HEAVY!!! I just got this little beast in the mail from Southern Lord yesterday and haven't stopped listening to it since. Went to bed with it, woke up with it, rode the damn bus with it. It's OM's new album, Pilgrimage. Om is the duo of Chris Hakius and Al Cisneros, legendary rhythm section for Sleep. This is their third record and it continues exploring that heavy-as-shit stoner-droner-mantra thing they've been perfecting since Sleep's Dopesmoker. This one was recorded by Steve Albini, which I wasn't sure how that was gonna go down. But it wound up being amazing. If possible, it's heavier than their previous records. Cisneros' monastic chant-like vocals are absolutely buried under the mountain of his fuzzed-out bass and Hakius' giant-fist drumming. There is a new up-front tinny sound to the cymbals, which lends the record a being-there vibe. Like previous Om records, this one starts off very, very meditative with ten minutes of soft-bass, spare drums, and Cisneros whispering his totally wizard lyrics about astral planes of existence and whatnot. But then rips open with a lava-flow of heavy!!! This is the kind of Sabbath-inspired stuff that makes you want to move mountains, or just climb to the top of one, eat mushrooms, and growl. I'll probably write more about it later once I've digested this sucker. But you should buy it, October 2.