Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Born of Osiris - The Discovery (2011) (1.0)

2/16/11 1:53AM

2/2/11 12:16AM

facebook "BandPage" link to stream new single "Follow the Signs"

Facebook Wall that includes links for pre-order info, cover art for "Follow the Signs."

I maybe overreacted a bit in my preview for this album, because I will admit, this new tune, at least on the surface, sounds MUCH better than I expected.


Chicago-based progressive metal hybrid BORN OF OSIRIS will release its third full-length album, "The Discovery", on March 22 via Sumerian Records. The CD was recorded at BOTA Studio in Lake In The Hills, Illinois and was mixed by Jason Suecof (ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER).

Commented guitarist Lee McKinney: "I should start by saying this new album is heavier than anything the band ever released. We have moved onto seven strings and it couldn't have complimented our sound any better. We brought back the 'BOO-bounce' on this one. It's definitely a really fun and upbeat album. Also, the addition of our new guitar player, Jason Richardson, has increased the amount of shred on this album. There are some really incredible guitar solos on this album from the both of us. It takes the band to a whole new level of musicality. This album contains an awesome mix of our most heavy, most technical, most atmospheric and most beautiful melodies ever."

BORN OF OSIRIS is preparing to co-headline the third annual "Atticus Metal" tour with DARKEST HOUR. AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK and THE HUMAN ABSTRACT round out the stellar bill. SLEEPING GIANT will be special guests on all West Coast dates and look for other special openers on other shows depending on the region.

BORN OF OSIRIS's sophomore album, "A Higher Place", came out in 2009. The CD was recorded at Planet Z in in Hadley, Massachusetts with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who has previously worked with HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, WHITECHAPEL and THE ACACIA STRAIN, among others.

BORN OF OSIRIS' debut album, "The New Reign", was produced by Michael Keene of THE FACELESS.

The band's sound is said to be "an epic mix of intricate and memorable melodies with challenging time signatures that still hold an infectious groove, all while maintaining sheer, tasteful brutality."

that's all well and good to learn. However, I found 2009's A Higher Place to be a huge disappointment. Production-wise, writing-wise. They didn't even use any of the great subtle synths that made A New Reign great.

So, this is sort of a make-or-break record for me. If it's as bad or worse than AHP, well, I guess they've likely found the shark-jump. But if it's better, obviously my interest may return.

I hope between them and among others, especially The Faceless, 2011 will see a return to some of the recent extreme metal bands quality that I got so into a few years ago.