Boomkat Product Review:
Holy Mountain always seem capable of seeking out the cream of the stoner-rock psych scene. Not content with having released the best work from everyone's favourite stoned folk traveller Ben Chasny (aka Six Organs of Admittance), they also managed to bag Lichens and the wonderful Om. Those of you who tracked down their debut 'Variations on a Theme' not so long ago will know how deep their music can hit, and 'Conference of the Birds' is the perfect followup, one that's already been immersed in huge critical acclaim. Taking the stoned rock genre to dizzy new heights, Om appear to have changed their dealer while making this record; gone is the metallic crunch of their last record and instead we have chanted mantras, drones, and thick heavy percussion. Made up of two epic 15+ minute tracks the duo (ex-Sleep members Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros) grind, trudge and fight their way through the tracks, laying waste to any nay-sayers in the process. It makes perfect sense when you think about it, just as Sun O))) decided to get hold of subtone maestro Oren Ambarchi to give their sound an overhaul before it got old, Om have decided to put their focus on one element of their sound, and it's the spirits that are unleashed on 'Conference of the Birds'. I'd like to think this is the soundtrack to a particularly pagan film in a parallel universe (even though the Title's reference is no doubt Sufi), maybe the Wicker Man set in rural America, or something very similar. Highly recommended for fans of Earth, Isis or any of the other more forward thinking stoned metal activists.