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The good news is that the bass/drum powerhouse known as Om (a.k.a. Sleep‘s rhythm section) has teamed up with Maryland doom-master Wino and NeurosisScott Kelly to form a new supergroup called Shrinebuilder.

What not to like, right?

Well, unfortunately it also means the end of Om as we now know it. Here’s the word from Om’s Al Cisneros via Earsplit PR:

“Om is continuing forward with a new drummer and working on a new recording. Please check the band’s website and myspace page for updates.

A live vinyl only LP “Om – Live at Jerusalem” will be forthcoming. This is Chris Hakius‘ final release with the group.

I 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. Shrinebuilder is also forging ahead.

See you all soon.” – Al/Om