Al Cisneros

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Al Cisneros
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Al Cisneros performing with OM, New York City, 2012
Background information
Born 1973 (age 40–41)
Origin San Jose, California, United States
Genres Stoner metal
Occupations Singer, Bass guitarist
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1989-present
Associated acts Sleep, OM, Shrinebuilder, Asbestosdeath
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker Bass, VIVEKANANDA KT88 Bass Amp

Al Cisneros /sɪsˈnɛrs/ (born 1973) is an American musician from San Jose, California. He is the singer and bassist for the legendary stoner metal band Sleep.[1] He is also the singer and bassist in the rhythm heavy drone band OM.[2][3] He was a member of Shrinebuilder and Asbestosdeath and has released four records as a solo artist.

Music career[edit]

Cisneros' earliest musical interests included an appreciation of Black Sabbath, in particular their first four albums.[1]

In 1989 he formed the sludge metal band Asbestosdeath. On bass and vocals with Chris Hakius on drums and Matt Pike and Tom Choi on guitar, Cisneros and Asbestosdeath released two EPs in 1990.

Sleep[edit]

When Choi left Asbestosdeath, Cisneros, Hakius and Pike renamed themselves Sleep. Cisneros jokingly called himself "Luke" in the early days of Sleep, in homage to 'Luke's Wall', the title of the outro section of War Pigs.[4][5]

In 1991 Sleep released their first album, Volume One. They soon gained a devoted underground following in the doom metal scene.

In 1992 they released their next album, Sleep's Holy Mountain an influential album in the early development of stoner metal.[6]

Between 1995 and 1998, Sleep worked extensively on what would become their final album, Dopesmoker, a single song lasting one hour. However, their record label at the time refused to release it, and in 1998 Sleep disbanded. An abridged form was released in 1999 under the title Jerusalem. Dopesmoker in its entirety was first officially released by Tee Pee Records on April 22, 2003.

On November 26, 2012, it was reported that Sleep had recently announced their own status as a "full, reunited band".[7]

OM[edit]

In 2003, Cisneros and Hakius decided to form their own band named OM, with Cisneros on bass and vocals and Hakius on drums. As a duo OM released the albums Variations on a Theme in 2005, Conference of the Birds in 2006, and Pilgrimage in 2007.

In January 2008, Hakius decided to leave the band and was replaced by Emil Amos on drums. Since then, OM has released the two full-length studio albums God is Good and Advaitic Songs on the Drag City label, a 7" for Sub Pop entitled Gebel Barkal, and the live vinyl-only LP Conference Live on Important Records.

OM's 2012 tour for the Advaitic Songs album included Robert Lowe on backing vocals, guitar, synthesizer and tambura.[8] Lowe had previously appeared on vocals and tambura on God Is Good.[9]

Solo[edit]

In December 2012 Cisneros released his first solo record Dismas on the band's own Sinai imprint, following the religious tones themed in OM but with more of a dub approach. A second solo record Teresa of Avila followed in March 2013. A 10" EP featuring two longer songs, "Ark Procession" and "Jericho", was also released in 2013. In January of 2014 a 12" EP featuring five songs was released and in April of 2014 a 7" featuring two songs and artwork by David V. D'Andrea will be released by Samaritan Press.

Discography[edit]

With Asbestos Death[edit]

  • 1990 – Dejection
  • 1990 – Unclean

With Sleep[edit]

With Om[edit]

With Shrinebuilder[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • 2012 - Dismas 7" (Sinai)
  • 2013 - Teresa of Avila / Levitation Dub 7" (Sinai)
  • 2013 - Ark Procession”/”Jericho” 10" (Drag City)
  • 2014 - Toward Nazareth/Indica Field/Harvester Dub/Yerushaláyim/Version 12" (Drag City)
  • 2014 - Empty Tomb/Sepulcher Dub 7" (Samaritan Press)

Appears on[edit]

  • Six Organs of Admittance - River of Transfiguration. The Sun Awakens (Drag City)
  • Harvestman - The Hawk of Achill. In a Dark Tongue (Neurot)

Equipment[edit]

Basses

[10] Amplification

Effects

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Cat (6 February 2013). "Eastern Philosophy and Black Sabbath Worship: Q&A with Al Cisneros of Om and Sleep". Oregon Music News. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Pehling, Dave (12 February 2007). "Om Top of Holy Mountain". Seattle Weekly News. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Ali, Reyan (7 February 2013). "Om Drone Metal Riffs on Religion". OC Weekly. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Cook, Toby (29 September 2012). "The Gospel According To Luke: Al Cisneros Of Om Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "War Pigs". Wikipedia. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Sleep biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sleep is now a full, reunited band". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Om, Advaitic Songs, Expanding the Template". The Obelisk. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Om - God Is Good (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". 
  10. ^ "Bass Guitar Magazine October 2006". Electricamp.com. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 

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