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Experimental/Post Metal

3.71 | 212 ratings

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The Crow
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4 stars This is the first OSI album that I deeply hear in its integrity... And I'm really surprised!

I'm not exactly surprised for the originality of the songs, because they are a mix between modern metal and Kevin Moore's Chroma Key, and it's nothing really new or groundbreaking... I'm surprised for the great quality of every track included here! I think that Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore have real chemistry making music, because it's hard to find a better mix between guitars and ambiental keyboards out there.

Both the more ambiental tracks (Terminal, Radiologue...) and the harder songs (The Escape Artist, Be the Hero...) are prime quality experimental metal tunes. The collaborations also make the album even better. Mikael Akerfeldt sings great in Stockholm, and Tim Bowness's interpretation is also very interesting in the bonus and very worthy track No Celebrations, in a very different style of what he makes with Steve Wilson in No-Man.

And of course, the presence of Gavin Harrison is another point in favour of this album... His technical and really talented drumming fits perfectly to this music, and he gives a lot of textures to the songs, and tons of power in the harder tracks. I don't know how has Mike Portnoy with OSI, because I've not heard the other band's albums, but Harrison sounds like he is with them for years.

Best tracks: I like every song of the album... It's really homogene. But I specially enjoy with the splendid ambiental track Terminal (specially the longer version...), the powerful Be the Hero, the intense Radiologue, and the great guitar melodies in Blood.

Conclusion: I really like this album, and I'm really surpised with the quality of the music made by this two talented musician, with the help of great collaboration like the awesome Gavin Harrison's drums. So if you want to hear powerful metal tunes in the vein of the harder Porcupine Tree's moments, mixed with ambiental electronic music similar to things like Chroma Key, "Blood" will provide you a great listening time! Strongly recommended.

My rating: ****

The Crow | 4/5 |


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