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Experimental/Post Metal

3.69 | 206 ratings

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   If I could start off by saying that OSI ( Office of Strategic Influence) are a very unique band in the world of prog and that of the world of music! I don't know any other bands that sound like OSI and I feel that they can be counted as o e of the 7 wonders of prog because of their unique approach to progressive sounding music. At the moment and on this album review (BLOOD) OSI is an unbelievable super trio that consists of KEVIN MOORE (Vocals, keys and programming) JIM MATHEOS ( Guitars and Electronic sample mixing) and of course the great GAVIN HARRISON from Porcupine Tree on the DRUMS! 

 Furthermore, OSI's BLOOD album is nothing short of a masterpiece. How could it not be? You have the lead guitarist of Fates Warning, ex Keyboardist of Dream Theater and the drummer from arguably one of the best groups in progressive rock, which is Porcupine Tree. Anyway, to get to the heart of the matter the BLOOD album is a masterpiece. It is a creative and insightful blend of electronic music combined with the wicked power of prog metal. This is an album that should not be overlooked. The album itself starts off with a creative bang with the track THE ESCAPE ARTIST which is one of the more heavy metal based tracks on the album and it is a real treat to listen to. No to mention, even though the mixing and electronic sampling sound simple to produce its not. Do not be fooled just because OSI mainly produce a fairly accessible and almost commercial sound, there music is still quite complex and layered at the same time. Anyway, moving forward the track TERMINAL is a more electronic based sound with all of what KEVIN MOORE now represents after his Dream Theater tenure. TERMINAL is a beautiful track and it will leave you relaxed and sedated once you have this song grace your ears. Other notable tracks are RADIOLOGUE and the infamous BLOOD. 

As your fellow prog brother I urge you all to explore this wonderful, unique album that will sure please the ears if fellow proggers can appreciate ambient Electronic combined with the shredding metal guitar of Jim Matheos. Give it a listen. The album is getting a 4/5 because their latest release FIRE MAKE THUNDER is actually a slight step up from this beauty and that album would warrant a 5 with me. Essential prog? I think yes. It would make a terrific addition to any prog collection. Enjoy the simplicity that Moore and Matheos create here. You won't be sorry. 


progbethyname | 4/5 |


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