GrantMcNeilly wrote:Solid not crap, but I find them a bit overrated. I never really got the huge praise for this band. They certainly aren't in the same league as Electric Wizard. I couldn't even finish Jerusalem.
Is it because I haven't seen them live?
They were fucking RIDICULOUS live yesterday. Just 100% holy shit ridiculous, as in jaw-on-floor "this is the loudest thing I've ever witnessed" insuperably awesome. The Wiltern came alive something fierce.
I agree that Dopesmoker / Jerusalem can be kind of a "chore" if you're not in a very specific mood or if you're just not inclined to it, and I often spin "Dopethrone" in a fashion that may have you wondering if I use it as some kind of energy supplement or something, but after witnessing a collapsing waste of a show by the "classic" Electric Wizard lineup and contrasting it with last night's textured, orchestrated, epic onslaught (and yes I mean EPIC in the classical sense) I will have to give it to Sleep.
The guitar sounded like space-time itself was collapsing into torn shreds of fabric. The bass was bowel-shredding in its depth. The drums were masterfully done, and even though he had some tech problems he just drove right through them with a lot more subtlety than most "hawd rawk!" dudes could muster. I felt warm and happy throughout the show, just floating through the whole thing with a sense of childlike fascination.
Started off TRIPLE LOUD, ended TRIPLE-QUADRUPLE LOUD. When I went to piss I could have sworn that a new universe was being created in the next room.
I don't like big shows. I don't like big venues. I don't like hordes of people. But last night man... great show.