Bass/drum drone metal band OM — which was formed by the ex-SLEEP rhythm section of singer/bassist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Haikus — has issued the following statement:
"OM have regretfully had to pull out of the Roadburn [festival] and Queen Elizabeth Hall [London] shows that they were playing with CURRENT 93 [as well as the previously announced U.S. East Coast dates] due to the sudden and unexpected departure of OM's drummer, Chris Hakius, from the group. Al Cisneros of OM and David Tibet of CURRENT 93 are very saddened to announce this, but it was beyond their control.
"OM is continuing forward with a new drummer and working on a new recording.
A live vinyl-only LP, 'Om - Live at Jerusalem', will be forthcoming. This is Chris Hakius' final release with the group.
"I [Al] personally apologize to East Coast fans who planned on coming out to the shows. Please know that OM will be back in your area later in 08.
"Thank you to all of you. Live dates resume in late spring. There is a LOT of new material on its way."
OM released its third full-length album, "Pilgrimage", on October 2, 2007 via Southern Lord Recordings. The CD was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Illinois by Steve Albini and was mastered by Bob Weston (also in SHELLAC) at Chicago Mastering Services.
Video footage of OM performing the song "At Giza" on November 14, 2007 at Brooklyn, New York's Club Europa can be viewed below (courtesy of MetalKult.com).