Prolific experimental doom-grunge-sludge-etc. stalwarts the Melvins have teamed up with Sleep's distinctive frontman Al Cisneros for a lumbering cover of Black Sabbath's unforgettable classic "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath." Slower and quite possibly even heavier than the original, the track comes ahead of Melvins' upcoming two-song EP Sabbath, expected to drop sometime in the near future on Amphetamine Reptile Records. In true whiplash-speed Melvins style, the release comes hot off the heels of their latest full-length, April's Pinkus Abortion Technician.
While Melvins singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne has said in the past that his group was "much more into Black Flag than Black Sabbath at that period in time [early on]," it looks like he and his bandmates have grown their appreciation for Ozzy and Co. over the years. Sabbath worship is nothing new for Cisneros, however, and the metal originators' heavy-handed influence can be seen even in the artwork for Sleep's recent 17-minute "Leagues Beneath" vinyl single, released as part of the Adult Swim year-long Singles Program. The inner sleeve's imagery features the faces of Black Sabbath members, including Tony Iommi on a piece of toast.