Om (band)

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Om
Origin California, United States
Genres Stoner rock, psychedelic rock, doom metal, ambient, post-metal, avant-garde metal
Years active 2003–present
Labels Drag City, Southern Lord, Holy Mountain, Sub Pop
Associated acts Sleep, Grails, Holy Sons, Lichens, Shrinebuilder, Asbestosdeath, The Sabians
Website omvibratory.com
Members Al Cisneros
Emil Amos
Robert Lowe
Past members Chris Hakius

Om (sometimes stylized as OM) is an experimental drone metal band from San Francisco, California.[1] Formed as a duo in 2003 by the rhythm section of the stoner doom metal band Sleep, OM is currently a trio.[2][3]

Background[edit]

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 Hinduistic[citation needed] concept of Om, which refers to the natural vibration of the universe.

2003–2008[edit]

Om's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums.

On December 5, 2007, Om performed in Jerusalem, Israel. Their performance lasted for over five hours[4] and a portion of that show was released on 12" vinyl by Southern Lord as Live at Jerusalem.[5]

The band's 2007 album Pilgrimage was chosen as Mojo Magazine's Underground Album of the Year.[6][7]

2008–present[edit]

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. [8]

On August 15, 2008, Om released a 7" 45 entitled Gebel Barkal for Sub Pop's Singles Club. A live vinyl-only LP, Conference Live, followed in 2009 on Important Records.

Om's 4th full-length studio album, God is Good, was produced by Steve Albini and released by Drag City on September 29, 2009.[9]

The band's 5th studio album, Advaitic Songs, was released by Drag City on July 24, 2012.[10] It met with critical acclaim.[11]

In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the world famous All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.[12]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2005 Variations on a Theme Holy Mountain
2006 Conference of the Birds Holy Mountain
2007 Pilgrimage Southern Lord
2009 God Is Good Drag City
2012 Advaitic Songs Drag City

Live Albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2008 Live at Jerusalem Southern Lord
2009 Live Conference Important Records

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Title Type Label
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
2014 Empty Tomb/Sepulcher Dub Single Samaritan Press

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ali, Reyan (2013-02-07). "Om Drone Metal Riffs on Religion". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - Om". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  3. ^ Rice, Chloe (2012-07-13). "Om are now a trio, going on tour, including MHOW". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  4. ^ San Francisco Chronicle. 96hrs Jan 17, 2008 pp4
  5. ^ "Om - Live at Jerusalem (Uganda)‏". YouTube. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  6. ^ Mojo January 2008 pp86
  7. ^ "Rocklist.net...Mojo End Of year Lists...". 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  8. ^ "R.I.P". Stonerrock.com. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  9. ^ "Om, 'God Is Good' (Drag City)". SPIN magazine. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  10. ^ "News » Om Tracking". Drag City. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  11. ^ Viney, Joseph (2012-07-29). "Review: Om - Advaitic Songs". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  12. ^ http://www.atpfestival.com/events/endofanerapart2.php

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