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Experimental/Post Metal

3.69 | 206 ratings

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5 stars The project O.S.I. born in 2003 , when Jim Matheos , Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy , three veterans of the progressive metal scene, decided to put together their own experiences, to create something completely new and unusual . After three years since the publication of "Free" second full length , finally sees the light of the third album entitled " Blood" and published by Inside Out Music . A little bit of Fates Warning (the best - those of " Disconnected" ) , a little Chroma Key (the project by Kevin Moore) , a splash of Porcupine Tree and Massive Attack: here is " Blood" It looks more solid and heavy oriented than in the past , the stylistic coordinates of this cd are always a progressive largely experimental, rock riffs , electronic inserts , dark atmospheres and ambient, and sporadic references to industrial

Next to the two mastermind Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore , we find for the first time the excellent Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) on drums, to replace Mike Portnoy. Also of note the participation of Mikael Åkerfeldt ( Opeth ) as guest singer.

There are nine tracks that make up this disc , for a total duration of about 45 minutes. Tracks very complex and difficult to assimilate those contained in this " Blood" played mainly on dark atmospheres , hypnotic and overwhelming. In this sense a great job it performs the voice of Kevin Moore , very warm and special , perfect for these intense musical textures and decadent

Among the most successful pieces we can certainly count the initial " The Escape Artist " , magnificent song introduced by a short guitar arpeggio that results in a series of granitic riffs, ready to attack the listener . Very interesting is the next "Terminal ", a song more atmospheric, and thoughtful that shows us the soul more closely electronic of the band, while " False Start" returns on shores more purely metallic with heavy riffing and tight for a wild Matheos. Excellent moreover also "Be the Hero" aftertaste Porcupine Tree, and the ethereal and dreamy. "Stockholm" magnificently played by Mikael Åkerfeldt .

Ultimately, we are facing perhaps the best album ever produced by the award-winning company Matheos -Moore !! Beyond the technical skills put on display , what is striking about this " Blood" is an organic and inspired songwriting , though still sounds halfway between metal and avant-garde experimentation. the band has evolved their sound and make it more intriguing and compact. An excellent job in every point of view (although the production is excellent throughout )

agla | 5/5 |


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