What is going on dance music fans!? Hope you are having and incredible Friday. As you know we are always here to bring you the best up and coming artists’ music. Today we are featuring a duo titled TRXD, who bring a completely original, taste-making, sound to the scene. TRXD’s newest track, titled Sleep, will
Even though it’s technically accurate to call The Sciences Sleep’s comeback album, let’s not act like the trio from San Jose played it entirely dormant in the years preceding the LP’s release in April of last year. First, they performed at an ATP event in 2010. And then, in 2012 — roughly 17 years subsequent to an unfortunate label experience that left a bad and decidedly THC-less taste in their mouths — the band removed all doubt by explicitly announcing their status as a “full, reunited band.” That label experience was apparently enough to discourage further Sleep efforts…until something compelled Al Cisneros, Matt Pike, and (now) Jason Roeder to very gradually emerge from their heavily tarred cocoon. The Science is Sleep at their most butterfly. Just imagine your favorite badass jungle documentary.
Now imagine that butterfly taking the needless initiative of going to the local butterfly salon and just lookin’ and feelin’ FANTASTIC. That’s the butterfly-form Sleep has taken with the announcement of a colorful 4xLP release entitled Live At Third Man Records, which, as you might’ve guessed, is an intimate recollection of the time the band sonically melted (figuratively!) Jack White’s combo venue/studio/label in Nashville. The performance took place on December 12, and the more than 2 hours of material spans multiple albums.
The arguable downside: you have to sign up for one of those damn “vault subscription things” via Third Man in order to purchase Live At Third Manor Records — and that so obviously costs money. Third Man also humbly requests that you sign up before January 31 if you want to hear Sleep in all their live, prolific, and reunited glory.
Hey, here’s a clip, though. And it don’t cost a thing:
• Leagues Beneath
• Dopesmoker (Part One)
• Dopesmoker (Part Two)
• Holy Mountain
• The Clarity
• Sonic Titan
• Marijuanaut’s Theme
• Giza Butler
• The Botanist
The great metal trio High On Fire were planning to spend this fall on tour with their metal peers Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, and Haunt. But now High On Fire have been forced to drop off the tour for an extremely scary reason: Frontman Matt Pike is having a toe partially amputated. Here’s a statement … More »
Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »
Last year, Seattle doom metal duo Bell Witch released Mirror Reaper, a daunting 83-minute album made up of one single track. A haunting, staggering journey through death, life, and everything in between and after, it was one of 2017’s best albums. TMT alone bestowed upon on it the coveted four-out-of-five red circles/Best New Eureka!/Top 50 of the Year trifecta.
But what fun is reveling in something that heavy — musically and subject matter-ly — if you can’t do it with…oh, let’s say a couple hundred strangers? Bell Witch get this; they understand the desire to go through a singular, cathartic, maybe even transformative experience with people they’ve never met. Accordingly, the band will be hittin’ the road, spreading doom and gloom from sea to shining sea starting next month.
The duo will link up with Sleep — who have a four-out-of-five red circles album of their own out now — for a six date West coast leg to start, before embarking on a month-long run of shows throughout the Eastern, Central, and Mountain time zones of North America with Yob. So fire up those grills, because it’s going to be one big Doom Metal family reunion out there!
Check out all of Bell Witch’s upcoming tour dates down below. Mirror Reaper is out now via Profound Lore.
Bell Witch + Sleep:
06.05.18 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
06.06.18 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
06.07.18 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
06.08.18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
06.09.18 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
06.10.18 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
Bell Witch + Yob:
06.14.18 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street
06.15.18 – Austin, TX – Austin Terror Fest
06.16.18 – Little Rock, AR – Mutants of the Monster
06.17.18 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
06.19.18 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
06.20.18 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
06.22.18 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
06.23.18 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies
06.24.18 – Asheville, NC – Mothlight
06.25.18 – Raleigh, NC – King’s
06.27.18 – Baltimore, MD – Metro
06.28.18 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
06.29.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
06.30.18 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
07.02.18 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rosa
07.03.18 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
07.04.18 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
07.06.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
07.07.18 – Detroit, MI – El Club
07.08.18 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
07.09.18 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
07.10.18 – St Paul, MN – Turf Club
07.11.18 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
07.12.18 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
07.13.18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
07.14.18 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Sleep arose from their slumber last month with the surprise release of The Sciences, the legendary stoner metal band’s first new album in over a decade. And it doesn’t seem like they plan on going back into hibernation, either, as they’ve just released another new song as the latest installment of Adult Swim’s singles … More »
[Third Man; 2018]
[Note: I tried to give this album a 4.20/5, but my editor said it couldn’t be done.]
Following in the footsteps of doom and heavy metal forefathers Black Sabbath, Candlemass, and Saint Vitus, Sleep revitalized doom metal in the early 1990s with Volume One (1991) and Sleep’s Holy Mountain (1992). After touring and having gained some solid critical success, they set their sights on making a third record. Rather than trying to replicate the quick turnaround of Sleep’s Holy Mountain, however, the band decided to do something different: they spent the next four years smoking weed and writing an epic, hour-long song. At the end of that process, Sleep became embroiled in various legal battles, switched labels, and recorded the massive song over the course of one grueling month. As the well-known story goes, their label found the song to be unreleasable, so they cut it up into what would become 1999’s Jerusalem, a version dismissed by the band but accepted as canonical by others, such as Rolling Stone, who called it the 62nd best metal album of all time. After two further edits were released, a new version of the recording was unveiled in 2003 as Dopesmoker, which the band accepted as the closest of the four releases to their vision. Dopesmoker was the one that would, for most fans (including myself), advance into the pantheon of Great Metal Records.
