who unfortunately broke up before they really got their due, and have since moved on to form the basis of other important bands.

Their second album Holy Mountain (also known as Sleep’s Holy Mountain) is a touchstone of the genre, the sort of must have album that everyone who likes this type of music either owns or should own.

The production value is absolutely minimal, the lyrics are pretty poor sang with no great musicality and the album is absolutely bursting at the seems with Black Sabbath homage.

Despite all of this, Sleep’s Holy Mountain is a good album, with big riffs and contains the majority of the band’s best loved songs. The band’s big riffs mixed with loose jam-feel style works wonders on this record. The 1970s influence comes through on everything from songwriting to the tonal choices and what amplifiers they use.

For most people, the reputation of the album alone is enough to warrant interest. If you are unsure whether or not the album is for you, listen to the album opener `Dragonaut,’ and that should give you a very good indication of the direction of the record.

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