The experimental psychedelic Om hails from San Francisco, California. They combine stoner rock, doom metal and psychedelic sounds to create an interesting mesh of music that fans across the world have grown to love.
Om is currently scheduled to tour various parts of Europe, kicking off with a show in Prague before heading to Denmark, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Ireland, the UK and more. They will play in major cities like London, Paris and Berlin as well as more local venues in Dortmund, Groningen and Vevey. To see the band live, be sure to purchase your Om tickets ahead of time as shows are limited and sell out quickly.
The band's name is based on the Hindu concept of Om, which is the sound of the natural vibration of the universe. The sound is considered to be sacred and spiritual in nature. The symbol of Om refers to Atman, the soul or the spirit within one's self, and Brahman, the universe, the truth and the ultimate reality. This relates back to Om's early works, which incorporate musical structures similar to Tibetan and Byzantine chanting. The literal translation from Sanskrit of the word "Om" is "that which is sounded out loudly.
The original band members consisted of Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Haikus on drums. Cisneros is now the only remaining original member with Emil Amos and Robert Lowe having joined in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Their sound is reminiscent of eastern religions and tones, using various forms of sacred chants, instruments and chords to create an ambient mood.
Om's debut album was released in 2005 to critical success. Titled "Variations on a Theme," the album features musical structures similar to eastern religious chants--often heard as part of meditation--combined with rock themes. There are only three tracks on their debut album: "On the Mountain at Dawn," "Kapila's Theme" and "Annapurna," all of which are over 10 minutes long, with the first track clocking in at 21 minutes.
Om's fifth studio album was released in July of 2012 and titled "Advaitic Songs." The album saw critical acclaim, as critics lauded it for taking indie music audiences on a journey from East Africa, across the desert and barren land to the Middle Eastern holy lands. Bongo drums, cellos and isolated chords can be heard throughout the album, in addition to stoner metal riffs.
The band is known for giving stellar live performances that can go on for hours. For example, in 2007, they performed in Jerusalem and went on to play for over five hours. They regularly provide hours of live music for their fans far past their dedicated time slots. Their stamina on stage carries over into energy felt in the audience as they ask for everybody to get involved in their favorite songs. What's also impressive is the use of various types of instruments on stage during their live performance. You'll see instruments such as a cello and flute. The energy felt onstage is enhanced by impressive blue-toned lights to accompany the stoner rock vibe. Lights change colors and tempo just as the music does, making for one entertaining light and musical show.
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