Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
OSI - Office of Strategic Influence  (Limited Edition) CD (album) cover




Experimental/Post Metal

3.92 | 120 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
5 stars Good enough to keep on check....

com'on.... give you a chance to try something new, fresh, original and atmospheric... Maybe some people could come with a Dream Theater or Fates Warning standards, these is not what you expect... This is some kind of electronic music meets metal with a few prog elements... but sure it is outstanding...

The songs are really into the Jim Matheos style... while Kevin Moore chooses some riffs and ideas and arrange it to make different pieces of a whole -"The thing that never was" is the original demo from Matheos ideas that Moore chop and structure here and there-... So for the first try they manages to do something very entertaning and interesting for better things yet to come... their 3rd album is quite better... well balanced...

Well, the album is great... is fresh and some of you will be delight by Portnoy performance, while I really find that the interesting thing about this music is the merge of electronic paths and patches with the heavy -and some really beautiful acoustic- guitars...

supposed to be a concept album... is not like you cannot understand what is going on if you don't listen to the complete piece.. no... you can skip some songs depending on the mood you have... 'cause there are really sad sad songs, and some though and cynicall vibe type of songs... so is better to be prepared to a journey through different emotions...

While the general piece is heavy with well written guitar riffs... the acoustic songs are really the deal here... refreshing all the saturated atmosphere of the album... I love "Hello Helicopter" and "Stand By (looks like rain)"... what a marvelous song to end up this journey... you really feels the rain and the cold outside, while you feel like your'e alone over the sea.. that's the way I feel it... and that's why listen to music.. right...?? to feel something unique and these sure achieve it...

don't like too much the Steven Wilson collaboration... but still works for the metal prog lovers... and the special edition has three very interesting songs... don't buy the regular edition... sure it worth the extra dollars... Get it with a mind free... and you'll be satisfied... sure I was... and still I am...!!!

jampa17 | 5/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this OSI review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives