The men of OM discuss the primacy of rhythm and how songwriting is really a lot like sculpting

OM first formed when Al Cisneros and Chris Hakius got together a handful of years after their old band Sleep parted ways in the late '90s. The idea was to create a project that used rhythms to convey meaning in a fashion akin to Tibetan devotional music or Gregorian chants. From 2003 until the departure of Hakius in the beginning of 2008, the duo created an impressive body of contemplative, even meditative, heavy music that some have referred to as "transcendental metal."

See also: - Wednesday: OM at Larimer Lounge, 2/13/13 - The six best metal shows in Denver this month - The ten best concerts in Denver this week

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.