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10/10 Martin Customer review, 31st December 2013
OM's latest, Advaitic Songs has been getting tons of praise heaped on it, in the last year or so, with the general consensus of people agreeing that the album was a big maturing phase in the band’s sound. If that means their early albums were unsophisticated and nasty then call me a caveman, coz' I like 'em a hell of a lot more. I mean, don't get me wrong, Advaitic Songs and God is Good are both great albums that I thoroughly enjoy, but they don't have any content to match the power and intensity of these three lumps of noise. The band’s first album, Variations on a Theme, is the only record in their discography that is consistently heavy throughout and for me, as a bit of Doom junkie, that's a good thing. It's hard to believe there's only of two of them really, because the noise they can create is unbelievable. Al Cisneros' bass sounds like it was tortured into making noise rather than played in any conventional way, and the drums probably needed to be checked into A&E after Chris Hakius had finished with them. Whereas these days you'd be hard pressed to guess that the band had its origins in Sleep, here the that band’s sound is, if anything, taken to it's logical conclusion. Unlike OM’s other albums, all of which are frustratingly short, Variations actually runs at a decent 45 minutes and, with only three songs, you really have something to sink your teeth (or ears) into. Every single one of OM's albums is very much worth getting, but for me this is the definitive album, the only one that I would class as faultless.
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