Doomcrunchbuddhafuzzspree. That’s what Misha Mengleberg would've called Om's side of this 7-inch single. If you think that once the music hits the air and it can no longer be "contained," then your needle hasn't slid through this groove because it’s heavier than a flightless bird. Mr. Chasny doesn't remove anything from the scale either. His side, "Assyrian Blood," contains what seems to be subliminal fuzz/noise blips-- like bugs hitting your windshield except that you can hear them. Thankfully they coalesce into a stunning guitar solo that cuts through the chant and goes straight for the jugular.
Comprised of two songs that build on OM's use of cyclical rhythm, riff, and vocal intonation, the duo's new album Conference of the Birds blends metal, chant, drone, dub, and psychedelia. The band's lyrics expound upon the structure of the universe, potentiality, and freedom from the physical body. Engineered by Billy Anderson and produced by the band, Conference of the Birds progresses beyond their debut, Variations on a Theme, with more fully realized songwriting and production.
"Believe me when I say you could found a religion based on this sort of music ... truly transporting." --Ninehertz UK
"This is one of the most immaculate, hypnotic and powerful albums I have heard for many many many years." --David Tibet, Current 93
"OM create metal music for the mind and soul." --Metal Hammer
"Cisneros' trademark mantras, the duo's vicetightness, and a fearsome litany of riff after frequently groovy riff, induce a trance-like euphoria." --Terrorizer
"Feels like a series of apocalyptic instructions delivered from some scorched future world." --Dream Magazine
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OM reunites one of the most powerful rhythm sections in rock music; Al Cisneros [bass, vocals] and Chris Hakius [drums] both ex-members of the legendary Sleep. "Variations on a Theme" is comprised of three long songs employing a series of rhythmic chants whose cadence-like textural drive conveys flight. The album's numerous lyrics serve as symbolist vehicles to a state outside the field of time and space.
"Variations on a Theme" is a series of vibrations and flow. The opening track, "On The Mountain at Dawn" is the thematic blueprint of the entire album; a transportive series of differentiated verse with sets of solid groove. "Kapila's Theme" furthers the motif while the closer "Annapurna" breaks the spell, where the final wash of sound reflects the infinite.