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Old Man Gloom
Seminar II: The Holy Rites of Primitivism Regressi


4.0
excellent

Review

by btati USER (6 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2015 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


Old Man Gloom.........where do I even begin?

Well they call themselves a super group but unlike most super groups, they don't make ***ty records...they make great records. OMG are quick to make fun of themselves and basically be a joke band, but they are actually quite a talented band. With members from Cave In, Zozobra, Converge, and ISIS they definitely deliver some unique and punishing music with their mixture of sludge metal and eccentric ambiance. But this is not a representation of those other bands in the way fans will think. This really cannot be mistaken for an ISIS release at all and those looking for that will be disappointed. It is an album worth checking out on the other hand.

Fans familiar with OMG's other works like Meditations in B and Christmas will recognize the similar layout of heavy tracks mixed in with ambient noise tracks. The most common negative reaction to their early work is that the ambient songs take up more album space than the metal moments which I think is perfectly intentional since they are a band made up of members who belong to bands whose heavy tracks compromise the majority of their albums. OMG does things a little differently and if you happen to be a fan of ambient/noise and sludge metal then you will definitely be a fan of this record.

Seminar II is much longer than the 34 minute Meditations and the heavy songs are slightly longer in length than the previous release with more technicality to them. These songs flow together very well and give the listener a roller-coaster feel from the intense moments to the quieter noise moments.

This is an all around great release and I do recommend picking up the CD or vinyl version as the lyrics and liner notes are hilarious. I also recommend getting Seminar III: Zozobra as these CDs and Vinyl artwork fit together when placed side-by-side. Seminar II does serve as a great contrast to the 30 minute song that makes up Seminar III. If you are a fan of Old Man Gloom's other releases or the member's other projects, I think you will find this release very enjoyable and well worth the time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Space Jester
June 12th 2019


10274 Comments


Album rules

Relinquished
June 12th 2019


47878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao this had a review???



yea it fuckin rules. RIP Caleb.

FadedSun
June 12th 2019


3035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hot Salvation is the jam. Plus, those lyrics are A+.

Space Jester
June 12th 2019


10274 Comments


Yea for almost four years apparently lol

Wonder if we’ll get another OMG before long

Relinquished
June 12th 2019


47878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IF... and it's a fat IF... if Cave In continues so will Old Man Gloom



fat speculation

Space Jester
June 12th 2019


10274 Comments


I thought they said they would but I don’t remember for sure. As for Cave In, I wouldn’t mind if Nate Newton stayed on to fill the role of the bellowing bass player

From what I read though Caleb had a pretty large role in the direction of Final Transmission so I wonder how much writing he contributed to the overall discography

Relinquished
June 12th 2019


47878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

he contributed a lot dude



and they never said outright they'd continue on, readers speculated. won't ever be the same without him.

Space Jester
June 12th 2019


10274 Comments


Oh I have no doubt he did, and you’re right it won’t be the same. I just always wonder how it will effect a band when a primary songwriter is no longer a part of the lineup for whatever reason. I’ve never really looked into how much each member of Cave In contributed to writing, but since Scofield and Brodsky got the most attention I kind of assumed they did

VlacDrac
November 23rd 2019


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your prayers have been answer, OMG will release a new album in 2020.

Source
November 23rd 2019


19536 Comments


omg!

MRectangle
August 22nd 2020


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Underappreciated album.

Relinquished
August 22nd 2020


47878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yes

bananatossing
February 8th 2022


1976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Underappreciated album"



It really is. I was surprised to see so very few (and low) ratings for this.

FadedSun
February 8th 2022


3035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa - nice to see this get a bump.

VlacDrac
March 4th 2022


1233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"It really is. I was surprised to see so very few (and low) ratings for this."



Sputnik users got filtered by OMG. Just look at the quantity of Old Man Gloom's ratings compared to Isis' ones.



Relinquished
March 4th 2022


47878 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well that and that this hasn’t been on streaming platforms properly in a while. no exposure in modern OMG time.

Zakusz
March 4th 2022


728 Comments


Yay Old Man Gloom!



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