Then, Sleep followed the prophecy laid out by the opening lines of Dopesmoker: they dropped out of life with bong in hand and didn’t release another album for 20 years. And after the decade-long hassle of creating Dopesmoker, who can blame them?
For Sleep, a band obsessed with weed, the fact that April 20 landed on a Friday this year must have been a bat-signal, and they heeded the call, reporting back in November that they’d finished a new album. Weed comes through all over the place in the catalogue of Sleep, a band that basically forced the term “stoner metal” into existence. It’s there in the imagery of Sleep’s Holy Mountain, the lyrics (and very title, duh!) of Dopesmoker, and much of The Sciences, including the album art, where an astronaut — sorry, a Marijuanaut — is smoking weed in outer space. Yet, being high is not integral to understanding or even liking their music.
Weed is often associated with detaching from the world, from society, even from ourselves, and it’s no coincidence that much of the weed imagery of The Sciences is paired with outer space — it’s the ultimate getaway. Sleep’s music aspires toward a particular kind of escapism, one that pairs drug culture with post-minimalism and heavy metal. And for the serious metalhead, the resulting music can, for better or worse, be extremely relaxing. “Sonic Titan” is one massive hook after another, mostly rocking back and forth between two tonal areas. Overall, it’s a fairly repetitive track that requires little from the listener; it could almost be called ambient. So, for the incapacitated metalhead, whether they’re stoned (not me, I’ve retired from that) or exhausted from being on their feet at work all day (me), this music is bliss. Beyond the album’s four hard-hitting, central tunes, The Sciences also sees Sleep reaching a bit outside of the Dopesmoker aesthetic, especially on drone opener “The Sciences” and album closer “The Botanist,” which is a beautiful, dark track that shows Sleep’s “tender” side, one that’s more versatile and sympathetic.
The bliss of listening to Sleep isn’t empty, though. The Sciences is good because, unlike a lot of music influenced by Black Sabbath, it distills the greatest aspects of Sabbath and presses them on into infinity: the huge riffs, the psychedelic backdrops, the wayfaring solos. “The Sciences” is Sleep’s “FX” (from Black Sabbath: Vol. 4). The bong rip at the beginning of “Marijuanaut’s Theme” obviously alludes to the “cough heard ‘round the world” at the beginning of Master of Reality, and the song later references Sabbath guitarist and co-founder Tony Iommi in its lyric, “Sojourns the lone stoned soul/ Marijuanaut loads a new bowl/ Behold as he enters the clearing/ Planet Iommia nearing.” The album also has an entire song dedicated to Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler (“Giza Butler”). Beyond these explicit references, The Sciences captures something essential about Black Sabbath’s doom in a way that feels fresh, its pastiche so overt that it doesn’t really feel pastiche at all. Sleep bet it all on the fact that listeners today basically just want to hear the same thing over and over and over again, especially if those people are metalheads and the music kind of sounds like Black Sabbath. In giving us exactly what we want in The Sciences, Sleep find a way to make the repetitive interesting or at least intoxicating in itself, which is no small feat. Against other contemporary “drug bands” like Phish, Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, and many EDM DJs, Sleep’s music actually seems to reflect a conscious immersion in the craft, the form, and the history. Or am I just being romantic?
Dropping out of life with bong in hand is not something I want to do, nor does it represent the aspirations of all Sleep fans — it’s just one form of an impulse that we all do share: the impulse to get out of this world, somehow. We may not want to smoke weed in outer space, but we still do want to sit around and listen to repetitive music. The sublimation drive is real — maybe it’s alcohol, maybe it’s video games, maybe it’s an addiction to Instagram and Facebook. At least Sleep are honest about their decision and are committed to seeing it through to its heavy, bong-rippin’ end. And by that standard, they’ve created another masterpiece. But, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion, man.
Honestly? I was already totally just 100% planning on listening to Dopesmoker precisely 4.20 times through, like I usually do.
And now, there’s this mammoth new double-album with a goddamn super rad spaceman on the cover called The Sciences from Third Man? And it comes in BOTH a “standard edition 2xLP” and a “limited edition 2xLP” version “available at independent record stores selected by the band themselves”?!?!
NOW I don’t know WHAT to do. 🙁 🙁 🙁
All these new chooooooooices, yo. I can’t even handle it.
Can I just crawl back into bed until tomorrow?
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The Sciences tracklisting:
01. The Sciences
02. Marijuanaut’s Theme
03. Sonic Titan
04. Giza Butler
05. Antarcticans Thawed
06. The Botanist
Stoner doom metal band Sleep haven’t released an album in 15 years. Their last LP, Dopesmoker, gained attention from enthusiasts of music and cannabis alike, so a weed-centered holiday seems like the appropriate time for a comeback. The Sciences is Sleep’s first new material since their one-off 2014 Adult Swim single, “More »