Boomkat Product Review:
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Before Om though, there was Sleep and ‘Volume One’ was their debut album release, on Californian label Tupelo (probably best known for releasing Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’ in Europe). It hit the shelves in 1991 to great acclaim and the band were eventually signed by metal dons Earache, but ‘Volume One’ has been unavailable for some time now, and with the renewed interest in Hakius and Cisneros it makes perfect sense to have the album available once again. It’s odd with this kind of music, the instrumentation and recording hasn’t changed, or rather – there is a tendency to knowingly try and achieve a sound that is ‘retro’. Sleep were quite clearly followers of Black Sabbath, and tried very hard to imitate their styles, just as Earth did – and since Sunn 0))) and their contemporaries have tried to emulate, it’s not hard when you hear this album to realise why it sounds like it could have been released yesterday. Thick droning basslines and growling guitars are the order of the day here, if you’ve heard Om then you’ll know basically what to expect, but Sleep were always more metal, they always had a bit more in the aggression department. If you’ve been lapping up the recent slew of Earth represses then this should be marked as another essential buy. An absolute classic in the doom/stroner/drone metal genre.