Thursday, April 27, 2006

Conference of the Birds

Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Conference of the Birds
Label: Holy Mountain
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Conference of the Birds
Om vocalist/bassist Al Cisneros has what I like to call a 'rational� metal singing style. Not damned, vengeful, enraged, throat-shredding or whatever. It's just chanting ' reasonably and measuredly ' through reams of unparsable doggerel such as 'somnolescent rays emit now from the origin-known.�  Conference of the Birds is chock-full of these questionable gems, a two-song album divvied up, to no apparent purpose, into 44 tracks.  Formerly members of stoner metal legends Sleep ' that band's leader went on to form High on Fire ' Cisneros and drummer Chris Hakius shove their agenda home with repetitively hypnotic, slowpoking riffs and stickwork that's heavy on the cymbal-crashing.  Om's is a staggered, grinding groove that flares up on occasion but never explodes into a full-on blaze; here, they snail-plow for 40 intense minutes, but one gets the sense they could do this indefinitely.


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