I've been on a mad Om high lately, and deeply regret I didn't include their latest album God Is Good on my best of 2009 countdown. Sorry about that, don't know what I was thinking.
While we're on the topic of that countdown, I also regret not putting Cobalt in the top 30. And both Converge and Ancestors should've been much higher on the list. The Cumshots' A Life Less Necessary should've probably been on the list as well.
Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.
But I digress as always. For teh n00bs: Om consists of singer/bassist Al Cisneros (also of Shrinebuilder, formerly of Sleep and Asbestosdeath) and drummer Emil Amos (also of Grails). Bearded freak, co-founder and drummer extraordinare Chris Hakius (also formerly of Sleep and Asbestosdeath) left in 2008.
Their music has been called many things, including "Tibetan chanting doom", "transcendental doom", "droning Middle Eastern doom" etc. All these labels are fine I suppose, they do the trick. Personally, I wouldn't know where the begin if asked to describe their sound. Hypnotic and meditative, definitely. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun meets Iron Man perhaps? Something along those lines.
Brevity has never interested Om, and these seven tracks clock in at a total of 77 minutes and 20 seconds. By the way, I'm not entirely sure why I chose to illustrate this post with a photo of a giant sun setting over ancient Greek ruins.
It just fits somehow.
Easily one of the best bands in the world, though not one of the easiest to get into but once the penny drops you can't get enough of them. Get drunk/stoned and listen as loudly as your speakers will allow. Then you will surely see the light.
(mp3) Om - Annapurna
Available on Variations On A Theme (2005)
(mp3) Om - Flight of the eagle
Available on Conference Of The Birds (2006)
(mp3) Om - Rays of the sun/To the shrinebuilder
Available on Inerrant Rays Of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder) (split 10" with Current 93, 2006)
(mp3) Om - Bedouin's vigil
Available on Om/Six Organs Of Admittance Split 7" (2006)
(mp3) Om - Bhima's theme
Available on Pilgrimage (2007)
(mp3) Om - Gebel barkal
Available on Gebel Barkal (7", 2008)
(mp3) Om - Thebes
Available on God Is Good (2009)