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Formed: 2003
From: Oakland, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Om News

Below is our complete Om news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


SXSW 2015 Day Four: Converse/Thrasher Death Match

SXSW attendees spent the last day of the festival trying to stay dry. Fortunately, the Gypsy Lounge erected a giant tent to keep the crowd dry. The rain forced the staff running Converse/Thrasher’s Death Match to shut down the skate ramp.

I missed the first two bands, Blasting Concept and American Sharks and came in during instrumental jam band, Arctic. This Southern California band is making a name for their selves playing skate parks and skate festivals. Their guitarist, Figgy looked like Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth and played solos like him too, even though the band sounds nothing like Opeth. He was fun to watch and his solos were excellent but he and his band didn’t bring a lot in terms of riffs. More...

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Om Streaming New Official Video

San Francisco stoner band Om has posted an official black and white video for the track "State of Non-Return" from its recent album "Advaitic Songs," which is available on Drag City records. The video was directed by Terrie Samundra and edited by Walter Lech. Om has also posted a series of U.S. tour dates for November, which follows below.

Sat-Nov-17 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Sun-Nov-18 Toronto, ON Great Hall
Mon-Nov-19 Montreal, QC Il Motore
Tue-Nov-20 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Wed-Nov-21 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri-Nov-23 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas
Sat-Nov-24 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Sun-Nov-25 Chapel Hill, NC Cat's Cradle
Mon-Nov-26 Atlanta, GA 529
Tue-Nov-27 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
Wed-Nov-28 Bloomington, IN Bishop

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Om Posts Tour Dates

As Om is gearing up to drop its CD "Advaitic Songs" on July 24th via Drag City, the band has announced a couple weeks of Eastern U.S. and Canadian gigs. The tour dates start the final week of August in Chicago and wind their way back toward Indiana the first week of September. Om recently concluded a successful April tour of Europe and recently had NPR premiere its second new track from "Advaitic Songs," the tune "Gethsmane." The dates are as follows:


8/24/12 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
8/26/12 Toronto, ON Great Hall
8/27/12 Montreal, QC Il Motore
8/28/12 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
8/29/12 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/1/12 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
9/2/12 Chapel Hill, NC Cat's Cradle
9/3/12 Atlanta, GA The Earl
9/4/12 Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
9/5/12 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
9/6/12 Bloomington, IN The Bishop


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Om Reveals Album And Tour Details

Doom/drone band Om has revealed that its new album, "Advaitic Songs," will be released on July 24th. You can hear the minute and a half intro to the track "Sinai" by heading over to this location. "Advaitic Songs" is the follow up to Om's 2009 album "God is Good," and will be released on Drag City records. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below, as well as a list of tour dates that Om has posted.

1. Addis
2. State of Non-Return
3. Gethsemane
4. Sinai
5 Haqq al-Yaqin


4/11/12 Hafenklang Hamburg, Germany
4/12/12 Roadburn Festival Tilburg, Netherlands
4/15/12 La Maroquinerie Paris, France
4/16/12 Confort Moderne Poitiers, France
4/17/12 Azkena Bilbao, Spain
4/18/12 El Sol Madrid, Spain
4/19/12 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
4/20/12 Saint Des Seins Toulouse, France
4/21/12 Caves du Manoir Martigny, France
4/22/12 Locomotiv Bologna, Italy
4/23/12 Circolo Degli Artisti Rome, Italy
4/24/12 Magnolia Milan, Italy
4/25/12 Club Schocken Stuttgart, Germany
4/26/12 Arena Vienna, Austria
4/27/12 UT Connewitz Leipzig, Germany
4/28/12 Oetinger Villa Darmstadt, Germany

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Om To Tour Australia

Psychedelic doom metal band OM will be making their first ever Australian visit this July. National support is Melbourne’s Blarke Bayer/Black Widow.

