Local heavy doom metal heroes Sleep took sludge to a whole new level in the 1990s. The San Jose act (bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Chris Haikus) dropped some impressive sonic concrete on the eardrums of the willing, with wicked riffs that took their time expanding in your headspace. Most famously, Sleep recorded a 60-minute homage to weed, Jerusalem, which became the band's swan song after its label balked at the idea of this very uncommercial concept of an album.
Sleep's members of course found success after their split -- Pike in High on Fire, Cisneros and Haikus for a while in Om) -- but its fan base only seems to build over the years. They'll briefly take the stage as a three-piece again when Sleep reunites to perform Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker tracks at All Tomorrow's Parties May 8 festival, "The Fans Strike Back." For those wondering if this performance will lead, perhaps, to some sweet shows back home, ATP's Web site kills that buzz with the statement: "[Sleep] reform for two performances at ATP as a world exclusive that will never be repeated." Yeah, but that's what they all say, right? -- Jennifer Maerz