The Top Five Metal Albums Consisting Of Only One Track
Slow-crawl stoner metal lovers rejoiced last year when Sleep reunited for their first U.S. tour since breaking up at the end of the '90s. The band's 2010 tour included a stop at last year's FYF Fest, where loyal fans were rewarded with a set exceeding all expectations, and uninitiated indie-rockers and hipsters shit their pants from the rumble of Sleep hitting one of the lowest ends of the musical spectrum possible in an open-air environment.
Long, slow ... heavy metal songs
The typical stereotype of the heavy metal fan is that the guitars need to be fast and the drums need to be double-bass at approximately 500 bpm. Sure, some fans fit that stereotype, but there are many others that occasionally need to slow it down and move at a crawl. For this subsection of heavy metal fan, Sleep's 1999 release Jerusalem is a landmark album. That may be the most infamous metal album consisting of only one lengthy track, but there are others in the metal realm that have gotten ambitious and attempted to pull off releasing an album consisting of one long track. Here, the Top Five Heavy Metal Albums Consisting of Only One Track:
5. Jesu - Infinity (2009)
Justin Broadrick has had one of the more interesting career arcs in the heavy music scene. From his start as vocalist for legendary grind-metallers Napalm Death, to his influence on industrial music as the ringleader of Godflesh, Broadrick has never been content resting on his previous accomplishments. With his current outfit Jesu, he is pushing the boundaries of shoe gazing post-metal. And with Isis out of the picture camping out at the retirement home for heavy music, Jesu is inarguably at the top of the genre now. Their 2009 release Infinity, consisting of a single 50-minute track is a work of beauty almost from the start and continues to get better as it builds.
4. Pig Destroyer - Natasha (2008)
Terrorizing eardrums with sonic blasts of chaotic yet simultaneously precise death-grind since the late 1990s, Virginia quartet Pig Destroyer decided to go for something different with Natasha. Originally releasing Natasha as a DVD-Audio bonus disc with their 2004 album Terrifyer, Pig Destroyer decided to use the extra capabilities offered by the ability to record in surround-sound to put together a 38-minute work that is slower and more atmospheric, but still fitting into their trademark sound of "organized chaos." Released by Relapse Records as a stand-alone album in 2008, Natasha does lose a little bit in the translation down to the CD format, but still packs a punch and shows Pig Destroyer as a band that is talented on multiple levels.
3. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson (1996)