|Origin||California, United States|
|Genres||Stoner rock, psychedelic rock, doom metal, ambient, post-metal, avant-garde metal|
|Associated acts||Sleep, Grails, Holy Sons, Lichens, Shrinebuilder, Asbestosdeath, The Sabians|
|Past members||Chris Hakius|
Om (sometimes stylized as OM) is an experimental drone metal band from San Francisco, California. Formed as a duo in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner doom metal band Sleep, OM is currently a trio.
OM's earliest works incorporate musical structures similar to Tibetan and Byzantine chant, as heard on the debut album Variations on a Theme. The band's name itself derives from the Hinduism concept of Om, which refers to the natural vibration of the universe. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "OM". Before creation began, it was "Shunyākāsha", the emptiness or the void. Shunyākāsha, meaning literally "void space", is more than nothingness, because everything then existed in a latent state of potentiality. The vibration of "OM" symbolizes the manifestation of God in form ("sāguna brahman"). "OM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra "OM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction).
On January 31, 2008, Chris Hakius left the band and was replaced by drummer Emil Amos of Grails. On the last tour with Hakius songs that would later become "Gebel Barkal" and "Thebes" were being performed live. 
In November 2013, the band will play the final holiday camp edition of the world famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.
- Al Cisneros – bass guitar, vocals (2003–present)
- Emil Amos – drums (2008–present)
- Robert Lowe – vocals, guitar, synthesizer, percussion (2009–present)
|2005||Variations on a Theme||Holy Mountain|
|2006||Conference of the Birds||Holy Mountain|
|2009||God Is Good||Drag City|
|2012||Advaitic Songs||Drag City|
|2008||Live at Jerusalem||Southern Lord|
|2009||Live Conference||Important Records|
Singles and EPs
|2006||Inerrant Rays of Infallible Sun (Blackship Shrinebuilder)||Single (split with Current 93)||Neurot Recordings|
|2006||Om / Six Organs of Admittance||Single (split with Six Organs of Admittance)||Holy Mountain|
|2008||Gebel Barkal||Single||Sub Pop|
|2013||Addis Dubplate||Remix "12||Drag City|
|2013||Gethsemane Dubplate||Remix "12||Drag City|
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- Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, The hidden power in humans, Ibera Verlag, page 15., ISBN 3-85052-197-4
- San Francisco Chronicle. 96hrs Jan 17, 2008 pp4
- "Om - Live at Jerusalem (Uganda)". YouTube. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- Mojo January 2008 pp86
- "Rocklist.net...Mojo End Of year Lists...". 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- "R.I.P". Stonerrock.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
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- "News » Om Tracking". Drag City. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
- Viney, Joseph (2012-07-29). "Review: Om - Advaitic Songs". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
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- Official homepage
- Facebook page
- MySpace page
- Drag City (record label)
- Holy Mountain (record label)
- OM on Encyclopedia Metallum
- Videos of Om performing on Amoeba Music