Review of Om’s Advaitic Songs

It looks like High On Fire isn’t the only Sleep offshoot that has released an album in 2012. Led by Sleep bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros, Om has served as a more introspective counterpart to Matt Pike’s brutal ensemble. In addition to being the group’s fifth full-length studio album, it is the second release to feature drummer Emil Amos in place of retired Dragonaut Chris Hakius.

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While Om’s sound is deeply rooted in doom, it is slightly tricky to classify them as a conventional metal band. The tempos are slow, and riffs are prominent even in the complete absence of an electric guitar, but the meditative atmosphere and incorporation of native instruments suggest additional influence from tribal and ambient music. One could find stylistic similarities to Earth or Cisneros’s own Shrinebuilder, but Om does have a sound of their own.

The pair has also stood out for their extensive use of religious aesthetics, specifically a mix of Christianity and Hinduism with an overall Eastern feel. It’s always hard to tell where the band’s affiliations lie, but the exotic presentation places their songs on a level that is more ethereal than evangelical.

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But with these elements to consider, Om’s days of being marketed as a duo may be numbered. The bass guitar and percussion still fantastic, but they aren’t the only noteworthy instruments on here. The string section may be the strongest addition as it fills out the atmosphere and oddly gives things a boost of heaviness. The vocals are also worth mentioning as Cisneros continues to satisfy with his pleasant drone and a female vocalist provides mystical Sanskrit chanting on the opening “Abbis.” The extra contributions may shoo out the minimalism, but they still don’t need a guitar to kick your ass!

It also helps that the songwriting happens to be pretty damn good, even though the five songs use a similar basic approach and have some lengthy moments. “State Of Non-Return” is the easiest track to get into here thanks to its particularly heavy bass/string contrasts. The last three songs also manage to be pretty entertaining as they’re more drawn out tempos, hypnotic vocals, and powerful strings. The closing “Haqq al-Yaqin” and “Gethsemane” may be the best tracks on here thanks to its particularly mesmerizing vocal lines through “Sinai” gets some props for the vague Wino influence.

Reasons Why Live Music is Better

During occasions and special events, music is something that keeps things lively. In all honesty, even at casual times of our lives, we simply cannot imagine it without music. Have you ever heard of the song ABBA’s “Thank You For The Music”? Parts of the lyrics had mentioned, “…thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. Who can live without it? I ask in all honesty, what would life be? Without a song or dance – what are we?” So, indeed, we say you for the music. We may not be exactly able to trace who started it or how was it invented but one thing is for sure, music has existed for as long as humans did.

Abba Thank You for the MusicAs years went by and technology has developed quickly, there are lots of things that changed. Entertainment started it out through live performances of singing and dancing. Then, cameras, recorders, radios, and televisions came along. They offered us motion picture and recorded music that we can hear and watch again and again so we can enjoy it even more. Now, you can see young millennials doing almost everything while listening to music. They do a simple walk or a job with their earphones on, they wake up with their favorite song, and they would even listen to music as they let the time pass by on the train. It is a great joy to all of us that we can bring music anywhere we go.

In times that we celebrate, music also comes along, and it has been a dispute whether it is better to put on a recorded and a perfect song or hiring a performing live band or musicians is better. People have so immersed with the availability of music at hand that it seems like they’ve forgotten about eh beauty of hearing it being performed live. Do you still remember when was the last time you listened to a live band play?

There are lots of reasons why we should pick live music and why it is better, especially during times that are important to us like weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Sure, having a recorded one keeps mistakes at bay, but a live performance brings more magic to it. Adam from Around Town Entertainment knows this has got something to do with what we hear and see. Hearing each instrument and that melodic voice turning into harmony is just very heart warming. But now, imagine getting to hear and see it at the same time: how the guitar is strumming, the ivories of the piano clicking, and that beautiful sound from the singer’s mouth- it just becomes an entirely fantastic vision. We somehow get to feel the music even more because we see the emotion that is given as the singers and musicians perform.

Live music also offers interaction. Besides the interpretation of emotions or feelings that are portrayed, seeing them in front also provides communication between the performers and the audiences. You get to see each other eye to eye and sometimes these kinds of moments are just unforgettable. Unlike something on your CD or within your storage, live music is something that nobody can repeat and have a memory of it makes it more precious and valuable. In weddings, for example, the first dance is one on the most important moments of the event.

A recorded music will surely keep it smooth, but a live band will feed more of the energy that they see in the couple. They can easily adjust according to the mood and the pace, and therefore, things become incredibly intimate and sincere. Isn’t that something that we’d all look forward to in our weddings? Live music may not be exactly perfect but compared with anything else; it is a lot way better.