Om, ‘Pilgrimage’ (Southern Lord)
Since their days in Sleep, Al Cisneros and Chris Haikus have been making monastery metal, a druggy, often quiet combo of Black Sabbath and Low. Pilgrimage throbs and grinds with hypnotic, almost dubby bass. Aggression arrives, finally, in the second track (of four), “Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead,” and is sustained through the ferocious “Bhima’s Theme.” Cisneros’ hazy chanting vocals, though, can be clumsy and spacey, at odds with the band’s sonic texture. Pilgrimage impresses, but Om have achieved more before, with less.
Now Hear This: Om – “Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead” DOWNLOAD MP3