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Music, Sleep plays stoner metal for an angsty generation

Sleep plays stoner metal for an angsty generation

Within the sweaty milieu of depravity that is Harmony Korine's Gummo, a film loosely based on the cat-hunting teens and other backwoods delinquents of Xenia, Ohio, one scene epitomizes the essence of misunderstood youth at the end of the '90s. Two boys,…
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Music, Hear This Shrinebuilder


When word got out last year that Sleep/Om bassist Al Cisneros and doom torchbearer Scott "Wino" Weinrich (the Obsessed, Saint Vitus, etc.) had teamed with Neurosis mainstay Scott Kelly and Melvins drummer Dale Crover in a new band called Shrinebuilder,…
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Music, Exploring Grayceon’s epic … rehearsal space.

Exploring Grayceon’s epic … rehearsal space.

Grayceon's tunes are mammoth in scope. Since 2005, the trio — cellist-vocalist Jackie Perez Gratz, guitarist-vocalist Max Doyle, and drummer Zach Farwell — has mixed metal, prog, and post-rock influences, with an emphasis on the sprawling and cinematic. They've refined…
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Music, Voyage to Infinity

Voyage to Infinity

Meditative, restrained, and minimalist aren't adjectives typically associated with heavy music in general or heavy metal in particular. But there's little typical about the hypnotic, brainpan-scrambling sounds unleashed by bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Haikus in the potent psych…
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