Om - Variations on a Theme (2005)
Om - Conference of the Birds (2006)
There is little that is disimilar between Om and Sleeps last record, Dopesmoker. This is namely due to the fact that that giant record was mostly propelled by the fantastic rhythm section of Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius. The duo reformed after several years to create a drum and bass only version of the Stoner Doom Metal they helped pioneer.
The departure from their previous work lies partially in the lack of Matt Pike on guitars, or any guitarist for that matter, but the main difference is the almost spiritual nature of the music. Highly repetitive to the point of sounding like a chant or a mantra, with Al Cisneros' bass exploring vast territories within a single framework. Hakius himself lays down some incredible drum work, rich with fills and textures that keep everything moving onward and upward. This music is highly meditative, as the name of the band would imply, but the heavy feel of it all gives it a weight and power that reveals its origins as true Stoner Doom. These are two incredible and powerful releases that will have you nodding and rocking in your seat like a junkie that needs a fix. The only thing that will help in a situation like this more Om.
I look very forward to seeing this band play live.
Holy Mountain Records