Om - Pilgrimage
- Artist: Om
- Album: Pilgrimage
- Label: Southern Lord
- Year of Release: 2007
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- Reviewed by: patchen on 2007-09-24
Om continue to build off the legend of Sleep, to the point now where they are almost the stoner metal Mahvishnu Orchestra, a band that broadens its genre while carving out new paths for it. From the brooding and hushed title track, to the bludgeoning "Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead" the core Om remains Al Cisneros on bass and eerie chanting, and the solid ground of drummer Chris Haiku. Four songs, forty minutes, and Steve Albini stays out of the way as producer, allowing for a thick haze to settle over the tracks, and for the band to do what they do best, explore and pummel. By this point, the band know when you let loose, and when to regroup for a deeper dive.
"Pilgrimage" finds Om taking their grasping for a free-jazz style ecstacy within the confines of a more rigid structure to another level. Feed your head and get in tune with this one.
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