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Pilgrimage

OmAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Om is a duo formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded Stoner doom metal band Sleep. The band's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums. Their music is similar in structure to Tibetan and Byzantine chant.

In December 2007 the band performed in Jerusalem, Israel. Their performance lasted for over five hours. A portion of that show ... Read more in Amazon's Om Store

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Southern Lord
  • ASIN: B000VLPUYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pilgrimage
2. Unitive Knowledge Of the Godhead
3. Bhima's Theme
4. Pilgrimage (Reprise)

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5.0 out of 5 stars ...And On Goes The Drone Drift... October 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is somewhat different from Om's previous efforts, although the elements from older songs are still present. The immediate sound the listener is met with is subdued and quiet, much like the first song on "Conference Of The Birds." A reviewer of that particular album of Om's compared that sound to the trancelike nature of Pink Floyd's "Saucerful Of Secrets." The immediate quiet droning on the first song of "Pilgrimage" brings the Doors to mind-the riffing, shuffling around in D-minor is what gives this effect. The lulling feeling produced by this is short lived, giving way to abrupt punches of noise and feedback, keeping the listener on their toes. The third song is like the first song on the aforementioned "Conference," although with much more feedback-more like a variation of that song. In all, an album that might be a little surprising to fans of Om's previous efforts, but still a reward for the listener who likes to coast on waves of feedback and microtonal variations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Angry Monk Climbing a Mountain April 6, 2008
By VIN
Format:Audio CD
That's the vision I get if I were to summarise this album. I was originally attracted to the album (having had no experience with them in the past) due to the Hindu-inspired track names; Godhead referring to the grand and epic Bhagavad Gita spoken by Lord Krishna, and Bhima, being one of the five oppressed (and most aggressive) Pandava brothers. Both of these incidents occurred within the setting of the Mahabharata, a great war that, according the the Hindu epic, took place some five-thousand years ago.

The thematic value of track names then appears to portray a battlefield-esque scene with strong undertones of spiritual progression. In a strange contrast though, the cover art and the mention of 'Lazarus' implies that it has Judaist influences. The 'pilgrimage' could perhaps refer to the practice of Muslims who undertake pilgrimage to Mecca to pay homage to where Mohammad the prophet of Islam ascended to heaven. But that's just the way I interpreted all these things, and may not be how you do. As you can see, OM don't just focus on one religion, and their refusal to segregate religions is part of their beauty - that's true spiritualism expressed in the form of music, as we can see from this and successive albums. It can appeal to anyone and everyone, even aetheists, and it's okay.

Apart from theological babble, the music is epic in scope. OM deliver what could only be described as 'meditative doom'. The sounds are very 'analog' in nature. By that I mean it has a strong focus on bass and drums without abuse of production, just pure recording of instrumentals. It is repetitive but it means to be, and it's by no means derivative. Some would call this 'boring', however Om are clearly going somewhere by NOT going anywhere at all, with this musical style.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A slight step back, and a slight step forward for Om. October 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Om has changed nothing and at the same time, changed a bit on this album. Their first for Southern Lord, the drone duo has progressed in terms of songwriting, but at the same time, it's what you would expect from Om.

First, I must say congratulations to Steve Albini for finally finding the right production needed for Om. The bass just sounds much fuller and more alive sounding than previous records. And for once, you can hear the drums better other than the ride symbal and and snare. Fantastic.

As far as songs go, there's some great stuff on here, but alas, the album is once again, too short. The first track is very relaxing and not exactly what you would call an "attention-getter." But it does the job well. The distortion doesn't kick in until a minute or so into "Unitive Knowledge Of The Godhead" (weird title), another slow-churning groove that the band does so well. Bhimas' Theme is basically a rewrite of the earlier track, with a bit more dynamics thrown in. The 4th track is basically a shorter reprise of the title track, which is interesting in a "there and back again" point of view.

The biggest complaint I would have is that the album, while entertaining, doesn't have as nice a flow as Variations or Conference did. It's for the most part, a very quiet album. Not that quiet is a bad thing, but when you're the rhythm section of one of the most influential doom metal bands of all time, people expect you to get real heavy. Also, I don't really dig the fadeouts on each track. If they extended the tracks (which is a real rare case that I'm ranting on here) and thought of better endings, this would've gotten a perfect 5.

Needless to say, this is another great album from the duo, and it doesn't detract from their impressive catalog. Fans should have no trouble eating this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Set the controls for the heart of the Om... December 25, 2008
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Easiest comparisons to the sound of Om on this album are "Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun," the Pink Floyd song, especially on opening song "Pilgrimage": the chanted echoey vocals, the spooky drumming, the weird bass guitar. Things pick up a notch on the next song "Intuitive Knowledge of the Godhead," when the song goes into distorto-noise after a few bars. "Bhima's Theme" is very much like a chilled-out (but heavy nonetheless) version of "Dragonaut", from "Sleep's Holy Mountain," Sleep's great stoner anthem. Great, great, great.

I bought this on the merit of the two guys formerly being in Sleep (the guitarist Matt Pike went into the not-so-great metalhead band High On Fire), and it's obvious that these guys take up the religous symbolism that Pike abandoned after Sleep. I didn't know what they sounded like at all, but I wasn't disappointed one bit. Wonderful stuff.
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