My awareness of Seven Sisters Of Sleep came after coming across an album by Oak called II, a solid block of doom metal that was eerily slow and disgusting, and I wanted to know more. That lead to me finding out abo8t the A389 Records, which lead to me finding out about a new release. I did some searching around, found some incredible music on YouTube with custom-made videos featuring clips from movies that were either considered disturbing, freakish, or banned altogether. I became a fan right there, and I had to order their album.
Seven Sisters Of Sleep is more of an EP in the traditional sense: 8-songs clocking in at just under 20 minutes, but what you get in those 20 minutes is some of the most mindblowing stoner/sludge metal you will have heard, and metal that’s damn good. As it begins, things start off very slow, the pace crawling up to the surface in a deliberate manner with walls of controlled feedback, almost in a Melvins/Sleep fashion. If you stare at the cover,you see a three-headed demonic beast in the middle of what looks like advertising executives or parents of Cub Scouts who know their time on Earth will be shortened, with brutal lyrics such as:
“Room and board for the sodomites, paid by the faith
the fucking faith of shit
Murder everything, void every idea, every soul, every cloth
Where they are now and forever”
It’s meant to be dark and menacing, you may end up thinking about your motives in life. Then things are brought back down to Earth in “Passed Out Standing”. Even with a line like “4 in the morning, this fucking flat smells like coffee, dogs, and loss”, you immediately get a sense of what that means because it may very well be you he’s singing about. The lyrics about menacing priests (“CCEC”), working for the man (“Swamp”), and politics (“Beirut”) could easily be thinly-guised metaphors for something else, but they’re very direct and to the point. If the songs suggest suffering, the brutality of their playing is meant to bring you down to your knees so you can feel the suffering too, or at least bang your head in honor of other sufferers around the world.
What also moved me to buy this album was the quote from writer Mike Cheese who said Seven Sisters Of Sleep create “stoner jams for people with short attention spans”. They have all of the intensity of a band who know how to extend songs to lengths of 10 minutes or more, but compress it as if these were to be hit songs, as if this style of metal was the latest teen beat sensation. It’s not. This is music made more for the disciples of Lord Satana, and they welcome you to join in their reign. Incredible music.