Sleep releases new track The Clarity

Was there perhaps an overzealous expectation for that distinct and all important hemorrhage inducing bottom end rumble that has become predominant in modern doom and stoner metal?

With many years since their last release and a slow move out of hibernation over the past few years playing gigs, Sleep have finally released a new track The Clarity. The track comes courtesy of Adult Swim's Weekly Singles series.

Although in many ways The Clarity is typical of the stoner legends it feels ever so slightly lacking when compared to Holy Mountain and Dopesmoker. The production of the track is cleaned up, polished and feels as though it lacks a little in grit and grunt. Was there perhaps an overzealous expectation for that distinct and all important hemorrhage inducing bottom end rumble that has become predominant in modern doom and stoner metal? Even with the volume cranked up there was no thundering bass and distortion. Where was that overwhelming saturation of sound? Mix and production aside, the composition of The Clarity is certainly inline with any avid Sleep fan's expectations and it will without doubt be exciting to hear what the rest of the album has in store.

On a personal note, I really hope that this is just the warmup to a mind bending, heavy as center blocks album that I'm sure all Sleep fans are fervently awaiting.

Check it out for yourself on Sound Cloud

Written by William Riever, 2014-07-23