The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2018 Ratings: #10 / 543
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2018 Ratings: #39
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Third Man / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

To the sober ear, the drawn-out chugging riffs, which are the foundation of the band's sound, come off as stretched and border dangerously on the verge of repetition. But stoned, those riffs are ploughing the fields of your mind, pulling you into a deep hypnotic state washing everything away with rich distortion.

86
GIGsoup
The album is, in the purest and most straightforward sense, a logical and hugely satisfying progression for Sleep and a very worthy follow-up to their previous work.
84
Pitchfork

The essential trick of The Sciences—and the reason it feels like more than an overdue cash-in—is these 40something dudes have managed to grow up without growing old. Their minds are still focused on weed and the escape that it offers, but that’s just the gag; these riffs, rhythms, and the mantra-like singing of Al Cisneros are a drug unto themselves, evidence of a band that’s improved upon their animating idea.

83
Consequence of Sound
The group seem rejuvenated with a long road ahead of them, something no one could have expected prior to this release. Further, it confirms why they are considered the greatest stoner doom band of all time, one of doom metal’s greatest treasures, one of metal’s biggest crossover acts in the broader underground musical world, and one of the greatest heavy rock bands to roam the planet.
80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The Sciences is good because, unlike a lot of music influenced by Black Sabbath, it distills the greatest aspects of Sabbath and presses them on into infinity: the huge riffs, the psychedelic backdrops, the wayfaring solos.

80
The Needle Drop

Stoner metal titan Sleep makes a hell of a comeback with The Sciences, which encompasses both the band's classic sound and influences from the members' other creative endeavors over the past 15 years.

80
Mojo

After splitting up in disillusion over the London affair, Al Cisneros’s crew reconvened in 2009 for sporadic activity, and have customarily not rushed into nailing The Sciences, nor departed from their rubric of Burroughsian ganja myth-spinning ... set to eardrum-busting, down-tuned slo-mo jams.

80
Rolling Stone
With freight-train heavy riffs so indebted to Sabbath's Tony Iommi that he should get royalties, trippy lyrics about diverse subjects such as weed, ganja and pot, and endless groove for days on each of their songs, they've made an album that sounds exactly how Sleep should sound in 2018.
80
AllMusic

The Sciences may not be as daring and ambitious as Dopesmoker, but it finds Sleep working at the top of their game in the studio, and their resinous howl is still a weird marvel to behold.

Apr 23, 2018
Aoaystheory
90
(Anybody who rates this low) : Bet you weren't high enough, bro
Apr 30, 2018
EMR
80
As aged as most of these compositions are, the joined efforts of both the band (with Neurosis' drummer Jason Roeder on board) and the producers at Jack White's Third Man Records manage to bring out the absolute best in Sleep's seasoned trajectory. With a few due exceptions, what we get here is an undeniable stoner-metal masterclass, a trippy, never-ending conceptual voyage to the utmost limits of human consciousness, tinged with the spiritual guidance of Al Cisneros' ever hypnotic vocal ... read more
May 1, 2018
liammenzies
78
Giza Butler did nothing for me but the rest of this album, while it could easily border on repetitive or monotonous, does a good job at weaving an atmosphere that is utterly enthralling - due to how big a chunk GB is I need to knock it down a bit but it might grow on me on my third or fourth listen.
Apr 24, 2018
BradTasteMusic
86
Ahhhh now this album is a nice refreshing break from the emo that all my watchers constantly corner me into listening to. Just heavy riffs... rewarding songs with massive song lengths... it just feels good.

I cannot get behind these vocals though, they are certainly dull in comparison to what I would expect from a "Doom Metal" sound.
Aug 4, 2018
pouls
NR
Last night, I watched a mountain documentary whilst listening to this album. If you ever get the chance to do so, please do it.
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Added on: April 19, 2018