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Sleep (band)

Sleep is a 1990s stoner metal band from San Jose, California. Al Cisneros[?], Justin Marler[?], Chris Haikus[?] and Matt Pike[?] formed the band in the late 1980s and released their debut, Volume One[?], in 1991 (see 1991 in music). Frequently compared to pioneers like Saint Vitus[?], Sleep soon gained a devoted fanbase within the developing stoner metal scene.

Holy Mountain[?] (1993, 1993 in music) is the band's widely-acknowledged pinnacle and is a seminal stoner and doom metal album. This was followed by a potentially lucrative offer from London Records[?], but Sleep decided to stay with their previous label. Continued their cannabis choked recording habits, recorded Jerusalem[?], a single 52-minute ode to marijuana that the label refused to release. After two years in limbo, Sleep decided to break up rather than release the album in a different format. It was finally released in 1999 (see 1999 in music) on Rise Above Records[?]. Pike has formed High on Fire[?] while Marler (now a monk) and Haikus have formed The Sabians[?].

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