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In the early ’90s, Sleep was one of a number of metal bands that took a hint from Black Sabbath, slowed down its songs, and began jamming on heavy riffs. After a couple of highly touted albums, the band was offered a wad of major-label cash, and it looked as if the newly tagged “stoner metal” was going to break out of the underground. That is until, rumor has it, Sleep turned its signing bonus into smoke and recorded a 52-minute-long, single-track ode to marijuana (Jerusalem). Not very surprisingly, London Records deemed the record unreleasable. The band caved under the resulting battle. Breaking through the haze, guitarist Matt Pike put together High on Fire. This time around, his band’s lyrics manage to make it a little beyond the bong. With tunes about knights, dragons, and other mystical creatures, though, High on Fire will undoubtedly still capture the imagination of most pot-smoking metalheads all the same. The band plays with Jucifer and Wooly Mammoth at 8 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $8. (202) 462-7625. (Jacob Long)