Tickets are currently on sale from venues and selected ticketing outlets. Here are the tour dates:

Thursday 15th July : Adelaide, Fowlers Live
Friday 16th July : Melbourne, Hi Fi Bar
Saturday 17th July: Sydney, Factory Theatre
Sunday 18th July: Brisbane, Hi Fi Bar

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Sleep To Reunite For U.S. Tour Dates

Legendary Californian doom metal band Sleep has announced that they will be reforming to perform some shows in the United States later this year. These shows will happen around September time with the only confirmed show taking place on September 3rd in Monticello, New York. The band performed some reunion shows in Europe last year but were unable to tour the States due to guitarist Matt Pike's involvment in the band High On Fire. Stay tuned for more information and tour dates.

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Sunn O))) Announces U.K. Tour Dates

SUNN O))) has announced their first U.K. tour in three years, including a return to the north of England. In support of the "Monoliths & Dimensions" album, the lineup on stage will be Anderson and O’Malley, Attila Csihar and Steve Moore (Stebmo). Sunn O))) will be joined for two dates by Swedish electronics guru BJ Nilsen performing a special “Storms” set, and a pair of concerts with psychedelic mantra outfit OM. Sunn O))) will also perform two nights at the legendary ATP festival, honorably invited by the ATP staff themselves to celebrate the 10th year of the fest. As a special set, Sunn O))) will be performing as a duo (Shoshin), in addition to the quartet.

In related news, the Gravetemple trio (O’Malley, Csihar and Oren Ambarchi) will be headlining a special, rare one off date at London’s ICA in November with an entirely brand new set of experimental drone and doom.

Here are the SUNN O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" UK tour 2009 dates:

06-Dec-09 Glasgow / Stereo
07-Dec-09 Newcastle (Gateshead) / The Sage w/ Skullflower
08-Dec-09 Manchester / Islington Mill w/ BJ Nilsen
09-Dec-09 Bristol / Trinity Church w/ BJ Nilsen
10-Dec-09 Birmingham / Asylum w/ OM
12-Dec-09 Minehead / ATP (SUNN O))) Shoshin)
13-Dec-09 Minehead / ATP
14-Dec-09 London / Koko w/ OM

GRAVETEMPLE will be making a rare, one off appearance in London this Autumn
16-Nov-09 London / ICA GRAVETEMPLE w/ Aaron Dilloway

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Shrinebuilder Announces First US Shows

SHRINEBUILDER has announced several US shows in November. The confirmed shows are currently as follows:

11/14 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL (8 PM and 11 PM performances)
11/15 - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY

The upcoming debut album from the band will be released on Neurot Recordings this October. More...

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Shrinebuilder Finishes Recording Debut Album

US metal project, Shrinebuilder, have just completed their studio album. The album was recorded with Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) from January 9th through January 13th. Shrinebuilder's debut full-length is set for a summer 2009 release via Neurot Recordings.

Shrinebuilder is:

Wino (St. Vitus, Hidden Hand)
Scott Kelly (Neurosis)
Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep)
Dale Crover (Melvins).

Song titles that will be featured on the album are "Solar Benediction," "The Architect," "Blind For All To See," "Science Of Anger," and "Pyramid Of The Moon." More...

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Om Plans Canadaian, EU and Japanese Shows

OM will be playing select tour dates in May crossing the globe. These dates will feature new sticksman: Emil Amos.

May 17 2008 - Festival International de Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Quebec
May 29 2008 - De Kreun / Theater Antigone, Kortrijk
May 30 2008 - Parc del Forum, Barcelona
Jun 4 2008 - Shibuya O Nest, Tokyo
Jun 5 2008 - Huck Finn, Nagoya
Jun 6 2008 - Fandango, Osaka
Jun 8 2008 - Z-1, Niigata
Jun 10 2008 - Shibuya O Nest, Tokyo

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Skitliv Replace Om At Roadburn Festival

Organizers of the 13th Annual Roadburn Festival, taking place April 18th - 19th, at the 013 Club in Tilburg, The Netherlands, have announced that Norway's SKITLIV will be replacing OM as part of the David Tibet Curates Roadside 2008, scheduled on Sunday, April 20th.

The full line-up of artists playing tis event include: ÆTHENOR, BABY DEE, CURRENT 93, RICKIE LEE JONES and SKITLIV.

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Om Cancel East Coast Shows

Om issue the following statement:

"Om is continuing forward with a new drummer and working on a new recording. Please check the band's website and Myspace page for updates."

"A live vinyl only LP "Om - Live at Jerusalem" will be forthcoming. This is Chris Hakius' final release with the group."

"I personally apologize to east coast fans who planned on coming out to the shows. Please know that Om will be back in your area later in 08." More...

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Om Announce U.S. Tour Dates

OM has announced a string of US tour dates for January and February. They are as follows:

January (with LICHENS)
16 - Neumo's - Seattle, WA
17 - Berbatis Pan - Portland, OR
18 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
19 - Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA
20 - Echo Plex - Los Angeles, CA

February (with Daniel Higgs)
6 - The Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
7 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
8 - Luna Lounge - Brooklyn, NY
9 - Middle East (downstairs) - Boston, MA

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Om Announce New Tour Dates

OM, the duo formed by Al Cisneros (bass, vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums), both founding members of legendary doom pioneers SLEEP,

Nov. 13 - Rock N Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
Nov. 14 - Europa - Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 15 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 16 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
Nov. 17 - The Loft - Brattleboro, VT
Nov. 18 - Middle East (upstairs) - Boston, MA
Dec. 05 - Uganda Club - Jerusalem, Israel
Dec. 06 - Levontin Club - Tel Aviv, Israel
Dec. 08 - ATP Festival - Minehead, UK More...

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Om Sets Release Date For Third Album

Southern Lord Recordings and Om have set October 2, 2007 as the official release date for their 3rd (first on Southern Lord) full-length album. This album is entitled: “Pilgrimage” and was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL. by Steve Albini. The album is currently being mastered by Bob Weston (also in Shellac) at Chicago Mastering Services. “Pilgrimage” expands on their unique use of riff, cadence…chant, as heard on previous recordings yet finds the band expanding their vision into new territories. Of particular note is how much the song-writing has developed and in turn makes the dynamics of the songs much more intensely powerful.

The track listing for “Pilgrimage” is as follows:

1. Pilgrimage
2. Unitive Knowledge of the Godhead
3. Bhimas Theme
4. Pilgrimage (reprise)

A gatefold LP version of the album will also be released sometime shortly after the CD release.

Om will also be performing live on the following dates:

September 13 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
September 14 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/ Circle
September 15 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/Daniel Higgs
September 16 Newport, KY Southgate House
September 19 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre w/Pinback
September 20 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre w/Pinback
September 21 Oklahoma City, OK Bricktown Live w/ Pinback
September 22 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom w/ Pinback
September 23 Austin, TX Emo’s

Stay tuned for East Coast dates in November and West Coast in December.

Samples of the new recording will be made available on Southern Lord in the near future.

Here is a clip of Om preforming live in Birmingham, England last month, playing a track from the forthcoming album: More...

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OM Signs To Southern Lord Records

Southern Lord Records has announced the signing of San Francisco's OM. OM was formed in 2003 by Al Cisneros (bass/vocals) and Chris Hakius (drums), both founding members of legendary doom pioneers Sleep. The band has released two previous albums with Holy Mountain Records: "Variations on a Theme" (2004), and "Conference of the Birds" (2006). OM will fit perfectly among other bands on the Southern Lord roster (Sunn 0))), Earth, Boris) who are continually pushing boundaries, and forging ahead in new directions. OM are helping reinvent AND reinforce modern heavy music.

Their first album for Southern Lord will be recorded this summer at Electrical Audio studios with Steve Albini at the controls. Album title and release date will be forthcoming.

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