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This album is very airy, spaced out yet contained and very very tight.
I love this album...the song Blood is simply mind blowing. And my favorite "We come undone" is just beautiful and dark. To create Radiologue would need a fried brain with fifteen thousand cups of coffee and too many joints. I just love the way layers of ambient sound textures seep through the "metal" so to speak. The crazy stereo panning and fractured delays with guitars and wierd sounds all melted together to form a complete picture is something beyond my comprehension as to how all that gets executed so beautifully by Mr. Moore and OSI.
Kevin Moore's singing and voice is just unreal (at least I feel so that its one of the most unique voices I've heard in a long time which is also very natural). Radiologue is a great song with a very catchy chorus.
Last but not the least you HAVE to listen to believe the craziness that is the song "False start".Read more ›
Matheos brings in plenty of catchy guitar riffs, which are merged with Kevin Moore's unique sense of atmosphere. None of the songs are heavy from start to finish, but several tunes, including the album opener "The Escape Artist," "False Start," and "Be the Hero" are marked with Matheos' distinctive riff architecture which is grooving and gripping. When combined with Moore's considerably catchier vocal parts, especially on the chorus of "False Start," the tunes feel like they would work greatly in a live setting if the duo were ever to play a show.
Kevin Moore's slow, monotonous delivery is still prevalant on all the tunes he sings, but he manages to implement more melody this time around, especially on the more Chroma Key-like pieces. His atmospherically dense tunes involve more synth work, lots of protruding noisescapes, and pulsing beats. "Terminal" is a very moody tune, comprised of myriad digital and acoustic elements; it boasts a deep, haunting atmosphere while "We Come Undone" sees the band work some of the compositional aesthetics of Free into the composition. Then there is "Radiologue," possibly their most inspired songwriting, where they blend modern and traditional songwriting elements into a cohesive whole driving the piece to a bittersweet midsection filled with wicked sonic experimentation.
New drummer Gavin Harrison proves to be a great fit, as he contributes immensely to the songs.Read more ›
The most striking components for me, initially, are the pulsing, off-center arrangements of many of the tracks, suggesting a concept album built off of a palpitating heart monitor. Also notable are the thick, sexy, candy-colored textures and synths, which mesh with Matheos' guitar work remarkably--again bringing artfully to mind the texture of blood.
Moore's vocals, at first seemed slightly less perfect than on the first two albums, but the more I hear it the more I like them. On that point, Akerfeldt and Bowness are freaking amazing. Maybe this is a departure point for the group, and more guest vocals will be forthcoming.
If that is the case . . . bring back BOWNESS! OMG! If you buy this disc, get the BONUS EDITION! No Celebrations is probably the best song on either disc. Funny . . . its exclusion from the album seems really stupid, until you think about it thematically, and the whole thing suddenly extends away from you with vertigo-inducing depth that you might never have expected . . .
Yeah, I'll give it five stars tomorrow, just as soon as I catch up with it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Long live progressive rock and progressive metal! I didn’t get into this band until 2013 because I didn’t even know they existed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by pauldez1973
I was at a dinner before going to a Porcupine concert (An excellent band as well) a guy in the restaurant told me about several bands including OSI. Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Kelly
I like everything these guys have done and appreciate that they move between mellower, contemplative stuff and edgy M E T A L. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Brian W. Ewert
Too redundant. Sounds too much the same between each song. But okay if a song comes up randomly, mixed with other artists.Published on February 27, 2013 by G. Olson
I was listening to Internet radio when an Osi song came along. I hadn't heard of them before, but it caught my attention enough that I started to listen to a few samples. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by R. L. Guck
I now have all of the OSI releases. If you like the harder prog rock side of OSI, and don't have this yet - get it! This is my favorite. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Angus Lovejoy
O.S.I. sounds like they are trying to be Tool, and they do a good job at it, so I won't knock em' for it! However, Blood isn't as good as O.S.I. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Craig Hamilton
The music is dark but catchy; subtle but motivating; complex but accessible. Check out the samples. If the style suits you, buy the album. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by resi5