Born Of Osiris Discover Themselves
Monday, March 28, 2011 4 Comments
I first heard Born of Osiris back in 2007 after the release of their debut EP, The New Reign. I didn’t fall in love with them exactly, but I couldn’t help but enjoy their machine gun-like breakdowns and frantic style of playing. What can I say? I’m a sucker for heavy, rhythmic chugging. Especially if it’s beer.
If you surf metal websites regularly, then I’m sure you didn’t miss MetalSucks and BOO having a bit of a falling out after MetalSucks mocked them for sounding too much like Meshuggah (I still have no idea if this was a joke or not, but the band seemed a little pissed about it on their Facebook). I think this is a little hypocritical on MetalSucks part, due to their slobbering obsession with shitty Meshuggah-clone djent bands. To be fair, plenty of bands have ripped off Meshuggah harder than Born of Osiris ever have. This commotion brought my attention to Born of Osiris and their new album The Discovery (released March 22), so I got my hands on a copy as soon as I could to give it a thorough review.
Right off the bat, I noticed the production is much different from their last outing. It’s a bit more full and warm, though compressed, which really opens up the album sonically to the listener. You could call it a good production job but it’s nothing noteworthy, however, I’m a firm believer that an amazing production job doesn’t make an album good…great songs do. The artwork, done by Cameron Gray, is absolutely incredible and reminds me a lot of Tool. I wouldn’t be surprised to see his work on many album covers in the future.
Born of Osiris really showcase their maturity as songwriters with the release of The Discovery. The album just feels so much more focused than anything they’ve previously done. Sampling and the use of keyboards are speckled across the album in true Born of Osiris fashion; old listeners will feel right at home. As someone who absolutely hates keyboards mixed with metal, I can honestly say that the keyboards become a part of the songs by adding depth, texture, and feel more organic than gimmicky, as I felt they did on previous material. The songs are a lot less sporadic and dissonant than what you might be used to, but I think this really compliments the band. Although a bit lengthy at just under 53 minutes, this is an album that keeps its hooks in you the whole way through with crushing rhythms, hypnotic guitar work, and a few well-executed chill moments that set a nice pace so the listener can catch their breath after having their ears beaten senseless.
My complaints? The bass tone is pretty laughable. Seriously, it sounds like a robot with diarrhea. I had no idea Fieldy was filling in on bass duties for Born of Osiris, but after looking at some live footage, I found a little proof to back this up:
Overall, I think this is their best release to date and marks a band discovering (PUN’D!) who they are as a collective force. I now consider Born of Osiris one of the rare few bands out there that really take ownership of their sound. The Discovery is definitely one of the more interesting, original, and solid album releases of 2011, something that would have shocked me to say a few months ago.
Final Verdict: 4 / 5
Notable Tracks: “Ascension”, “Recreate”, “Two Worlds of Design”, “Dissimulation”, “Automatic Motion”, “The Omniscient”, and “Behold”.
You can pick up a copy of The Discovery on iTunes.