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Experimental/Post Metal

3.96 | 267 ratings

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5 stars The missing link between mainstream and underground.

I'm surprised to see how this record has been SUCH a letdown for many reviewers...Well boo-hoo if you expected another Dream Theater spin-off.

Thanks heavens it's not. OSI is basically a good amount of FM nu-metal but with more maturity. Think of Linkin Park but with a soft voice and lots of electronical sounds. Aaah, combinations like those are not well-known and besides them, Riverside also used that recipe of FM and nu- metal.

Do not expect anything like DT, the guys are restraining themselves. Portnoy is drumming like the average joe from any rock band. Kevin Moore is more creating a high-tech, gadget sounding environnement than prancing on the keys like the old days. Barely no solos, the whole thing rests on power chords and choppy riffs.

To me this album is the missing link between the (huge) nu-rock scene and the progressive leagues. If you liked In Absentia from Porcupine Tree, this will please you automatically. Why the kidz are feeding on Simple Plan or Blink 182? Youngers could easily dig in this, this is almost their alley !!!

Sporting a cool spy package, the cover tells it all: it could easily provide a soundtrack for espionnage movies like Mission Impossible or Bourne Identity.

Menswear | 5/5 |


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