With a subject like that, I don’t even need to post any news, but here it is anyway: Sleep will headline the 2012 Roadburn festival. Life doesn’t get much better, but I’ll save my ranting for later. Om are reportedly playing too (full on Cisernos fix!), and hopefully they’ll have a new album out by then. Here’s the news from Roadburn‘s site:
Roadburn headquarters are in a euphoric state as we report that West Coast stoner metal legends Sleep have been confirmed as the headliner at Roadburn Festival 2012. Sleep are irrefutably a seminal band of the stoner rock scene and to our elation they are coming to their spiritual home of Roadburn to anchor the 2012 festival.
Featuring original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike together with drummer Jason Roeder of Neurosis, Sleep will be playing (a one-off show) on Saturday, 14 April 2012. Al Cisneros will also be appearing with OM together with Emil Amos and Robert A.A. Lowe, bringing their hypnotic vibrations to Roadburn‘s mainstage on Thursday, 12 April.
We at the Roadburn Festival consider Sleep to be among the most important bands influencing today’s thriving stoner/sludge/metal scene. Their vision to combine the powerful riffs of Black Sabbath with the outsider ethics of punk rock turned into an unstoppable amalgamation, one that catapulted them to international attention within a very short time. Their rapid rise and unquestionable musical significance is a testimony to the fact that they tapped into something that resonates inside virtually every fan of stoner metal today. They truly embody the spirit and power of The Riff.
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