“San Francisco’s Om bring a new aesthetic to what could traditionally be considered metal, though it can be hard to put a finger on exactly what to call it. With a steady, brooding cadence, Om’s music has little to nothing in common with the speed demon riffage that typifies the genre — which also explains why their record label and fan base seem to fall, for the most part, decidedly in the indie rock camp. They are playing ATP’s ten-year anniversary show this year, after all. For one, Om do not use standard guitars at all, relying instead of vocalist/bassist Al Cisneros’ bass as the only string instrument. As a result, the sound is heavy (at times overwhelmingly so) with the vocals intoned as much as sung. Some have called it “stoner metal,” but that feels reductionist (not to mention lazy). Om’s sound feels very intentional – their musical structure is said to be informed, in part, by Tibetan chanting, and incorporates some samples Eastern instrumentation – and however much THC may enhance the experience, it is hardly a necessity.
Europa – or Club Europa, as it is known on most nights, when it is “Brooklyn’s most popular Polish-American night club” – was at near-capacity for this show, and Om whipped that crowd into a frenzy despite it being an autumnal Sunday night. Europa’s sound team held nothing back, pushing the house system to capacity to reward the audience with a dense wall of sound. Enjoy!”
Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)
Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].
Brooklyn, NY USA
An ACIDJACK master recording
Equipment: AKG ck91 carded capsules (Busman Active Mod)>custom battery box>R-09HR (24/48)
Position: Clamp to corner of raised soundboard cage, about 11′ above floor level
Mastering: WAV>Audacity (tracking, downsample, set fades)
1. Rays of the Sun/To the Shrinebuilder
2. Meditation Is the Practice of Death
3. Cremation Ghat I
4. Cremation Ghat II
5. Bhima’s Theme (short version)
6. Flight of the Eagle (encore)
If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Om, visit their website, visit their MySpace page, and purchase Om official releases from the Holy Mountain website [HERE].