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Om is the name of three separate projects: 1) A duo from San Francisco, CA formed in 2003 by the rhythm section of the disbanded stoner-doom metal band Sleep. The band's first three albums feature Al Cisneros on vocals and bass and Chris Hakius on drums. Their music is similar in structure to Tibetan chanting and is rich in rhythm and melody. Their music and lyrics lift off at the beginning and slowly mutate giving a feeling of evolution inside each song. The vocals have a monotone quality, producing, on some tracks, a noticeable hypnotic effect of the sort that tends to be appealing to the devotees of the many various genres of druggishly-bent, "space" music--but which not all music calling itself "stoner rock" necessarily is able to cause. On the 31st of January 2008, Hakius left the band. In March 2008 OM recorded a 7" for Sub Pop records. The song "Gebel Barkal" was the first release to feature new drummer Emil Amos. Current members: Al Cisneros - Bass, Vocals Emil Amos - Drums 2) OM was a jazz group signed on the German ECM label in the 1970s. They still occasionally play live. Members: Urs Leimgruber: soprano and tenor saxophones, flutes, percussion Christy Doran: guitars, guitar synthesizer Bobby Burri: double-bass Fredy Studer: drums, gongs, percussion Dom Um Romao: percussion, berimbau Erdman Birke accordion Formed in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1972 and named after Coltrane’s darkly convulsive album, the members of OM were initially inspired as much by the rock of Jimi Hendrix as by the new developments taking place in improvisation. “Electric jazz – free music” was their rallying cry, and they played it loudly. All in their early 20s when the group was launched, the members of OM achieved an early success at the Montreux Festival in 1974 which helped to put them on the map, and brought them to the attention of ECM. Four albums were recorded for ECM’s sister label Japo, between 1975 and 1980: “Kirikuki”, “Rautionaha”, “Om with Dom um Ramao” and “Cerberus”. In jazz-rock’s heyday, OM was one of the few bands (another was England’s Soft Machine) who were approaching jazz from a rock direction, rather than vice versa: most of fusion’s traffic took the opposite route. The validity of their approach is borne out by this compilation, with material chosen by the band. From the liner notes by Peter Rüedi: ‘The music on this CD documents an evolution and is therefore in chronological order: “Holly” and “Lips” are from the first album, "Rautionaha" from the second, and "Dumini" from the “Om with Dom” record. "Cerberus” was transferred complete, for the simple reason that it is the most mature of the four. Fredy Studer, Christy Doran, Bobby Burri and Urs Leimgruber want to document OM’s history by using music that they can still identify with 25 years after the group’s break-up. And the freshness of the music is indeed arresting. The selection here avoids, very successfully, the pitfalls of cliché that make so many artefacts of the jazz rock era sound dated, bland, neither fish nor fowl. OM was a band, not an alliance of four lone warriors. A group that, in the course of a ten-year history, became ever more close-knit, with each member keeping his ego on a short leash... By avoiding and sabotaging routine (including the obligatory endless solos, the kind of relentless scale-grinding that a Coltrane in top form could render intriguing but certainly not his countless epigones) – and with an astonishing lack of vanity, the work of OM, once one of the leading European jazz ensembles, has remained fresh, thanks to the nerve, power and the vitality of their music. Even though – no, because – they separated in 1982. Not that they had exhausted the common ground they occupied (to use a political phrase). The players have remained very much in contact in various constellations, encounters, musical contexts. But they also went their own ways – because the wise artist avoids routine proactively, at a point where nobody else is aware of the danger.’ After OM broke up in ’82, its members continued to appear intermittently on ECM recordings, in combinations with each other and separately. Guitarist Doran, drummer Studer and bassist Burri all appeared on the album “Musik für zwei Kontrabässe, elektrische Gitarre und Schlagzeug” (ECM 1436). Doran and Studer were also part of the power trio Red Twist and Tuned Arrow (ECM 1342) , and Studer was also in Pierre Favre’s ‘Singing Drums’ collective (ECM 1274), and Rainer Brüninghaus’s Continuum band with Markus Stockhausen (ECM 1266). Saxophonist Urs Leimgruber has been away from ECM the longest – but also in his case there are some enduring connections: Urs today fronts a trio with bassist Barre Phillips and pianist Jacques Demierre, and plays regularly with Marilyn Crispell. He has become a major voice on the free improvisation scene. Indeed, all OM members have made their mark. Lately Fredy Studer has been working in two quite different percussion trios – one with Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron, and one with Chicagoan drummers Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang. His “Hardcore Chamber Music” group with reedman Hans Koch and cellist Martin Schütz continues to tour widely, and latterly Studer and Christy Doran have revisited their roots in Jimi Hendrix in a project with ex Defunkt bassist Kim Clarke. Reconciling his rock and jazz past has been an ongoing concern for Doran, in projects including his New Bag group, but Doran, too, has worked with many European and American improvisers of diverse ‘schools’ – from Jamaaladeen Tacuma to Han Bennink , from Joe McPhee to Edward Vesala. A priority for Bobby Burri is, currently, solo concerts, often using his bass in tandem with electronics. OM: A Retrospective (with a playing time of more than 80 minutes) marks the first time that any of the group’s music has appeared on compact disc, and its release was triggered by the mounting of an exhibition at Lucerne’s Historical Museum entitled Ausser Rand und Band. Die Luzerner Szene, 1950-80 and by the publication of a book of the same name edited by Heinz Horat. In connection with these activities the group members were invited to reconvene for a concert at Lucerne’s KKL on June 10th, the first time they have played as a quartet and under the OM banner in almost 25 years. OM: A Retrospective: CD in slipcase includes German-English booklet with liner notes by Peter Rüedi, and archive photos of the band. 3) An early 1990s trance/techno collaboration between Tetsu Inoue and Dennis Ferrer

Om Metal Albums

Follow the Reaper Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

2008 reissue of Follow the Reaper which is the third album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. The band’s style in this release [...]

Hatebreeder Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

2008 release of the reissue of Hatebreeder. From beginning to end, Hatebreeder is a full-throttle attack that takes you along on ride that’s like driving with [...]

Past, Present & Future [w/ Bonus DVD] Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness , sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band’s imperious chrome-domed vocalist David [...]

Hellbilly Deluxe Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Malevolent megalomaniac or eerie artiste? Rob Zombie is a bit of both. With spooky metal music that’s as colorful and kitschy as its comic art, the [...]

Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

1.Intro (:48) 2.Devil In Jersey City (4:47) 3.Delerium Trigger (5:16) 4.The Crowning (6:37) 5.Blood Red Summer (4:24) 6.Everything Evil (10:17)

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★★★★☆

The long-awaited first live album from Rob Zombie has arrived. A brain-bashing, soul-shaking sonic earthquake, ZOMBIE LIVE (Geffen Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, in both clean [...]

Are You Dead Yet? Thumbnail Image
★★★½☆

This is the fifth studio album from Children Of Bodom.Lead singer Alexi Laiho told Finland’s Soundi magazine that ’Are You Dead Yet?’ features some completely new [...]

Left Hand Path Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Over the years, Sweden’s Entombed has evolved into one of the most original and uncompromising metal outfits, incorporating elements of hardcore and garage rock into its [...]

Astro Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction, and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD – playable on all CD players) pressing. Includes one bonus track. Road Runner.Nickelback, winners of Canada’s Juno Award for [...]

La Sexorcisto-Devil Music Vol. 1 Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

The title of White Zombie’s first mainstream success promises some good, trashy fun, and boy does this album deliver. White Zombie is not a nihilistic, the-world-is-rotten [...]

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