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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,948 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Al-Ghaieru on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Parkansky on 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By VIN on April 6, 2008
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NEOPROG RAN on December 18, 2008
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The sound is great . It's simply a bass and drummer but boy do they have a powerful sound. Reminds one of the Hoax when bass and drums were at the forefront. First song reminds me of Heart of the Sun by Floyd. Overall, these guys have a lot of potential. I would like to hear them vary the music a little bit and maybe less repitition. But, I love the sound!
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Pilgrimage is an excellent album. The title track (and reprise) are of a similar style to At Giza from Conference of The Birds, it's melodic, gentle, and beautiful. The next track, Unitive Knowledge of The God-head, is crushingly heavy piece. Bhima's Theme is an awesome and punishingly heavy and hypnotic piece. This album may have the best balance of gently meditative Om and heavy stoner Om out of any of their work.
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