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Experimental/Post Metal

3.69 | 206 ratings

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5 stars It's funny to read some of the reviews made for the different OSI albums. Some criticise Kevin Moore's vocals, others the lack of metal on a specific album, others lack of prog elements. Personally I love all 3 of their albums because they vary just that little bit each album while still retaining the OSI sound.

There's no denying Kevin Moore's vocals are no Daniel Gildenlow or quite frankly near the standard of an Idol top 25 contestant. To be honest I never thought they would be able to replicate this sound beyond 1 album but here they are at album 3 and it's better than ever. What people overlook is that Kevin's voice while a single monotone is completely unique, and most importantly fits the music. It's a shame Jem Godfrey didn't realise the same in regards to his own vocals when recording the *Frost's second album!

The debut album was much more prog oriented and Free more guitar/mainstream. To me Blood strikes the perfect balance between the last 2 albums like a great finale to a trilogy. As such I have found it more enjoyable for repeat listens. New comer Gavin Harrison's drum work is more subdued than Portney's fitting beautifully with the overall albums style and sound.

So what about the songs? Like the predecessors they are strong from beginning to end. Escape Artist is a great album opener leading you in discretely before bashing you over the head with Matheos' always fantastic guitar work. Terminal show's Moore's superb and unique keyboard skills and I'm always impressed at how Matheos is happy to take a background role or sit out to honour the sound when needed. However Radiolounge is the standout song for me bringing it all together. All of the songs are unique and blend together to form a really solid and enjoyable album.

OSI should appeal to prog fans, rock fans and metal fans alike. There's plenty there for everyone to enjoy. An absolutely solid catalogue to date but Blood is the jewel in the crown for me at this time. Can't wait to see what comes next!

Ramma | 5/5 |


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