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PHOTOS: Sleep at Variety Playhouse Dec. 5

The legendary stoner metal trio stay mystical

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Photo credit: Mike White
DOPESMOKER: Sleep feat. Matt Pike (above) played the first show of a two-night stand at Variety Playhouse on Wed., Dec. 5.

The mighty doom metal trio Sleep kicked off its winter tour Wednesday, December 5, at Variety Playhouse — the first of a two-night stand. Since last playing Atlanta in May 2015, the group surprised the world by releasing The Sciences on, of course, 4/20. It’s the group’s first full-length album since 1999’s Dopesmoker. Guitarist Matt Pike didn’t seem phased by his recent emergency partial toe amputation, which caused his other band High on Fire to cancel a November 7 show at the Masquerade. Pike, bass player Al Cisneros, and drummer Jason Roeder, treated the packed crowd to a healthy hour and-a-half set of songs from The Sciences, along with a couple of numbers from 1993’s Holy Mountain. The group also unleashed non-LP tracks, 2014’s single “Clarity,” and “Leagues Beneath,” from 2017’s Adult Swim singles set.



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