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Photos OM casting spells of psychedelic doom-groove on Day 3 of Psycho California

16 June 2015 No Comment

OM
Psycho California
05-17-2015 @ The Observatory
Santa Ana, CA
Photos & Review: Jeff Longo

Day 1 Recap/Photos: Eyehategod, Bedemon, Cave-In, Old Man Gloom, Bell Witch, and Municipal Waste
Day 2 Recap/Photos: Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Earth, and The Shrine
Day 3 Recap/Photos: Pentagram, OM, Truckfighters, Earthless, Bongzilla, Tombs, and The Well

OM is not a doom band, at least not today. Formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of Sleep, vocalist/bassist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius, whose first three studio albums (Variations on a Theme, Conference of the Birds, and Pilgrimage) were pure bass/drum stoner doom, however in 2009 Emil Amos (Grails) replaced Hakius and later multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Low joined the fold adding texture and color to the rhythm duo as cello, sitar, tambura, violin, flute, were added creating a beautiful blend of lush psychedelic awesomeness.

The stage was bathed in a dark blue lighting scheme as Arabic chants filled the room for opener Sinai (2012’s Advaitic Songs) that features a hypnotic drum/bass groove beautifully accented by Robert Low’s vocal and keyboard work.

Rocking a full neck beard these days front man Al Cisneros resembled a level-50 dark wizard┬ácasting spells of psychedelic doom-groove. Al goes into a trance like state when performing with his eyes rolled back in his head, rocking back and forth while occasionally chanting mystical, mysterious shit like ‘Ezekial saw the wheel’ and absorbing (and re-absorbing) mountains and Priests Ascending in Lebanon. The set was culled from 2009’s God Is Good and 2012’s Advaitic Songs (Drag City Records). Meditation is the Practice of Death is an amazing song but really comes to life in a live setting. Robert Low is totally entertaining to watch as he flips his tambourine wildly in the air while adding insanely high pitched vocal melodies that perfectly compliment Al’s chanting vocal style.

OM Setlist: Sinai, Meditation is the Practice of Death, State of Non-Return, Cremation Ghat I, Cremation Ghat II, Gethsemane, Gebel Barkal










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Day 1 Recap/Photos: Eyehategod, Bedemon, Cave-In, Old Man Gloom, Bell Witch, and Municipal Waste
Day 2 Recap/Photos: Sleep, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Earth, and The Shrine
Day 3 Recap/Photos: Pentagram, OM, Truckfighters, Earthless, Bongzilla, Tombs, and The Well

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