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OM lays down mystical Sanskrit reverberations in San Francisco

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OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014

OM
04-16-2014 @ Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Photos & Review: Jeff Longo

Some say the vibrations of “OM” symbolizes the manifestation of God. I cant testify to that but I can say with all confidence that the vibrations that Oakland’s power trio “OM“, laid down Wednesday evening symbolizes the manifestation of fucking awesome. Six hundred or so packed the Great American Music Hall for a night of experimental drone rock, drenched in mystical Sanskrit reverberations that were designed for one singular purpose: to blow your mind. GAMH was the perfect setting for this ritual as San Francisco’s oldest and grandest nightclub complete with it’s ornate balconies, soaring marble columns and elaborate ceiling frescoes only added to the mystic that is OM.

Photo Slideshow –OM live at Great American Music Hall CLICK HERE

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OM is Al Ciseros (vocals, bass, and guitar), Emil Amos (drums), and Robert Low (vocals, keyboard, guitar, percussion). Initially formed as a duo in 2003 by Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius, both founding members and rhythm section of stoner, doom metal icons Sleep after they disbanded 1995. Although Sleep has reunited for sporadic tours recently and rumored to be working on new material so they are somewhere between disbanded and reunited.

Check out our review of Sleep live in Santa Cruz at the Cocoanut Ballroom 03-22-2014 here.

OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014

Riding under the radar the pair released three epic albums from 2005 to 2007: Variations on a Theme, Conference of the Birds (both on Holy Mountain Records), Pilgrimage (Southern Lord) along with Live at Jerusalem (partial recording of a five hour set OM performed in Jerusalem in 2007) before Chris decided to leave the band. Cisneros recruited Emil Amos and eventually Robert Low for their next two releases on new label Drag City Records: God Is Good (2009) and Advaitic Songs (2012) both produced by the legendary Steve Albini (Big Black).

OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014

Set list (incomplete)
Haqq al-Yaqin
Meditation is the Practice of Death
Cremation Ghat I
Cremation Ghat II
State of Non-Return
Gethsemane

OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014


OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014
OM @ The Great American Music Hall 04-16-2014

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