SLEESTAK are a 4 Piece Pysch/Stoner/Sludge/Doom Metal band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
These guys extensive bio should tell you what these guys are about.
"Formed in late 2003 with former members of Sixinch, Atomic Number 9, and Planet Delirium, Sleestak have become one of the midwest's most unique bands, gaining fans in the region and abroad with their metal/psychedelic fused doom rock. Sometimes labeled a "metal jam band", the band often delve into the bluesy realms of improvisation and embrace free-flowing instrumentals, taking the music into epic mind-altering depths. Through live demos and bootlegs over the past couple years, Sleestak have garnered radio play, media praise, and positive comparisons to Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Clutch, Monster Magnet, Isis, Colour Haze, The Melvins, Ten Years After, and other groups that thrive on experimentation, originality, and heaviness"
They released their debut release "Skylon Express" in 2010 to great acclaim. I knew them from 2008 or so from various demo's and live shows that I came across. I bought Skylon Express in 2010 and still remains one of my fave releases. Full of brilliant Stoner based Psych Doom Metal songs with a Jam Band mentality.
Well the guys are back with their more superb latest offering "The Fall Of Altrusia".
The Fall Of Altrusia is a 50 minute 7-Part One Song Colossus Masterpiece. That's all I can say. This album is fucking monumental. One of the most astonishing releases of 2011 so far.
You get 7 parts to one song that all blend perfectly with each other. This is an album with a superb story to tell. Concept Metal at it's most original and finest. I am going to borrow the description from Doommantia's excellent review as they described it so brilliantly. And I cant put it better myself.
"The track-listing is split into chapters on the albums artwork and that is fitting as these songs do seem like pieces of a much bigger concept both structurally and thematically. The title of the album relates to the ancestors and descendants of Modern Sleestak known as the Altrusians, Sleestak being these green humanoid creatures with both reptilian and insectoid features."
My own thoughts on the album that this is indeed epic stuff. It transcends so many genres. Stoner, Psych, Doom, Sludge and Post-Metal into one perfect Metal song.
The musicianship is extraordinary on this release. How the guys thought of the different riffs to fit into each other. One minute Psych, the next Stoner then Doom Riffs come out of nowhere.
The vocals are outstanding. Going through many different growls, grunts and ambient based vocals in a Sludgy /Psych based way.
The production is amazing on this superb album. I cant fault this one bit.
These guys last release was simply outstanding. But this is in a different league altogether. These guys have made their defining work of their careers.. I don't know if these guys can ever top this release. It's perfect in every way. I hope they will make top this but it will be very hard to beat.
If you imagine ISIS, Monster Magnet, Pink Floyd, Mastodon and Black Sabbath forming a Supergroup for one album only then this would be the end result. It is simply sublime but all in the original way that only SLEESTAK can pull off.
This album just sent chills up my spine every time I have listened to it. And I have listened to it non-stop in the last couple of days.
I can't recommend this brilliant album enough. SLEESTAK deserve as much fame and fortune they can get with this extraordinary release. A truly defining moment of Sludge/Doom Metal Music has arrived.
This is one of the best records I have heard this year. Along with Borracho, VYGR and FUCKED UP. Genre-defining moments of their respective genres.
You need to own this release now. You wont be sorry. Simply amazing. No doubt!!!
What you can do with this release is download a 27 minute live edit of this track from here: But read the MySpace Blogspot entry here for the full effect as it has a cool video to go with this.
This live track is a brilliant edit but doesn't match the original vision of this extraordinary and amazing album. You are missing over 23 minutes of the final product.
Check Out The Guys Here:
Official - You can buy the album from their official website.
Check Out "Enik's Lament" from their 2010 album "Skylon Express".