Stoner metal legends Sleep are hardly the most prolific of bands, so the idea that we may be hearing new material from them is tantalising. Although the group reformed after their initial ’90s run – a lucrative period that yielded a trilogy of classic LPs – back in 2009, no new studio album has been forthcoming so far.
The band did release a new single – the typically monolithic ‘The Clarity’ – back in 2014, however, and the band have aired some new material live. Although the group has made no secret of its intention to put out new material, specifics have always been vague to the point of nonexistent and there’s generally been a “it’ll happen when it happens” attitude that can be a little frustrating for those who have been waiting with baited breath for new riffage from the band. Sleep now have a new website, though, and Reddit user /u/Lo_Rez has decoded what appears to be morse code found the homepage of the new site.
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According to the redditor, the code translates to “INITIALIZE NEW TRANSMISSION 2017 CE SLEEP NEARING COMPLETION OF NEW ALBUM ENGINEERING ACCOMPLICE: NOAH LANDIS LOCATION: 37.8044 N, 122.2711 W RELEASE DATE: UNDETERMINED RECORD LABEL: UNDETERMINED” While it still doesn’t deliver anything concrete per se, it’s certainly confirmation that the band are indeed working on the new material and that we shouldn’t have to wait too long (read: another decade) to hear it. Get hyped, y’all.