SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US 2010 Tour Update

Legendary stoner metallers SLEEP, who recently announced their long-anticipated reunion tour, have added several new stops to the impending trek including additional shows in Brooklyn and San Francisco. Dubbed the Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010, the journey will commence on September 3rd. Support will be provided by a revolving roster of bands throughout the tour including: DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS, SUB OSLO, SCOTT KELLY, YOB and THRONES. Check out the David D’Andrea tour poster, which will be available at each show as a 26″ x 26″ glow-in-the-dark screen print, here:

SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form underground heroes OM and HIGH ON FIRE. On the Marijuanaut’s Return Tour, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike will be joined by drummer Jason Roeder of NEUROSIS to perform the seminal Holy Mountain album in its entirety as well as selections from Dopesmoker and more.

SLEEP: Marijuanaut’s Return US Tour 2010
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow’s Parties – Monticello, NY
9/04/2010 FYE Fest – Los Angeles, CA
9/05/2010 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
9/06/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ DOOMRIDERS, UNEARTHLY TRANCE
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom – Philadelphia, PA w/ A STORM OF LIGHT
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple – New York, NY w/ A STORM OF LIGHT, LICHENS
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL w/ LICHENS
9/10/2010 Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Sub Oslo w/ Sub Oslo
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW – Portland, OR w/ SCOTT KELLY, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA w/ THRONES
9/13/2010 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

APESHIT’s Top Albums of 2009

It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009…
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MIDDIAN – Age Eternal

Following the departure of his rhythm section, vocalist/guitarist Mike Scheidt could have just as easily continued YOB with new members, but instead chose to selflessly disband the outfit and in the aftermath, creating the mighty new MIDDIAN. MIDDIAN continues in the footsteps of the seminal doom and sludge of Scheidt‘s previous band, but with some more direct, up-tempo material as on the opening track, “Dreamless Eye” and “The Celebrant.” The latter two easily stand toe-to toe with HIGH ON FIRE‘s best material. “The Blood of Icons” however returns to more familiar territory with a powerful epic that alternates between eerie clean passages, snails-paced sludge, and driving, dissonant rhythms. The album’s title track is next, with the band taking it’s own time, building riff after monolithic riff, creating layers and layers of dense atmosphere. “Sink to the Center” stands as a descent into hell, as each cavity-inducing riff buries most of Southern Lord‘s overrated roster in one fell swoop, providing a powerful closer to one hell of a debut. Age Eternal may be just the beginning of MIDDIAN, but it’s already cemented itself as one of the best albums of this year. (Metal Blade Records)