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Advaitic Songs

Advaitic Songs

24 Jul 2012
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 24 July 2012
  • Release Date: 24 July 2012
  • Label: Drag City
  • Total Length: 43:45
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  • ASIN: B008M0N2SM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,740 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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..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
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This is an astounding LP. A modern classic.

Forget about your preconceptions, you will not hear something this unique and spiritual (in the broadest sense of the word) made as well as this for a long time. It is up there with some of my favourites LPs.

It is heavy, but not HEAVY. Think free jazz (Miles Davis with lot's of space kinda jazz) meets Black Sabbath meets Ravi Shankar meets Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan meets. Well kinda :-)

They themselves described their first LP as "a transportive series of differentiated verse with sets of solid groove". This is where it all comes together.
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Al Cisneros has come a long way since forming Om with former Sleep bandmate Chris Hakius. Chris left Om in 2008 and was replaced by Emil Amos from Grails whose drumming I absolutely adore, and since then Om's music has taken quite a different course. Gone were the droning grooves as meditative mantras and were replaced by variation and composition. It's almost as if they lost their raison d'etre for which they were building such a strong fan base.
Advaitic Songs is a continuation of this trend and the only song that echoes some of the trance inducing doomriffs is 'State of Non Return' where Al produces a very tasty, and one of his best bass riffs.
But it is the atmosphere that Om conjures on Advaitic Songs that is very impressive. I absolutely love it!
The album starts off with the cello induced 'Addis' and recital of the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra (Great Death Conquering Mantra), 'Gethsemane' will transport you to an ancient incensed temple of the mind, while 'Haqq Al Yaqin' shows Al's deep interest in Sufism.
The album is also full of Gnostic, Sufi and Tantric puzzles and in this vein there is a chronology to the songs which represent an inner journey home, to the essence. 'Addis' is Hebrew for earth or Adam, the first man on earth. 'State of Non-Return' seems to indicate the banishment from paradise. 'Gethsemane' is the garden where Jesus spent his last hours before his crucifixion and had his last conversation with God. 'Sinai' is the mountain where Moses received the ten commandments from God. And 'Haq Al Yaqqin' is literally translated as the total reality of certainty, which is insinuating a sort of enlightenment or liberation.
And now combine this knowledge with some heavy portion of string arranged Middle Eastern sound collage and you can practically smell the incense coming out of your speakers while enjoying your shisha (with or without some Santa Maria).

5 stars out of 5 and my album of the year!
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By M. Hill on 21 Sept. 2013
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I have been into stoner rock for sometime, but found the drone/doom stuff to out there for me. This is a great introduction to the sllloooower sound of doom metal, very melodic and a rewarding listen. Now I find myself listening to more doom then stoner, and OM were very much the introduction in for me
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I really wanted to enjoy this album as much as their older output, I'm a big fan of everything up to and including Pilgrimage but wasn't so keen on the last "god is good" and this album kinda continues that style. Infact, "god is good" is, in my opinion, a superior album.

For me, the interesting and compelling thing about Om was the lack (and lack of need) for any other instrumentation aside from bass and drums. The sparse and repetitive nature of their music really sat well with the lyrical and musical content. However, Since Emil Arnos joined the band they seem to have taken a slightly different direction. Who knows if it's his influence or perhaps the band just needed/wanted to branch out a bit anyway. I don't object to world music, infact quite the opposite, but the flourishes of "exotic" instrumentation here always manage to sound somehow contrived. It's like they're all really obvious and a-typical as "snapshots" of how one might perceive the instrumentation of certain cultures to sound. Cello makes a big appearance on this lp, too, and seems to take the place of a lot of the lead bass lines that Om used to get locked into. It really takes up quite a lot of the sonic spectrum and the playing just takes me out of the depth that I used to find in their music and straight into "hm, this sounds almost a-typical" territory. Also, all of the instruments just meander around a central theme as opposed to being locked into it, resulting in some fairly forgettable and transient sections that just seem wasted. So much could have been done with the tools they now possess (a fact made all the more bizarre and ironic considering they made a mammothic sound earlier in their career using just bass and drums).
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