..it IS their best album and IT IS WHAT IT IS. I made the mistake of going into my first listen expecting a heavier affair, and i was initially disappointed, but my preconceived notions gradually began to disappear as i realised i had put myself to shame. The beautiful arrangements presented in a crisp, clear aural image started to sink in and by the third listen it dawned on me. This is a beautiful piece of music. By any standards!
The doom metal label has never really been apliccable for me , not even in the Variation of a Theme incarnation. It might have been the credentials of the musicians and the hypnotic mantra-like riffing that drew me inn but to me OM has always produced sonic prayers. This album proves to me more than ever, that when they peel back the levels of distortion, album after album, they get closer and closer toward revealing the core of this band. Hypnotic rhythms eveloped in beautiful basslines and meditative lyrical prayers. Add to all of this sweeping dramatic strings, flute and percussion and you have a listening experience that becomes increasingly impossible to sum up, an experience that is more than the sum of its parts ..so part with your sum and buy this album!!!!!
Surpassing and transcending genre classification.
Like aural incense rising toward the heavens.
Heavy and light at the same time
Thank you OM