OM at Kulturkirken Jakob (Oslo, Norway)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
by Jorge Patacas
For those who are not familiar with their name, Om was founded in 2003 as a project of two former Sleep members, being the bassist and vocalist Al Cisneros the only original member left today.
Currently accompanied by the brilliant Emil Amos and Tyler Trotter on keyboards, the trio came to Oslo to play not one, but two shows (!). The chosen venue for the concert was the Kulturkirken Jakob church (!), the best choice for a Drone/Doom band like this. It is clearly unusual to attend a metal concert in a church and many readers will be surprised while reading this, so it’s necessary to explain how this is possible. As the story says, the church was built in 1880 and it was working until 1985 where they decided to close it because of lack of believers in the area. Fifteen years later, it was agreed that the place was going to be used for all kind of cultural events, from plays to metal concerts and it’s been like that since then.
After a sold-out first show, we attended the next day to witness an extremely different experience. Upon entering the church, a large structure with soft blue lights welcomed us and the desire to know what it would be like to see a show by a band like Om there grew as the minutes passed.
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