Al Cisneros, former vocalist and bass player with Californian doom-stoner bands Sleep and Asbestosdeath, and Emil Amos (aka Holy Sons), drummer with Oregon rockers, Grails, make up the duo OM. Originally formed by Al Cisneros and Sleep drummer Chris Hakius in 2003, the band released three studio albums before Amos replaced Haikus in early 2008. God is Good, their fourth album, released in 2009 by Chicago label Drag City, features a live performance by Robert Lowe on Tamboura.
Following the dramatic breakup of Sleep – seen by many as a group seminal in the development of stoner metal – in the late 90s, the two founding members, Cisneros and Hakius, reformed as OM in the early 00s. The pair, with Cisneros on bass and vocals and Hakius on drums, had a history going back to 80s playing in punk-metal band, Asbestosdeath. As OM, they released the albums Variations on a Theme
in 2005, Conference of the Birds
in 2006, and Pilgrimage
in 2007. In January 2008, Hakius decided to leave the band. Cisneros then recruited Emil Amos on drums. OM have since released Gebel Barkal
- a 7-inch for Sub Pop's Singles Club, a live vinyl-only LP Conference Live
on Important Records, and on September 29th 2009 their 4th full-length studio album God is Good
was released by Drag City.
As well as playing percussion for Grails, Amos has played drums with the reclusive Jandek. Cisneros is also a member of Shrinebuilder along with Scott "Wino" Weinrich (Saint Vitus), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), and Dale Crover (The Melvins).
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