21 July 2018

Sleep - The Sciences


Much like Fight Club, if you're into Sleep then you don't need to talk about Sleep.  If you've never heard of Sleep, then the first thing you must learn is not to talk about Sleep.  If this is your first time experiencing Sleep, then you have to stop and start at the beginning.  You have to listen to Volume One, Holy Mountain, Dopesmoker (aka Jerusalem) and The Volume Two EP straight away, as well develope a mind that can endure sonic sludge attacks that can go on for hours at a time.  Basically, Sleep is the sort of band that people who love Sludge and Doom Metal adore, a lot of people pretend to know and bemuse everyone else.  But one thing for sure, you'll never find a casual Sleep fan.

To hell with the rules, I've got a review to write here! The Sciences is the first album from Sleep since they reformed, it was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, with Sleep producing the albums themselves.  Release on Third Man Records, The Scientists received great acclaim upon its release on 20th April 2018.

For The Sciences, Sleep have adhered to the old "if it's not broken, why fix it" adage.  Everything that makes Sleep amazing the first time around is back on display.  Black Sabbath obsession - check.  Songs about drugs (especially cannabis) - check.  A guitar tone that can saw down trees - check.  Songs that drone on for an eternity - check.  This is exactly what fans of Sleep wanted, this is what the band wanted, so everyone is a winner, right?

The answer is a resounding yes from me, but with a 'but' hanging over it.  I adore every song on here, from "The Sciences" to "The Botanist", with my personal favourite being "Sonic Titan".  Each song is an ocean for the rest of humanity to lose all sense of self, to be swept away with a sonic boom. The 'but' I refer to is that some people will struggle with this, as they would struggle with Waheela, The Chewers or Sunn 0)))). 

Is that a bad thing?  No, not at all.  It's designed for a specific audience, it's not for the masses.  Somethings are not meant for mass consumption, somethings are meant to be experienced by just a few who are will to explore. I would also say this is an album that is best listened rarely, where you can listen to it as a whole.  The Sciences is an album that is better listened to as a whole, from beginning to end in one glorious wall of feedback and noise.  In terms of their discography, this is a worthy edition that will be discussed and debated for years to come.  Hopefully, there is also more to come, all hail Sleep.

9 out of ten - Almost perfect, almost.....

Top track - Sonic Titan

You can purchase The Sciences on Amazon here.

You can visit the Sleep website here.

You can follow the activities of Sleep on Facebook here.

You can stream The Sciences on Spotify here.

You can stream The Sciences on Deezer here.

You can stream The Sciences on Tidal here.

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