I was at a house party once, and amongst all of the drunken twentysomethings, there was one room that was completely black except for the lights on the stereo system. A guy with a huge beard was sitting in the room, the bass turned all the way up, listening to some sort of repetitive jam. He looked like he was entranced by the music, even though it was so goddamn loud it was shaking the floor. I found out later the music he was listening to was the duo Om, which was formed out of the doom metal band Sleep.
Their music is repetitive, and will put you into a head-nodding trance in no time. This is a vacation for head-bangers. Relax those neck muscles, guys! The latest release starts off with female chanting, a tabla, some low bass and a string section. It’s already more adventurous than their previous releases. The track “State of Non-Return” goes back to basics, until that pesky string section shows up again. It seems like the band is trying to utilize all of these new instruments when they don’t really need to. It’s interesting, sure, but it gets in the way of the hypnotic jams. It’s a nice effort, but lacks in the heavy metal department.