OSI - Blood CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

3.72 | 188 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars More of the same remains a good thing for "Blood", but it's a close call.

This release features a slickly produced, modern metal sound with hefty doses of electronic class. Kevin Moore's signature is all over this one, with his distinctively enjoyable ambient- meets-metal keyboards easily being the most enjoyable element. His signing is always understated, but it fits the album's mood perfectly. Maethos guitars are, there.. and that's all I can really say about them. He uses few embellishments to keep it interesting, chugging away metal redundancies. The result is not so much a performance, but rather a soundtrack which helps sell the final product. Very bland, very sterile. Gavin Harrison's drumming is impeccable, but ultimately unmemorable given "Blood's" tone.

The songs themselves are a mixed bag, less enjoyable as a whole than on the first or second OSI disk. Ironically, things shine their brightest when at their most minimal, the electonic/ambient sections being much more interesting than the straight-ahead metal riffing which punctuates everything in between. I didn't feel any "wow" moments.

The final listen will easily please fans of OSI's two previous (better) releases, and will easily appeal to fans of the "new" Porcupine Tree sound; but, after finishing "Blood" I was left wanting to listen to "OSI", and really wanting another Chroma Key album, either of which show more creativity and style than anything here.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: 2 Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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