One of the things that fascinates me about this new cult of stoner rock bands is that so many of them can exist with so many of the same basic elements and yet something remains that keeps them eternally compelling. Such is the case with Godsleep's Thousand Sons Of Sleep a stoner metal record filled with all the requisite pentatonic riffing, yet still manages to find its own very specific niche and gives the listener a chance to understand something crucial about this kind of music. Stoner rock is endlessly fascinating in its simplicity, and that's what makes it great.
The sublime drama of Thousand Sons Of Sleep comes through in the Wagnerian bottom end and crusty vocals that layer the whole thing. There is a sense of grandeur within the sludginess of it all and that's part of what makes Godsleep so interesting. The fact that they can pull off seven or eight minute long songs and sound like they're dying is actually kind of intriguing. It almost feels like the music is being torn out of the musicians, as if in this crazy fucked up life of theirs they have no end of struggle. The foundation of their burden is the endless toil of the lower class and feeling that grit filtered through loud guitars is strangely empowering.
So let these songs wash over you and feel yourself become enamored with the epic battles and ethereal dramas painted on these vivid soundscapes. Sure - they might share a lot in common with their peers, but that's part of what makes this movement so intense - only those who can play the cards just right can make it, and it's kind of fun to see how the bands jockey for position. I get the impression that Godsleep do it better than most, but who knows how deep this rabbit whole will end up going!
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