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Experimental/Post Metal

3.96 | 265 ratings

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2 stars After the dream is over...

The self-titled debut from all-star prog metal supergroup OSI.

The Good: The New Math and ShutDOWN.

The Bad: I have always been a huge fan of Kevin Moore and whilst he may not be the most technically gifted of the past and present Dream Theater keyboardists, his work on Images and Words is my standout favourite. After quitting the band he was invited to provide keyboard parts for this project which was initially a collaboration between Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, and ex-bandmate, Mike Portnoy. However, he soon took a commanding role within the group and tried to further his new, less melodic, more atmospheric, musical direction which was hinted at on the Awake finale, Space Dye Vest.

The overall aim was to create a unique fusion of metal and electronic music, two genres which are categorically opposed. Whilst on paper this sounds like a new and exciting idea, in reality it just plays like a heavily diluted Porcupine Tree, and the resulting soundscapes conjure up all the emotion of a bus journey through some light drizzle.

The Verdict: I'm all for artists expanding their musical horizons but for me this misses the mark by a long way.

Starhammer | 2/5 |


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