Pilgrimage is the third sacred voyage of drone mantra purity from Om! Helmed by the master rhythm section of Chris Hakius (drums) and Al Cisneros (bass) – both formerly of doom/drone gods Sleep – Pilgrimage contains four brand new songs featuring the group’s unique use of riff, cadence and chant. Lyrical themes address the processes of mind, psychic reality, astral and causal planes of being, and the nature of the soul. Pilgrimage was recorded and engineered by Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio studios in Chicago and produced by the band. Mastering was handled by Bob Weston (also of Shellac). 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 present journey finds the band expanding their vision into new territories.
Continuing to tour in support of the new album the twosome will embark on an East Coast stint of dates beginning next week with the almighty Grails, as well as other special guests. Interviews at the shows are encouraged so please get any/all requests in right away for these shows, as the lists will be tight!
Om with Grails:
11/132007 Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington DC w/Jack Rose
11/14/2007 Europa – Brooklyn NY w/Jack Rose
11/15/2007 Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia PA w/Randall Of Nazareth
11/16/2007 Knitting Factory – New York NY w/Kirk Fisher
11/17/2007 The Loft – Brattleboro VT w/Jack Rose
11/18/2007 Middle East (Upstairs!) – Boston, MA w/Jack Rose
“Metal and drone’s rhetoric tends to prize nature as awesome above all, so here goes: if some bands are earthquakes, Om are erosion– slow, massive, patient.” – Pitchfork
“…Pilgrimage is pure Om, building solidly upon past templates and pithily gels the bandâ€™s vision of mantric metal.” – Exclaim!
“Pilgrimage is the epitome â€” so far â€” of the below the cave sonic explorations led by Om. It’s a head above Conference of the Birds and different from anything else out there right now.” 4.5/5 – All Music Guide
“Pilgrimage finds Om taking their grasping for a free-jazz style ecstacy within the confines of a more rigid structure to another level.” 4/5 – Music Emissions