Al Cisneros performing with OM, New York City, 2012
|Born||1973 (age 40–41)|
|Origin||San Jose, California, United States|
|Occupations||Singer, Bass guitarist|
|Associated acts||Sleep, OM, Shrinebuilder, Asbestosdeath|
|Rickenbacker Bass, VIVEKANANDA KT88 Bass Amp|
Al Cisneros // (born 1973) is an American musician from San Jose, California. He is the singer and bassist for the legendary stoner metal band Sleep. He is also the singer and bassist in the rhythm heavy drone band OM. He was a member of Shrinebuilder and Asbestosdeath and has released four records as a solo artist.
Cisneros' earliest musical interests included an appreciation of Black Sabbath, in particular their first four albums.
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.
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".
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.
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.
With Asbestos Death
- 1990 – Dejection
- 1990 – Unclean
- 2005 – Variations on a Theme
- 2006 – Conference of the Birds
- 2006 – Bedouin's Vigil (Split 7" with Six Organs of Admittance)
- 2006 – Inerrant Rays of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder) (Split EP with Current 93)
- 2007 – Pilgrimage
- 2008 – Live at Jerusalem
- 2008 – Gebel Barkal
- 2009 – Conference Live
- 2009 – God is Good
- 2012 – Advaitic Songs
- 2009 - Shrinebuilder
- 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)
- Six Organs of Admittance - River of Transfiguration. The Sun Awakens (Drag City)
- Harvestman - The Hawk of Achill. In a Dark Tongue (Neurot)
- Ampeg SVT and various Ampeg cabinets
- Custom "Vivekananda" Electric Amp USA power unit.
- Electric Amp USA Master Volume Unit
- Green Amp Matamp slave unit.
- Two Matamp 4x15 custom cabinets.
- Electric Amp USA 2x15 "Jericho" cabinet.
- Two Electric Amp USA 4x12 cabinets.
- Boss DS-1
- Boss TU-2
- Raagini Digital Electronic Tanpura, used with Ernie Ball volume pedal.
- DOD overdrive/preamp 250
- ROLAND RE-201 SPACE ECHO
- Electro-Harmonix POG2 Polyphonic Octave Generator
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