Sleep Leaks End of Year Shows in Chicago, Teases Going on Hiatus

Doom Metal greats Sleep have leaked three shows for the end of 2019 in Chicago at Thalia Hall. The band also shared a cryptic message to social media, teasing the band going on a possible indefinite hiatus. No official announcement has been made, but Facebook events for the three shows appeared this weekend (11/10/2019). The band returned from an eleven-year hiatus in 2009, and have toured semi-regularly for years, releasing a live album – Denver Colorado, The Clarity single (2014), an incredible full-length album The Sciences in 2018, the Leagues Beneath single (also 2018) and a second live album, Live at Third Man Records, released as part of Third Man’s exclusive Vault series. The band also played a career-spanning series of shows at 2019’s Roadburn Festival. Hopefully, this is not the end of the band, just the end of the band for now while the members’ other projects such as OM, High On Fire, and Neurosis come to the fore. Continue reading

Sleep Robbed of Matt Pike’s One of A Kind Pedal Board Gear By Delta Airlines

Rough news from the Sleep/High on Fire camp. The band had been on a triumphant tour of the USA when the band discovered Matt Pike’s zip-tied Pelican Roadcase with his irreplaceable pedals was broken into by Delta Airlines baggage handlers between Miami and Atlanta. Delta delivered a broken into and empty case to Matt and the band, and also denied their claims for insurance. Below is a full accounting of the gear stolen. You can see the post below from Matt’s partner Alyssa. Fans and friends everywhere please be on the lookout for this gear if it shows up anywhere. Continue reading

Matt Pike Joins Magnetic Eye Records Black Sabbath Tribute with Zakk Sabbath, Thou, Spirit Adrift and More

Matt Pike (solo) of Sleep and High on Fire is the final artist added to the Magnetic Eye Records’ Black Sabbath Tribute, Vol. 4 Redux, the latest in their Redux series of reissues. Pike joins a star-studded Doom Metal genre list of bands including Zakk Sabbath, Thou, Spirit Adrift, The Obsessed, Bongzilla, Whores., Haunt, High Reeper, and Tony Reed. Artwork inspired by the classic Sabbath Volume 4 artwork is Alyssa Mocere. You can pre-order the album at the link below. Continue reading

Fundraiser Launched For Matt Pike To Defer Costs Of Medical Bills

As we’ve been following the story, Matt Pike of High on Fire and Sleep has had a rough time with his health of late. After a banner year in 2018 which saw stellar releases from both of his bands (and an incredible single too), Pike was forced to cancel two huge headline tours due to ill-health. Any artist not able to tour is in a bad place when it comes to earning money to survive. With medical bills mounting and Pike off the road, for now, a friend has stepped in to help. Respected photographer Tim Bugbee of Tinnitus Photography has covered Matt and his bands for many years. Well-known in the scene for his terrific concert photography, candid shots of artists, interviews, and reviews of bands, Tim is a fixture at shows in his home of Boston, as well as around the world. Amassing a huge archive of photos of hundreds of bands, Bugbee has also shot “roughly 30 shows of Sleep and High On Fire”, according to his site. Now he is selling blown-up photos as a fundraiser for Matt, shipping to the US and Canada. There is an autographed option and 100% of the gross profits from sales will go directly to Matt. This is amazingly kind of Tim and for a great cause. Details below at the link to Tim’s website. Continue reading

High On Fire Cancels Entire “Electric Messiah Tour” Due To Medical Emergency

Sad new by High On Fire, as they are canceling their entire planned Electric Messiah tour with Toke and Year of The Cobra that was days away from kicking off. The reason is another medical emergency suffered by frontman Matt Pike. He sends a message to fans, which you can read below. The band already had pulled out of their tour this past fall. We wish Matt a speedy recovery.  Continue reading

Toke And Year of The Cobra To Support High On Fire On Tour

 

 

Stoner and sludge bands Toke andYear of the Cobra have been added to High On Fire’s upcoming “Electric Messiah” Tour this winter. With frontman Matt Pike recovered from his toe amputation, High On Fire is ready to tour in support of their Electric Messiah album, out now via eOne Music. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading