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Beyond Creation stream new track off their upcoming album – “Earthborn Evolution”

Creatively speaking, to breath new life  into the  progressive DM genre is not an easy task, especially with these recent years’ excessive outpour in everything “tech”. Everyone wants to shred and let’s be frank, by itself that’s not a very original idea anymore. But Beyond Creation do something a bit different on the title track of “Earthborn Evolution“, offering you this atmospheric, rich sound that charms one in a way both familiar and strange. And that strange  spacious otherworldly feeling you get from this sonic experience feels authentic, fitting well with the album’s artwork below – that depicts a futuristic landscape in a style perhaps influenced by the works of the late H.R Giger.

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Stream the song here through Decibel

Sound-wise the main intention here, at least with this track, seems to be the creation of an enigmatic coherence – and not merciless chaos; To be heavy but not overbearing; To channel the essence of genres like prog, DM and maybe also post-metal to some extent but to transcend the built-in traps and flaws these sub-genres contain. To be “post” in the sense of directing yourself towards freedom and away from definition; just listen to this track and try to define it – There’s no use really. It’s both grandiose yet low-key. What the hell.
The flexible sound described is best represented by that fretless tasty bass sound all prog fans love hearing on a record.

In short, the song is a statement, it shows a lot of promise and I’m betting “Earthborn Evolution” will be a great album. I could be wrong  , who knows, but the potential is definitely here. So stick around and follow these guys – I feel like they’re about to teach their surrounding scene a lesson on what extreme progressive music is all about. The album comes out in 4 Days and you can get it here!

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Born Of Osiris – The New Reign & The New Album

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.