Born of Osiris are a bit of a surprise for me. Hearing the band’s name usually made me think of a thousand horrible xcore copycat bands(I only liked ASP), but turns out that’s a bit far from truth. While core bands usually water down the genre into a somewhat simplified form, these guys re-infuse our senses with technical riffs, cool song structures and even melodies. I decided to first check their earlier material – The New Reign. This album’s sound is similar to The Faceless on the awesome “Akeldama”, But certainly has only death metal hints in it, relying more on the core-ish side of things. That means the breakdown thing is everywhere, but it is always played in style; technical, proggy, or laid upon some epic lead\ synth pad – and these almost never repeat themselves. Also, no song drags on beyond more than 2-3 three minutes, which might be too short for some people, But i think it helps to define this album and differentiate BOO from other bands. They found a formula that works for them, which you can sum up as smart but pure head-banging fun – and they don’t stray from that path. This, however, changes much on the new album – for the good and the bad:
The Discovery opens up with the promising & incredibly epic “Follow The Signs“, which actually has Meshuggah-esque riff going on. You can feel right away that you’re dealing with a different kinda beast, now merging the style of The New Reign with a fresh & broader approach regarding melodies on guitars and synth\keys. The result is this “spacy” and grandoise feel that is introduced in every song, on the intro or chorus etc. This is done very tastefully at first, so when a certain atmoshpere is formed it will merge with the other instruments, and not drag on unnecessarily or mean no headbanging. the pop-like synth line on “Singularity” surprisingly works well alongside the guitars, and so does the electronic-like lead on “Recreate“. BUT , from the 6th track this gets quite experimental, with toy-like sounding keys really taking over the song at times. Melodies really get center stage, while electronic loops & clean vocals start creeping in too. Oh man..The weirdest part is probably on “dissimulation”, where you get this sort of..Irish dancing music thing going on !? I’m too weirded out to explain..
Born of osiris dive into some kind of musical exploration thing with The Discovery , and you can find here everything from melodic riffs to noodling solos, some blastbeats and even one or two quiet songs. Well, of course you can, there are 15 songs on this album! 15. Not joking! with the last one clocking at 5:50 minutes. Needless to say, this album is very different from The New Reign. I’m not against long songs or experimental metal, but I prefer the style of the old album: smart ,yet to the point. This might have something to do with my personal taste, as I am somewhat of an oldschool guy. Still, I respect the band, and some songs here are great, So You should check The Discovery as it might be your thing. The New Reign is certainly awesome.