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Sleep’s final studio recording Jerusalem (a 63-minute song entitled “Dopesmoker”) veered from their stoner-rock stronghold to journey toward the slower paced, hypnotically monotonous riffs falling closer to the doom metal genre. Following Sleep’s dissolve, bass player/singer Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Haikus formed the duo Om, which used the blueprints of Jerusalem to birth a similar sonance in droning dirges of colossally loud mantras (sans guitar). Haikus left Om in 2008 and was replaced by Emil Amos of the band Battles who debuts here on Good Is Good. A 19-minute long “Thebes” introduces the biblically themed God Is Good with slow swells of distorted bass riffs that cradle Cisneros’ monotonic chants. The following “Meditation Is the Practice of Death” opens with clean bass tones as Cisneros sings of the royal family of Judah, which may be the only time since the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique where a song referenced Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The hypnotic instrumental “Cremation Ghat II” bookends, making good use of tamboura. 

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Om is Good

I guess the danger of titling your album "God is Good" is that you attract a bunch of people for the wrong reasons. So for the people who wrote the uninformed reviews and for those who think that this album is a religious celebration (well, I suppose it is, of a sort), Om is a drone metal band with its origins in Sleep, one of the greatest doom metal bands of all time. If you don't like long meandering droney songs composed primarily of drums and bass, you won't like this. For those who do appreciate this kind of music, this album is very good. Not as good, perhaps, as Conference of Birds, but worth your money.

Sound Quality

Thebes has small skip ~2:50 minutes in. I doubt it belongs there.

beautifully pushin it

beautiful. they dared to take it there. its a joy to hear more emotion in Al's voice, and the little nuances, especially in "meditation". a joy to hear more instrumentation all over this album! (thanks emil). om albums really make me lose it, and this one takes me somewhere very different than any other before. very inspiring. full voume its still very clear, definately need some good speakers and a woofer for the way its mixed though. can't wait to hear where they take it next, this album teases us.


Formed: 2003 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The sparingly named Om reunites the oft-heralded Sleep rhythm section of Al Cisneros (bass, vocals) and Chris Haikus (drums); but this time, rather than producing monolithic stoner/doom metal, the duo is focused on a softer, if no less hypnotic brand of drone rock, partly infused with monastic and Tibetan chanting. Since reconnecting in 2004, the duo has released its epic sonic meditations in the shape of split EPs with the likes of Current 93 and...
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