Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 27, 2014

photos by Mathieu Bredeau, words by Rob Sperry-Fromm

Sleep @ Stage 48 - 8/25/14
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Soon after releasing their first new music in 20 years, stoner-doom icons Sleep took their tour to NYC this past weekend, playing Stage 48 on August 25 with support from Holy Suns (the first Bowery Presents show at the Manhattan venue). Pictures of the show are in this post.

Holy Sons, a project of Al Cisneros's OM bandmate Emil Amos, kicked things off at the neon-lit Stage 48. With a large crowd already packing in to the generous space, Amos ran through a bunch of gloomily melodic material that the project is known for, with a lineup that was making its live debut adding heft to the few songs from earlier in his career that he played. The set was mostly made up of new, heavier material from the band. The effect was chunky while still maintaining the hypnotizing quality of the Holy Sons brand. It was a strong set, but by the end you could feel the crowd basically shaking in anticipation of Sleep.

Flanked by cosmic graphics on the many-layered onstage screens, Sleep proceeded to generally melt the crowd down for an hour and a half. I've seen both High on Fire and Om live multiple times, but nothing compares to seeing one of the best guitar/bass combo this side of Butler and Iommi hitting the stage together. Musical ubuntu this beautiful simply doesn't come about very often, and with the addition of Neurosis's Jason Roeder on drums, this current incarnation of Sleep has every bit of the brutality and loose-limbed grooviness that one could hope for. It's a treat to hear metal that's jammy and done this well, where the pleasure comes from a place of pure instrumental interplay rather than ornate composition. Pike and Cisneros are in such perfect sync that you could listen (and probably have listened) to them playing the same riff for multiple hours, such is their command of dynamics.

Sleep ripped through classics like "Sonic Titan" "Aquarian," and "The Druid," without breaking the mood by way of speech. Cisneros, who is currently heavily bearded, was a picture of controlled fury, his head bobbing and gazing upward as he played with the lightest possible touch up on the neck of his Rickenbacker. Pike tones down High On Fire's headbanging antics, clearly enjoying the chance to cut loose on the simpler tones that Sleep offers. Stage 48 might not be as grimy (or smoky) as one would like at a Sleep show, but the sound is pristine, and this band is a tone monster. The moments when Pike stops playing chords for one of his trademark ripping solos, and Cisneros moves his right hand from the neck down to the bridge and just starts to shred, are some of the most truly awesome things I've ever had the pleasure of catching live. The band closed with an extended version of their new song "The Clarity" bleeding into "Cultivator" and it fit in seamlessly with the proceedings. Om and High on Fire have kept them fresh, and Sleep haven't missed a beat.

Om are touring soon too, and Holy Sons play a record release show in September.

More pictures from Stage 48 below...

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Comments (16)

emil amos are you single!??!

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 10:36 AM

One of the greatest live shows I've seen

Posted by vinney | August 27, 2014 10:43 AM

great set. meh on venue. never want to go all the way to 11th ave again.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 10:57 AM

Most counterfeit tickets (based on og total actually for sale / venue capacity) I have ever seen in NYC.

Over 100 fakes taken at the door by end of the night... unreal. Be careful out there.

Holy Sons were badass, as was SLEEP of course.

Posted by k | August 27, 2014 11:00 AM

No sleep til Brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:21 AM

^ I was victim to the fakes.... but i snuck in!!!! one of the best shows ive ever seen for sure

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:23 AM

bitch tits

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:25 AM

oh also (im 11:23) here is a pic of the setlist...
http://tinypic.com/r/nud8n/8

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:27 AM

also you made a typo in the beginning, you say "holy suns"

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:33 AM

Stoner Sausage, maaaaaaan

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 11:43 AM

the Brooklyn Masonic Temple show a few years back was WAY better than Stage 48

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 12:51 PM

More like "Sleep Eating" M I rite?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:04 PM

Do all the fakes have anything to do with the fact that Bowery Presents is now taking over Stage 48 shows?

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2014 1:44 PM

still waiting

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 11:52 AM

Nice tits, fatass sausage.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2014 2:53 PM

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