Acclaimed San Jose, California stoner doom metal band SLEEP will have its classic Earache debut album, "Holy Mountain", reissued on June 16. The special edition will feature the BLACK SABBATH cover "Snowblind" as a bonus track along with a video for the song "Dragonaut" video. Rare photos will also be included in the package.
SLEEP will reunite for two U.K. shows this weekend as part of All Tomorrow's Parties' (ATP) The Fans Strike Back festival. The band will perform the album "Holy Mountain" in its entirety as well as selections from "Dopesmoker" and more.
In an interview with BrooklynVegan, SLEEP bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros stated about the group's decision to reunite, "Promoters have constantly tried to get that band back together, so that was never an impetus. It was really more about when we were ready as people. The main reason, the only reason really... The three of us as friends had gone through an indescribable disappointment with SLEEP... it never blossomed in the way that we focused our youthful energies, and then it broke... When it ended at the last practice, we were all devastated... heartbroken and really just shattered. It was debilitating, in this catatonic state for all of us. Anyway, we've always reserved an option as to how it would be really healing to play those songs again on our terms, and not Earache's or London's or certain I-don't-even-want-to-mention terms... but for us, the friends that met in school. Since SLEEP ended, those songs have remained as trapped energy in all of us for essentially 12 years. These shows offer a way to heal, and to close it with peace and a smile inside. It's an opportunity to have catharsis and put those songs in the sky where they belong... to move forward and let it purge."
Watch footage of SLEEP performing live in 1994: